Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain peak is now visible from Siliguri, West Bengal, Siliguri


Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain peak is now visible from Siliguri, West Bengal

In an unusual occurrence, the world’s third-highest mountain peak, Kanchenjunga (in Nepal, around 100 km from Siliguri) is now clearly visible from the town of Siliguri in West Bengal, all thanks to the nationwide lockdown. With air pollution going down drastically, a lot of places have been a witness to such unusual sightings in recent days. For the residents of Siliguri, it was no less than a magical moment as they woke up to the sight of breathtaking views of the third highest mountain peak in the world.

A number of people started sharing their pictures on social media platforms.

About Kanchenjunga, a Twitter user shared a picture of the mountain peak visible from his house in Siliguri. The picture was clicked by his father early in the morning. Soon after, he posted the image that went viral. After some time, other people too joined in and started sharing their pictures.

Though the nationwide lockdown is keeping humans inside their houses, the same has allowed nature to breathe once again. Wild animals have claimed the roads that once saw only humans, rivers have cleaned up dramatically, and air pollution has dropped down to unbelievable levels.

Just a few days back, the Dhauladhar range of the mighty Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh was visible from Jalandhar in Punjab. This Himalayan range is nearly 200 km from Jalandhar and, reportedly, has become visible to the people of Jalandhar after around 30 years.

Last month, several footages were shared of River Ganga that looked absolutely clean; to an extent that it was called fit for drinking purposes after some customary treatment. Besides, river dolphins were spotted in Kolkata ghats and Meerut too.

All these examples are proof that nature can do much better without human interference and encroachment. Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, these examples of nature reviving are perhaps the only silver lining.

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