Heavy snowfall in parts of Kullu-Manali, Lahaul-Spiti and Mandi districts left traffic interrupted in many major roads while nearly 200 tourists stranded near Manali on Thursday. Hundreds of tourists had reached Gulaba and Kothi to see snowfall on Thursday morning. As it was snowing fast, tourists were asked to descend down to Kothi. Ignoring warning,

As the administration is allowing tourist vehicles to ply the Manali-Rohtang highway in the daytime, hundreds of tourists have made a beeline to Rohtang pass to enjoy the fresh snow. Rohtang is covered with 10 to 20cm of powder snow which will last for few more weeks. Earlier this month administration had stopped tourist movement

Fresh snowfall in Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie seems to have worked well for tourism industry as hoteliers and travel agents have flooded with inquiries regarding winter holiday tours in February which is termed as off-season month in Himachal. Hotel occupancy is also likely to double during Republic Day and ODI cricket match in Dharamshala. Hills

Heavy snowfall in peaks around Manali and Lahaul-Spiti has brought down the temperature many notches below the normal for this time of season. Manali on Friday recorded the minimum temperature of 11.9 degree Celsius while the maximum was 21 degree Celsius. Minimum temperature in Keylong, headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti district, was recorded at 6.5 degree Celsius