Constructed on Beas river, its primary purpose is Hydroelectric power generation. It was commissioned in 1977. It is located at a 10 km distance from Manali. Being a part of a run-of-the-river power design, it diverts water of Beas to the southwest through a channel of tunnels which are 38 km long. Before it is discharged into the Sutlej River, the water of the dam is used for power generation at the Dehar Power House.
The man-made lake created by the dam draws a good number of people towards it. Vacationers traveling to Manali get a perfect location near the dam to click great pictures. The location is highly picturesque and full of greenery.
If you want to see the view of the water flowing, you need to reach there at the right time. The view of water being released is fantastic. Also, you can lay your eyes upon the lovely water birds into the greenish blue waters of the dam. Rafting is popular in the lower bed.