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Here are some interesting facts on river Ganga, one of the largest and most sacred rivers of India.

Varanasi : River Ganga : Interesting Facts on Ganga

Interesting Facts on Ganga

River Ganga holds great importance in the economic, social and cultural life of the Indian people in general and Hindus in particular. Here are some interesting facts on the most sacred River of India, Ganga.

  • River Ganga is about 1557 miles long (2506 km).
  • The Ganges basin is about 200 to 400 miles (322 to 644 km) wide.
  • The river Ganga originates at Gangotri glacier on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, some 14, 000 feet above sea level.
  • River Bhagirathi and Alaknanda join each other at Devprayag to form River Ganga.
  • Major pilgrimage places on River Ganga are- Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Prayag (Allahabad).
  • The mouth of River Ganga forms a vast delta, the Sundarban delta (the largest delta in the world).
  • There are two major dams on the Ganga. One at Haridwar and the other dam is a part of the hydroelectric project at Farakka.