Assam: One of Asias largest rivers, the Brahmaputra crosses the entire length of the autonomous province Assam, in India. This river, also called Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, is a trans-boundary river. From its origin in southwestern Tibet as the Yarlung Zangbo River, it flows across southern Tibet to break through the Himalayas in great gorges and into Arunachal Pradesh where it is known as Dihang. It flows southwest through the Assam Valley as Brahmaputra and south through Bangladesh as the Jamuna. There it merges with the Ganges to form a vast delta. About 1,800 miles (2,900 km) long, the river is an important source for irrigation and transportation and its affluents are rich in aquatic fauna.
Text and Photos Heiko Bleher
Heiko Bleher’s field trips through India included the little-known Assam region