Good snowfall ensures cheering summer in Himachal
SHIMLA/
MANALI:
Heavy snowfall
on Himachal hills has once again ensured a cheerful summer tourist season,
pleasant climate, bountiful drinking water and good time for winter games
lovers.
More snowfall in Himachal from February 22
The state is
witnessing unexpectedly high flow of tourists in February and is sure about
bumper season between April and July when tourists would throng here to get respite
from the heat of plains. The current spells of snowfall are acting like magnet
to attract tourists to Himachal. Hotels in Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie have already
swarmed with inquiries for summer season.

Heavy snowfallin Solang Valley of Manali has cheered the winter games enthusiasts who have
flocked here for skiing, snowboarding and other activities. Ski slopes here are
covered with hundreds of amateur and professional skiers. “Watching skiers on
television always thrills me and now that I’m attempting skiing here, it is
like dream come true for me,” a tourist from Indore, Praveen Jain, said.

Some tourists
are complaining of swindle and overcharging from them. Harika Kalantri, touristfrom Hyderabad, complains, “I and my husband were charged Rs 4,200 for skis for
couple of hours. When we interacted with another couple, we came to know they
were charged Rs 2,000. And then we got to know that service providers first
entice the tourists and charge arbitrary rent for few minutes. Nobody was
present there to control this swindling.”

It is snowing on
high hills of Kullu, Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur while lower hills
are experiencing light showers. A moderate cold wave is persistent in the state
and Keylong in Lahaul was coldest inhabited place in Himachal at -10.4 degrees
Celsius followed by Kalpa at -5.4 degrees C. Night temperature in Manali
(0.6), Shimla (5.5), Dharamshala (7.6) and Solan (4.2) is still cold. According to
Shimla Meteorological office, a fresh western disturbance has entered the state and it would bring more snow
to high hills of western Himalayan regions from February 22.

While Manali has
experienced good snowfall this year, it is still below the average in Shimla. According
to hoteliers in Shimla, shortage of drinking water is the main problem in
Shimla during summers and they are expecting more snowfall till March. An
hotelier, Chandra Sharma, said, “More snowfall means enough drinking water for
summers. Otherwise we are forced to bring water from many kilometers for our
guests. Snow on hills  also helps keep the temperature down.”

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