Khanpur Dam is a dam located on the Haro River near Potowar Plateau and the village of Khanpur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, about 25 miles (40 km) from Islamabad, Pakistan. And 15 km form Haripur. It caters to domestic water supplies in Rawalpindi and Islamabad,
and irrigation water to many of the agricultural and industrial areas surrounding the cities.
The dam was completed in 1983 after a 15-year construction period believed to have cost Rs. 1,352 million. It is 167 feet (51 m) high and stores 110,000 acre feet (140,000,000 m3) of water.
Activities at Khanpur Dam
Jump off a cliff that can be as high as 50 feet depending on the water level of the Khanpur dam and you will get an adrenaline rush like never before. From the minute you approach the cliff, to the time you start climbing, your heart will start beating faster. The minute you reach the top and look below at the beautifully blue water, you will hear your heartbeat inside your ears. The minute you actually jump, you will feel your heart sink. The moments between when you touch the water and when you go underwater for a couple of seconds will be a combination of relief and fear. Is the entire experience worth it? Absolutely!
Would you like to see the world below you while sitting in a harness suspended below a fabric wing? The only thing keeping you from falling to the ground actually, is going to be that harness. While this may seem like something you can only enjoy abroad, paragliding is offered in Pakistan and is highly popular amongst many young Pakistanis. Various locations include the Khanpur dam.
Get yourself on board a jet ski and blast yourself across the magnificent turquoise blue Khanpur Lake near Islamabad, feel the ski grip the edge of the water like a roller coaster on rails, not for the faint-hearted.
There is nothing quite like this experience which guarantees an adrenaline fueled hour all controlled by a throttle just like a motorbike, but on water, oh yea, and it hurts less when you fall off!!!
Exploration of caves takes us into a world much different from that above ground, a world of darkness surrounded by rock and mud. Exotic formations, streams and waterfalls, tight crawlways, deep canyons and pits, huge rooms with large blocks of breakdown, crickets, bats and cave rats await the cave explorer.
Caving can be a strenuous sport, a casual hobby, a means to conducting scientific research, or all of these and more. Caves are found around the world and in a variety of settings, from cold alpine environments to warm tropical rain forests, and are formed through a variety of natural processes, explore the caves and going deep down into them is an experience that can only be felt in Khanpur.
Warning: don’t go in caves without equipped with all the required gears for any sort activity. Proper equipment is always a top priority. A good helmet with a chin strap and a helmet mounted light, additional light sources, appropriate clothing, food and water, and some basic survival supplies go a long way toward making the trip more enjoyable and safer.
If you want to spend another night there camping, talk to the local boat-service providers about the availability of camps. They may also give you the camp, the food and would take you to the place where you can spend one of the most different nights of your life!