The Ganges is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through 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. It is the third largest river on Earth by discharge.
The main stem of the Ganges begins at the town of Devprayag,at confluence of the Alaknanda, which is the source stream in hydrology because of its greater length, and the Bhagirathi, which is considered the source stream in Hindu mythology.
The Ganges is a lifeline to millions of people who live in its basin and depend on it for their daily needs. It has been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals such as Pataliputra, Kannauj, Kara, Munger, Kashi, Patna, Hajipur, Delhi, Bhagalpur, Murshidabad, Baharampur, Kampilya, and Kolkata located on its banks or the banks of tributaries and connected waterways. The river is home to approximately 140 species of fish, 90 species of amphibians, and also reptiles and mammals, including critically endangered species such as the gharial and South Asian river dolphin. The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus.
It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism.
The Ganges is more than just a river. A colossal waterway that's born in the glaciers of the Himalayas and threads its way across thousands of miles of countryside before emptying into the bay of Bengal, it's a lifeline for millions. The river,the third largest on earth,is also considered a sacred entity by Hindus: It is a Goddess, the Ganga. In cities from Varanasi to Kolkata, it's also a site of color and life and drama,where religious rituals, quiet fishing boats,and river cruises coexist.
Encompassing luxury in every nook and corner, the river cruises by Grand Century Cruises are designed to make sure you have the most enthralling journey on River Ganges. From comfortable accommodation to high-end amenities, the cruises are equipped with everything you might need while sailing. Come on board and have a memorable journey!
With a vision to make the journey along the ancient river routes of East India memorable, we have meticulously carved out itineraries to explore some of the most beautiful destinations from Kolkata to Varanasi. Discover new cultures, new experiences and new destinations while you sail on the Ganges.
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