Ganga – one of the greatest river of the world. A river which is both a source & a living symbol of Indian civilization. These pictures were taken during our recent trip to the North Indian cities of Rishikesh & Haridwar, in the Uttarakhand state of India.
From time immemorial it has been the holy river of Hinduism. For most of its course it is a wide and sluggish stream, flowing through one of the most fertile and densely populated regions in the world. The importance of Ganga is not even impacted by the fact that it is relatively much shorter in length (1,560 miles/ 2,510 km) compared with the other great rivers of Asia or of the world. Rising in the Himalayas and emptying into the Bay of Bengal, it covers a quarter of the territory of India, while its basin supports hundreds of millions of people. The Gangetic Plain, across which it flows, is the heartland of the region known as Hindustan and has been the cradle of successive civilizations.
The Ganga, in the pictures below, is just coming down to the plains from the Himalayan mountains region. These were taken during our recent trip to entering the plains from is a river equivalent of the a person crossing the teenage years and reaching a adulthood.