Facts on the River Ganges<br />The river Ganges has some amazing facts! Here are just some them.<br />
Facts on it’s Geography<br /><ul><li>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. </li></li></ul><li>Environmental Facts<br /><ul><li>An estimated at nearly 1 billion litres per day - of mostly untreated raw sewage
Also, inadequate cremation procedures contributes to a large number of partially burnt or un-burnt corpses floating down the Ganga, not to mention livestock corpses
It is one of the three most polluted rivers in the world. </li></li></ul><li>Did you know?<br /><ul><li>The Ganges was ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Varanasi by Lonely Planet travellersand #164 of 5089 sights in Asia.
Every day about 60,000 people go down to the Varanasi ghats to take a holy dip along a 7km stretch of the river. Along this same area, 30 large sewers are continuously discharging into the river.
The Ganges River is so heavily polluted at Varanasi that the water is septic - no dissolved oxygen exists.</li></li></ul><li>Thank you for watching, I hope that you learnt from it!<br />