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There are many rivers crossing our great planet, and some of these can be visited with an organized Viking River Cruises tour. However, with so many cruises and rivers to choose from, which one should you go for? Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most important rivers and why they are so special. This may help you to decide which river cruise you should opt for as well.
The Sepik River
New Guinea’s longest river is the Sepik River. It originates in Papua New Guinea’s Victor Emanuel Range. It then winds across the island in a serpentine fashion, not unlike the Amazon River. It goes all the way to the Bismarck Sea. One of the things that makes it so special is that it has no delta, instead flowing straight to the sea itself. It is 1,126 kilometers in length. On the banks of the river, only small settlements have been able to take hold, and some of the world’s most extensive and original artistic traditions have been created here. It is also one of the last parts of the world that is truly undisturbed.
The Ganges is 2,510 kilometers in length. It originates in India’s western Himalayas and flows down to the Bay of Bengal into the Sunderbands Delta. It is a holy river for those of Hindu faith, who worship Ganga, one of the goddesses. Additionally, it has a strong historical significance, with many of the capitals of various empires having been placed on its banks. Varanasi is considered to be most holy city in all of Hinduism. Here, the ashes of cremated loved ones are scattered into the sea, and it is believed that at least one bath in the Ganges must be taken during a lifetime in Varanasi. It is also India’s National River. Unfortunately, the Ganges is highly polluted.
The Yangtze River
The Yangtze is perhaps the world’s most important river. It is some 6,300 kilometres in length, making it the world’s third longest river. It originates from the Tibetan plateau, in one of its glaciers. From there, it goes through the stunningly beautiful Yangtze Gorges and flows on until it reaches the East China Sea. The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydro-electric power stations and certainly worth a visit if you are there. The Yangtze is also one of the busiest waterways in the world. There is a lot of commercial traffic, transporting passengers, goods and coal. There are also numerous river cruises, often taking several days to complete. Most of these travel through the Three Gorges and through the Yangtze Gorges.
Without these rivers, the world would be a very different place. We wouldn’t have been able to have commerce, to move goods from one place to the next and more. Our world would have developed differently, and most likely not for the better. Visiting one of the aortas of the earth, one of its mightiest rivers, is a great way to spend a vacation.
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