Beautiful rivers

Tripoto
29th Nov 2020
Photo of Beautiful rivers by Vishal

Rivers from times known to the mankind have been the sources of life. Notable examples of civilizations supported by rivers are (1) Egyptian civilization - Nile river, Mesopotamia in the Fertile Crescent on the Tigris/Euphrates rivers, the Ancient Chinese on the Yellow River, and Indus Valley Civilization in India. In India the rivers are given the status of a mother and goddess.

A number of cities in the world are based on river banks - for ex. Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt on Nile, Budapest in Hungary on Danube, Prayagraj on the confluence of The Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati, Delhi on the Yamuna and Moscow on Moskva, London on the Thames and Paris on the Seine.

When two rivers meet, it seems as if they join their strengths to do more better for the human kind. I had been lucky enough to see many of the rivers and appreciate - their energy, constant flow and the ability to support life.

Some of the most beautiful rivers that I have seen in my life so far..

Waterfall at Bhedaghat, Jabalpur (MP)

Photo of Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh, India by Vishal

Marble rocks on the banks of the Narmada at Bhedaghat, Jabalpur (MP)

Photo of Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh, India by Vishal

2. The Indus

The Indus, which originates in the Tibetan Plateau, in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar, is one of the main rivers in the Indian subcontinent. The ancient Indus valley civilization flourished on the banks of this river, the name India is derived from the Indus river. I saw the Indus at Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir and then near Leh, in Ladakh.

The Indus near Sonamarg (Jammu & Kashmir)

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The Indus near Leh, Ladakh

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The Beas river near the Pandoh Dam (Himachal Pradesh)

Photo of Beas River by Vishal

The Beas river, in Manali

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal

The Beas river

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal

3. The Beas

This river is named after the Indian sage Veda Vyasa, the author of Indian epic Mahabharata. In history this river marks the easternmost border of Alexander the Great's conquest in 326 BCE.

The origin at Amarkantak (MP)

Photo of Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India by Vishal

The Narmada temple at Amarkantak (MP)

Photo of Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India by Vishal

First waterfall at Amarkantak

Photo of Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India by Vishal

Sunset on the Narmada at Bargi Dam near Jabalpur (MP)

Photo of Bargi Dam, Madhya Pradesh by Vishal

1. The Narmada

Originates at Amarkantak, in Madhya Pradesh - I have seen it in the place of origin, Jabalpur and Hoshangabad (all in Madhya Pradesh).

The Alaknanda is one of the main tributaries and source streams of the Ganges. Badrinath the holy destination is located near the banks of the Alaknanda river. The Alaknanda has a confluence with the Mandakini at Rudraprayag and the Bhagirathi at Devprayag. I have seen the Alaknanda at Badrinath, Rudraprayag and Devprayag.

The Mandakini is a tributary of the Alaknanda river. The holy destination of Kedarnath, dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near the Mandakini river.

The Alaknanda and Mandakini

6. The Ganges

A list of rivers is not complete without the mention of the Ganges due to its importance. The Ganges originate at the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The upper course of the Ganges begins at Devprayag at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. The Ganges then enters the plains at Haridwar. The Ganges is worshiped as Goddess Ganga and is a lifeline to millions of people living along its course. I have seen the Ganges at Devprayag, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Prayagraj (Allahabad).

The Ganges

7 & 8. The Chandra and Bhaga rivers (Chenab river)

The Chenab river is formed by the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers. The confluence happens at Tandi, at 8 km from Keylong.

Photo of Tandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal
Photo of Tandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal

The Chenab river

Photo of Tandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal

The River Thames, is a river flowing through southern England including London. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second-longest in the United Kingdom.

The Thames

Photo of London, UK by Vishal

9. The Thames

The Thames

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The Krishna originates at Mahabaleshwar, in Maharashtra at an elevation of about 1300 m and is one of the longest rivers in India. It empties into Bay of Bengal, in Andhra Pradesh on the eastern coast. A major source of irrigation for Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

10. The Krishna

The Krishna at Mahabaleshwar

Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Vishal

The Krishna at Mahabaleshwar

Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Vishal

11. The Shyok (the river of death)

The Shyok is a tributary of the Indus and originates at Rimo Glacier.

4 & 5. The Alaknanda and Mandakini

The Thames

Photo of London, UK by Vishal

12. The Siang / Brahmaputra

This one, I am yet to meet. A visit to North East Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will make this happen. Till then happy reading and share your feedback.

In addition to these I have seen the Godavari, the Parvati, the Seine, the Sutlej, and the Tapi rivers.

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