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Bhakra Dam
Bhakra Dam
Location in Punjab, India
Coordinates: 31°22′N 76°23′E / 31.37°N 76.38°E / 31.37; 76.38Coordinates: 31°22′N 76°23′E / 31.37°N 76.38°E / 31.37; 76.38
Country  India
State Punjab
District Rupnagar
Elevation 326 m (1,070 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 40,644
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 140124
Vehicle registration PB 74

Nangal (Punjabi: ਨੰਗਲ) is a Municipal Council in Rupnagar district in the Punjab, India. It is 60 km from Rupnagar in the state of Punjab in northwest India. It sits at the foot of the Shiwalik Hills. On the bank of Satluj there is also a small but beautiful township Naya Nangal where employees of the National Fertilizers Limited live. Residential areas include Shiwalik Avenue, Naya Nangal Township, BBMB Township and downtown Nangal.


The name Nangal came from the name of village Nangal Nikku. Present Nangal is situated on the land of ancient villages Nangal Nikku, Hambewal and Dubheta the land acquired from these small vilaages in November 1955 when the construction planned of Bhakra Dam on the Sutlej River. The town is divided into two parts: Nangal Township and Naya Nangal Township.


Nangal is situated on the foothills of Shivalik hills and spread over both sides of river Sutlej which here forms a beautiful lake, formed due to construction of Nangal dam. The town has an awesome blend of hills, rivers, canals and plush green pastures. In addition the place and nearby surroundings have been declared as bird sanctuary as the Russian migratory birds make it their home every winter only to go back during onset of summers.

How to reach Nangal[edit]

The town is six hours drive from Delhi and one and a half from Chandigarh. The town can be reached by rail or by road. Nearest airport is at Chandigarh. Bus service is plentiful as it falls en route to the Chamba, Dalhousie, Palampur and Dharamshala hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Daily train service from Delhi and Chandigarh is also available. Other trains are generally short-distance trains except a few which go up to Howrah and other far cities.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Nangal had a population of 40,644. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Nangal has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 74%. In Nangal, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Nangal is the city of nature with greenery, lakes and full of nature. A Glass house located at the Historical Satluj Sadan at Nangal where Panchsheel was discussed between Pt. Nehru and Chinese PM Zhou Enlai.

Religious Places[edit]

  • Julfa Mata Temple
  • Gurdwara Bhabour Sahib. This Gurudwara, located 5 km from Nangal, presents a majestic view. Guru Gobind Singhji is said to have mediated at this spot.
  • Prachin Temple and 1008 Swami Sevanand Giri Maharaj Ashram.
  • Gurdwara Dhan Dhan Baba Buddha (Budha) Sahib Ji at Village Barari, Jawahar Market.
  • Gurudwara Shri Nanaksar


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.