Winter has approached the North Indian hill stations in all its glory. Popular tourist destinations like Kufri, Narkanda and Manali have received this season’s first snowfall, and have transformed into winter wonders.
Bringing cheer to the tourists, the recent snowfall has also enhanced the scenic beauty of the hills. “We are expecting a good rush of tourists this weekend, since snowfall brings more business here,” said an elated hotelier from Manali.
According to Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, rainfall and snowfall is likely to continue for the next few days in the region. A western disturbance with origins in the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region, moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, is expected to remain active. This will bring more rain and snow, along with a further drop in the temperature.
The higher hills of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Chamba and Sirmaur districts have experienced heavy snowfall. On the other hand, rainfall prevails in the mid and lower hills. Also, Solang, Gulaba, and Kothi have been experiencing moderate snow for a few days now. Manali received more than 4 cm of snowfall, and saw temperatures dropping to sub-zero levels.
Among other regions getting covered with snow, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti received 2.5 cm of snowfall as the temperature dropped to minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, while Kalpa in Kinnaur district received a snowfall of 3.5 cm and the temperature dropped to minus 0.9 degrees Celsius.
While the recent snowfall promises to bring in more tourists to these regions, it has also brought along problems in commuting. With snow piled up on the roads, a number of tourist spots in upper Shimla district were cut off. Also, a large stretch of Hindustan-Tibet Road was covered with a thick blanket of snow, suspending the traffic movement beyond Dhalli.
Last modified: December 16, 2019