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  • Man bathe at the edge of the Ganges
  • Sunsets over the river bank on the Ganges River is an ideal photo opportunity on India tours.
  • Ganges River cruises is a popular inclusion on India tours.

While on India tours, you will possibly come across the Ganges River, also known as the River Ganga which is trans-boundary and runs through India and Bangladesh. Measuring 2,525 km (1,569 mi), the Ganges rises in the western Himalyas 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. 

Serving as a lifeline for millions of Indians living along its course, it is also considered sacred in the Hindu religion. The Ganges is personified as a goddess and also holds an important place in Hindu mythology. It is believed that bathing in the river helps atone for past sins and facilitates the attainment of nirvana, as well, it prompts many people to travel distances to immerse their kin’s ashes in the holy river, all to be expereinced on trips to India

The city of Varanasi is one of the more popular sites for this pilgrimage. Ghats, which are sets of stairs leading in to the Ganges, are filled with people bathing, while some are set up for special cremation rituals.

The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, requested in his will that part of his ashes be thrown into the Ganges. He wrote of the Ganges, “The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga”.

 


 

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Learn about the history and culture of India, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about India's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering India for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our India tours today!

 

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