Satluj River

Fast Facts

•Place of Origin : Mansarovar Lake – China

•Compliance : One of the major three rivers which flow through the cross river of Pakistan and India.

•Place of Pilgrimage : The point where it meets River Ganges. The water here is supposed to be auspicious.

Satluj Also known as the Red River, Satluj /Satlej river is the longest river amongst the five rivers flowing through the cross river of Pakistan and Northern India. Satluj is one of the three Trans Himalayan Rivers originating in the high Tibetan Plateau which cuts across the Himalayan Ranges. Satluj crosses the three main mountain ranges – the Zanzkar Range, the Great Himalayan Range and the Dauladhar Range. However the source of Satluj river in India is the Mansarovar lake at 18500ft in Tibetan Range.

The Mighty Satluj River lies in the Ngari region of the Tibet. The Dauladhar range forms its Southern Range-the Uttarkashi Range making a part of Uttar Pradesh and the Shimla of Himachal Pradesh. Satluj River enters India through Shipki La as high as 6, 608 mts from sea. The major tributaries to the Satluj River is the Indus Valley River-the main river of Pakistan.

In India, Satluj River makes an important source to cultivate various fruits and plants in the North Eastern Part. On both the sides of the river can be found crops of orchids , apricots, apples and grapes. It is the major source of life to many ornamental plants, which grow in Indian Hill Stations and especially in Northern India.

Satluj crosses some of the major cities of India. Its course includes crossing Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Solan, Mandi and Bilaspur districts. Some of the major tributeries of Satluj are viz. the Spiti, the Ropa, the Taiti, the Kashang, the Mulgaon, the Yula, the Wanger, the Throng and the Rupi as right bank tributaries, whereas the Tirung, the Gayathing, the Baspa, the Duling and the Soldang are left bank tributaries. Out of all these Baspa River, Spiti River, Nogli Khad and Soan River are the major Tributaries of Satluj River.

In the Himalayan Ranges too, the Satluj River has a large deep area. This area is known as Pshong-Tong. Pshong Tong is a called as the fruit Valley for the variety of fruits it bears. Apples, apricots, grapes, cherries-all of them fill the lush green grounds making them colorful.

Though there isin’t much of Religious aspects related to Satluj River, still it is considered to have the waters of Satluj River in any of the Religious Functions.

Adventures: Satluj is very famous for a exciting and thrilling adventure. Popular as it is, Rafting is one of the most sought after adventures of India. All the three places which the river crosses-Zanzkar Valley, the Dauladhar Range and the Uttarkashi Range are famous for rafting. People from all over the country and also from outside countries come to enjoy this thrill. It s a thing one must go for.

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