Himachal gets fresh snow
Himachal Pradesh

Himachal gets fresh snow


Popular tourist destinations like Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie received another spell of overnight snow on Sunday, which snapped internal road links in some areas of Himachal Pradesh but tourists made merry.

Hoteliers cheered in the hope that more tourists will come in the coming days even as the Met Office forecast dry weather from Monday.

Tourist spots near Shimla, such as Kufri, Chail, Fagu and Narkanda also experienced mild snow, making the hill stations even more picturesque.

Traffic beyond Dhalli to Kufri and upper Shimla has been closed.  The HRTC has diverted bus service to Rampur and Kinnaur via Basantpur.

Likewise, Manali and its uphill Solang ski slopes and Kalpa, 250 km from the state capital, also saw snowfall.

Dalhousie in Chamba district saw 30 cm of snow.

The Meteorological office director, Mr.  Manmohan Singh, said that snowfall occurred in Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba districts.

'The higher reaches have experienced moderate to heavy snowfall, while lower hills were lashed with rain.'

The minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded at 0.2 degree Celsius, whereas Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state at minus 11 degree. Shimla and Keylong saw 3.5 cm and nine cm of snow, respectively.

Tourists in Shimla, known for the imperial grandeur of its buildings that were once institutions of power when the town served as the summer capital of British India, were seen making merry by hurling snowballs at one another.

'For the first time we have seen snowfall,' said Nitika Sodhi, a tourist from Chandigarh.  The snowy landscape in Shimla will stay for one-two days, an official of the Met Office said.