May of 2013 was a fun time in Dalhousie. Every nook and corner of our journey from Punjab to Himachal we bumped into this river called Ravi. The Ravi river is what they referred to as Iravati during the Vedic times. It is one of those northern rivers of the Himalayas which is marked by its endless beauty. Rising from 14,000 ft from the Mid Himalayas, it streams through lithic boulders, lofty gorges and lush forests into the Indian Ocean. Hence, I thought lets gather some facts about it….and see if there is something worth sharing!
The Incredible Tributaries!
Can you believe how many tributaries does this river have? Imagine in its course of 720 kms the river collects water from 7 tributaries! Budhil and Nai are the first ones to join at 13,390 ft followed by the Siawa from Jammu. Then joins the Seul along with its tributary called Baira Nalla from the Pir Panjal Range. Another one joins from the Pir Panjal as well which is called Tant Gari known for its scattered boulders and glacial moronic deposits. And the last one is its major tributary from the Kailash mountains at 14,100 ft called Ujh! The Ravi carries the charm of so many mountains, forests and glaciers of the Himalayas!
The Unbound waters of the Chamera Lake
When so many little rivers join Ravi, it is bound to be deep and mysterious! The sea-green effect of the river buried in the ravine gives a spectacular look of the Chamera lake and its Hydroelectric project from the windy mountain road. When I say unbound, can you guess how deep the lake is? Water levels rise to a maximum of 763 meters while the minimum water level is 747 meters….that sounds quite unending right?
This summer of 2013 was one of the most fascinating time for me….I spent a whole lot of time with my dear friends in Dalhousie amidst the Himalayas, in its pleasant weathers by this beautiful river. The gushing waters of the Ravi, the grandiosity of the Chamera, the Himachali culture and bowls of hot soupy Maggie just added to the enchantment of this place. Sometimes some history and facts make beautiful things even more appealing…thats how I thought the river Ravi was!