Alaknanda River

The Alaknanda is a Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism. In hydrology, the Alaknanda is considered the source stream of the Ganges on account of its greater length and discharge;[1] however, in Hindu tradition and culture, the other headstream, the Bhagirathi, is considered the source stream.

Alakanandā
The sediment-laden Alaknanda river flowing into Devprayag, Uttarakhand.
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges river in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. The Alaknanda is the left bank tributary of the Ganges at Devprayag.
Native nameअलकनंदा
Location
CountryIndia
StateUttarakhand
RegionGarhwal division
DistrictChamoli, Rudraprayag, Pauri Garhwal
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of Satopanth Glacier and Bhagirathi Kharak Glacier
  elevation3,880 m (12,730 ft)
2nd sourceBhagirathi River
MouthGanges
  location
Devprayag, Uttarakhand, India
  elevation
475 m (1,558 ft)
Length195 km (121 mi)
Basin size10,882 km2 (4,202 sq mi)
Discharge 
  average439.36 m3/s (15,516 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Tributaries 
  leftSaraswati, Dhauliganga, Nandakini, Pindar
  rightMandakini

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