River Ravi also is known as Irawati in Sanskrit is one of the tributaries of River Indus and originates from Bara Bangal of Kangra District covering a distance of 158 km the state of Himachal before entering into Punjab and from there it flows into eastern Pakistan. Budhil, Chatrari and Baira are some of its tributaries.
Also called as Sathdru in Sanskrit, the river Sutlej is the longest among the major river basins in Himachal. This river rises from Mansarovar Lake in Tibet and is one among the tributaries of Indus. Another speciality of this river is that the world's largest dam, Bhakra dam was constructed on this river.
Born in Beaskund in the Pirpanjal Range near the Rohtang pass in Himachal, Beas River flows of a distance of 260 km and enters into Punjab at Murthal. Famous dams like Pandoh and Pong are constructed on this river basin. The name of the river Beas is originated from a Vedic name Arijika and is also known as Bipasha in Sanskrit.
Being the second-largest tributary of Ganges, Yamuna is also the longest one in India and is of 1525 km. Originated from Kalinda Parbat, Yamunotri in Uttarakhand, the river Yamuna cover a distance of 22km in Himachal Pradesh and its tributaries are Ken, Sindh, Betwa, Tons and Chambal.
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Derived from a Vedic name Chandrabhaga, River Chenab is one of the major river basins in Himachal Pradesh and rises from Tandi in Lahaul Spiti. Being one of the tributaries of River Indus, Chenab covers a distance of 122 km in the state and then enters Kashmir. It is also the largest in Himachal because of its density.
Springing from Indo- Tibetan Border, this watercourse formed the famous Sangla Valley and has become a favourite tourist spot of the Himachal State. Later, it joins the Sutlej river basin and is fed by the glaciers.
Activities on these rivers 1.) River Rafting takes place on Ravi, Beas and Chandra Bhaga and you can have an enthralling adventure for sure. 2.) Another water sport like Kayaking can be enjoyed on rivers like Chenab, Spiti and Sutlej etc.., The rivers in Himachal acts as a factor in enriching the hill station by their gushy waters and by flowing all year long they do play an important role in drawing national and international tourists and leaving with memories that can be clung onto for a lifetime.