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The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times to new, is the story of India's civilization and culture, of the rise and fall of empires, of great and proud cities, of adventures of man... Jawaharlal Nehru. The Ganges is a river which has held India's heart captive and drawn uncounted millions to her banks since the dawn of history. Originating in the mist-filled valleys of the Garhwal Himalayas a land of dense forests, icy white glaciers, clear gurgling streams and towering mountains a land which has been known as `Dev Bhoomi or the land of gods, the Ganga traverses hundreds of miles through the heartland till it flows into the sea. In this travel memoir, noted writer Ruskin Bond captures the breathtaking beauty and splendour of this magical landscape, describing with nostalgia and affection the places and people he has lived with and encountered for over forty years.