Rajasthan Atomic Power Station – A Tourist Destination

The vast expanse of water in the Rana Pratap Sagar lake, the reservoir of the dam bearing the same name, itself is very imposing and extends right up to the Gandhisagar dam in Madhya Pradesh state. The Atomic CN505 power station Station is on the southern, gentle slope. The opposite bank is a mountain where deer is a common sight! From the top of the hill housing officers’ quarters, one gets a panoramic view, covering dozens of miles.

As the depth of water in the dam is much less than required for working a turbine, Swiss engineers built a tunnel, leading the waters into it, situated at great depth, below the dam on the left bank, thus effectively increasing the height of water head. I think this is a rare achievement

In the forest in the mountain, a few miles away from the lake, is a water fall from some hundred feet or so. The water flows even in summer.At the bottom is a cave. Water drops fall continuously in the cave and is collected in a small rock bowl, naturally formed.

Now I understand that a jeepable road is available for tourists.

To the west of the dam, near the high way is the old Shiva temple, Baroly temple. It is a heritage under the department of archeology.Even though it was destroyed by Muslim invaders about a thousand years ago, enough beautiful carvings are still preserved in the granite structure for the enjoyment of tourists. It is worth renovating.

Every year, on Shivratry day, an unending stream of pilgrims visit the temple. The spot boasts of several springs and tall trees, home to a number of peacocks.It is a good picnic spot!

Charbhuja temple, with grand silver works and Bhaimsrodgarh fortress, both very near to the place, are worth visiting, the latter on the steep, vertical bank,which looks like a cutting in the rock made by invisible hands!Brahmani river joins the Chambal river at this point, providing protection to the fort from two sides. Beyond the Brahmani river lie fields of wheat and mustard (sarsom). In olden days Bhaimsrodgarh was the only inhabited area.

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