People practice yoga on a terrace at the Anand Prakash yoga ashram in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The town, in the foothills of the Himalayas 250 kilometres north of Delhi, is the world centre of yoga, drawing tens of thousands of foreign tourists every year to its dozens of ashram retreats and yoga schools.
Toor’s photograph revealed it was a Common Palm civet, locally known as ‘Bijjoo’ or even ‘Kabr bijjoo’ on the misconception that it digs graves at night to munch on corpses! But the civet does not attack and bite humans in the habit of dogs. read more
Many netizens also voiced fears of the heli-taxi service between Chandigarh and Shimla, set to be launched on June 4, further increasing the tourist burden on the hill town. Shimla received just 18 million litres of water per day against the demand for... read more
No country is more affected by China’s assault on the Himalayan ecosystems than India. Yet India’s silence is conspicuous. India, perennially mired in petty domestic politics, must speak up on China’s environmental onslaught before it is too late read more
The government plans to hold a national workshop involving 12 states in the Indian Himalayan region to discuss issues related to the sustainable development of springs and strategies for their renovation, rejuvenation and augmentation. read more