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The Ganges (pron.: /ˈɡændʒiːz/ GAN-jeez) or Ganga, 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. It is the longest river of India and is the second greatest river in the world by water discharge. 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, Kampilya and Kolkata) have been located on its banks.

Varanasi - India
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3763x2822px 5.3 MB
Make
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model
E-5
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
111 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Feb 1, 2013, 6:47:55 AM
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