9 Beautiful Rivers of Nepal That Have Breathtaking Views!

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Nepal is a landlocked country that is relatively small in size and area, but it is home to several rivers. These rivers of Nepal are undoubtedly beautiful additions to the splendid scenic landscape of the mountain nation. Besides the many advantages of the rivers, including power generation and irrigation, the main tributaries of Nepal are excellent flag bearers of water tourism and adventure.

Here is taking a look at the different rivers of Nepal that offer the best panoramas:

1. The Karnali 

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The Karnali is one of the central and longest rivers of Nepal, originating from the Tibetan plateau near the Manasarovar Lake. Often called the ‘Wild West,’ the 513-mile river flows through most of west Nepal. The Karnali basin is where a few of Nepal’s most beautiful national parks are situated. The Shey Phoksundo National Park, Rara National Park, and Bardia National Park are the main protected areas along the river.

River Highlights
  • Karnali is also a significant source of cheap hydroelectricity to the regions of western Nepal. Home to different dolphin species, the popular adventure activities on the Karnali include white water rafting, angling, and fishing.
  • The main tributary of Karnali is the Bheri, which originates from the Dolpo region. A beautiful white water rafting river, the Bheri is a perfect adventure zone for those looking to get away from the crowds. The Thuli (big) and Sani (small) are its main tributaries that meet at Ramna Ghat. The clear waters and sandy beaches make the Bheri River an attraction for nature and adventure lovers.

2. Kosi or Koshi 

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Kosi shared with India and China, flows for a total of 450 miles. Meandering along the southern slopes of Nepal, Kosi is also called the Saptakoshi because of its seven main tributaries. Each of these tributaries has an excellent river system abounding in various adventure activities coupled with stunning scenic views. Interestingly, the Kosi is also called the ‘Sorrow of Bihar’ once it enters India due to its high tendency of flooding. Although prone to floods, the Kosi in the highlands of Nepal, amongst the pristine beauty of the Himalayas, is an adventure magnet.

River Highlights
  • The Sun Kosi, Tamor River, and Arun River, tributaries of the Kosi, are well-known for various river adventures.
  • The Sun Kosi, or the River of Gold, is one of the most famous rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Its picturesque landscapes also make it accessible for camping.
  • Sun Kosi features amongst the top 10 places in the world that are famous for white water rafting.
  • The mineral deposits sparkle on the river bed, and the several white beaches are excellent as stopovers.
  • Bhote Kosi, a tributary of the Sun Kosi, is also an excellent destination for bungee jumping along with river expedition activities.

3. Gandaki 

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Gandaki River is also known as Narayani, and its river system lies in between the Karnali basin on the west and the Kosi river system on the east. The river is also called Sapta-Gandaki because of its seven main tributaries that together form the Gandaki basin. The branches of Gandaki are famous rivers of Nepal that network together to create vital hydropower generation, as well as various breathtaking natural features. One of its tributaries, the Kaligandaki, creates a deep gorge called the Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi.

This gorge is one of the deepest in the world, forming the fantastic Rupse Waterfall crashing from a height of 300m. Along the north of the Mahabharat Range on the Kaligandaki is Nepal’s largest hydro-power project.

River Highlights
  • At Chitwan, the Kaligandaki converges with another vital tributary of the Gandaki, the Trishuli. 
  • Named after the legend of Shiva, the Trishuli is believed to have been created by his trident. Easily accessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara, the Trishuli River is a popular river rafting destination. The Budi Gandaki flows into the Trishuli and is also often the starting point for rafting the Trishuli.
  • With exhilarating gorges, grand rapids, as well as, many manageable sections, the Trishuli River is often crowded with both experienced and beginner rafters.

4. Kankai 

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The Kankai, or Mai Khola, is considered a holy river and has many tourist points along with its courses, such as the Domukha, Chuli, Dhanuskoti, and Maipokhari. The Kankai Irrigation Project has also been developed recently in the Terai region of Nepal.

5. Bagmati 

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The Bagmati River of Nepal separates Kathmandu from Patan and is also considered a holy river. Several Hindu temples are located along its banks.

6. Rapti 

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The West Rapti drains the mid-western regions of Nepal before entering India to join the Ghaghra. The East Rapti River flows in the Chitwan Valley and forms the northern boundary of the Chitwan National Park.

7. Tamur River

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The beautiful Tamur River in Nepal begins around the Kanchenjunga mountains and is located on the eastern side of Nepal. The river is famous for water sports like river rafting. 

8. Marshyangdi

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This river of Nepal starts from the Annapurna ranges and is a popular natural attraction for those who take the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

9. Sharda

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Flowing along the Nepal Himalayan border, the beautiful Sharda River in Nepal is also known as the Mahakali River in Sanskrit. The river flows through two very beautiful national parks, namely the Shuklaphanta National Park and the Dudhwa National Park. Water rafting is a popular activity on the River. 

Second Class and Third Class Rivers
The other second-class rivers of Nepal are the Mechi, Tinau, Babai, Mohna, Trijuga and more.  Lastly, the third class of rivers of Nepal originates from the Chure Hills and are the Manusmara, Jamuni, Hardinath, Tilabe, and more. These rivers dry during summers and fill up during the monsoons. These are not used for transportation or hydroelectricity but only for irrigation. 

Nepal has a vast geographic diversity in spite of its small size. The difference in elevation, climate, and topography is the primary reason for its many thriving rivers. The rivers of Nepal are an essential part of the nation's terrain and crucial contributors to power generation, aesthetic appeal, tourism, transportation, and irrigation.

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