SHIMLA/ MANALI: Heavy snowfall on peaks around Kullu, Kinnaur and Chamba districts of Himachal has triggered a fresh wave of cold in lower regions of the state forcing people to wear the woollens on Wednesday.
Till last reports, Rohtang pass received 10 cm fresh snow while Kugti jot in Chamba, Reo Pargil, Kinner-Kailash ranges in Kinnaur, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sister ranges in Kullu received 10 to 30 cm fresh snow and the snowfall was still continued. Snowfall on peaks above 12,000 feet and moderate rain on lower areas have caused sharp drop in temperature.
Tourists enjoy fresh snowfall near Rohtang pass, Manali
More than 15 thousands tourists on Wednesday thronged Rohtang top to witness the fresh snowfall and jammed the traffic for over four hours. Most of the tourists reached here before 5 am to avoid traffic jams but with desire to see snow all reached Rohtang early morning and jammed the traffic. “I cannot believe that we saw real fresh snowfall at Rohtang and that’s too in June when entire country is fainted with scorching heat,” a tourist from New Delhi, Balbir Kapoor, said.
Tourism industry of the state with snow capped mountains and cool weather is hoping for good time in coming days. According to meteorological office Shimla director Manmohan Singh, the similar weather condition would remain in the state for five more days. “High altitude hills would experience mild snow while mid and lower hills would receive rain with thundershowers,” he said.