River Map of India | Major India River Map

India is a land of Rivers and Rivers play an important role in the development of the country. The Rivers of India can be classified as Himalayan, peninsular, coastal, and inland-drainage basin rivers. Many of the Indian Rivers are considered holy and are of significant importance in the life of the Indian People. Rivers like The Ganges (Ganga), Brahmaputra, and the Yamuna are the most famous Indian Rivers.

Most of the Indian rivers flow eastwards and drain into the Bay of Bengal but there are only three rivers in India that run from east to west Narmada, Mahi, and Tapti River. This information about the rivers is given to help you understand the River Map of India better.

The Himalayan Rivers, as the name, suggests originate from the Himalayas and flow through the Northern Plains.

The Major Himalayan River systems are:

Peninsular River System or Peninsular Drainage emerges mainly from the Western Ghats.

The Major Peninsular River Systems are:

India River Map With Names

Major Rivers of India Map


Length (Km): 2900

Origin (Source): Originates in the northern slopes of the Kailash range in Tibet near Lake Manasarovar.

Tributaries: (Left tributaries-Zanskar River, Suru River, Soan River, Jhelum River, Chenab River, Ravi River, Beas River, Sutlej River, Panjnad River, Ghaggar-Hakra River, Luni River) (Right tributaries-Shyok River, Hunza River, Gilgit River, Swat River, Kunar River, Kabul River, Kurram River, Gomal River, Zhob River).


At 2,525 km long the Ganges is one of the longest rivers in India. Also called the Ganga, it is the most sacred river in Hinduism and is worshipped by devotees as Goddess Ganga. Ganga tributaries are the Yamuna (which is a major river), and Son. While Gomti, Ghaghara, Gandak, and Kosi are some left bank tributaries.


Running through the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in India, the Brahmaputra river crosses international boundaries to traverse neighboring countries Bangladesh and China. The Brahmaputra river travels 2,900 km from the source to the union point.

✅All Rivers In India Map

There are 8 major river systems in India, with more than 400 rivers in total. Rivers like the Ganges (with its tributaries Kameika, Yamuna, Chambal, Gomti), Brahmaputra, Godavari, Mahanadi, Kaveri, and Krishna are the major in India major rivers map.

✅Which is the Oldest River in India?

The 70-year-old former Chief Minister and his wife Amrita started the “parikrama” (circumambulation ) of the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh as a “religious and spiritual” exercise. Singh said the Narmada is the “oldest” river in India and advocated its revival.

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