Alexander ended his Indian adventure on the banks of this beautiful river Beas. This marked the easternmost border of Alexander’s conquest. His troops mutinied here refusing to go any further inside India and Alexander had to return without being able to cross this river.
Alexander’s troops had real difficult time in winning against Porus when they entered India, and the main reason was they had never fought against an army of elephants. The army of Porus which they fought had 200 elephants. The real military strength of the ancient Indian kingdoms was their war elephants. No kingdoms in rest of the world had these fierce war winners.
The reason for Alexander’s troops refusing to go any further inside India was because of the news they got that on the other side of the river bank, was waiting a huge army of the mighty Nanda empire consisting of 200000 infantry, 80000 cavalry, 8000 war chariots, and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL 6000 war elephants :)
Alexander’s army very well realized that, crossing the river Beas would mean just one thing - never making it back again.
PIC: Beas flowing near Manali in northern India.