The Lidder River or Liddar River, is a 73 kilometer long river in the Kashmir
region of India
in the state of Jammu
and Kashmir. It originates from the Kolhoi Glacier two kilometers south of Sonamarg
at an altitude of 4653 meters. After the Sind River
it is the second major tributory of the Jehlum River and meets it at Gurnar Khanabal
village at an altitude of 1615 meters.
The Lidder River gives rise to Lidder Valley
, originates from Kolhoi Glacier in the vicinity of Sonamarg and runs southwards through an alpine meadow called Lidderwat, from which the river has got its name. The river flows through lush green mountains of fir. The tourist village Aru
is situated on its bank. It covers 30 kilometers to the tourist destination of Pahalgam
where it meets a major tributary (the East Lidder) from Sheshnag Lake
and runs westwards until it meets the Jehlum River at Gurnar Khanabal village of Anantnag
The waters of the river are mainly used for irrigation purpose through different canals, the famous among them is Shah kol and drinking through water treatment plants.There are many different varieties of fishes present in the river.A fisheries plant has also been build up at the bank of the river.