MANALI: Hundreds of tourists on Thursday thronged Gulaba,
22km from Manali towards Rohtang pass, to enjoy the fresh snowfall. Though
administration has advised tourists not to go beyond Kothi, but it was
tourists’ craziness to see snow that they managed to reach here putting
themselves in danger.
experiencing snowfall since Thursday morning and over 10cm fresh snow has
accumulated here. As soon as tourists had news about snowfall, they made a
beeline towards Rohtang pass. According to sources, many tourists tried to
reach Rohtang pass but could not drive beyond Gulaba due to slippery snow on
the highway. Finally, they made Gulaba their fun-spot for the day where they
enjoyed every moment playing with snow.
visited Rohtang pass on Wednesday but my children and wife insisted on going
here one more time to see the fresh snowfall. However we cannot reach there but
luckily got to see fresh snowfall,” a tourist from West Bengal, Harish
Chattopadhyay, said. He said that it was too cold there and they were drenching
soon so decided to come back only after couple of hours.
Nandini and Priyanshu,
a newlywed couple from Patiala, said they got a surprise gift from Manali as
fresh snowfall. “We had already planned to visit Rohtang pass but we had never
imagined to see fresh flakes of snow showering from the sky. We have no regrets
that we would not see Rohtang pass. Both of us have seen snowfall for the first
time in our lives,” Nandini said.
around Manali has generated hopes to draw more tourists in coming days.
According to hoteliers, now Manali has enough snow to entertain the tourists
till New Year’s Eve and snow would definitely force tourists to visit Manali. “Snowfall
has rejuvenated our tourism industry. Now hoteliers are ready to give a warm
welcome to our guests in cold climate and beautiful backdrop of snow laden mountains.
Hotel occupancy would definitely grow in December,” Manali hoteliers’association president Anup Thakur said.