Where do the Rivers Indus and Ganga have their Origin?

By K Balaji|Updated : August 24th, 2022

The originating point of the river Indus and river Ganga is in the Himalayas. While both Indus and Ganga are transboundary rivers, Indus is also a trans-Himalayan river of South and Central Asia. Here are some more details about the origins of the river Indus and Ganga:

  • River Indus originates from Tibet, near Mansarovar lake.
  • River Ganga originates from the Gangotri Glacier.

Origin of River Indus and Ganga

The rivers Indus and Ganga share a common originating point - the Himalayas. Indus river begins at the confluence of the Sengge Zangbo and Gar Tsangpo rivers, then flows northwest through Ladakh (Indian-administered Kashmir) and parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It then descends into the Punjab plains of Pakistan.

On the other hand, the river Ganga flows south and east through the Gangetic plain of North India. The Ganga begins in the town of Devprayag, at the confluence of the Alaknanda.

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  • Indus and Ganga rivers originate in the Himalayan mountain range. While the river Indus originates from Tibet, the river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier. Both are located in the Himalayas.

  • Although the point of origin of the rivers Ganga and Indus are different, the location of origin is the same: the Himalayas. Indus river travels from Tibet and the Ganga from the Gangotri glacier.

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