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#1786 Dec 17th, 2017, 10:26
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Tourists throng Solang to enjoy snow

After a good spell of snow, the Solang valley has become the tourist attraction nowadays as thousands of tourists are visiting the valley to enjoy the snow.
The tourists, who visited Manali on the weekend holidays, were thrilled to see the valley under a white blanket of snow - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ow/514329.html
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Manali winter carnival begins on Jan 2

In race: Contestants of the Winter Carnival during an audition in Mandi on Sunday. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, December 17
The Kullu district administration is geared up for the Winter Carnival, Manali, beginning on January 2.
Members of the Winter Carnival Committee have conducted auditions for the beauty contest and singing competition today to select the candidates for the carnival. The auditions were held in other parts of the state also to give a chance to the youth to display their talent and select the best candidates for the competition - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...-2/514828.html

Himachal winters intensify, lakes and springs freeze
SHIMLA: Intense cold conditions led to the freezing of water bodies and drinking water taps in parts of Himachal Pradesh where the minimum temperatures were recorded 12 to 17 degrees below the freezing point.
Normal life in high-altitude tribal areas and other high mountain ranges was hit badly.
All natural sources of water such as lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of major snow-fed rivers have frozen. The discharge of water in major rivers has reduced to 25 per cent - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62102675.cms

Himachal Pradesh starts emergency chopper service to Lahaul
MANALI: As the high peaks surrounding Lahaul have received very heavy snow, trapping thousands of residents of the valley, Himachal Pradesh government on Sunday started emergency chopper service to ferry them between Lahaul and Kullu.
On the first day of the winter flight service, three sorties were operated from Kullu to snow-bound Lahaul. Two sorties were operated from Kullu to Tandi helipad and one from Kullu to Udaipur helipad. A total of 46 adults and six children flew from Kullu to Lahaul while 56 passengers, including one patient, came from Lahaul to Kullu - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62110906.cms
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Snow, rain likely from Dec 23
Shimla, December 20

The hills saw a rise in the temperatures due to long sunny days, but the Met office today predicted rain and snow this weekend.
“There are chances of rain and snowfall from December 23,” an official at the Met office said. He said the western disturbances would be active again in the region - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...23/516546.html

Anni-Luhri road closed for traffic from tomorrow
KULLU, DECEMBER 20

A portion of the Aut-Luhri National Highway-305 will remain closed for traffic from December 22 to February 22 for road broadening work. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus said that in the wake of the road widening between Anni and Luhri, vehicles would be diverted from Tippal Dhar and Tihani road. He said the vehicles would be able to join the National Highway near Nimla. He appealed to commuters to cooperate during the highway widening work - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ow/516343.html
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Originally Posted by srb810 View Post Tourists throng Solang to enjoy snow

After a good spell of snow, the Solang valley has become the tourist attraction nowadays as thousands of tourists are visiting the valley to enjoy the snow.
The tourists, who visited Manali on the weekend holidays, were thrilled to see the valley under a white blanket of snow - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ow/514329.html
Beautiful view...calls for a trip
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90 more hotels lose power, water in Dharamsala

IPH Department employees cut the water supply of a hotel in Bhagsunag on Wednesday. Photo: Kamaljeet
Dharamsala, December 21

As many as 90 more illegal hotels in the upper Dharamsala area have lost power and water connections.
The power and IPH departments snapped their connections on High Court’s orders. This has taken the number of illegal hotels, who have lost their power and water connections, to 145 - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...la/516904.html

Snow cripples life in Lahaul Spiti district
Mandi, December 21
Fresh snowfall crippled normal life in tribal district Lahaul Spiti.
Due to fresh snowfall, the temperature has plummeted drastically, especially in night hours.
Ever since the first spell of snowfall in Lahaul traffic movement has come to a standstill - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ct/516908.html
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IPH Department employees cut the water supply of a hotel
I wonder how long it was before someone connected it back up again.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I wonder how long it was before someone connected it back up again.
Not very quickly as they have to comply with all the prescribed procedures first...
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Power, water supply to 73 hotels cut

Units operating without the State Pollution Control Board’s consent in Kullu and Manali face the brunt. A file photo
Kullu, December 23
The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has snapped the power and water supply to 73 hotels in Kullu and Manali. Assistant Environmental Engineer Pradeep Moudgil said the units had been operating without the consent of the SPCB.
A team comprising officials of the SPCB, IPH, Forest, Revenue Departments, HPSEB and PWD snapped the power and water connections of establishments operating without legal and valid documents. The authorities of the HPSEB confirmed that the connections of most units had been snapped. The committee, set up by the NGT, to inspect over 1,700 hotels, lodges and home stays in Kullu and Manali detected various anomalies while checking documents of over 92 hotels with more than 25 rooms in the first phase of inspection - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ut/517957.html

City revellers ready for Christmas, New Year bash in Himachal
CHANDIGARH: The biting cold and blizzards in upper regions of Manali might have forced the locals to remain indoors. However, there is no stopping the domestic travellers from Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab from visiting several parts of Himachal Pradesh this Christmas and New Year - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62227512.cms
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Tourists throng Manali to celebrate Christmas

Tourists enjoy snow in the Solang valley. Photo: MC Thakur
Manali, December 24
Thousands of tourists are thronging Manali hoping for a White Christmas celebrations. The weather in the region was cloudy and tourists were also not disappointed as the Solang valley and its surrounding areas had enough snow - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...as/518391.html

Winged visitors’ count may dip at Pong

As many as 1.27 lakh birds of 93 species arrived at the Pong wetland in January last year.
Nurpur, December 24

Due to mild weather conditions in their native habitat, migratory birds’ count in the Pong wetland is likely to come down this year.
The field staff of the Wildlife Wing of the state Forest Department has, so far, estimated the arrival of migratory birds of around 70-75 species at 65,000 in the wetland until December 15. Earlier, the Wildlife Department used to undertake the exercise for birds’ count in the last week of January every year, but the existing trend of birds’ inflow indicates dip in the count this year - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ng/518397.html
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Now, Kasauli hoteliers’ turn to face the music

Kasauli is among the areas witnessing large-scale flagrant violations of the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act norms.
Solan, December 25
With the High Court striking down amendments to the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act regularising illegal constructions, hoteliers and owners of such commercial establishments are in for trouble.
Kasauli is among the areas witnessing large-scale flagrant violations of the TCP norms.
Hotels have come up at every nook and corner in the area. Apart from raising additional floors, violators have constructed hotels without seeking permission from the authorities concerned - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ic/518917.html

Cold wave tightens grip as mercury drops further
Shimla, December 25
Most parts today reeled under piercing cold wave conditions as mercury dropped further inspite of dry weather.
The night temperatures stayed 12 to 18 degrees Celsius below freezing point in high-altitude tribal areas and mountain passes, the weather department here said - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...er/518915.html
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Fresh snowfall, Manali rejoices

Tourists enjoy the spectacular view of the Solang valley on Friday. Photo: MC Thakur
Manali, January 5
The upper reaches in Manali received fresh snowfall this morning. Intense cold wave has swept across the area.
The 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, Marhi, Gulaba, Bhrighu Slopes, Hamta ski slopes, Beaskund, Dhundhi, Chanderkhani Pass and Pir Panjal ranges also experienced a fresh spell of snowfall.
The Solang valley also witnessed snow. Hundreds of tourists rushed to Solang. They were delighted to see the upper Manali areas covered with snow. The tourists were seen enjoying in the snow and clicking photographs - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/524081.html
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Shimla, Manali freeze, record season's lowest

Fog envelops Shimla. — File Photo.
Shimla, January 6
Himachal Pradesh tourist destinations Shimla and Manali on Saturday saw the season's lowest temperature. The minimum temperatures across the state remained two-three degrees below average.
At many places in the state the temperatures remained below freezing point, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS, adding there was no chance of rain and snow across the state for a week more.
"No significant western disturbance is expected for a week. The weather will largely remain dry and the minimum temperatures will remain two-three degrees below the season's average for the next two days," - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...st/524395.html

Lucky lensman 'traps' snow leopard twice in year
MANALI: Wildlife photographers and experts chasing the snow leopard often return without sighting the shy cat. The lakhs of rupees they spend on dragging their equipment up the higher reaches of the Himalayas is no guarantee that the notoriously shy animal will emerge from the shadows and reveal itself.
It is for this reason that Shiv Kumar, a young block officer with the Himachal Pradesh wildlife department, is considered by many to be one of the luckiest men living on the snow-clad mountains. aving discovered a passion for wildlife photography only in 2010, he has succeeded in getting rare footage of the snow leopard for the second time in 12 months in Himachal's Lahaul region recently - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62398674.cms
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Manali shivers at -4.6° C
Shimla, January 8
Biting cold wave conditions continue unabated in Himachal, with minimum temperatures hovering around freezing point at most places in the state.
The minimum temperature stayed at minus 12.6 degrees Celsius at Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti, while Manali and Kalpa reeled under piercing cold wave conditions with a low of minus 4.6 and minus 4 degrees Celsius respectively - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...-c/525641.html
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Lahaul runs out of fuel stock, taxi service comes to grinding halt
MANALI: The Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh has completely run out of fuel stock, bringing taxi service to a complete halt and forcing residents to walk the distance to reach their destinations.
Snowfall in December has cut off Lahaul from the rest of state. The internal roads of the valley, including Sissu-Keylong, Keylong-Darcha, Darcha-Udaipur highways and link roads, are open. The lone fuel pump at Tandi has been shut and even the vehicle owners have run out of stock. This situation of fuel exhaustion has made the roads wear a completely deserted look - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62561421.cms

Winter tourism hit hard in state

A view of Lahaul-Spiti. Tribune photo
Shimla, January 19

With snow eluding Shimla and other high hills, the winter tourism has been hit hard. During December, the state remained in the election mode and the tourist flow was less except the year-end. It had plummeted to the lowest level in January.
The occupancy in hotels has come down to less than 20 per cent and the tourist rush is not seen even during the weekends as tourists are preferring other places. “Last year, Shimla witnessed a heavy snowfall in the second week of January and the occupancy in the hotels was nearly 100 per cent but this year, it dipped to less than 20 per cent - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...te/531131.html
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Rohtang ropeway row: Govt may bow to locals' demands

Shimla, January 20

Thanks to stiff opposition from local stakeholders, the state government is likely to go by the wishes of the people over the controversial Palchan-Kothi-Rohtang ropeways project.
Locals in Manali have been up in arms against the project, saying that it will deprive them of their source of livelihood and result in cutting of hundreds of trees from Kothi, Gulaba to Marhi - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ds/531682.html
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