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In Photos | A Pandemic-Gripped, Tourist-Free Shillong

In Photos | A Pandemic-Gripped, Tourist-Free Shillong

In the northeastern capital city, roads are desolate as concerns about the COVID-19 mount.

A young boy walks through a deserted residential area near New Polo Road. Photo By: Deepti Asthana

The bustling northeastern hill station of Shillong has remained eerily quiet since news of the coronavirus pandemic first spread through the country. As panic around the virus outbreak surged, guest houses shuttered their windows, while the streets flanking them remained bare. Local malls and small shops were closed, as were museums and other hotspots. Deepti Asthana, who was visiting Shillong when India announced its three-week lockdown on March 24, found herself stranded in the city. Through her lens, she captured the silent spirit of the city under lockdown.

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Photo By: Deepti Asthana

As guest houses on the tourist-heavy hill station close down, their windows solemnly reflect a world changed forever.

In Photos | A Pandemic-Gripped, Tourist-Free Shillong

Photo By: Deepti Asthana

Colour and bustle once characterised the streets of Shillong before the lockdown.

In Photos | A Tourist-Free Shillong Due to Coronavirus

Photo By: Deepti Asthana

The reception desk at The Anchorage guest house, which once housed the Arunachal museum in the 1970s.

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Photo By: Deepti Asthana

Residents of Shillong slowly adjust to life indoors.

    • Deepti Asthana loves to tell stories of cultures and traditions of far-away regions. When not traveling, she can be found in Mumbai snuggling with her dog.

 

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