Himachal Rivers – Everything you need to know about rivers in Himachal Pradesh

Everything you need to know about rivers in Himachal Pradesh

To add to the natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh, the rivers passing through it plays a major role. Each river flows with its magnificence featured with stunning rocky stream beds, deep green valley, and river cliffs contribute a great deal to make it paradise land alongside its snow-capped mountains, lush grasslands and great destination points.

So, knowing all about the rivers is important to travel lovers and tourists to formulate their travel route plan accordingly and explore the breath-taking panorama whilst enjoying the adrenal rushing water activates like white water rafting, and kayaking. Let’s explore everything about the 5 major rivers in Himachal Pradesh.


Being recognized as the main river of Himachal Pradesh, the Beas with its origin in the Rohtang Pass of western Himalayas flows through the state with a stretch of almost 470 kilometres and joins the Sutlej River in Punjab. Aka Bibasa, rising in Kullu, at an elevation of 4320 meters, travels through the district of Mandi and riches at Kangra.

beas river
With a great mythological significance, stunning cliffs with valleys filled with lush pines, and a scope of thrilling activities, it has plenty of resources for tourists to explore. It is believed that Veda Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata had created this epic river from the Vyas Kund. For water sports, lovers and adrenal junkies white-water rafting and kayaking in the river Bias can be super electrifying.


satluj river

Also known as Satadree, Sutlej or Satluj is amidst the longest rivers in Himachal Pradesh. Originated from the western province of Lake Rakshastal, Tibet it passes through both Punjab and Pakistan. It’s the easternmost tributary of the Indus River and plays a major role in the irrigation for the states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana. Being an adventure lover, never miss visiting the river to enjoy water activates like kayaking and water rafting.


CHenab River

Historically known as the Chandrabhaga River, Chenab is acknowledged as one of the important rivers in both India as well as Pakistan. With its origin in Lahul of Upper Himalayas Chenab is flowing through the districts of Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Kishtwar, Jammu, and Reasi and finally joining the river Indus. It is also famous for river rafting.


ravi river, rivers in himachal pardesh

Regarded as a major river of Himachal Pradesh, Yamuna is the second-largest tributary of Ganga and the longest all over India. It travels through the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana before entering Uttarakhand and Delhi. While passing through different states of India, the river meets tributaries. Because it runs along with Ganga, the name Yamuna has been derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Yama’ which means ‘twin’. Do not forget to carry your binocular to explore the natural beauty of its lush landscapes and eye-striking birds in its greeneries.


Ravi river

Traditionally known as Iravati, the Ravi River in Himachal Pradesh is acknowledged as a transboundary river for its great contribution to the lives and livelihood of people in East Pakistan and northwest India as flowing through them. The river has formed a major part of the Indus River basin. If you an avid to view the picturesque beauty of nature along with thrilling water sports activates including kayaking and white-water rafting, making a trip to Ravi is a must for you.

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