By Arré Bench Apr. 04, 2020
As we slow down, the world around is spring back to life. In Dehradun, an elephant was seen casually walking down a street, and Jalandhar residents were delighted to wake up to the sight of snow-capped peaks of Himachal Pradesh’s Dhauladhar mountain ranges for the first time in decades.
If there is one upside to this lockdown, it’s nature reclaiming its space. Yes, we were as disappointed as you when we learnt that the news of “drunk elephants” in China was fake. However, here’s something that’s sure to make you smile.
Residents in Dehradun were in for a jumbo surprise, when an elephant was spotted taking a morning stroll. It is seen casually stride along a narrow lane when it comes face to face with a milkman, who abandons his cycle and makes a run for it.
Next time you visit the suburbs of Dehradun and decide to go for a ride or morning stroll, be careful, just like the bike rider in the vid !! Vid:Majri Grant Nov19 @vivek4wild @susantananda3 @elephantfamily @GargiRawat @DilipDsr @DDnews_dehradun @Dehradun_Live @dfogumla pic.twitter.com/fuYw93XwqS
— Vaibhav Singh,IFS (@VaibhavSinghIFS) April 3, 2020
In Punjab’s Jalandhar, locals had another clear sighting. For the first time in decades, they could see snow-capped peaks of Himachal Pradesh’s Dhauladhar mountain ranges that are 213 km from the city, courtesy the drastic drop in pollution following the lockdown.
On Friday, Indian Forest Service Officer Parveen Kaswan took to Twitter to share a picture of Dhauladhar range.. “This is how pollution made us blind!!,” he tweeted.
When people of #Jalandhar saw #Dhauladhar range first time ever. Dhualdhar’s mountain ranges lies at a distance of 213 kms from Jalandhar. This is how pollution made us blind !! PC Net. pic.twitter.com/Q0qNmaybJw
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) April 3, 2020
Kaswan’s tweet was quick to go viral.
Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh stressed on nature’s relationship with its surroundings with a simple “Prakriti Rakshati Rakshataha”.
Prakriti Rakshati Rakshataha: Nature protects those who protect her. Stunning.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) April 4, 2020
Former Indian cricketer Harbhanjan Singh too shared the unbelievable view from his rooftop, calling it a “clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to Mother Earth…”
Never seen Dhauladar range from my home rooftop in Jalandhar..never could imagine that’s possible..clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to Mother Earth 🌍.. this is the view pic.twitter.com/laRzP8QsZ9
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 3, 2020
Journalist Shiv Aroor tweeted about the power of clean air that gave Jalandhar it’s unimaginable “ first crisp view” of the ranges.
With cleaner air, Jalandhar gets first crisp view in years of Himachal’s Dhauladhar mountain range! https://t.co/hu7RhRAom8
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) April 3, 2020
Maybe this is what a “nature detox” looks like.