Coronavirus Diaries: 7 Ways Nature is Bestowing Upon us Visual Wonders


Views of the Everest from Chobar (C) Abhushan Gautam

Photo of Coronavirus Diaries: 7 Ways Nature is Bestowing Upon us Visual Wonders by Tanushekha Agnihottri

The world is going through a lot and there is a state of stress and panic everywhere. Amid all this chaos we are struggling to keep our hopes high. It feels good to wake up to news that brings a smile on our faces for a change. So we've decided to take you through a quick flashback on everything that left humans in awe during the lockdown period.

1. Mt Everest which is 200 km away can be seen viewed from Kathmandu Valley 

We can thank reduced pollution levels these great sights. The great Himalayan range is visible from many places with the most spectacular sights being offered from the Kathmandu Valley. The wildfires in Dhading, Nuwakot and Chitwan in April as well as crossborder haze had turned the state of the the valley grim. 

Mt Kang Nachugo and Mt Chobutse hide Everest (pointed by arrow) in Chobar (C) Abhushan Gautam on Twitter

Photo of Kathmandu, Nepal by Tanushekha Agnihottri

2. Mt Everest has now become visible from a village in Bihar

Singhwahini village in Bihar woke up to a pleasant surprise where people could now see Mount Everest in the Mahalangur Range. A picture of the magnificent view was shared by Ritu Jaiswal, Head of Gram Panchayat of Singhwahini village. She claimed that her husband has been living in the village for a very long time and this used to be a usual view from the village during the ’80s.

Jaiswal also stated in her tweet that the nearby mountains of Nepal can be easily seen after rains clear the sky but this was the first time villagers could see Mount Everest from the village.

This event is directly attributed to the result of nation wide lockdown which has drastically reduced the air pollution.

The magnificent view of Mt Everest from Singwahini Village in Bihar.

Photo of Singhwahini, Bihar, India by Tanushekha Agnihottri

3. Snow-capped peaks of Bandarpunch and Gangotri is visible from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh

We have seen viral pictures of Bandarpunch and Gangotri Range in the inner Himalayas which is now visible from Saharanpur in UP. The aerial distance between Saharanpur and the peaks is over 200 km and the glimpse of the peaks was truly captivating. People claimed that this sight was last visible to naked eyes around three decades ago. Read more details of the story here.

Bandarpunch and Gangotri Range as seen from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Photo of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India by Tanushekha Agnihottri

4. People of Srinagar City are relishing the sight of Pir Panjal range

Pir Panjal is the largest range of mountains in the lower Himalayas. Owing to dropped emission levels the range became visible from Srinagar city. On April 23 2020, pictures shared by a journalist named Waseem Andrabi on Twitter went viral. People were stunned to see such a picturesque landscape with a backdrop of the Pir Panjal range. Prior to this the, Dhauladhar Range in Himachal Pradesh became visible from Jalandhar in Punjab.

Click here to read the details of the story.

The picture itself speak of the beauty of glorious Pir Panjal Range.

Photo of Srinagar by Tanushekha Agnihottri

5. Gangetic dolphins spotted at ghats in Kolkata after 30 years

The only silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is the revival of nature and wildlife. Our national aquatic animal, freshwater dolphins showed up at some of the ghats in Kolkata nearly after 30 years. They are commonly known as South Asian river dolphins and are the only freshwater dolphins in the world. The reduced level of water pollution has helped them to return to their former habitat. With a population of only 1200-1800, these dolphins are listed as critically endangered. Click here to read the full story.

The critically endangered Gangentic Dolphins were spotted at some of the Ghats in Kolkata.

Photo of Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanushekha Agnihottri

6. Yamuna turned blue for the first time in many years

In another astounding natural transformation, the Yamuna river water looks much clearer now and has also turned blue. The complete shut down of industries amid the lockdown resulted in lowering waste disposal into the river. Recent rainfall has increased the water level in the Yamuna River, in turn, enhancing the cleaning capacity of the river. This has unquestionably raised the hopes of restoring the Yamuna River to its original state. Click here to read more.

Picture captured near Kalindi Kunj, situated at the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

Photo of Kalindi Kunj Park, Kalindi Kunj Road, Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Tanushekha Agnihottri

7. Thousands of flamingos flock to Mumbai as the city remains under lockdown

While Mumbaikars remain stuck inside their houses, thousands of flamingos have turned the city into pink by flocking around the mudflats. As per the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), there has been a surge of 25% in the migration of these birds. They typically migrate to Mumbai from September through May. BNHS had already counted 125,000 flamingos before nation wide lockdown. Animals and birds are taking complete advantage of the lockdown and enjoying their new freedom.

Flamingos flocked around mudflats in Navi Mumbai. Picture Credits- Indranil Mukharjee

Photo of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Tanushekha Agnihottri

The pandemic has brought a huge setback to human lives. But it has also restored the balance in nature. Let’s hope that even when we go back to our regular lifestyles we become more mindful of our choice and cause minimum harm to the environment.

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