The Trans Himalayan Indus River rises near the Mansarovar Lake on the Tibetan
plateau. It enters the Himalayas in southeastern Ladakh near its confluence
with the River Gurtang at an elevation of 4,200m. Thereafter it follows a north
by northwest course between the towering Ladakh range in the north and the Zanskar
Range in the south. There are a number of human settlements that lie along the
Indus River in Ladakh, namely Leh, Marol, Skardu and Bunji. ....
River Sutlej takes birth on the southern slopes of the holiest of mountains
- Kailash, near the holiest of lakes Mansarovar. After a long run, parallel
to the Himalayas, it finally penetrates these at Shipki pass. Later it cuts
through the Zanskar range, makes a diagonal thrust through the Himalayas and
blasts a deep gorge at the base of the Kinner Kailash massif. Within Kinnaur
district, the Sutlej runs parallel to the Hindustan-Tibet Road. At Karcham,
in Kinnaur, it is joined by the crystal clear, blue river Baspa that drains
the Sangla valley .....
Chandra River is one of the two rivers; the other one is Bhaga, which merges
to form the Chenab in the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh. It rises in the
snows lying at the base of the main Himalayan range in the Lahaul and Spiti
district. The picturesque lake of Chandra Tal forms at this rivers source site
The Beas forms the valleys of Kullu and Kangra, famed for their beauty. But
ironically, its source is an insignificant looking igloo like structure near
Rohtang Pass in Pir Panjal range to the north of Kullu. The main thrust of
this river is southward to Larji and then to the west. Where it enters Mandi
district and further still into Kangra......
There is something intrinsically romantic about the river Ravi. In divided Punjab
used to ring with the haunting strains of love songs sung on the banks of the
Ravi, which flowed past the elite city of Lahore. Now one only has to hear the
outpourings of young hearts in Chamba celebrating the beauty of love and nature
to know that the spirit of the Ravi is the same everywhere. Chamba town rests
on a mountain shelf on the right bank of the river. As a settlement it is Indian
to the core. Here, as in many ancient towns, flourished a civilisation that
provided patronage to the arts so that the temple sculptures of Chamba are truly
The Jhelum flows from the spring known as Verinag, 80-km south of Srinagar.
This wide, swift flowing, muddy but picturesque river sweeps through Srinagar
and is famed for its nine old bridges among many things else ......
The valley of Spiti derives its name from the Spiti River, which rises just
below the 16,000 ft high Kunzum Pass. After flowing for about 60 miles, it
joins the Sutlej River near the village of Namgiya in Kinnaur district ......
The holiest of all the rivers, Ganga or the Ganges is a perennial river, which
is held in high regard by the Hindus. The Ganga river has an exalted position
in the Hindu ethos. The Gangotri Glacier, a vast expanse of ice five miles
by fifteen, at the foothills of the Himalayas (14,000 ft) in north Uttar Pradesh
is the source of Bhagirathi, which joins with Alaknanda, to form Ganga at
the craggy, canyon-carved town of Devprayag.
Yamuna, also called as Jamuna, originates from the Bundar Poonch
glaciers in district Uttarkashi of the state of Uttaranchal. It rises from Jamunotri,
in the Himalayas. River Tons, which flows along the boundary of Himachal Pradesh,
west of district Tehri Garhwal joins Yamuna River at Kalsi and thereafter joins
the plains. From Kalsi, the river flows along the boundary of Himachal Pradesh.
Yamuna flows in a southerly direction through the Himalayan foothills and onto
the northern Indian plain, along the Uttar Pradesh-Haryana State border. The
Eastern and Western Yamuna canals are fed from the river at that point.
One of the great rivers of Asia, the Brahmaputra commences its 3,000-km journey
to the Bay of Bengal from the slopes of Kailash in western Tibet. As Tibet's
great river, the Tsangpo, transverses east across the high-altitude Tibetan
plateau north of the Great Himalayan Range, carving out myriad channels and
sandbanks on its way. As it tumbles from the Himalayan heights towards the
plains of the subcontinent it twists back on itself, cutting a deep and still
unnavigated gorge, until finally turning south it emerges in Arunachal Pradesh
as the Dihong. Just beyond Pasighat, it meets the Dibang and Lohit where it
finally becomes the Brahmaputra.