One of the most sacred water bodies, running from the top of the Himalayas and delving into the Bay Of Bengal, with pilgrim values, is the Ganga river in India. A symbol of Divinity, Purity and Spirituality, the Ganga river is the mother and goddess of people's beliefs living in India.
Embarking around 2500 km of journey stretching from Uttrakhand to West Bengal and then to Bangladesh, Ganga is a tribute to ancient Hindu god and goddesses. The mention of this river fills Indians with pride.
Bathing in the holy water on the banks of river Ganga in Varanasi, cremation at its ghats, and the immersion of ashes are believed to be a must-do ritual for Moksha is a supreme belief in Hinduism. Not only that, the river Ganga in the town of Haridwar is the most visited places in India for worshippers
The everlasting divinity of the Holy River Ganga-instilled with the purest form of freshness and goodness-thousands of years still reflecting the same. With the most populated river basin globally, a large part of India's population depends on their survival on the Ganga River in terms of cultivation for agricultural purposes like fishing, making the local wildlife dependent on it.
Not only the spiritual value, but the Ganges is famous for its water activities in Rishikesh as well. Frames with lovely forests and peaks, one of Ganga's tributary Kosi River houses one of the most intense National Parks in India- The Jim Corbett.
With the tranquil and gorgeous sunset, the local pandits light the diyas and perform the Ganga Arti, a beautiful panoramic view, making it a top destination for pilgrimage in India. The ghats- the steps that lead down to the river- are the centre of life and action among the towns situated on the banks of the river.
Despite Ganga’s purifying waters from heaven, the river is facing environmental challenges with the growth in cities and industries dependant on the local river. Looking at the Ganga river map, there are numerous tourist spots on the banks of river Ganga. A money-making activity for the locals, Haridwar, Varanasi and Allahabad are top tourist places to be visited while on a trip to India.
Thus, it is rightly said that it is a colossal waterway born in the glaciers of the Himalayas and covers millions of miles before merging in the Bay of Bengal.