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Himachal Pradesh

View of deserted market during COVID-induced lockdown, in Palampur

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Private buses parked at a depot during an indefinite strike by the operators’ union to protest against alleged lack of support by the state government in COVID-19 times, in Palampur.

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Health workers take a swab sample of residents, in Palampur.

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Private and state government-run buses parked in a bus station as the market remained shut on the weekend due to an upsurge in COVID 19 cases, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

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Apple orchards under snow. The snow and hail damaged plants, ruined crop and wrecked havoc on anti-hail nets covering the plants.

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Workers sort green peas at Bhuntar Sabzi Mandi in Kullu District.

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Smoke billows from a forest fire at Ketli area in Shimla.

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Security personnel march during a rehearsal for Himachal Day Parade, at Ridge in Shimla.

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Forest fire in Solan, Himachal Pradesh

Forest fire in Solan, Himachal Pradesh,

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Tibetan PM in exile Lobsang Sangay cast his vote for Tibetan general elections of Sikyong/President of Central Tibetan administration and 45 members of Tibetan parliament in exile in Dharamshala.

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Polling begins for the final phase of Tibetan general elections of Sikyong/President of Central Tibetan administration and 45 members of Tibetan parliament in exile in Dharamshala.

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Buses parked outside a hotel after a fresh snowfall, in Keylong.

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A fire broke that out in the forest at Junga ,35 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

A fire broke that out in the forest at Junga ,35 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

Smoke billows from a forest fire at Kasauli in Solan district.

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Tourists visit Solan amid fresh snowfall, in Manali district.

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Taxi operators stage a protest rally in Shimla

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Relatives and supporters of late BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma participate in his funeral procession, at Jalpehar village in Mandi district. Sharma was found dead at his Delhi residence on Tuesday.

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Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) activists participate in a rally towards Vidhan Sabha, in Shimla.

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur speaks in the state Legislative Assembly during the budget session, in Shimla.

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Arrival of Kamrunag deity, known as rain God and chief deity of Mandi Shivratri festival, in Himachal Pradesh.

Photograph by Birbal Sharma

Because of deity culture and deep faith of the people in their local Devtas ,Mandi often basks in religious fervour and spirits on Shivratri as a traditional procession (called Jaleb) marks the beginning of the rituals.

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Mandi -- also known as "Choti Kashi" in Himachal Pradesh, has a long history of celebrating Shivratri in the most fascinating and traditional manner for full week.

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Devotees play instruments during a procession to participate in a weeklong 'Maha Shivratri' festival, in Mandi.

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Tibetans-in-exile take part in a march to mark the 62nd anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day at Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.

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President of the Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay, front centre, stands with other parliamentarians to observe a minute's silence for dead Tibetans as exile Tibetans gather to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day in Dharamsala. Thousands of Tibetans had come out on streets in Lhasa in 1959 to protest against Chinese rule.

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Exile Tibetans sell flags at a gathering to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day in Dharamsala. Thousands of Tibetans had come out on streets in Lhasa in 1959 to protest against Chinese rule.

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People stand near the wreckage of a private bus after it skidded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge on its way to Chamba, near Bhanjraru.

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Shyam Saran Negi, believed to be India's oldest voter at 103 years of age, receives his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a PHC at Kalpa in Kinnaur.

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An exile Tibetan speaks on a megaphone to a gathering to mark the International Women's Day in Dharmsala.

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur proceeds to present the State Budget for the year 2021-22 at Vidhan Sabha in Shimla.

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Indian Army with Turkmenistan Special forces carry out the first leg of sky-diving training.

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Indian Army with Turkmenistan Special forces carry out the first leg of sky-diving training.

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Clash between Indian Youth Congress activists and police personnel during a protest against the suspension of five MLAs from the budget session of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, in Kullu.

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Congress MLAs try to stop the car of HP Governor Bandaru Dattatraya after he gave his speech on the opening day of Budget Session in the state assembly, in Shimla.

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Congress MLAs try to stop the car of HP Governor Bandaru Dattatraya after he gave his speech on the opening day of Budget Session in the state assembly, in Shimla.

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A man looks on at damaged vehicles after trees fell over them, due to recent rainfall in Solan.

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Family members of Rakesh Kapoor, who died in the Chamoli disaster, mourn after his body was brough at his residence in Palampur.

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Exile Tibetans pin miniature Tibetan flags on their hometowns on a map of the Tibetan region at a street event to mark the day when the 13th Dalai Lama declared Tibet an independent state in 1913, in Dharamsala. Tibetans mark this day as Tibetan Independence Day.

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Exile Tibetan parliamentarians pray at an event marking the first day of the Tibetan New Year or Losar in Dharamsala.

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A bright sunshine on Shimla wrapped in all white after a record single day Snowfall.

Photograph by Ashwani Sharma

Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk during snowfall in Shimla.

Photograph by Pradeep Kumar

Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk during snowfall in Shimla.

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After snowfall policemen helping tourists on Shimla roads

Photograph by Sanjay Gera

Exile Tibetans use the Olympic Rings as a prop as they hold a street protest against the holding of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in Dharamsala. Five effigies represent Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and the region ethnic Uighurs call 'East Turkestan', under Chinese control.

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Exile Tibetans use the Olympic Rings as a prop as they hold a street protest against the holding of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in Dharamsala. Five effigies were also used to represent Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and the region ethnic Uighurs call 'East Turkestan', under Chinese control.

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Activists wearing masks of the IOC President Thomas Bach and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose in front of the Olympic Rings during a street protest against the holding of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, in Dharamsala.

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People stand next to icicles hanging from the bushes on a cold winter morning, in Shimla.

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The snow festival has enabled locals to exhibit their unique traditions

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Local crafts are on display during the ongoing two-month long snow festival in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti District.

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The snow festival has been organised with an aim to boost tourism in the region

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The snow festival has enabled locals to exhibit their unique crafts

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The snow festival has enabled locals to exhibit their customs and traditions

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The snow festival aims to showcase the locals’ culture

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A snow sculpture exhibited during the snow festival.

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Tourists and locals gaze at various exhibits at Himachal’s one-of-a-kind snow festival.

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A snow sculpture exhibited during the snow festival.

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Two-month long snow festival currently underway in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti District.

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Folk artists perform during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Dallpur Maidan in Kullu.

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Artists perform during the golden jubilee celebrations of Himachal Pradesh's statehood in Shimla.

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Artists prepare to perform during the golden jubilee celebrations of Himachal Pradesh's statehood at Ridge in Shimla.

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Supporters of a candidate celebrate with traditional instruments after the results of Panchayat Samiti and zilla Parishad elections were announced in Kullu.

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Villagers cross the Beas river on a improvised cable rope bridge after casting vote during the second phase of Himachal Pradesh Panchayat elections, in Kullu district.

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Residents maintain social distancing as they wait to cast their votes during the second phase of Himachal Pradesh panchayat polls, at Ghannati in Shimla.

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A health worker rubs the arm of her husband, who works in the same hospital, after administering COVID-19 vaccine at the Zonal Hospital in Dharmsala. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway.

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Polling officials check the names of voters at a polling booth as they arrive to cast their votes for the Himachal Pradesh panchayat elections, at Kaza, sub division of Lahaul Spiti district across Rohtang Tunnel.

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Polling officials wait for voters at a polling station during the Himachal Pradesh panchayat elections, at Kaza, sub division of Lahaul Spiti district across Rohtang Tunnel.

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A woman shows her ink marked finger after casting her vote for Himachal Pradesh Panchayat polls at Kaza, sub division of Lahaul Spiti district across Rohtang Tunnel.

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Voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting their votes for Himachal Pradesh Panchayat polls at Kaza, sub division of Lahaul Spiti district across Rohtang Tunnel.

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The 103 yr old, Shyam Saran Negi, independent India's first over, returns after casting his vote in Himachal Pradesh Panchayat polls at Kalpa, Kinnaur. Negi never missed any poll to keep his date with democracy to poll in all panchayat, State Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

Photograph by Ajay Banyal

People wait in queue to cast their votes for panchayat elections, at a village in Shimla district.

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People walk through a snow covered valley at Naraknda near Shimla.

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Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died due to bird flu at Pong Dam lake in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

Photograph by Maritunjay Puri

Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died due to bird flu at Pong Dam lake in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

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Prashar Lake covered with snow after heavy snowfall in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is located at a height of 2730m above sea level.

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View of the snow-covered Naddi village after a fresh snowfall, near McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh.

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A view of the valley after fresh snowfall in Manali.

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Tourists arrive in Dalhousie after heavy snowfall in Dhauladhar mountain range, in Himachal Pradesh.

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People walk on a snow covered road after fresh snowfall at Ridge, in Shimla.

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People walk on a snow covered road after fresh snowfall in Shimla.

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Shimla woke up to a fascinating snowfall on Monday morning bringing cheers to tourists who have already arrived at the hill station for New Year celebrations.

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Shimla woke up to a fascinating snowfall on Monday morning bringing cheers to tourists who have already arrived at the hill station for New Year celebrations.

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Shimla woke up to a fascinating snowfall on Monday morning bringing cheers to tourists who have already arrived at the hill station for New Year celebrations.

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A policeman helps to drive through snow and slippery road in Shimla.

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Snow clearence work in progress at Shimla Kufri road which is most visited place after Snowfall. Administration expects huge footfall to Kufri in the day.

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Shimla woke up to a fascinating snowfall on Monday morning bringing cheers to tourists who have already arrived at the hill station for New Year celebrations.

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Shimla woke up to a fascinating snowfall on Monday morning bringing cheers to tourists who have already arrived at the hill station for New Year celebrations.

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Shimla woke up to a fascinating snowfall on Monday morning bringing cheers to tourists who have already arrived at the hill station for New Year celebrations.

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View of the Sissu Lake after the town received fresh snowfall, in Lahaul-Spiti.

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Icicles hang from the bushes on a cold winter morning, in Shimla.

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A dog runs out of a building on a street shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in Dharamsala.

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A framed notice is put in front of a shop selling confectionary and designer accessories in Dharamsala.

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Tourists play with snow at Kufri following a fresh spell of snowfall, in Shimla.

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Cars covered in snow after the town received fresh snowfall, at Keylong in Lahaul Spiti.

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People remove snow from a bridge after the town received fresh snowfall, at Keylong in Lahaul Spiti.

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People walk on a snow-covered road after fresh snowfal near Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Lahaul-Spiti district.

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View of snow covered Sissu lake after the town received fresh snowfall, in Lahaul-Spiti.

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Petroleum vehicles on their way to Lahaul via Atal Tunnel, in Manali.

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View of snow covered Teling and Koksar village after snowfall, in Lahaul-Spiti district.

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