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Ever Thought of a Ganga Trail? Travel and Do Your Bit For River Ganga

Embark on a journey along the Ganges. Surreal experiences of offering poojas at vibrant ghats and indulging in adventure await. HolidayIQ Travellers suggest places along the Ganga you must travel to. 

1. Gaumukh


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Gaumukh, the inception point of the Ganges is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the Bhagirathi River. The place is located near Tapovan meadow and enchants visitors with its natural glory. Trek up to the sacred spot on foot or on ponies to take a holy dip in the ice-cold water. The popular trekking route starts in the Gangotri and passes through Gila Pahar and Chirbasa. It is a challenging route. Not for the fainthearted!

Must-Visit: You could also trek to Tapovan and Nandanvan. The route starts in Gomukh.

2. Rishikesh


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Rishikesh is where the Ganges meets the plains. The place offers several tourist attractions, right from religious spots to thrilling adventure sport activities. Take a dip in the holy waters of Triveni Ghat and walk down your way through the narrow lanes of the city as you pay respect at the temples. Rappelling, trekking, rock climbing and kayaking on River Ganga are some of the adventure sports you can do.

Must-Visit: The Gita Bhawan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Triveni Ghat and Swarga Ashram are other tourist attractions in Rishikesh. 

3. Kanpur


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Get acquainted with the beauty and spiritual essence of the heritage city of Kanpur. If you happen to visit Kanpur during Holi, be a part of the 7-day Ganga Mela, celebrated right after holi. Jhoola Festival is another festival that Kanpur celebrates with great pomp.

Must-Visit: Popular tourist destinations of Kanpur are Shri Radhakrishna Temple, Jain Glass Temple, Allen Forset Zoo, Moti Jheel Park and Gurudwara Banno Sahib. 

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4. Haridwar


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Participate in the exclusive and grand evening Maha Aarti, which is an event you must experience in Haridwar. Do not miss this grand possession of Haridwar, performed everyday in the city.  Take a bath at the ghats of Haridwar.

Must-Visit: Har ki Pauri, Shaktipeeth Maya Devi, Mansa Devi, Lakshman Jhula and Daksh Mahadev Temple near the Ganga.

5. Allahabad


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Attain spirituality while you bathe in the sacred water of the Ganges at Allahabad. Kumbh Mela is the biggest festival in Allahabad. Diwali in Allahabad must be spent at the ghats of the Ganga – beautifully lit up.

Must-Visit: From an amazing assortment of religious paraphernalia like brass idols, vermillion and prayer books to fresh, seedless guavas and local literature, shopping in Allahabad indeed has its own charms. Visit the Company Garden, Chandrasekhar Park and Anand Bhawan.

6. Varanasi


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The old city of Varanasi is situated along the western bank of the Ganges. Go on a spiritual journey with a boat ride across the Ganga and observe religious rituals conducted on the ghats. Visit various places with historical significance and stories attached to them, such as the cremation grounds and a sacred pond. Legend has it that the pond has the power to treat infertility.

Must-Visit: Holidayiq Traveller Manju Bhargavi says, “There are lot of temples that must be visited in Varanasi. Some of them are Varahini Ammavaru Temple, Kalabhairava Temple, Tulasi Manasa Mandir, Kaali Maa Mandir, Maha Mrutunjaya Temple and Saranath.”

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7. Patna


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With a rich historical and cultural past, Patna is situated on the southern bank of the Ganges. Due to its enormous background, the city is blessed with numerous archaeological and historical sites. Do not miss to visit the air-conditioned floating restaurant MV Ganga Vihar from Gandhi Ghat offering dinner cruises twice a day. Ganges Ghats in Patna is a major tourist attraction. Rent a motor boat and if you are lucky, you can spot dolphins. 

Must-Visit: There are a number of forts like Raja Ghat, pilgrimages like Kali Mandir at Kali Ghat, Gurdwara Pahila Bara at Gai Ghat, and Gurdwara Gobind Ghat at Gaobind Ghat situated on the bank of the Ganges in Patna. Tourists can visit Mahatma Gandhi Setu, which is one of the longest bridges in the world and situated at Gaighat.

8. Kolkata


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The city of Kolkata is situated on the Hooghly River, a 260-km-long tributory of the Ganges. It splits from the river near Baharampur, and runs south through West Bengal, past the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah to empty into the Bay of Bengal. Take a ferry to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple that stands alongside the Hooghly River and directly opposite the Belur Math.

Must-Visit: Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, 130 km north of Kolkata. A main attraction in Mayapur is Srila Prabhupada’s Pushpa Samadhi Mandir. 

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