SHIMLA- Manali Igloo Stay is the fresh tourist attraction not only in Himachal Pradesh, but in entire India. First-of-its- kind, made entirely of snow, the Igloo houses are owned by Kelinga Himalyan Adventures, a winter-sports and travel company that offers ski courses and treks. The company, that comprises of local youth Tashi and Vikas, had been looking for good snowfall to give the concept a try. It’s eco-friendly, as it used no non-biodegradable material (snow), there would be no waste after it’ll meltdown.
This year, it snowed heavy and temperature was also favorable to build Igloo houses at Sethan village, near Prini. Each structure is made of compressed snow and measures 8×9 foot in width and 6.5 feet in height. The Igloos were opened at the end of the January, 2017.
The igloos are built by Tashi and Vikas with their friends.
When we discussed this concept with our friends, they were so excited that they spent hours with us and even helped us build them,
the duo told to an English daily.
The visitors are provided with bedding, table and lights. Accommodation is available only on a twin-sharing basis as there are only two structures. For sleeping, the visitors are given warm feather sleeping bags and a hot water bottle.
The temperature is chilling outside, but apparently inside is comparatively warmer. The Igloos can sure save visitors from cold winds outside. So, the idea is quite practical.
Igloos are mainly found in colder parts of the world like Switzerland, Canada, Finland etc. Definitely, it would be entirely a unique experience to find out what it feels to live in an Igaloo. No need to say, these Igloos would be available only in winters, hardly for a couple of months.
That’s not all; visitor can try to build their own Igloo houses at a height of about 9,000 feet, somewhere near Hampta pass.
This year, we have introduced two igloos on a trial basis and it has been successful. Lower areas of Manali, including the town, are warmer than Sethan. We plan to to get this concept registered with the tourism department so that they (officials) can also help us promote it, especially in rural areas,
Amidst wild animals, without electricity, phone or clock, an old woman lives alone in Great Himalayan National Park
SHIMLA- Have you ever thought of living your entire life in wild, without electricity and electronics, and even a clock? How about the Great National Himalayan Park that is recognized by UNESCO for its incredibly rich bio-diversity? The 754 square kilometer National Park houses 31 mammal species including leopards, the Himalayan black and brown bear, and the ghost cat – snow leopards. There are over 300 bird species, reptiles, hundreds of insect species amid rich Himalayan flora and fauna. It sounds more like a Hollywood adventure movie. Is it possible to live in such a harmony with nature?
There is no habitation for miles as all natives were removed to a separate buffer –zone when the area was declared as a National Park. However, there was a woman, who refused to depart from the nature. She has been sharing the forest with wild animals for decades now.
So it’s not entirely true that there is no habitation inside the park. An 83-years-old lady, Chatri Devi, still lives in her clay-house, all alone.
She doesn’t have electricity or a phone. She doesn’t even possess a clock and calculate time by following sun. This seclusion, complete isolation and wild animals do not scare her at all.
Leopards and black bears do come near to my house, even with their cubs, but they never attacked me as I am not their prey. Why should I be afraid of them? They go on their way (pointing towards a thick forest adjoining her house),
It’s not that she doesn’t have a family or is bound to live here. Rather, she has a big family comprising of three married sons, their wives, and nine grandchildren, who live in a village outside the park. It takes about one and half hour walk uphill to reach her from their place.
The only reason for her to choose this life in the park is that she loves it as she has a strong emotional attachment to the house she had build with her husband decades ago and small-piece of farmland where the couple grew wheat, barely, potato, corn and rajmah. She is the only one person who refused to relocate when the the area was declared as the GHNP in 1999.
Her death is the only way to separate her from the house, she said.
When asked if she ever gets bored, she replies,
These birds and animals are also part of my family. Every winter ‘jujuranas’ or western tragopans and gorals descend here. So I ejoy watching them.
These days, as she is very old now, one of the family members come to visit her everyday after taking that hours long uphill walk to ensure she is doing fine and returns by evening.
She makes a remarkable example of complete harmony with nature and its creature, away from modernised and way far complex, stressful urban life.
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In Pictures: Shimla receives overdose of snowfall in 2017
SHIMLA– Like every year, tourists flooded Shimla in hope of snowfall and they received an overdose of it. Along with other parts of Himachal Pradesh, the capital city received heavy snowfall on January 6 and 7, 2017 that caused uprooting of several trees that damaged overhead electricity wires due to which almost entire capital plunged into a weeklong darkness. The capital suffered water-shortage, too, as pumping stations stopped working. The daily life was hit as hundreds of roads were blocked.
Still, the hospitality industry made most of it as tourists were stuck for days. But other than inconvenience, snowfall brought smiles on the faces of tourists. The hills, deodar trees, roofs, and vehicles, everything was covered with a thick sheet of snowfall. Himachal Watcher captured a few photographs and talked to the tourist about their experience which we would like to share with our readers.
Himachal along with its capital also witnessed another, mild spell of snowfall on January 16, 2017 and some the posted pictures include some glimpses of the second snowfall as well. We hope that those who missed the snowfall would find some solace in these pictures and videos.
All Photos Copy Right: Tarun Sharma/ Himachal Watcher
Naldehra Golf glade and cottages to undergo Rs. 8 crores beautification, claims HP Govt.
SHIMLA- The State Government, in statement, claimed that a sum of rupees eight crore was being spent on beautification of Naldehra Golf glade and renovation of cottages for which the tender process is underway.
This golf ground is one of the best golf ground in the country amidst the pine trees near Shimla and the credit goes to scions of the Koti Estate, under whose aegis the Koti Golf tournament started way back since 1999.
Efforts of Koti Gharana to promote the game are worth appreciation. Naldehra Golf ground had been a witness of numerous prestigious tournaments like Dr YS Parmar Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament, Chalet-Naldehra Golf Tournament, HPGA Golf Tournament and Old Cottonian Golf Tournament.
Photo: Tarun Sharma/Himachal Watcher
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