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By Akash Shukla
At a height of 3,564 metres above sea level, Yumthang Valley is a sylvan pasture surrounded by the Himalayan range in North Sikkim and is popularly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’.
It is home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over 24 species of the state flower rhododendron. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung, the nearest inhabited centre.
Due to heavy snowfall, Yumthang is closed between December and March.
A rest house in forest is the only permanent residence in the valley. During spring, the area blooms with poppies, primulas, iris and other flora. During summer, villagers take their cattle to these heights to graze. This practice is known as Yaylag Pastoralism.
Due to increase in tourist count, there is a high probability of environmental degradation. The spot also offers view of a stunning array of peaks with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. The valley witnesses a number of hot springs and they provide a pleasantly unexpected opportunity to relish the warmth of the water even in freezing temperature.
Rich in sulphur, these springs are believed to have miraculous healing power.
Road to Yumthang from Gangtok follows river Teesta. It surpasses a spectacular gorge over the Rang Rang suspension bridge. The last major town is Chungthang. From there, Lachung is an hour-long drive to the spot where tourists stay overnight.
Yumthang Valley, the road under siege of scenic beauty from Lachung and Yumthang, is decked with rhododendrons on both ends and they blossom during April and May. And, this is the reason why it is named ‘Valley of Flowers’.
Yumthang Valley happens to be located at what is called ‘the tree-line’. It is the altitude above which there in no vegetation, or even trees for that matter. This makes Yumthang Valley unique as it has trees and rhododendrons. It has low-growing Himalayan flowers in abundance.
In spring, the valley is like a collage of little forests painted in different colours. The flowering of rhododendrons ends by May. In June (read monsoon), the valley blooms with Louseworts, Cinquefoils, and Cobra-lilies. This scenario is enchanting but takes a keen observer to unearth true appreciation for the valley.
Due to its closeness to the Chinese border, the region was inaccessible to common tourists, both Indian and foreign. Even now, Yumthang is reached mostly as part of a tour group. Independent travel stints can be organized on demand.
By Monika Manchanda
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Bright And Beautiful
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
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She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
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