Ganges at Varanasi at dusk
The Ganges (or Ganga) the 2,525 km long river rises in the western Himalayas and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of Northern India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the third largest river by discharge.
The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus. It 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. Ganges at the city of Kolkata (Formerly Calcutta).
The city Calcutta was built on the eastern bank of the holy river Ganges by a British agent Job Charnok of the East India Company in 1690.