Warmth lies in the Woods ⋆ The Teenager Today – Jarastyle Teen’s

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Warmth lies in the Woods ⋆ The Teenager Today - Jarastyle Teen's

Surrounded by the serene Shivaliks, the Greater Himalayas, the Lesser Himalayas and the Zanskar mountain ranges, and home to scenic beauty, lies the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the ‘Land of Deodars’ — the Himalayan Cedar.

“Nothing is more beautiful than the calmness of the woods before sunrise”, and the people of Himachal live with it daily. Walking down the lanes of Himachal Pradesh, you will experience the worthiness of a traditional technique of Kath-Kuni that uses alternating layers of wood and stone masonry held in place without mortar for the construction of houses in these isolated hills of northern India. Kath-Kuni is derived from the Sanskrit words kasht meaning ‘wood’ and kona meaning ‘corner’.

As beautiful as Himachal winters are, they are also harsh and unforgiving. The hilly areas, being semi-connected and not being extremely facilitated, cannot rely on expensive heating arrangements. These humble abodes made in the Kath-Kuni style serve the purpose of protection against the extreme cold climate, as most parts of Himachal gets covered in a thick blanket of snow between November and March.

Cover of the March 2024 issue of The Teenager Today with a smiling female student on the cover

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Warmth lies in the Woods ⋆ The Teenager Today - Jarastyle Teen's

Shalley Ahirwar is a journalism student at SPICE, Mumbai. She loves travelling, photography, reading and writing.


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