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

Printed Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

River Bhagirathi




Place of Origin

Gangotri glacier, Uttaranchal


700 KM


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.