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Satluj River

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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.

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 River

Satluj River

Satluj River

Satluj River

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 providing life to many ornamental plants which are grown in Indian Hill Stations – especially in the 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.

  • Satluj River crosses places which are at quite a height. These places are Snow cladded in the Winters (November – January end) and require a lot of woolens to be taken along. However the summers (February to May end) are the best months to be here. (Sometimes there can be snowfall in February too, so check out before planning a tour).
  • Ranges like Dauladher and Zanzkar are not considered as Hill Stations. So you can expect more of open places and easy Hotel Reservations. Not less than any other Hill Stations, these are beautiful places to go to in the Spring Season. Shimla and Uttarkashi however can be quite crowded in the springs and winters as these are very famous Hill Stations of India. Ask us for all the details.
  • Except Uttarkashi, there are no restrictions on the kind of food you eat. Uttarkashi being a religious Hill Stations, abets its travellers from having Non – Vegetarian Food.
  • If you intend to take a trip to Mansarovar, then it is easy to reach from Zanzkar Range. Contact us for further details.
  • Keep all your belongings with you. Take minimum luggage while on excursion. Keep your important documents in the Hotel Locker.
  • Do not pass out any information about your Passport and Travelers Cheque with anyone.
  • The path of Satluj River is the best place to go for Rafting. If you are here, do not leave it out.
  • For any other information contact us.

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