We travelled for 4 days on a Ganges riverboat from Munger to the Farakka Barrages, calling at villages along the way; then we caught the train to Kolkata.
The River Ganga (Ganges) originates at the Gangotri Glacier in the western Uttaranchal Himalayas at an altitude of 5 miles; it flows south then generally eastward through the plains of North India to Farakka and into Bangladesh (now called the Padma) where it branches into a web of distributaries before exiting into the Bay of Bengal. The Farraka Barrages divert water through a feeder canal into the Hooghly River which flows through Kolkata.
Sand collected from the river bottom at Munger, for road works
The second longest bridge across the Ganges
Ajgabhinath Hindu temple at Sultanganj - our first port of call
5th century carvings of Hindu deities at Ajgabhinath
Yokes for carrying Ganges water on the upcoming 3 day 110 km pilgrimage walk
The Saturn god which is worshipped on Saturdays
People at Sultanganj
Cremations on the river bank at Sultanganj