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The dirty side of a lavish Indian wedding

Activists see red after trash, human waste left at pristine tourist spot following festivities

Uttarakhand is known as the Land of the Gods, or Devbhumi, because of a large number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. It is also known for its natural beauty, framed by the Himalayan mountain range, which covers most of the northern part of the state.

But two wealthy South African businessmen brothers, Ajay and Atul Gupta, have upset environmentalists by hosting opulent weddings last month for their two sons at the ski resort of Auli.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2019, with the headline 'The dirty side of a lavish Indian wedding'. Print Edition | Subscribe