Key facts about Parvati River

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The body of a trekker who had fallen into the Parvati River in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district was recently found on the banks of the river.

About Parvati River

  • The Parvati River, also known as the Parbati River, is located in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
  • It is a major tributary of the Beas River.
  • It is named after the Hindu goddess Parvati, who was the wife of Lord Shiva.
  • Course:
    • It originates from the Man Talai Glacier below the Pin Parbati Pass.
    • The river flows in a gradual curve from the north-northwest to the west-southwest, past the pilgrimage centre of Manikaran. 
    • It flows for approximately 150 km before merging into the Beas River at Bhuntar, which is located 10 km south of Kullu.
  • The river is fed by the melting glaciers and the South West monsoons.
  • Tributaries: The streams of Tos, Dibibokori, and Tichi feed this river along with many other tributaries. 
  • The river is very well known for carrying silver ore in the river sand.
  • The river has fine first-growth forests in its upper reaches, which are being degraded as a consequence of the development of its vast hydroelectric potential. 

Q1) What is a Glacier?

A glacier is a large, persistent mass of ice that forms over many years and flows under the influence of gravity. Glaciers are a vital part of Earth's cryosphere, which includes all the frozen water on our planet. These ice masses are found on every continent, even in polar regions and high mountain ranges, where the conditions are conducive to glacier formation and preservation.

Source: Trekker from Delhi found dead on Parvati river banks in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu