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Ravinder Malik May 27 2014

Which are India’s most beautiful rivers?

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Rivers have shaped the course of human civilization. In India rivers symbolize sacredness and have many myths and rituals associated with them. Each river has its own story to tell. Here is a list of India’s most beautiful rivers.

Indus

The grand trans-Himalayan river, the Indus, rises near the Mansarovar Lake on the Tibetan Plateau. One of the longest rivers in the world (2,900 km), the Indus is the source of our country’s name. This mighty river was mentioned in several verses of the Rigveda.


Photo of Indus River (by Sundeep bhardwaj)

Ganga


The Ganga has immense religious significance in India and is considered to be the holy river of the Hindus. It is believed that bathing in the Ganga not only washes away your sins but also protects you from evil.


Photo of Ganga River (by Jose Pereira)

Kaveri


The Kaveri, originating from Talakaveri, is often called the “Dakshin Ganga” or the Ganga of the South. Soaring temple towers and relics of ancient Hindu kingdoms such as those of the Hoysalas, Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas can be found along her banks.


Photo of Kaveri River (by Mekedatu)

Yamuna


The Yamuna is the largest tributary of the Ganga. It rises in the Great Himalayas at Yamunotri, Uttarakhand. It flows through the Himalayan foothills onto the Indo-Gangetic Plains before merging with the Ganga at Allahabad.


Photo of Yamuna River (by Ekabhishek)


Brahmaputra


The mighty Brahmaputra originates in the Himalayan Range and travels through Tibet and India before finally merging with the Ganga. The two rivers empty their waters in the Bay of Bengal. Known as the Tsangpo in Tibet, the Brahmaputra is known as the Dihang in Assam and the Jamuna in Bangladesh. A river cruise on Brahmaputra River is a must-do for all thrill seekers.


Photo of Brahmaputra River (by Einar Fredriksen)


Godavari

River Godavari originates near Trimbak in Nashik and flows towards the Eastern Ghats into the Bay of Bengal. This river is considered sacred by Hindus and there are several religious centres on its banks. Every 12 years the Pushkaralu Fair is held with great pomp on its banks at Rajahmundry.


Photo of Godavari River (by Hariya 1234)

Krishna

River Krishna is one of the longest rivers in India. It’s name means “dark” in Sanskrit. It originates in the Western Ghats in Mahabaleshwar and ends at the Bay of Bengal. It flows through Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.


Photo of Krishna River (by Ankur P)


Mahanadi


The Mahanadi rises in Chhattisgarh and then flows in the eastward direction, cutting a ravine in the Eastern Ghat. Before joining the Bay of Bengal at False Point through several channels, the river enters the plains of Orissa near Cuttack and forms a delta. The term “Mahanadi” means great river. It is truly one of the largest rivers in east central India.


Photo of Mahanadi (by Kamalakant Nayak)


Whether you sail down these mighty rivers or explore their banks by foot, India's most beautiful rivers guarantee a visual feast you won’t forget.

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