Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019

River Bhagirathi

 

 

 

Place of Origin

Gangotri glacier, Uttaranchal

Length

700 KM

Confluence

Merges with River Alaknanda to form the Ganges at Deoprayag (Uttaranchal)

 

Religious significance

 

 

 

The river is sacred to the Hindus and is named after Bhagiratha who is credited for bringing the river down to earth.

 

Ecological significance 

 

 

 

The Bhagirathi valley has a rich diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants ranging from sub-tropical to alpine species. It is also rich in wildlife.