By Rashmi Sanghi
There's a plethora of knowledge on hand at the river Ganga within the kind of books, blogs, articles, web content, movies. regrettably, lots of the information regarding this recognized river is in a scattered shape and reproduced from unverified assets. This contributed quantity is the 1st multi-author quantity book in this topic. The River Ganga features a great array of themes written by means of numerous authors of contrast. issues contain; hydrology, tributaries, water makes use of, and environmental positive factors equivalent to river water caliber, aquatic and terrestrial flora/fauna, common assets, ecological features, delicate environmental parts and extra. half I provides a simple advent of the Ganga river. the prevailing info and to be had info from numerous assets has been compiled in a pictorial type within the type of cmaps. Its cultural value with altering occasions is additionally mentioned. half II seems to be on the wealthy biodiversity of the Ganga Basin. It provides a close description of the key floral and faunal biodiversity with detailed emphasis at the nationwide aquatic animal dolphin and Sunderbans, the most important mangrove wetland on the planet. half III examines ‘The Ganga Water because it flows’. It specializes in the water caliber in addition to its linked demanding situations. half IV appears to be like on the complexities of matters confronting the river ‘Ganga in altering occasions’ be it snowmelt runoff, river financial institution erosion risks and hydropower tests; how the standards of inhabitants, poverty and pollutants give a contribution to the destiny of the river. half IV touches on fiscal features derived from the river corresponding to company possibilities and tourism.
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9) • Out of 94 National parks in India 29 are within Ganga Basin (Fig. 10) • Out of 502 animal sanctuaries in India, 75 are located in the Ganga basin • Out of 28 tiger reserves, 10 tiger reserves are found in Ganga basin (Fig. 7 Sundarbans – A Unique Entity The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt in the world, stretching 80 km into the Bangladeshi and Indian hinterland from the coast (see Chap. 5). The Sundarbans has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (website 2) (Fig. 12).
3 % of the country’s total geographical area. It has a number of tributaries, namely Yamuna, Gomati, Ghaggar, Kosi, Son, Gandak and subtributaries, the Yamuna being the largest of all. Its perennial flow is fed mainly by monsoon precipitation and partially by the Himalayan glacier melt. Its total catchment area measures 861,404 km2, out of which Yamuna’s share is 366,223 km2. The Yamuna rising at Yamunotri joins the Ganga at Allahabad. Roughly the land use pattern of the basin is: total forest cover 116,973 km2, cultivable area 509,944 km2, net sown area 427,991 km2, and gross sown area 556,488 km2.
Each of these sites is unique in its own way, and are viewed together as Chota Char Dham in pilgrimage practice. Originally, Char Dham was the umbrella term for India’s most popular pilgrimage circuit, the four important temples-Puri, Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Badrinath-clubbed together by the eighth century saint Shankaracharya into the all-India pilgrimage circuit to the four cardinal points of the country. Introduction to Our National River Ganga via cmaps 25 Fig. 13 More about Kumbh Mela 1 Fig.