Ganga Observed: Foreign Accounts of the River
Author: Jagmohan Mahajan
The Ganga occupies an unrivalled position among the rivers ofthe world. No other river is so closely identified with a country asthe Ganga is with India.It is little wonder, therefore, that the river should have caught the imagination of the multitude of foreign visitors to the country through the ages. They have left fascinating accounts of the river scene observed for over two millenia. The information provided by them is vast and varied, and we find detailed and delightful descriptions of customs and ceremonies, periodical fairs and festivals, flora and fauna and the picturesque spots and pilgrimage centres which they came across in the course of their travels along the Ganga.Besides exhaustive extracts from the foreign travelers accounts included in this anthology, the book is also illustrated with some ofthe fascinating sketches of the river scene made by the landscape artists among them as they went up and down the river.