devprayag - ghat at the sangam - confluence of the alaknanda and bhagirathi rivers into the ganges river (india)

Devprayag is a Hindu holy city in India, where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet and become the Ganges river.­

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This is the Ghat (steps to the holy bath) at the Sangam, i.­e.­ the exact point of the confluence.­ Hindu pilgrims take a holy dip right where the two sacred rivers meet.­

In Hindu mythology and culture, the Bhagirathi (on the left, with the green water) is considered the source stream of the Ganges.­ However, in hydrology, the other headstream, Alaknanda (on the right, with the brown water), is considered the source stream on account of its great length and discharge.­

For more info about this place, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Devprayag.

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National Highway 58, Uttarakhand 249192, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

Photos of a motorcycle trip on the road from Tehri up to to Gangotri (India)

The Gangotri road goes up the Bhagirathi river valley.­ The Bhagirathi is one of the headstreams of the Ganges.­

A good portion of the Bhagirathi is flooded by the Tehri reservoir (artificial lake).

The road ends at Gangotri, an important Hindu pilgrimage destination on the Bhagirathi river, high in the Himalaya mountains.­

Along the way, there are a few villages and an abandoned Hydro Power Project (Loharinag-Pala), with some tunnels that can be explored if you have a flash-light and do not mind jumping over the gates.­ Some of the tunnels are flooded.­

Gangotri has no full-time inhabitants, and it is just guarded by a few soldiers during the winter time.­ Early in the season, before thousands of Hindu Yatri (pilgrims) arrive in Gangotri, all the shops are closed.­ The town comes to life only later, in late spring and summer, when the pilgrims arrive.­

When I arrived in Gangotri in early spring, by motorbike, the place was really like a ghost town!

Only a few locals were there, mostly to repair the accommodations and get them ready for the pilgrims that would come in mass later in the season.­ Luckily I managed to find a room (very cold, with no heat and with no water) and a place to eat dinner.­

For more info, go to:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Gangotri
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Bhagirathi_­River
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Loharinag_­Pala_­Hydro_­Power_­Project