India's pandemic lockdown has given way to a dramatic improvement in air quality in recent weeks resulting in this phenomenon.
With the novel coronavirus forcing humans to retreat into their homes, we've been seeing a drastic change in the planet we've polluted to near destruction. Parts of the world have reported a significant improvement in air quality as roads lay empty, social media raved about the famous Venice canals clearing up to reveal its fascinating secrets, and wildlife made headlines by venturing out into cities. While these unusual sights have prompted many to think about our impact on the planet, the Himalayan mountain range has now joined the conversation in a majestic fashion.
So my cousin sent me this.... You can now see the foothills of the himalayas in Himachal from Punjab, thanks to the lockdown and low pollution. This is #Jalandhar. 💫⭐🥰 #IndiaLockdown #IndiaCorona pic.twitter.com/bjNsyWsdUJ— Kash Singh (@kash_education) April 5, 2020
For the first time in over decades, the towering peaks of the Himalayas have become visible to people in the northern Indian state of Punjab that's more than 100 miles away from the mountain range. According to CNN, the country's pandemic lockdown has given way to a dramatic improvement in air quality in recent weeks after cars came off the road, industries shut down, and airlines canceled flights. This phenomenon has enabled Indians in the city of Jalandhar and the surrounding area to view the mountain range from their rooftops. Many shared pictures of the stunning view from their homes on social media and it truly is a sight to behold.
Never seen Dhauladar range from my home rooftop in Jalandhar..never could imagine that’s possible..clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to Mother Earth 🌍.. this is the view pic.twitter.com/laRzP8QsZ9— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 3, 2020
Former Indian cricketer, Harbhajan Singh, tweeted a view of the Dhauladar range from his rooftop, writing: Never seen Dhauladar range from my home rooftop in Jalandhar..never could imagine that’s possible..clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to Mother Earth... This is the view. Twitter user Manjit K Kang wrote: For the first time in almost 30 years (I) could clearly see the Himalayas due to India's lockdown clearing air pollution. Just amazing.
This was the view from our rooftop at home in Punjab India. For the first time in almost 30 years could clearly see the Himalayas due to India’s lockdown clearing air pollution. Just amazing! 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/WmWZYQ68lC— Manjit K Kang #StayHomeSaveLives (@KangManjit) April 3, 2020
In a recently published report, India's Central Pollution Control Board stated that Delhi saw up to a 44% reduction in PM10—a standard that measures airborne particulates 10 micrometers or smaller in diameter—air pollution levels on the first day of its restrictions. The Central Pollution Control Board added that, in total, 85 cities across the country saw less air pollution in the first week of the nationwide lockdown. Meanwhile, in Jalandhar—which sits more than 100 miles from the Himalayas—the air quality has been measured as "good" on the country's national index for 16 of the 17 days since the nationwide lockdown was imposed.
In India's capital, residents are stunned by how blue the sky really is as a strict lockdown cuts back drastically on air pollution. Old-timers say Delhi’s air hasn’t been this clear for decades. https://t.co/ze8WhLqqmu— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 8, 2020
To put that into perspective, the same 17-day period last year failed to register a single day of "good" air quality. Moreover, Jalandhar only saw three "good" air quality days in the first 17 days of March this year. Check out some of the stunning images of the Himalayan mountain range posted by Punjab residents:
What nature really is and how we screwed it up.— Soul of a Warrior (@Deewalia) April 3, 2020
This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal, visible after 30 yrs, from Jalandhar (Punjab) after pollution drops to its lowest level. This is approx. 200 km away straight. #Lockdown21 #MotherNature #Global healing. pic.twitter.com/cvZqbWd6MR
View from pathankot vir ji.— manu mehta (@Manu_Mehta_ind) April 3, 2020
increidble dhauladhar range.
Nature is reviving. pic.twitter.com/YcLoXWeDC0
Beauty of nature💫In the Rooftop of jalandhar city🙏🏻Pollution Free Environment🌈 Amazing Visibility of Dhauladhar Range , Himachal Pardesh ,Mountains covered with Snow✨ pic.twitter.com/faz98H8uED— Kiran Jagota (@KiranJagota) April 3, 2020
A mesmerizing view of Dhauladhar Mountain range in Himachal Pradesh from my home in Jalandhar, Punjab... result of improved air quality and decrease in pollution levels only because of #21daylockdown #PMModi #NatureHeals pic.twitter.com/rlAtZdqyLa— Dhruv Rehan (@dhruv158cap) April 3, 2020
Today morning people in Jalandhar woke up to a massive surprise. They could see what they had not seen for the last 30 years.— RAJESH GANDHI (@Rajesh18Gandhi) April 4, 2020
Right in front of their eyes stood the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas from Himachal Pradesh.
Pollution levels have dropped considerably pic.twitter.com/kbn9cnQhvG
The mighty Dhauladhars in Himachal Pradesh are now visible from Jalandhar as the air gets cleaner due to lockdown. Never thought this was possible!— Man Aman Singh Chhina (@manaman_chhina) April 3, 2020
First pic is from a DSLR and second from a mobile phone camera.
Pics courtesy colleague @Anjuagnihotri1 pic.twitter.com/IFGst3jP8k
Effects of reduced air pollution -Jalandharis (aka Jalandhar residents) getting a glimpse of dhauladhar range 213 Kms-picture courtesy -my neighbour from his rooftop !! pic.twitter.com/UB7KosLS7H— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) April 3, 2020
Meanwhile, the Dhauladhar Ranges of Himachal Pradesh are clearly visible from Jalandhar now, which is some 200 km away.— V (@ivivek_nambiar) April 4, 2020
Nature is really repairing itself, after pushing humans inside, since we didn't pay heed to the signs of deterioration.
Photo: Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times pic.twitter.com/I39y7ousGB
It’s magic - Clean air and no pollution - people in #Jalandhar city witnessed #HimachalPradesh's #Dhauladhar range for the first time ever. Distance between two is about 213 km ! This clean view sponsored by @ghazalimohammad pic.twitter.com/oHMlq9LjcY— Neeta Sharma (@NEETAS11) April 3, 2020