Hoogly River and the famed Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

I had to start the post with Ganga. Hoogly as the geography books would call her. The tributary of Ganges that nourishes West Bengal.

Howrah Bridge
Howrah Bridge

Kashi Mitra burning ghat, Hoogly River, Kolkata

A Hindu cremation ghat where rumors say Satidaha took place till late 60s. 

Burning Ghat by river Ganges

Old Ghat by the banks of Hoogly River

Looking for the iconic beauty of rural Bengal? Dyuti and Ritam of Mono Aji fame recommend these nameless ghats by the banks of Hoogly river.

Gopal Ghat Hoogly River

Faint traces of old Jute Mills by the banks of Hoogly on the side of Howrah

The closed door of these jute mills during early 90s took immense toll on middle class Bengali lifestyle. I remember going to school and having to hear from batch-mates how their father had lost jobs. 

Howrah Jute Mills by the banks of Hoogly River

Sacred Games on river Hoogly

It was the eve of Durgapuja 2018. Cyclone Titli loomed large on eastern coast of India. Two men swam across the profound river at ease!

Cyclone Titli 2018 on River Ganges

River Ganges, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Benaras

Benaras, where do I start? Where do I end? 

According to Hindu belief, dying by Ganga in Kashi (another name of Benaras) is equivalent to attain heaven!

dashashwamedh ghat, Benaras

Meagre emptiness of Life: Benaras, Ganges, Sunsets, Indian railways and Boats, can a picture be more emotional?

Traveling by old Indian railways to the ancient Kashidham is a profound emotional affair!

Ganges in Benaras

Indus River, Ladakh, India

The short lived companionship between Indus river and Indian geography  that remains after the partition of the subcontinent. 

Indus Ladakh
River Indus

Indus river, the cradle of civilization of Indian subcontinent.

A man from Maldah who came to work in Ladakh for BRO fetches me some water from Indus river as souvenir.

Indus river

Indus takes a bend against the breathtaking landscape of Ladakh!

Stak Na monastery is housed on the rock as Indus takes dramatic bends in ladakh.

Sthak Na Monastery, Ladakh

A rock-solid performance on Indus river bed!

Indus River

A boat sails on Bramhaputra “Nod”, a male figure in Indian context.

The quintessential lifeline of entire North east India.

Bramhaputra River and Guwahati

Sunset over Bramhaputra, Guwahati as seen from Umananda island

Bramhaputra houses majuli, the largest riverine island in the world. He also houses Umananda island, whose claim to fame is to be the smallest riverine island in the world. besides, Umananda island also houses a shiva temple. 

Bramhaputra River and Guwahati

The river Nile and an emerging day, somewhere near Egypt and Sudan border

I have never quite seen another sight like that of Nile river!

Nile River near Sudan Border

A bright day in Cairo by the river Nile

Cairo, the sprawling capital city of Middle East, is literary a baby of river Nile. 

River nile and Cairo

An evening by river Nile on the day of Bakri Eid, 2018

Boats set sail as people of Cairo come out with family to celebrate Eid.

Sunset by Nile river

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The most spectacular water show in the world, Mosi Oa Tunya, Victoria Falls!

Victoria falls, Zambezi River. As seen from Zambia side.

Angel’s pool at the edge of Victoria Falls where river Zambezi river takes a plunge, Zambia

In a rather low water level season, you can go ahead and take a dip in this pool. 

Zambezi river angels pool Zambia

Rainbows are a part of lifestyle here at Zambezi river!

At the edge of the world. For a fraction of the second, I would believe that the earth is flat!

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

An excerpt from the poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes

Smoke that thunders, Mosi Oa Tunya, Victoria Falls

Smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls

This is where river rafting activity takes place on the Zambezi river

zambezi river

Mara river, Masai Mara game reserve at Kenya. A pod of hippos are bonding under the winter sun

During monsoon, the river gets filled up-to the brink. It is also the geographical indicator of the great migration of Masaimara!

Mara river, Masai mara

Mekong river flows by the temple town of Luang Prabang, Laos 

Luang Prabang Timeless, where globalized world has taken a stop at the threshold as Buddhist monks chime in peace mantra.

Mekong river

Mekong river basin comprises of 6 countries. China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar.

Mekong river

Nam Ou river, Norther Laos

If you see in person, the color of the Nam Ou river will astound you, especially on a rainy day!

nam ou river

A boatman sails to a village by the banks of Nam Ou river, Laos

nam ou river

Tungabhadra River, Hampi, India

The river flows from time immemorial and as the only witness to the destruction of the ruined ancient city of Vijayanagara.

Tungabhadra river Hampi

Tungabhadra river is named as Pampa in Ramayana, the Indian epic

Tungabhadra river Hampi

Boat floating on Umngot river, Dawki border, Meghalaya, India

Come winter, you take a look at the crystal clear water of Umngot river at Meghalaya and Bangladesh border and you may think the boats are floating!

umngot river

Umngot river, probably the cleanest river in India!

My finest memory from a week long trip in Shillong!

umngot river

Umngot river is a prime example of nature being bordered by International politics

Dawki river Meghalaya

Jia Bharali, the river that will ascend with you to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh

Jia Bharali river

Jia Bharali, up close and personal at Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh

If you are  road-trippping to Tawang, you are likely to befriend river Jia Bharali in the journey. A beautiful river punctuated with pretty bamboo bridges, Jia Bharali will make you feel overwhelmed!

Jia Bharali river

Jia Bharali floods her banks every year during Indian monsoon season.

Jia Bharali river

One of the cleanest villages in Asia, Mawlynnong and a mountain stream in Meghalaya

Root bridges Meghalaya

Kormundi river flows by Purushwadi, Maharashtra that helps tribal villages sustain

Kormundi river Purushwadi village

Village children taking a dip in the Kormundi river

River pictures photoblog

Tsungester Tso, Madhuri Lake, Arunachal Pradesh

Madhuri lake

A glacial lake en-route Bum La pass that feeds Tawang Tsu (tsu is river in local Monpa language)

Bum La pass

Two elephants taking a quick shower at the Manas river by the Manas National Park, Assam

Manas national park

A bird alights on a dead tree trunk on the river bed of Manas river.

Manas national park
Kali river dandeli

A melancholic sunset by the Supa Dam, Kali river, Dandeli, North Karnataka

Kaziranga forest

A mango tree by the banks of Kali river acting as a mangrove

kali river dandeli

An aerial shot of Indus and Zanskar river as seen from the flight. One click I am very proud of!

Zanskar river and Indus river confluence in Ladakh

Confluence of Indus river and Zanskar river as seen from Nimoo the view point.

Zanskar river and Indus river confluence

Manas river at India and Bhutan international border. One of the few unarmed borders of the world!

In close proximity to the Bodo villages by Manas National Park, Assam.

Manas river, india bhutan border

Waterfalls in pictures: Nuranang Falls in Arunachal Pradesh, Milk falls in Wagamon, Hun river in Ladakh (which comes from Pakistan and meets Indus)

A brown turtle observes sunset at Diphlu river, Kaziranga, Assam

Kaziranga forest

A Rhinoceros Unicornis, Indian one horned rhino strolls by the banks of Diphlu river, Assam

Kaziranga forest and a rhino

A wild water buffalo takes a dip in a Barabeel (lake that feeds Diphlu river) at Kaziranga, Assam

Kaziranga forest

River Yamuna cradles Delhi, the capital of India, an aerial shot

Yamuna river Delhi

Vagamon river flows through the tea gardens in Kerala

We camped in Vagamon by the banks of this beautiful river and in the misty hill mountains!

vagamon river

This post is a round up of the travels I have made in 2018. Watch out for a series on the same with food, sunset and much more. If you have any suggestion, feel free to comment below. 

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