Rivers in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a state which is known for its hundreds of small and big rivers, the holy places, sacred temples, situated on the banks of the rivers. Some of these rivers have religious significance in India because of their relevance in Hindu mythology. The sources of these rivers are glaciers of the western Himalayas situated in India, Nepal and Tibet borders. These rivers play a vital role in the economical, cultural, social and environmental issues of India. The hydroelectric projects on these rivers are illuminating thousands of homes, but they are also facing the flak from environmentalists for disturbing the ecological balance. These rivers are the backbone of Indian economy because of their usage for farming, drinking water, electricity, fishing, trading, etc. In some parts of Uttarakhand, rivers like Ganga, Tons, Yamuna, and Kali are famous for offering a wide variety of water sports. Most of these rivers are clean and less polluted till they enter in the Tarai region.

Major Rivers of Uttarakhand

Alaknanda River

The Alaknanda River flowing in Uttarakhand is one of the two head-streams of holy river Ganga. The source of Alaknanda River is the confluence of ...

Bhagirathi River

The Bhagirathi River is a Himalayan River which flows in Uttarakhand state. It is one of the two headstreams of the pious ...

Bhilangna River

Bhilangna River in Uttarakhand India is a major tributary of Bhagirathi River, which is the source-stream of ...

Dhauliganga River – Garhwal

Dhauliganga also known as Dhauli River is one of the six source streams, of the holy Ganga River. The Dhauliganga in the Garhwal divis...

Dhauliganga River – Kumaon

In the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand, the Dhauliganga River originates from Govan Khana Himani and exists at Tawadhar. Dhaulig...

Ganga River

The Ganga River also referred to as the Ganges emerges from Devprayag and exists at...

Gaula River

The Gaula River is a Himalayan river which flows in India. The source of this river is Paharpani and the end point is Kichchha. The length of this river is about 103 km. The Gaula River emerges from t...

Gori Ganga River

Gori Ganga also referred to as Ghori Ganga and Gori Gad is a river in the Munsiyari tehsil of ...

Kali River

The Kali River also known as “Sharda River”, “Kutiyangdi” or “Mahakali River” is a Himalayan river, which flows through Uttarakhand. The traditional source of Kali River is LipmpiyaDhura i...

Kosi River

Kosi is a Himalayan river which originates from Dharpani Dhar (2,500 m) in Baramandal region of Almora district in Kumaon, ...

Mandakini River

Mandakini River emerges from Chorabari Glacier near ...

Nandakini River

Nandakini is one of the five tributaries of the holy Ganga River. The mighty river originates from Nanda Ghunghati and...

Nayar River – Eastern

Nayar River (eastern) is a tributary of holy Ganga River. It emerges from Dudhatoli ranges of Garhwal in ...

Nayar River – Western

Like eastern Nayar, western Nayar River also originates from Dudhatoli ranges of Garhwal in ...

Pindar River

Pindar River also known as Pindari River is a Himalayan river, which emerges from Pindari Glacier in ...

Ramganga – Western

Ramganga West River emerges from Dudhatoli ranges in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The length of Ramganga River is ...

Ramganga River- Eastern

Namik Glacier situated in the south-east of ...

Saryu River

Saryu (Sarju) is a Himalayan river which flow in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The source of this river is Sarmool and the end point is Pancheshwar. In local dialect, Saryu river is referred to as...

Tons River

Tons River is a major perennial Himalayan river which flows through Garhwal division of Uttarakhand and touches Himachal Pradesh. It is the largest tributary of ...

Yamuna River

The Yamuna is a sacred river of India according, to Hindu mythology. Yamuna River also known as Jamuna originates from Yamunotri Glacier, perched at an elevation of 6,387 metres on the southwestern sl...

2 Responses

  1. Shashank Gangwar

    hello,can i get the list of all major distributaries as well as the tributaries of uttarakhand ???

  2. Manoj Bhandari

    Hi Shashank, Although we already mentioned most of the tributaries and rivers on our website. Still if you want more info in depth then you can buy this book named ‘Sparsh Ganga’. You can buy it from here http://goo.gl/4Ali6R

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