An animal house was built in the Himalayan village of Lokhali, and its owners say they don’t mind being ridiculed
A house built by a group of nomadic nomads has been put up in the village of the Himalayas.
The home, dubbed Lokhalya, was built on the site of a former Hindu temple and contains a three-roomed house, as well as a cow, sheep and a horse.
“It is not a bad place,” one of the owners, Gopal Agrawal, told Reuters.
“I am very happy that I can have a place to live and eat with other people.
It is the only place that can provide a good living environment for my family.”
Agrawa, a farmer who lives with his wife and two daughters in the tiny village, said he wanted to bring a sense of normalcy to his family, and that the building had been the only way to do so.
“In my life, we have lived in a very difficult situation,” he said.
“Our house is not large enough, and there are many people living in it, and I don’t want to have them live there.”
The group’s house is a symbol of a cultural and political shift in India that has seen many Indian villages built with local labour and land stolen from locals, and which has seen the government turn a blind eye to the plight of its poor citizens.
Lokhala is a place of legend and culture, said Agrawals mother, Sangeeta Agrawali.
“We have a very big house, and we have many animals in the house,” she said.
“[The] house has a little room where people can play and relax.”
A village in the hills near the Himalaya village of Pongdha in central India, India.
source Google Images (India), Reuters (India).