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The Giri River is an important river which feeds the Yamuna. It is also well known as the Giri Ganga. This river drains parts of Himachal in the south eastern areas. Giri River originates in the hills of Kotkhai. It flows through the district of Sirmaur, where after a distance it meets with the Yamuna.
The river catchment has various types of foliage. Fir, deodar, Blue pine and Oak can be seen here. Many people come to this area to enjoy a summer afternoon. The best time to see the river is during pre-summers. Winter season can be harsh while monsoon season sees this river flow with fury. Mahseer fish can be easily spotted in its waters. Timber is often floated in large quantities over the waters of this river.
The river waters are channeled through the Nahan ridge to Girinagar powerhouse. The water hereon is released with gushing force into the river of Bata. The diversion project on the river houses 30 MW twin units for power supply to the districts.
This river originates from a small spring which is fed by the waters of Shimla. The river then takes a turn to the south west for a distance; thereafter it changes its course for south-eastern alignment. The upper course of this river has a deep gorge in a V-shape which is across a pace called Nag Tibba.
The river flows along the Nahan ridge and later meets Yamuna at Paonta. There are quite a few human settlements like the likes of Ddhau, Sataun and Yashwant nagar.
The major tributaries of this river are Ashani which meets Giri close to Chail and Jalal which joins it at Dadhau. The Palar and Nait stream meets the river on its left bank. The other lesser known streams are Khal, Joggar, Bajhethy and Pervi.