About Beas River

Beas River also known as the Bias, a Sanskrit, Vipasa; Greek Hyphasis is flowing in the north India. Beas river rises in the Himalayas in central Himachal Pradesh and babbles for 470km to the Sutlej river in the Indian state of Punjab. Beas river has a drainage basin of 20,303 square kilometers.

Historical Aspect

  • The river was also known as the Arjikuja of the Vedas or Vipasa to the ancient Indians. The original source of the Beas river is Vyas Kundand is named after Veda Vyasa, the Presiding Patron of the River.
  • The Beas river streaks the easternmost border of Alexander the Great’s trouncing in 326 BC. It was the Beas river that created trouble in Alexander’s expropriation of India.

Economical Aspect

In the 20th century, the Beas river thrived under the Beas project for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation purposes. After that, Pong Dam and Pandoh Dam was also built on the Beas river which is serving for the power generation and irrigation system.

River Course

Beas river upsurges at an elevation of 14,308ft. at Rohtang Pass and from there it babbles south through the Kullu Valley, sustaining tributaries from the fringing and flanking mountains. Further, it gyrates west to flow past Mandi into the Kangra Valley. After intersecting the valley, Beas enters Punjab state and then south-southwest to its convergence with the Sutlej river at Harike after a course of about 290 miles.

At a Glance