Dhauliganga River – UPSC Prelims

    • Origination: It originates from Vasudhara Tal, perhaps the largest glacial lake in Uttarakhand.
    • Dhauliganga is one of the important tributaries of Alaknanda, the other being the Nandakini, Pindar, Mandakini and Bhagirathi.
    • Dhauliganga is joined by the Rishiganga river at Raini.
    • It merges with the Alaknanda at Vishnuprayag.
    • There it loses its identity and the Alaknanda flows southwest through Chamoli, Maithana, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag until it meets the Mandakini river, coming from the north at Rudraprayag.
    • After subsuming Mandakini, the Alaknanda carries on past Srinagar, before joining the Ganga at Devprayag.
    • Alaknanda then disappears and the mighty Ganga carries on its journey, first flowing south then west through important pilgrimage centres such as Rishikesh and finally descending into the Indo-Gangetic plains at Haridwar.
    • Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project on the Dhauliganga is a 520 MW run-of-river hydroelectric project being constructed on Dhauliganga River.

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