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National Tourism Day 2022: 5 spell-bounding places in India that you must explore to skip the crowd amidst Covid-19 outbreak

Travelling in the Covid-19 outbreak seems a little difficult. So, we have compiled the top 5 places in India to escape from the hustle-bustle of cities and can indulge in the scenic beauty of not-so-known places.

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Gone are the days when we could make our vacation plans on the spur of the moment. The Covid-19 outbreak has been going on for nearly two years, and making travel plans appears to be challenging. Traveling appears hard with states setting rigorous guidelines and modifying them on a regular basis to stop the spread of coronavirus.

We are also concerned about contracting the virus if we travel. So, we have compiled the top 5 places in India to escape from the hustle-bustle of cities and can indulge in the scenic beauty of not-so-known places.

These are places that you must visit in order to create memorable experiences.

Malana, Himachal Pradesh

Malana is an ancient Indian village located in Himachal Pradesh. The Chandrakhani pass, the Rashol pass, and the stunning Jhari falls are just a few of the village’s hiking spots. The village is famous for the Jamlu temple which is built-in Kathkuni style, and with wooden carving and deer heads. Malana is famous for its “Malana Cream”, a product made from cannabis plants that grow in the Parvati valley.

How to reach Malana- The most common route to the village is by taxi or bus from Jhari. One-stop prior to Malana.

Majuli, Assam

Majuli is a river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam and in 2016 it became the first island to be made a district in India. This village attracts visitors from all over the world because of its unique blend of culture and history. The best time to visit is between November and March when the weather is pleasant and the wildlife seeing chances are plentiful.

How to reach Majuli– Majuli is 20 km from Jorhat. One can take the bus or a hired taxi to the Nimati Steamer Ghat from where ferry services ply. The distance takes over three hours to cover, with three bus rides and two ferry rides.

Nandi Hills, Karnataka

Nandi Hills is located 1478 meters above sea level. It is a town in Karnataka blessed with pleasant weather all over the year. The town takes its name from the mythological bull ‘Nandi’ who protects the Yoganandeeshwara Temple. The hills are very rich in birdlife making it a popular location for birdwatchers. The hill slopes are the home of the yellow-throated bulbul, a species endemic to the hills of peninsular India. Nandi Hills is a destination for hiking and trekking for beginners to intermediate levels.

How to reach Nandi Hills- The nearest railway station is in Chikkaballapur (9 kilometres), and the nearest airport is in Bangalore (58 kilometres), from which taxis to Nandi Hills are accessible. Both buses and cabs are available from Bangalore and most neighboring cities.

Zuluk, Sikkim

Zuluk is a small hamlet located at a height of 9,400 feet in Sikkim, which lies on the ancient Silk route. Despite the lack of tourist attractions other than a cave Nag temple, the location provides a glimpse into paradise in the form of a magnificent sunrise view that makes one feel completely at peace. The three-level switchback roads of Zuluk offer views of the Kangchenjunga and its mountain range.

How to reach Zuluk– Dzuluk is located on the National Highway-717B, which runs through Rongli and connects Rhenock and Menla. Zuluk is around a 7-hour drive from Siliguri. Tourists can also reach Dzuluk from Gangtok in around 4 hours via hired vehicles.

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong is a village in Meghalaya state which is known for its cleanliness. It is also known as God’s Own Garden and is Asia’s cleanest village for good cause. Mawlynnong received the distinction of Cleanest Village in Asia in 2003. Apart from cleanliness, the village has accomplished a lot, including a 100% literacy rate and a women empowerment status that the rest of the world can only fantasize of.

How to reach Mawlynnong– Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India–Bangladesh border. From Shillong airport, you can take a taxi to Khasi Hills Sumo stand at Bara Bazaar market. From there shared sumo run till Mawlynnong.

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Dalit man beaten by mob in Telangana, video goes viral | Watch

Police have also registered a case against the mob and are probing further, whereas the victim was rushed to the hospital and is undergoing treatment.

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A harrowing story of caste based violence has come to light from Telangana’s Vikarabad district where a 26-year-old Dalit man was mercilessly beaten up by a mob of Shiva devotees. According to reports, the vicious attack ensued right in front of the police.

The incident reportedly transpired in Devanoor village.

As per the reports, the Dalit man was beaten up by the mob of men for allegedly wearing Shiva Mala after which the devotees were left enraged and beat up the man. Reports suggest the devotees who turned to such violent measures allegedly belonged to Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

In the viral video, a huge mob of hindu devotees can be seen charging and attacking a Dalit man. The video also shows another man being brutally beaten up by a second group of mobs as the situation escalated.

The video also shows the relentless and brave police officers trying to stop the mob and also trying to take the dalit man away from the mob of men.

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It was reported that the 26-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital and is reportedly undergoing treatment for his injuries.

Police have also registered a case against the attacking mob and are probing further, suggests reports.

Twitter reactions

After the video went viral many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote and condemned the actions by the Shiva devotees. The user also termed the actions by the Shiva devotees to be thuggery. The user also highlighted that the mob neglected the police who were there and continued to attack the Dalit man.

The user also wrote and said that such mobocracy should be dealt with sternly.

One user also wrote and said that the mob assaulting the man claiming to be Shiva devotees are a disgrace to all those who have faith in Shiva, implying that the people who believe in lord Shiva would never do such things.

One user also lauded the brave and relentless police officials who can be seen trying to save and protect the two men in the video. The user also wrote and said that it is rare to see Indian police in Modi’s rule to protect the victims from such hooliganism.

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Delhi man murders father for refusing to give him money for drugs, arrested

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In a shocking incident, a son allegedly murdered his own father after the latter refused to give him money to buy drugs, police said on Wednesday, adding that the accused has been arrested.

The victim, identified as Suresh Kumar, 65, a resident of Sri Nagar of Shakurpur village in Delhi, got into a scuffle with his son who was asking him for money to buy drugs. Police reached the spot after receiving information about the fight in Subhash Place area of northwest Delhi and found the victim with grievous injuries.

Officials said that Suresh had sustained serious injuries and cuts and was bleeding from one of his ears. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A case was registered and investigation into the incident revealed that Suresh had engaged in a scuffle with his son Ajay Kumar, 30, over the latter demanding money from his father. Police said that Suresh refused to give Ajay money for drugs resulting in a brawl in which the victim was grievously injured.

The accused has been arrested and booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigation is ongoing.

In a similar incident an 18-year-old and a juvenile boy were arrested with the death of a Class 12 student who was stabbed to death in southeast Delhi’s Kalkaji on Wednesday.

Shiva Chaudhary, a resident of Pul Prahladpur resident was arrested while a 15-year-old school student was apprehended, police said.

The Class 12 student was allegedly stabbed on Monday after a quarrel between two groups of students near Hansraj Sethi Park. He was admitted to Purnima Sethi Hospital where he succumbed.

The police registered a murder case and found during investigations that there was a minor scuffle between the victim’s friends with students from another school near Govindpuri Metro station on January 28.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about Shaligram stones sent from Nepal for idols’ construction

The idol of lord Ram will be made of these Shaligram stone.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about Shaligram stones sent from Nepal for idols' construction

Shaligram stones brought to Ayodhya from Janakpur, a famous religious place in Nepal is being worshipped at the Ram Mandir. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal worshiped the Mahant of Janaki Temple. After worshiping according to Vedic rituals, Shaligram Shila was handed over to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.

As soon as the Shaligram Yatra entered the highway late night, slogans of Jai Shri Ram started echoing. People showered flowers and there was a lot of fireworks. On reaching Ayodhya, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai, Trustee Dr. Anil Mishra, outgoing Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and other BJP leaders welcomed the Shaligram by showering flowers.

For the unversed, along with the construction work of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the work of Ramlala’s statue is also going on with a high pace. The idol of lord Ram will be made of these Shaligram stone. As per Hindu believes, as Shivling is considered as the form of Lord Shankar similarly, Shaligram is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

What is Shaligram?

According to science, Shaligram is a black colored ammonoid fossil, found in black, brown, white, grey, blue color and sometimes with golden glow. Shaligram is generally collected by the people from the banks of the holy river Gandaki of Hinduism and is the sacred name of Lord Vishnu. However, it is also known as Salgram, as per Hindu believes.

It is related to a village named Salgram. This village is situated on the banks of the Gandaki river in Nepal. Shaligram and Shivling are considered as deities of God. According to Puranas, only this Deity form of God should be worshipped. Apart from the Shivling form of Lord Shiva, there is only one temple of Shaligram in the whole world. Mostly in Hinduism, idols are worshipped, but before the idols, Lord Brahma was worshiped in the form of conch shell, Lord Shiva in the form of Shivling and Lord Vishnu in the form of Shaligram.

According to reports, there is a place Muktinath in Nepal. The only temple of Shaligram is present here. However, there are approximately 33 different types of Shaligrams. These 33 types are associated with the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is said that all these 24 Shaligrams are related to the same number of Ekadashi fasts. According to the incarnations of God, the circular Shaligram is believed to be the Gopal form of Lord Vishnu.

Fish shaped Shaligram is considered as the incarnation of Matsya. The shape of the tortoise is considered to be the symbol of Kachhapa or Kurma avatar. On the other hand, the chakra that emerges in Shaligram or the Shaligram which has lines, is considered as the form of Shri Krishna.

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