Heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh ruins holiday hopes for tourists

Published on : Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowfal2Himachal Pradesh continues to receive moderate to heavy snowfall disrupting normal life in the entire state. Most roads have been blocked in the upper Shimla and Manali area. People have been warned from venturing to the higher reaches. Keylong was the coldest town in the state with temperature dipping to 9.6 degree Celsius.


Areas in the Shimla district like Narkanda, a famous ski resort, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumarsain, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal and the entire Kinnaur district are cut off from the rest of the state said the IANS officials.


The Chandigarh- Manali National Highway 21 has been closed near Patlikuhl, 20 Km before Manali for any vehicle.



Snow has accumulated in Mall Road, the Ridge, the US Club and Jakhu hills. The Met department said that in the next coming days would not bring snow or rain.


Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw fresh snowfall of 8 cm recorded a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, while the temperature was minus 4.2 degrees Celsius in Manali, an official of the meteorological department told IANS .In Shimla the temperature decreased by 0.2 degrees. It was recorded at 0.7 degrees.


Roads for vehicles have also been shut down at Dhalli as a large stretch of road on the Hindustan-Tibet Road was covered by thick snow.


The higher reaches of Kinnaur, Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Sirmur have been the worst affected. Heavy snowfall in these regions has completely cutoff these areas from the rest of the state. However, efforts are being made to normalise the situation said a government official.


For those leaving for Rampur and Kinnaur buses are going via Dhami and Basantpur.


The snowfall has completely stumped day to day lives of the locals and the tourists who set out to get their first taste of snowfall. Solang, Beas Kund, Nehru Kund, Gulaba and Marhi, the tourist resorts of Manali have been declared out-of-bounds. Until the snowfall decreases a bit it is unwise to make holiday plans in Himachal Pradesh.


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