The Earth Detox: Jalandhar Wakes Up to Snow-Capped Mountains, Elephant on a Dehradun Street

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The Earth Detox: Jalandhar Wakes Up to Snow-Capped Mountains, Elephant on a Dehradun Street

Illustration: Aishwarya Nayak

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.

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.

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”.

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…”

Journalist Shiv Aroor tweeted about the power of clean air that gave Jalandhar it’s unimaginable “ first crisp view” of the ranges.

Maybe this is what a “nature detox” looks like.

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