Fact Check: Lush green mountains in viral image are from Vietnam, not Himachal Pradesh

A picture of blue skies, terraced hills, and narrow paths is viral on social media. Users claim this is a view of Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  26 Aug 2021 6:15 AM GMT
Fact Check: Lush green mountains in viral image are from Vietnam, not Himachal Pradesh

Hyderabad: A picture of blue skies, terraced hills, and narrow paths is viral on social media. Users claim this is a view of Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh.

"This scene is of village-climb Nauradhar, Tehsil-Rajgarh, District-Sirmaur Himachal Pradesh, less than Switzerland Is our Himachal," reads the English translation of the message on Facebook.

Original claim:

ये दृश्य गांव-चढ़ना नौराधार, तहसील-राजगढ़, जिला-सिरमौर हिमाचल प्रदेश का है, स्विट्ज़रलैंड से कम है क्या हमारा हिमाँचल..?

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Fact Check:

The claim is False.

NewsMeter performed a reverse search and we found that this photo has been shared by many websites. They identified the place as Mu Kang Chai in Vietnam.

http://www.duskyswondersite.com/human-ingenuity-category/dream-vacation-destinations-5/

When we searched through keyword search, we found another picture very similar to the viral image on 'Getty Images.

According to 'Getty Images', this is a photo of rice fields on the hills of Mu Kang Chai district of Vietnam. This is the district is in Yen Bai province of Vietnam. It is about three hours drive from the capital Hanoi.

Several hotels in Vietnam have also used viral photos for promotion on travel websites.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/VacationRentalReview-g737052-d10306048-SAPA_MOUNTAIN_VIEW_PROPERTY-Lao_Cai_Lao_Cai_Province.html

We also searched about Sirmour on Google Maps. The pictures of Sirmour can be seen here.

Evidently, the viral claim is false. The place is in Vietnam, not Himachal Pradesh.

Claim Review:This picture of beautiful green hills.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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