Famous hill destination Shimla and its nearby tourists spots –Kufri , Fagu, Naldehra and Narkanda on December 14 received season’s first and an early snowfall bringing cheers among locals and tourists planning their weekend at the hill stations in Himachal Pradesh.
The snowfall, as predicted by the Shimla centre of the Meterological started early this morning at Kufri,Narkanda and Fagu beside places like Kharapathar and soon Shimla also received snowflakes coupled with shower during the day.
This has raised the hopes for a ‘White Christmas’ in Shimla—a thing of past for erstwhile capital of the British Raj days in India.
The movement of the vehicles was affected in places like Kufri, strangling many passengers, especially those travelling by bus.
Last year Shimla did not receive its first snow flakes until December 23.
Reports of early snowfall were a joyful surprise for those who were visiting Shimla and Manali. However, those travelling all the way up to Rohtang pass were stranded mid-way until the roads were cleared and they could be brought back safely.
Director Meteorological centre, Shimla, Dr Manmohan Singh said a good snowfall is predicted for Shimla on December 14 and 15 along with other parts of the state.
“Light, rain and snow occurred at isolated places over the state during last 24 hours and even on Sunday heavy snowfall may occur at isolated places in Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Chamba districts of the state. Kalpa, Sangla and Reckong Peo also experienced heavy snowfall”, said Manmohan Singh.
The lowest temperature recorded at Keylong was -3.0°C and highest at Una 22.4°C.
The lower areas of Himachal Pradesh have also received rainfall which broke a prolonged dry spell in the state.
Calling the snowfall a good news, Director Tourism Mohan Singh said, “we are certainly happy with the early snowfall in Himachal Pradesh. If it continues for another two days, it will add to the existing occupancy of the weekend tourists. The HPDTC has done very well during the year posting a higher turn-over of Rs 5 crores as compared to previous year. We hope to consolidate the gains during the winter season if snowfall doesn’t disappoint.”