In areas of the state of Punjab in northern India, residents posted pictures of the mountain range from around 125 miles away after the peaks came back into view when the air cleared.
India’s population of 1.4bn is under a 21-day lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, shuttering factories and clearing traffic from the streets.
The reduction in smog led to a flurry of photos hitting social media from surprised citizens.
Former Indian cricketer, Harbhajan Singh, tweeted a view of the Dhauladar range from his rooftop in Jalandhar.
“Never could imagine that’s possible.. clear indication of the impact pollution has done by us to Mother Earth..” he tweeted.
Another resident posted: “What nature really is and how we screwed it up. This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal, visible after 30 yrs, from Jalandhar (Punjab) after pollution drops to its lowest level. This is approx. 200 km away straight. #Lockdown21 #MotherNature #Global healing.”Independent