Slow Train Coming

Covered in eternal fog, train station in Ghum is the highest train station in India (Altitude 2259 meters). Built by British between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 kilometers long from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Originally it was meant for tea and goods transportation.

Animals Granted Legal Rights Of Human Beings By Indian Government

“All members of the animal kingdom including birds and aquatic life have similar rights as humans”

In 2018, the high court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has ruled that all animals have the same “rights, duties and liabilities of a living person” in a landmark decision designed to protect and promote their welfare. In practice, this won’t mean that animals will have all of the same rights as humans, but the ruling has essentially made all  Uttarakhand residents the legal guardians of animals, holding them responsible to ensure the welfare and protection of animals in much the same way that they are legally responsible to act as parental figures when it comes to the welfare of children.

Wood Store

Cremation is an extremely important for Hindus. They believe it releases an individual spiritual essence from its transitory physical body so it can be reborn. Fire is the chosen method to dispose of the dead because of its             association with purity and power to scare away harmful ghosts and demons. The funeral pyre is often made of corkwood and offerings of camphor, sandalwood and mango leaves. A typical pyre is made of 300 kilograms or so of wood. Rich families sometimes pay for the entire pyre to be made up of sandalwood. Average cost of a funeral is $12 to $71.

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