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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Pong witnesses migratory birds taking off due to mild winter


Himachal Pradesh: The mild weather observed this winter at Pong, located in the Kangra valley of Himalayas, resulted in many migratory bird species leaving the place, wildlife officials said.

Pong is one of the largest man-made wetlands situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India.

An estimation of waterfowl, both local and migratory, by the state wildlife wing conducted last week at Pong, found that their number has declined by over 30,000 against last year’s count of over 135,000 birds.

Around 128,000 waterfowl from 119 species were recorded in 2014.

The influx of waterfowl in the Pong wetlands every winter is normally over the 120,000 mark.

Around 105,000 waterfowl of 87 species were spotted during the three-day census conducted from February 2.

The decline in their number was mainly due to milder temperatures in the trans-Himalayas, their native habitat, Assistant Conservator of Forests (Pong wetlands) D.S. Dadwal, who was associated with the census, told reporters.

Ornithologists from the Bombay Natural History Society, the Chandigarh Bird Club, the Himachal Bird Club, the Asian Waterfowl Census, wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and volunteers participated in the dawn-to-dusk bird counting exercise.

Waterfowl species are those birds that depend on water bodies for roosting and feeding. Last year, 93 species were spotted by the wildlife wing.

Even the count of the bar-headed geese, regular and prominent winter visitors in the Pong Dam wetlands spread over 307 square km, declined massively this winter.

A staggering 71,800 bar-headed geese were recorded last year, a new mark. This year, their number is around 44,000.

Flying thousands of kilometers from their native habitat in high-altitude lakes in Central Asia to avoid the extreme winter chill, the elegant shaped bar-headed geese, an endangered migratory bird species, regularly descend on India.

The Pong Dam wetlands have been emerging as their preferred wintering ground.

Listed under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the global population of the bar-headed geese is believed to be around 130,000, wildlife experts say.

Besides the bar-headed goose, other prominent species spotted in Pong in the Kangra Valley, some 250 km from Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla and 190 km from Chandigarh, are the coot, common Pochard, red-crested Pochard, great cormorant, Gadwall, Nnorthern Pintail, river tern and the Spotbill duck.

Other species recorded are the common Shelduck, the greater white fronted goose, the black bellied tern, the Sarus crane, the lesser white-fronted goose, the osprey, the buff bellied pipit and water rail. These species are not common visitors in other wetlands in India.

In Pong, an influx of the bar-headed geese can be spotted in marshy areas along the reservoir like Nagrota Suriyan, Nandpur Batoli, Chatta, Jambal and the Rancer island, say wildlife officials.

Figures from the Met Office show February 5 was the warmest day of the month in Shimla town in the past one decade with the maximum temperature recorded at 21.8 degrees Celsius, 13 degrees higher than the long-term average.

The 307 sq km Pong wetlands are also home to many native birds like the red jungle fowl, large Indian parakeet, Indian cuckoo, bank mynah, wood shrike, yellow-eyed babbler, black ibis, paradise flycatcher, crested lark and the crested bunting.

A total of 423 species of birds, 18 species of snakes, 90 species of butterflies, 24 species of mammals and 27 species of fish have so far been recorded in the Pong Dam wildlife sanctuary. (Vishal Gulati, IANS) (Photo: sbs.com.au)