Maharana Pratap Sagar (also known as Pong Dam Reservoir) is a reservoir named in the honour of the patriot Maharana Pratap (1572 - 1597 AD). It is located in the Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in India. The sagar was made a reservoir in the 1970s by the construction of a dam in a wetland zone in the Siwalik Hills at an altitude of 350 to 500 m where it is hot in the summers and mild in the winters. Surrounding the reservoir are rugged ridges and mountain streams cutting through valleys.
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This reservoir was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1983. Around 220 species (belonging to 54 families) have been sighted. Black headed gulls, plovers, Northern pintail, Black stork, Goose, terns, ducks, water-fowl and egrets are some of the most common species found here. Its suitable location above the Indian Plains has made it a habitat and a stopover for the migratory birds entering from Central Asia. The land portion has barking dear, sambar, wild boars, leopards and claw-less others. The weather and the concentration of the birds is best from November to March. Monsoon rainfall is heavy and continuous from July until the end of September.