Ganges

Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
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."]
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
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).
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
Ganges from Space
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.

Trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh.

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Thangka depicting Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash

6638 m high peak in the Kailash Range (Gangdisê Mountains), which forms part of the Transhimalaya in the Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

6638 m high peak in the Kailash Range (Gangdisê Mountains), which forms part of the Transhimalaya in the Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Thangka depicting Mount Kailash

The mountain is located near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal, close to the source of some of the longest Asian rivers: the Indus; Sutlej; Brahmaputra; and Karnali, also known as Ghaghara (a tributary of the Ganges) in India.

Map of prominent mountain ranges in India, showing Aravalli in north-west India

Aravalli Range

Mountain range in Northern-Western India, running approximately 670 km (430 mi) in a south-west direction, starting near Delhi, passing through southern Haryana, Rajasthan, and ending in Ahmedabad Gujarat.

Mountain range in Northern-Western India, running approximately 670 km (430 mi) in a south-west direction, starting near Delhi, passing through southern Haryana, Rajasthan, and ending in Ahmedabad Gujarat.

Map of prominent mountain ranges in India, showing Aravalli in north-west India
Volcanic arc and geological process of undersea subduction during tactonic collusion
Global convergent boundary of plate margins
The Aravalli Range, seen from the range's highest point at Guru Shikhar, in Rajasthan.
A lake nested within Aravali Hills.
Aravali Hills near Pushkar.
Camel ride in the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer.
Charging Indian leopard.
Ashoka pillar at Delhi Ridge, brought to Delhi from Topra Kalan by Firuz Shah Tughlaq in 1356.
Ranthambore National Park, in Rajasthan.
The Aravali Range inside Ranthambhore National Park, in Rajasthan.
Aravalli range near Udaipur Rajasthan
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Eastern and southeastern Rajasthan is drained by the Banas and Chambal rivers, tributaries of the Ganges.

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

Rishikesh

City governed by Rishikesh Municipal Corporation , and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state Uttarakhand.

City governed by Rishikesh Municipal Corporation , and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state Uttarakhand.

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

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.

Gharial

Crocodilian in the family Gavialidae and among the longest of all living crocodilians.

Crocodilian in the family Gavialidae and among the longest of all living crocodilians.

Young gharial in the breeding center at Kukrail Reserve Forest
Gharials in the Gharial Conservation and Breeding Center at Chitwan National Park
Gharial in a Florida zoo
A miniature illustration of the Baburnama showing a gharial, ca. 1598, National Museum, New Delhi

The gharial once thrived in all the major river systems of the northern Indian subcontinent, from the Indus River in Pakistan, the Ganges in India, the Brahmaputra River in northeastern India and Bangladesh to the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Panorama of the Kali Gandaki gorge in Upper Mustang

Gandaki River

Panorama of the Kali Gandaki gorge in Upper Mustang
Kali Gandaki river north of Kagbeni
In Nepal, the river quickly crosses different climate zones
Gandaki River flows through a pine forest 25 km downstream from the place above
River Gandaki in Kagbeni Nepal
Kali Gandaki River near Ghasa, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
Gandaki river that divides Syangja District and Palpa District in Ramghat
Muktinath Vaishnava temple idols, Nepal
October 1966- Gandaki Valley, near Jomosom Nepal, with Tibetan Refugees. Note the head straps for carrying heavy loads. Most Tibetan refugees pass through Nepal to India where The 14th Dalai Lama resides.

The Gandaki River, also known as the Narayani and the Gandak, is one of the major rivers in Nepal and a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India.

Farakka Barrage

Barrage across the Ganga river located in Murshidabad district in the Indian state of West Bengal, roughly 18 km from the border with Bangladesh near Shibganj.

Barrage across the Ganga river located in Murshidabad district in the Indian state of West Bengal, roughly 18 km from the border with Bangladesh near Shibganj.

Union minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, inspecting damaged gate no. 16 at Farakka Barrage in 2012

The Ganges is one of the major rivers of the world.

A small shrine at Gaumukh, Gangotri glacier.

Gomukh

A small shrine at Gaumukh, Gangotri glacier.
Gomukh, terminus of the Gangotri glacier. The Bhagirathi peaks rise in the background.
Snout point of Gongotri Glacier, Gomukh

Gomukh, also known as "Gaumukh" or "Gomukhi" (Hindi: गौमुख or गौमुखी ; Assamese and Bengali: গোমুখ or গোমুখী), is the terminus or pout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the Bhagirathi River, one of the primary headstreams of the Ganga River.

Shiva

One of the principal deities of Hinduism.

One of the principal deities of Hinduism.

An ancient sculpture of Shiva at the Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra. 6th century CE
The Pashupati seal discovered during excavation of the Indus Valley archaeological site of Mohenjo-Daro and showing a possible representation of a "yogi" or "proto-Shiva" figure as Paśupati (= "Lord of the Animals"). Circa 2350-2000 BCE
Three-headed Shiva, Gandhara, 2nd century AD
Lingodbhava is a Shaiva sectarian icon where Shiva is depicted rising from the Lingam (an infinite fiery pillar) that narrates how Shiva is the foremost of the Trimurti; Brahma on the left and Vishnu on the right are depicted bowing to Shiva in the centre.
Ardhanarishvara sculpture, Khajuraho, depicting Shiva with goddess Parvati as his equal half. In the Ardhanarisvara concept, the icon is presented as half-man and half woman.
Oleograph by Raja Ravi Varma depicting a Shiva-centric Panchayatana. A bearded Shiva sits in the centre with his wife Parvati and their infant son Ganesha; surrounded by (clockwise from left upper corner) Ganesha, Devi, Vishnu, and Surya. Shiva's mount is the bull Nandi below Shiva.
Shiva with Parvati. Shiva is depicted three-eyed, the Ganges flowing through his matted hair, wearing ornaments of serpents and a skull garland, covered in ashes, and seated on a tiger skin.
A seated Shiva holds an axe and deer in his hands.
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Chola dynasty statue depicting Shiva dancing as Nataraja (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
The 10th century five headed Shiva, Sadashiva, Cambodia
Shiva Lingam with tripundra
Shiva sculpture, Dieng Plateau in Java, Indonesia
Mahakala, c. 1500 CE Tibetan Thangka

The iconographical attributes of Shiva are the serpent around his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the third eye on his forehead (the eye that turns everything in front of it into ashes when opened), the trishula or trident as his weapon, and the damaru drum.

The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges river in Hardwar and its confluence with the Jumna river below Cawnpore (now Kanpur).

Ganges Canal

For the canal system in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, see Ganga Canal (Rajasthan)

For the canal system in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, see Ganga Canal (Rajasthan)

The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges river in Hardwar and its confluence with the Jumna river below Cawnpore (now Kanpur).
Photograph of an old bridge on the Ganges Canal (constructed before 1854 during East India Company rule in India). The photograph was taken from a moving car.
Photograph (1860) of the head works of the Ganges Canal in Haridwar, by Samuel Bourne.
Photograph (2008) of the head works of the Ganges Canal in Haridwar, taken from the opposite side.
Watercolor (1863) titled, "The Ganges Canal, Roorkee, Saharanpur District (U.P.)." The canal was the brainchild of Sir Proby Cautley; construction began in 1840, and the canal was opened by Governor-General Lord Dalhousie in April 1854.
Photograph (2008) of an East India Company-era (1854) bridge on the Ganges Canal near Roorkee
The Ganges Canal.
The same East India Company bridge as in the lead paragraph photographed from the other side.
A water mill on the canal.
150-year-old locks on the canal.

The Ganges Canal or Ganga Canal is a canal system that irrigates the Doab region between the Ganges River and the Yamuna River in India.

Aerial photo from the south, with Mount Everest rising above the ridge connecting Nuptse and Lhotse

Mount Everest

Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.

Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.

Aerial photo from the south, with Mount Everest rising above the ridge connecting Nuptse and Lhotse
Everest and Lhotse from the south. In the foreground are Thamserku, Kangtega, and Ama Dablam
Mount Everest from 12,007 m
The name "Mount Everest" was first proposed in this 1856 speech, later published in 1857, in which the mountain was first confirmed as the world's highest
Mount Everest relief map
Published by the Survey of Nepal, this is Map 50 of the 57 map set at 1:50,000 scale "attached to the main text on the First Joint Inspection Survey, 1979–80, Nepal-China border." At the top centre, a boundary line, identified as separating "China" and "Nepal", passes through the summit contour. The boundary here and for much of the China–Nepal border follows the main Himalayan watershed divide.
Kangshung Face (the east face) as seen from orbit
Mount Everest with snow melted, showing upper geologic layers in bands.
A yak at around 4,790 m (15,715 ft)
Climbers below the Geneva Spur
Reunion of the 1953 British team
1952 documentary
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Confirmation of the summit obtained by Nepal's Ministry of Tourism
Small avalanche on Everest, 2006
Ascents of Mount Everest by year through 2010
The sun rising on Everest in 2011
Selfie on the summit, 2012
Mount Everest, 2014
The location of the fatal ice avalanche on the 2014 route, and the revised 2015 route through the Khumbu.
Everest, April 2015
Mount Everest in the upper left (March 2018)
Looking up along the southern ridgeline, the face of the Hillary Step is visible. The top of the South-West face is on the left in shadow, and in the light to the right is the top of the East/Kangshung face. In 2016 and 2017 there were serious reports that the Hillary Step was changed, which triggered a big discussion in the climbing community. (2010 photo)
Overview South Col route and North Col/Ridge route
Climber traversing Khumbu Icefall
Mount Everest north face from Rongbuk in Tibet
A view from the summit of Mount Everest in May 2013
The summit of Mount Everest from the North side
From Kala Patthar, Nepal
Climber at the summit wearing an oxygen mask
Available oxygen at Everest
Everest in September 2006
The Khumbu Icefall in 2005
The Western Cwm ("Coom"), with Everest on the left and Lhotse to the right
Photo of a Eurocopter AS350 B3 "Squirrel"
Top down view showing the location of the summit, and its three main faces/sides
Everest base camp
Gorak Shep is about a three-hour walk to South EBC (Everest Base Camp).
A paraglider at Neustift, Tirol, Austria
The Rongphu Monastery, with Mount Everest in the background
1890 graphic with the Himalayas, including Gaurisankar (Mount Everest) in the distance

Nicolson retreated to Patna on the Ganges to perform the necessary calculations based on his observations.