Lohit River or Zayü River is a river in
India and China. It is a
tributary to the
Brahmaputra River. The river rises in eastern Tibet,
Kangri Garpo range, where it is known as the Zayü River
(Chinese: 察隅河; pinyin: Cháyú Hé). It descends through this
mountainous region and surges through
Arunachal Pradesh in
200 kilometres (120 mi) before entering the plains of
it is known as the Lohit River. Tempestuous and turbulent, and known
as the river of blood partly attributable to the lateritic soil, it
flows through the Mishmi Hills, to meet the Siang (Brahmaputra) at the
head of the
Thickly forested for the most part, alpine vegetation gives way to
subtropical forests, and then to some of the densest tropical jungles
in all of India. Rhododendrons bloom in many hues in the upper
reaches, orchids reveal themselves in the lower groves. This is indeed
a treasure house of medicinal plant and herbs, and the home of Mishmi
teeta, the coptis plant, prized the world over for its medicinal
The Mishmis hold sway in the hills. In the plains are the Khamptis and
the Singphos, fervent Buddhists and migrants from across he Patkai
hills from Burma. As the Lohit journeys through, Tibetan theology
gives way to animist belief, in turn replaced by Theravada Buddhism
and then by Hindu temples. This region experiences a mix of many
cultures near the tripoint between Tibet, Southeast Asia, and South
The Lohit river comes into
China and flows near India's
eastern most inhabited tip, at a place called Kibithu. The Indian Army
uses this river for various expeditions and training.
1 River rafting
2 See also
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There have been very few raft expeditions on the Lohit River. It is a
medium volume continuous Class 4+/5 river in its upper alpine reaches
and becomes pool drop towards the latter end of the trip. Rafting was
first started in February 1994 by the
Indian Army and the first
successful kayak descent of the river in December 2003.
Parshuram Kund, a Hindu pilgrimage is situated on the lower reaches of
Lohit. Over 70,000 devotees and sadhus take holy dip its water each
year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in the month of
Bhupen Hazarika Bridge
^ "70,000 devotees take holy dip in Parshuram Kund". Indian Express.
Jan 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
Arunachal Pradesh planning to promote tourism at Parsuram Kund".
Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
Assam Floods 16 Jun 2006 - Lohit
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Coordinates: 27°48′N 95°28′E / 27.800°N 95.467°E /
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