The Indus River System.

Blame it on my predilection towards geography that i have included the category of geography on my website. 


In the first three posts, I will be posting some interesting facts about some of the major rivers of India.

I will try to make this section interesting and responsible rather than mundane. 


Rivers In India can be divided into two main groups as far as the geographical demarcation is concerned i.e. 


 i) Himalayan Rivers

ii) Peninsular Rivers


The Himalayan Rivers can be divided in three river systems

i) The Indus System

ii) The Ganga System

iii) The Brahmaputra System 


In this post I will discuss about The Indus System.

The Indus River system mainly comprises of 6 major rivers and their tributaries. 




1) The Indus: The River after which the greeks named our land as India is one of the most significant rivers in Asia because of geographical, political and historical reasons. 

Total Length: 2880 Kms ( 710 kms In India )

The river originates near the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, flows through the karakoram ranges of United Cease Fire Line (Kashmir) and goes to   Pakistan.

In Jammu and Kashmir it’s Himalayan Tributaries are mainly rivers which originates from glaciers like: Zanskar, Dras, Gartang, Shyok,         Shingar, Nubra, Gilgit etc.








It’s most important tributaries, which join Indus at various places are some of the most famous rivers of India. These rivers are responsible for the Punjab to be named as PUNJAB( the land of five rivers) at the first place.

Now i guess that you all are in a position to guess which rivers i’m talking about. 


2) Chenab (Chandrabhaga): The river Chenab originates from one of the highest and most beautiful places on the earth: Yes! The Baralacha-La Pass, Lahual Spiti, Himachal Pradesh and it is the longest tributary of Indus (1800kms). 






3) Satluj: The river originates from the Mansarovar Lake, Western Tibet and covers a distance of 1050 Kms. Interestinlgy, In Nari Khorsan province of Tibet, Satluj has created an extraordinary canyon, comparable to the grand canyon of Colorado (U.S.A). The Famous Bhakra Dam is built on this river only.





4) Jhelum: The city of Jammu is situated on the banks of Jhelum. The river rises from Verinag town in the District of Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. It covers a distance of 725 kms.








5) Ravi: The river originates from the Kullu Hills near the famous Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh and covers a distance of 720kms. 









6) Beas: The river flows for about a distance of 470 kms and is the shortest river in the Indus River system. It’s origination is found to be the world famous Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh Only.






Looks so beautiful don’t you guys agree! 


It is so glorious and fortunate for our nation that most of these rivers originates from India and in fact all of them flows through India but unfortunately according to the Indus water Treaty signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, India can utilize only 20% of the total discharge of Indus, Jhelum and Chenab.


Kade kissi Ravi kolun, wakh na Chenab Howe. 


Please tell us in the comment section about what you all feel anout the Indus River System. 

(Take a note of the fact that i have prepared this post based on my personal knowledge and if you guys are interested in the topic, you all should rely upon more credible source) 

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