Discuss the Ganga river system.
The river Ganga originates in the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas. At Devprayag, it is joined by the Alaknanda river. In Haridwar, the Ganga emerges from the mountains in the plains. The Ganga is joined by many tributaries like Yamuna, Gandak, Kosi and Son. The river Yamuna meets Ganga at Allahabad.
The river Ganga then flows to the east till Farakka in West Bengal. At this juncture, the river Bhagirathi- Hooghly - a distributary of Ganga emerges which flows southwards to the Bay of Bengal. The Ganga flows into Bangladesh where it is joined by the river Brahmaputra. The river then drains into the Bay of Bengal. The delta formed by the river Ganga and Brahmaputra is known as the Sundarban delta which is the largest delta in the world. It is also the home of the royal tigers of Bengal.
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