Lidder River

The Lidder or Liddar (Urdu: لدر‎, Sanskrit: लम्बोदरी, IAST: Lambodarī) is a 73 km (45 mi)-long river situated in the Kashmir Valley of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It originates from the Kolahoi Glacier and feeds the Jhelum River in Mirgund Khanabal, at an altitude of 1,615 metres (5,299 ft).[1][2]

Lidder River
Lidder River 1.jpg
Lidder River photographed near Lidderwat, Anantnag in 2010
Union territoryJammu and Kashmir
RegionKashmir Valley
Physical characteristics
Source34°09′29″N 75°18′34″E / 34.158136°N 75.309373°E / 34.158136; 75.309373Coordinates: 34°09′29″N 75°18′34″E / 34.158136°N 75.309373°E / 34.158136; 75.309373
 • locationKolahoi Glacier
 • elevation4,653 m (15,266 ft)
Mouth33°45′10″N 75°07′54″E / 33.752841°N 75.131652°E / 33.752841; 75.131652
 • location
Jhelum River at Mirgund Khanabal
 • elevation
1,615 m (5,299 ft)
Length73 km (45 mi)
 • average206 m3/s (7,300 cu ft/s)


Lidder river originates from Kolhoi Glacier near Sonamarg and gives rise to Lidder Valley. It runs southwards through the alpine meadows of Lidderwat in region of Aru, from which it got its name. It covers 30 kilometres (19 mi) before reaching Pahalgam where it the major tributary of East Lidder from Sheshnag Lake. It then runs westwards until it meets the Jehlum River at Mirgund Khanabal near Anantnag. It has crystal blueish water and Pahalgam is situated in the center of Lidder Valley.[3]


The waters of the river are mainly used for irrigation purpose through different canals and drinking through water treatment plants. There are many different varieties of fishes present in the river and a fisheries plant has been built on the banks of the river. Major types of fishes found in Lidder River are Brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) and Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).[4]


  1. ^ "The geography of Jammu and Kashmir state". Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Khanabal village of Kashmir". Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Pahalgam The Lidder Valley". Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Gippsland Aquaculture Industry Network-Gain". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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