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On the Brink of Famine, The Most Remote Village of Himachal Needs You

Rijul Shergill

Published: 02 Aug,2018

Bada Bhangal is the remotest village of Himachal located in Baijnath Block of District Kangra. This remote valley is flanked on all sides by high mountains. Bada Bhangal village is situated along the banks of Ravi river. The village is located at the height of 7700 ft above sea level and the access to this remote valley is either over the high mountain passes which remain closed for a good 8 months or over a dangerous cliff approach along the gorge of Ravi river. The remote location of the place makes it mostly unexplored destinations in Himachal.

This path is somewhat short but dangerous and remains open for 6 months depending upon the snow condition. The access over mountain passes is no less taxing. Bada Bhangal is flanked by Dhauladhar Range, Pangi Range and Manimahesh Range. One has to traverse through these mountain ranges to enter or exit this remote valley. Only 50-60 people stay back in winters to look after livestock. There is a transit government secondary school which is shifted to Bir in the winter months. A satellite phone is the only mode of communication to the outside.

Last year a temporary footbridge on Uhl river got washed away in flash flood and also landslides blocked the trail to Thamsar Pass near Palachak. As a result of that, the essential supplies could not be supplied to the villagers. Its been over a year now and still, the district administration has done nothing to restore this trail.

Bada Bhangal village is facing famine-like conditions and if ration and other essentials are not supplied within a month, people will die of hunger.

To support the villagers the supplies can either be airdropped to Bada Bhangal as there is a helipad there or supplied via Kaleheni Pass from Manali side which is a slightly longer trail but can be crossed over by the ponies. Trekker, travellers and mountaineers from across the country and coming together to support Bada Bhangal and helping the villagers. On the brink of a famine, Bada Bhangal needs you.

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