All for a holy dip

16 million pilgrims are reported to have visited the 2010 Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Here pilgrims line the banks of the river waiting there turn to take a holy dip in the bone chilling waters of the river Ganges. The water begins it's flow from around 18,000 Himalaya glaciers that store a massive 12,000 square kilometres of freshwater. Together with snow-melt they contribute to the summer flow of Ganges and other major life giving rivers such as the Indus, Brahmaputra, Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.

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16 million pilgrims are reported to have visited the 2010 Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Here pilgrims line the banks of the river waiting there turn to take a holy dip in the bone chilling waters of the river Ganges. The water begins it's flow from around 18,000 Himalaya glaciers that store a massive 12,000 square kilometres of freshwater. Together with snow-melt they contribute to the summer flow of Ganges and other major life giving rivers such as the Indus, Brahmaputra, Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.
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