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Nubra Valley in Ladakh. Pixabay

July 07, 2017:

India essentially being a rural country acquired the urbanisation in the recent decades. However, there still exist some spellbinding hamlets dwelled in some parts of the country. These Indian villages are perched away from the hustle bustle of city life. Inhabitants of these villages live a peaceful and serene life.

Here are some untouched and unexplored Indian villages that will fill your eyes with admiration:

Lamayouro (Ladakh)

Lamayuru Monastery in Ladakh. Wikimedia

Lamayuru village dwells in Khalsi Tehsil of Leh district in Jammu & Kashmir. The village is a peaceful dwelling with 117 households. The high altitude lands and azure blue sky provides a perfect pictorial landscape for the onlookers.

Chitkul Village, Himachal

Chitkul is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, inhabited near the Indo-China border. Wikimedia

Chitkul is a beautiful hamlet in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is also the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. In winters, you will find the village draped in snow due to which the inhabitants move to the lower region of Himachal. The picturesque landscape of Chitkul is one thing which remains in the heart forevermore.

Zuluk Village, Sikkim

The image was captured at lower Zuluk province. It is a small village in the Himalayas. There are a lot of rows in a row from the mountain. The amazing beauty of nature can be seen. Wikimedia

Zuluk is small hamlet nearby the Indo-Tibet border with military settlement in the area. This beautiful village of India renders enthralling experience to the visitors who looking for the tranquil sojourn. Lofty mountains, verdant grasslands, and cerulean skies are what makes the place unprecedented.

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Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. As of June 2015, it had 500 residents. There are several homestays for interested tourists. Wikimedia

Mawlynnong village was being declared the “Asia’s cleanest village”. The waste is accumulated in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and later used as a manure. A community initiative decrees that all inmates of the village should engage in the cleanliness of village. The scenic Mawlynnong also promotes itself as the “God’s own garden”. The village is located near Bangladesh border, three hours distance from Shillong. The natural panorama of the clean village is worth praising.

Pragpur, Kangra Valley

At Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Wikimedia

Pragpur, a quaint little village drew attention when the state government, in 1997, declared it as a Heritage Village, making it the first such village in India. The winding cobbled lane, mud-plastered walls and slate-roofed houses of the village makes it a perfect heritage site.

Hunder, Nubra Valley

This is en route town called Hunder in the Nubra Valley. Wikimedia

Hundar is a hamlet in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is dwelled in the Nubra tehsil, on the shores of Shyok River.

By Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94



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These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

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"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

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