Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan Expedition Diary

Bakkhali Beach


Before we knew, we found ourselves on the 34th and the final day of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’. It can only be divine intervention that the end of the expedition fell on one of the most auspicious days of the year. The 12th of November was also the day of Dev Deepawali...

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Day 33 of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ started with a one-of-a-kind gathering at the Princep Ghat of Kolkata, where the officers of the Indian Army and the Indian Navy addressed the team of officers from IAF,Indian Army, Indian Navy, NDRF, and the researchers from Wildlife Institute of India and IITR...

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Day–31 & 32

Day 31 of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ began with the earnest and bittersweet flag off of the rafting expedition team, led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, by the officials and residents of Chandannagar in West Bengal....

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Day–29 & 30

As we stand at Day 29 of the 34-day expedition across the length of river Ganga, we await the bittersweet moment of the destination of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’. On the morning of Day29, the rafting team was given a warm send off by the officials and the residents of Berhampore, Murshidabad...

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The morning of Day 28 of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ saw a heartfelt send off by Sh. Saibal Ghosh, GM-Farakka Barrage Project, and other officials, as the rafting team continued its journey towards Berhampore in Murshidabad district of West bengal...

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On Day 27 of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’, the rafting expedition team left from Sahibganj in Jharkhand, for Farakka in West Bengal. The team was in for a wonderful surprise when the members were greeted by none other than the Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat...

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Day 26 of the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ began with the celebration of ‘Ganga Utsav’ at the beautiful Barari Sidhi Ghat in Bhagalpur district of Bihar, in the wee hours of the morning.

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Day–24 & 25

The ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ is drawing nearer to its destination, and we stand at Day 24 of the 34-day expedition across the length of river Ganga. The rafting team was welcomed at Babua Ghat of Munger, Bihar, by the Bhagwan Bhaskar Sangeetmaya Natika...

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Day 23rd of the month long rafting expedition of ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ saw the team continue their journey with the flag off from Simaria Ghat in Begusarai District of Bihar. Sh. Richie Pandey, DDC, Begusarai blessed the team and its leader, Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, with the...

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Mohiuddinagar (Samastipur)


On the morning of Day 22 of ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’, the rafting expedition team kicked off their journey from one of the most popular ghats of Patna - Gandhi Ghat. The ghat that saw the last rituals of Mahatma Gandhi, today saw the continuation of an epic journey. Mr. Manan Ram, Director-DRDA...

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On Day 21 of ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’, it was time the rafting expedition team to continue their journey towards Ganga Sagar, from Konhara Ghat in Hajipur - the largest city and headquarters of Vaishali, Bihar. The morning started with the local administration and citizens taking up ownership of the ghat and cleaning it...

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Day 20th was a terrific day. Today we were rafting to Sonepur, a town with a history that dates back to 8th century AD when it was known as Swarnapur and was a part of Khinjali Mandal, ruled by the Bhanjas as the feudatory of the Bhaumakaras of Toshali. The District was ruled by many dynasties from its past...

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Doriganj (Chhapra)


It is the19th day of the expedition. We woke up early, fresh and charged to reach the ghat at sunrise. There was a sea of people from all walks of life who came to see us off. Everyone was cheering for us and wishing us a safe journey...

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At the 18th day of the expedition, we got up early, fresh and excited, as our next destination is none other than Buxar- a city famous since the epic period for being the seats of eminent saints, battlefield of Gods and Demons as per Puranas and a combat zone between foreign invasion and countrymen in modern history.

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Today was the 17th day of the expedition and we had to move to our next destination- Ghazipur. As per the verbal and folk history, the town was covered with dense forest during the Vedic era and it was a place for ashrams of saints during that period.

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Today we had to move to Varanasi. Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kaashi, has been a cultural centre of northern India for several thousand years and is closely associated with Maa Ganga. Hindus believe that dying here and getting cremated along the banks of the holy Ganga river allows one to break the cycle of rebirth and attain salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage.

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Today was the 14th day of the Ganga Aamantran Abhiyaan... Today we are moving to Mirzapur, a place famous for the holy shrine of Vindhyachal, Ashtbhuja and Kali khoh and also Devrahwa Baba ashram. Apart from this, Mirzapur is also famous for a popular series that goes by the same name.

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It is 6 o'clock in the morning. The entire team is fresh and excited as our next destination is none other than Prayagraj, the city situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati, the city that draws the attention of pilgrims and heritage lovers from all over the world...

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On Day 11th we got up early and excited to reach to Kalankankar Ghat, Pratapgarh- the place where the modern poet Shri Sumitra Nandan Pant, the vigilant sentinel of the earth and the analyst of human conscience, fused the thoughts of Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi...

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Day-09, the day we reached Kanpur, was a quite satisfying experience. After witnessing the excitement and willingness of the people to contribute towards the noble mission of restoring Ganga’s glory, we have no doubt left in our mind that this herculean task of Ganga Cleaning and River Rejuvenation, which seemed far-fetched when Namami Gange Mission took shape...

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On the 9th day of Ganga Aamantran Rafting Expedition, we moved forward in our Journey towards Kanpur. The history of Kanpur dates back to the 13th century when the present-day Kanpur was a village named Kanhpur, established by Raja Kanh Deo of the Kanhpuria clan.

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Day 8 was a terrific day. Today we were rafting to Kannauj, a town situated almost 80 km northwest of Kanpur. The town is known for its rich history. The early history of the region now covered by the present district of Kannauj goes back to remote antiquity. Numerous prehistoric weapons, tools and large numbers of stone statues are found here.

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Today marked the 7th day of the expedition. It was one of the biggest stretches that we had to cover in our journey. We woke up early so as to reach Bhagirath Ghat at around 6.30 AM. As we expected, people from all walks of life came together to see us off at the Ghat.

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The sixth day of ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ saw the rafting expedition team continue its journey from Narora to Kachla in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh. Badaun, the birthplace of the first female ruler of Delhi, Razia Sultan, was ready to live up to the grandeur that history has witnessed from this small town...

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It is the 5th day of the expedition. We woke up early, fresh and charged to reach Brijghat, Garhmukteshwar at sunrise. There was a sea of people from all walks of life who came to see us off and the energy in the surrounding was exuberant...

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Day-03 was quite hectic. Almost a 100 km stretch from Haridwar to Bijnor, was faced with many challenges and hence our itinerary got delayed by couple of hours. We winded up our programs around 9 PM and went straight to bed as a new day full of new challenges, a fresh try, one Read More start...

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“Give me one reason you should not take care of something as precious as water, that too, the Ganga, the holy river that supports over 500 million people and numerous flora and fauna across its length and breadth” asked Shri Shikhar Paliwal, the founder of Being Bhagirath...

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The sunrise of day 2 of ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ at Rishikesh, saw the participation of students in taking the lead at Triveni Ghat. Students from various schools came together to put up a cultural show, highlighting the need of the hour to conserve water and keep the Ganga clean...

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The long-anticipated ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’, a pioneering and historic exploratory openwater rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga River from Devprayag to Ganga Sagar, was flagged off today by Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. What was heartwarming...

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