Summer snowfall thrills tourists on Rohtang pass
MANALI: Thousands of tourists on Monday became witness to the
most amazing moment in their life when they saw rare summer snowfall on Rohtang pass after sky started showering snowflakes all over the mountain top in
morning time.
Tourists enjoy summer snowfall on Rohtang Pass (file photo)
Snowfall in last
week of May sounds a joke but its true and tourists enjoyed every moment of it
despite facing traffic jams on Manali-Rohtang road. While mid and low hills of
the state experienced rainfall, high hills witnessed snowfall after a gap of
one month. Residents got respite from the scorching heat, while people were
forced to wear woollens in Manali, Lahaul, Pangi and many other high altitude areas.
Given the possibility of snowfall after overnight rain, all tourists thronged
Rohtang pass in early morning.
“Snowfall gave
us a cool welcome on Rohtang and everything had turned completely white,” a
lucky tourist from Mumbai, Tajun Gorawala, said, who had left for Rohtang at
5.30am. “We got stuck in traffic jam just below the pass as road was partially
blocked there. We came out of the car and started catching snowflakes. We had
never imagined that we would be seeing snowfall in May month. It’s amazing.”
Tourists
captured these beautiful moments in their cameras and were spotted dancing out
of thrill. There were many tourists who were not lucky enough to reach Rohtang
on time. Mohit and his family, from New Delhi, got stuck in jam for hours and
when they reached Rohtang top, snowfall had already stopped. “We have no
complains at all. At least we could see enough snow all around the mountain. We
enjoyed every moment in cold and wanted to stay here forever,” he said.
Hailstorms in
many parts of Kullu district damaged the apple crop. The state has recorded
sharp drop in temperature with average minimum temperature decreasing by 2 to 3
degrees Celsius in last 24 hours. Keylong, district headquarters of
Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest area in Himachal at 8 degrees Celsius
while Una was hottest at 43.5 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperature of Manali,
Shimla, Dharamshala, Solan, Sundernagar, Kalpa and Dalhousie was recorded at
10.2, 18, 21.4, 19.5, 20.4, 11 and 11.5 degrees Celsius respectively.

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