|Copyright: YOGESH MASURIA (masuria)
|Date Taken: 2012-05-12|
|Categories: Daily Life|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-06-26 5:15|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|"Ganga" and "Ganga River" redirect here. For other uses, see Ganga (disambiguation). For other uses of Ganges, see Ganges (disambiguation).|
Coordinates: 22░05′N 90░50′E
The Ganges in Varanasi
Countries India, Bangladesh
States Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
- left Ramganga, Gomti, Ghaghara, Gandaki, Burhi Gandak, Koshi, Mahananda
- right Yamuna, Tamsa, Son, Punpun
Cities Haridwar, Kanpur, Jajmau, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Ghazipur, Patna, Rishikesh, Munger, Bhagalpur, Kolkata
Source Gangotri Glacier, Satopanth Glacier, Khatling Glacier, and waters from melted snow from such peaks as Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedarnath, Nanda Kot, and Kamet.
- location Uttarakhand, India
- elevation 3,892 m (12,769 ft)
- coordinates 30░59′N 78░55′E
Mouth Ganges Delta
- location Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh & India
- elevation 0 m (0 ft)
- coordinates 22░05′N 90░50′E
Length 2,525 km (1,569 mi) 
Basin 1,080,000 km2 (416,990 sq mi) 
Discharge for Farakka Barrage
- average 12,500 m3/s (441,433 cu ft/s) 
- max 70,000 m3/s (2,472,027 cu ft/s)
- min 2,000 m3/s (70,629 cu ft/s)
Discharge elsewhere (average)
- Bay of Bengal 42,470 m3/s (1,499,814 cu ft/s) 
Map of the combined drainage basins of the Ganges (orange), Brahmaputra (violet), and Meghna (green).
The Ganges ( /ˈɡŠndʒiːz/ gan-jeez) or Ganga ( Bengali: গঙ্গা G˘nga, Sanskrit: गङ्गा, Hindi: गंगा, Kannada: ಗಂಗಾ, Tamil: கங்கை, Urdu: گنگا Ganga IPA: [ˈɡəŋɡaː] ( listen) );, is a trans-boundary river of India and Bangladesh. The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. By discharge it ranks among the world's top 20 rivers. The Ganges basin is the most heavily populated river basin in the world, with over 400 million people and a population density of about 1,000 inhabitants per square mile (390 /km2).
The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus and is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshiped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism. It has also been important historically: many former provincial or imperial capitals (such as Patliputra, Kannauj, Kara, Kashi, Allahabad, Murshidabad, Munger, Baharampur and Kolkata) have been located on its banks.
The Ganges was ranked among the five most polluted rivers of the world in 2007, with fecal coliform levels in the river near Varanasi more than hundred times the official Indian government limits. Pollution threatens not only humans, but also more than 140 fish species, 90 amphibian species and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. The Ganga Action Plan, an environmental initiative to clean up the river, has been a major failure thus far, due to corruption and lack of technical expertise, lack of good environmental planning, Indian traditions and beliefs, and lack of support from religious authorities.
SOURCE : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganges
limba3 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.