Luni River Is The Largest In The Thar desert In North-West India

Years after years, legendary poets and literature cultivators have kept on comparing river with eternity because it meets the vast ocean. And geographically speaking, rivers are the fresh water that meets larger water bodies (i.e. seas or oceans).

It embraces the immensity and beauty of oceans, and this particular phenomenon has room in love letters, literature course books, and geography classes. In India, most rivers meet the seas and flow into either the Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal. But what about River Luni?

An Introduction to River Luni

India probably has no rivers which don’t meet an ocean or sea. But wait, there is one river that does not need the human feeling of meeting the ‘Vitamin Sea’. Jokes apart, River Luni is a proof that not always does the vastness of the ocean associates river with eternity.

In a world where river is a feminine term, River Luni does not require the vastness of oceans to its identity. So here goes a brief of this river.

As fascinating as it sounds, River Luni does not meet any ocean or sea. Originated at an elevation of 772 meters from Aravalli Range’s Naga hills, it is also known as Sagarmati. Located in the district of Rajasthan, it takes a trail towards Gujarat. The south-western trail covers around 495 kms distance & flows through Pali, Nagaur, Barmer, Jodhpur, as well as Jalore districts.

Luni meets the end in Barine, situated near Gujarat. Now here is the most fascinating fact – the water drains on the shallow bed which leads to the final termination. It does not flow into other water bodies.

Where do you get to experience a sight of River Luni?

River Luni in India can offer the most captivating experience through its sight at Balotra in Barmer in Rajasthan. The best time to pay a visit to this district is during the monsoon season. River Luni receives the maximum precipitation at this time and brings out the most beautiful and mysterious attire. During this season, the river portrays its eternal attire so perfectly that it gets difficult to erase its untamed and undetected face.

Facts and facets about the river

Luni happens to be a seasonal river that gets dried up during the summer time. It gets most of the water right from its drainage off the south-west slopes of Aravalli Range. As a matter of fact, the significant tributaries of the river happen to be:

  • Jawai
  • Sukri
  • Guhiya
  • Bandi (Hemawas); and
  • Jojari rivers

Jojari happens to be the only tributary (right-bank).The left bank comprises 10 tributaries. Additionally, calling it the only tributary of the river without any origin at the Aravalli hill will not be a false statement. It is surprising to know that Luni is one and only important river in the west Rajasthan. The primary source of the river is irrigation. Hence, it enjoys a paramount religious significance amongst locals out here.

Luni River in India runs the total course of 495 km approximately. The catchment area of Luni Basin happens to be around 37,363 square kilometers. The Sipu dam and Dantiwada dam are on this river. Jaswant Sagar in Pichiyak (in the Jodhpur district) is a prominent landmark built. It got its existence in the year 1892 by the great Maharaja Singh. The lake surrounds the dam, and it is known as a large artificial lake in the lands of India.


So, this is it. If you are surprised to know these facts and facets about the river, what are you going to do upon having your first glimpse of Luni live? Planning to do so? Here’s wishing you bon voyage.

Featured Photo of ‘Lone Fisherman—Ganges River—-Bihar, India’ by Jack Wickes under CC BY-ND 2.0

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