Which is the Widest River in India?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Brahmaputra is the widest river in India. It originates from the Chemayungdung glacier near the Mansarovar Lake near Mount Kailash. It is about 80 cm wide. It is also known as Yarlung Tsangpo in the Tibet region, and Siang And Dihang in Arunachal Pradesh. Major tributaries of Brahmaputra are Manas, Burhi Dihing, Dhansari and Lohit.

Widest River in India

Brahmaputra is the widest river in India as well as in Asia. The term Brahmaputra means ‘the son of Brahma’. The river enters the Indian borders through Arunachal Pradesh, which flows about 35 KMs in the state. After that, it joins its tributaries in Assam Valley, Dibang, Saint, Lohit, Tista, etc. Bogibeel bridge which is 4.94 KM long is situated on this river. The Brahmaputra is the largest river in the world and the 15th longest river in the world.

According to official records, the average width of the Brahmaputra river is 5.46 KMs. Kanchenjunga which is 3586 meters, is the highest mountain in Brahmaputra Basin. Some famous bridges made on the Brahmaputra river are mentioned below.

  • Bangabandhu Bridge
  • Bogibeel Bridge
  • Dhola Sadia Bridge
  • Dhubri Phulbari Bridge (under-construction bridge, expected to be completed in 2026 or 2027)
  • Kolia Bhomora Setu
  • Narnarayan Setu
  • New Saraighat Bridge
  • Saraighat Bridge

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