A trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh
Countries: India, Bangladesh
States: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
- left: Ramganga, Gomti, Ghaghara, Gandaki, Burhi Gandak, Koshi, Mahananda
- right: Yamuna, Tamsa, Son, Punpun, Betwa, Chambal, Tons, Ken, Sindh, Hindon, Sharda
Cities: Haridwar, Kanpur, Jajmau, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Ghazipur, Patna, Rishikesh, Munger, Bhagalpur, Baharampur, Kolkata, Bijnor
Source: Gangotri Glacier, Satopanth Glacier, Khatling Glacier, and waters from melted snow from such peaks as Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedarnath, Nanda Kot, and Kamet. - location: Uttarakhand, India
The Ganges begins at the confluence of the Bhagirathi (which rises at the foot of Gangotri Glacier, at Gaumukh) and Alaknanda rivers at Devprayag. The six headstreams are the Alaknanda, Dhauliganga, Nandakini, Pindar, Mandakini, and Bhagirathi rivers.
Mouth: Ganges Delta - location: Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh & India
Length 2,525 km (1,569 mi)
Discharge: for Farakka Barrage
Discharge elsewhere (average) - Bay of Bengal
It is the third largest river by discharge.
The Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007.