A report on GangesHaridwar and Uttarakhand

Meandering main Ganga river, known here as Neel Dhara (left) and the Ganga canal (right), passing through Haridwar.
Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Rope bridge across Alaknanda River at Srinagar, 1784-94 – the capital of the Garhwal Kingdom
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
Prince Bhagiratha in penance for the salvation of 60,000 of his ancestors.
Fort of Champawat, 1815 – the first capital of the Chand kings of Kumaon Kingdom
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
Gangadhara, Shiva bearing the Descent of the Ganges River as Parvati and Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on. circa 1740
Uttarakhand as a part of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
Head of the Ganges Canal, Haridwar, ca 1894–1898.
Uttarakhand as a part of Uttar Pradesh, 1950–2000
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
Haridwar from the opposite bank of the Ganges, 1866
With the elevation of 7816 m above sea level, Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in Uttarakhand and the second-highest mountain in India, following Kangchenjunga in Sikkim.
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
Haridwar as a part of the United Province, 1903
With the elevation of 190 m above sea level, Sharda Sagar Reservoir is the lowest land point in Uttarakhand.
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
Neeldhara Bird Sanctuary at the main Ganges Canal, before Bhimgoda Barrage, also showing signs of an ancient port.
Topography of Uttarakhand.
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Panoramic view of Har ki Pauri
Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Panorama of Haridwar city from Mansa Devi Temple
Sumitranandan Pant Museum, Kausani
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Main bathing Ghat, at Haridwar, in the 1880s.
Bal Mithai, a popular sweet from Kumaon
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
The Clock Tower on the Malviya Dwip at Har Ki Pauri.
Women performing Chanchari – a popular folk dance from Danpur region in Kumaon.
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
The Haridwar Kumbh Mela is held in every 12 years and the date is determined by Hindu astrology.
Pilgrims gather for the third Shahi Snan ("royal bath") at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Uttarakhand on 14 April 2010 during Haridwar Kumbh Mela.
Preparations for cremations on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi], 1903. The dead are being bathed, wrapped in cloth, and covered with wood. The photograph has a caption, "Who dies in the waters of the Ganges obtains heaven."]
Das Mahavidya temple, Daksheswara Mahadev temple
A woman winnowing rice, an important food crop in Uttarakhand.
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
Ropeway to Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
Bholanath Sevashram temple by the Ganges, Haridwar
Schematic tourist map of Uttarakhand.
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
Haridwar from Chilla Range, Rajaji National Park
Garhwal Himalaya mountain range in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand.
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
Shiva statue by the Ganges, across Har-ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.
The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges River in Haridwar and its confluences with the Jumna (Yamuna) River in Etawah and with the Ganges in Cawnpore (now Kanpur).
Shri Chintamani Parshwnath Jain Shwetambar Mandir
Mahasu Devta Temple at Hanol is notable for its traditional wooden architecture.
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
Pantanjali Yogpeeth
Architectural details of a Dharamshala, established 1822, Haridwar.
Ganges from Space
Haridwar Railway station
Abhisarika Nayika, a painting by Mola Ram.
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
The releasing of the Uttaranchal crafts map
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster)
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora)
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus)
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.
West Himalayan Common Peacock (Papilio bianor polyctor)
Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata)
Burans (Rhododendron arboreum)
Kaphal (Myrica esculenta)
Kandali (Urtica dioica)
The Ganges at Sultanganj.
Valley of Flowers National Park
View of a Bugyal (meadow) in Uttarakhand
Har Ki Doon, a high-altitude hanging valley
Rishikesh view and 13 stories Shiva temple across Lakshman Jhula bridge over the Ganges
Kedarnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas

Haridwar is a city and municipal corporation in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India.

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The 2525 km river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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The city is situated on the right bank of the Ganges river, at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges.

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After flowing for 256.90 km through its narrow Himalayan valley, the Ganges emerges from the mountains at Rishikesh, then debouches onto the Gangetic Plain at the pilgrimage town of Haridwar.

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Two of the most important rivers in Hinduism originate in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, the Ganges at Gangotri and the Yamuna at Yamunotri.

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Haridwar is one of the four places in India where this mela is organised.

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A view of temples on the banks of river Ganges near Laxman Jhula


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A view of temples on the banks of river Ganges near Laxman Jhula
Students from around the world undergoing yoga teacher training by the River Ganges at Rishikesh, 2015
Rafting in Rishikesh
View of Rishikesh
Chit chat at bank of River Ganga at Rishikesh
Shiva statue near Parmarth Niketan which was washed away by the 2013 flood on River Ganga
Tera Manzil Temple
A temple in Rishikesh
Ghats by the River Ganges
Ram Jhula Bridge across the Ganges at Muni Ki Reti, built in the 1980s
A Hanuman temple in Rishikesh
Rishikesh Views
laxman jhula bridge

Rishikesh, also spelt as Hrishikesh, is a city governed by Rishikesh Municipal Corporation (since October 2017), and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state Uttarakhand.

It lies 21 km north of the city Haridwar and 45 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun.

Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the asura king of Lanka; and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganges, using two jute ropes at the point where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' (लक्ष्मण झूला) stands today.