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#1801 Jan 24th, 2018, 09:04
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After seven-week dry spell, it snows, rains

Snow-covered Shimla looks splendid. The Queen of Hills saw a surge in the number of tourists on Tuesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, January 23
Shimla and its surrounding areas and the higher hills in Sirmaur received the first snow of the year today while the lower hills had widespread scattered rain.
The rain and snow broke the seven-week-long dry spell, bringing cheers to farmers and apple growers. The day temperature dropped by six to seven degrees in the state.
The state capital and the areas in its vicinity had been experiencing moderate snow since this afternoon and the upper parts received 10 cm of snow till this evening. The snow disrupted the vehicular traffic on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway near Narkanda and Kharapatthar - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ns/533062.html

Manali turns white
Manali: The upper areas in Manali experienced fresh snowfall, while the lower parts of the region were lashed by rain on Tuesday evening. The Rohtang Pass, gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, Pir Panjal Ranges, Marhi, Gulaba, Bhrighu slopes, Beaskund, Dhundi, Hamta ski slopes and Chanderkhani received a fresh spell of snowfall - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...te/533065.html

Mild rain, snow in Mandi district

Snowfall at Ghiri village in Karsog , Mandi, on Tuesday. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, January 23
Farmers of the district took a sigh of relief as mild rain has occurred today in lower parts of Mandi district and snowfall in the high-altitude areas. The farmers of the district had been in distress for a long time because of a long dry spell, which delayed apple crop.
Last snow was observed on December 13 and, thereafter, it was continue long dry spell.
The high-altitude areas like Shikari Devi, Janjehli, Rohanda, Barot and Prashar had been receiving mild snow since afternoon - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ct/533063.html
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Himachal reels under severe cold wave

Tourism industry representatives are happy after this week’s snowfall at the popular destinations.
Shimla, January 27
Large parts of Himachal Pradesh reeled under a severe cold wave on Saturday despite sunny conditions, with the minimum temperature staying below freezing point owing to the recent snowfall, weather officials said.
The state capital Shimla, with the night temperature at 2.5 degrees Celsius, woke up to a sunny day. It saw snowfall on Tuesday but the snow largely melted. Popular destination Manali recorded a low of minus 2.4 degree Celsius. Picturesque tourist centre Dalhousie in Chamba district recorded a low of 2.9 degrees Celsius, while it was 4 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ve/534555.html

Soon, avail heli-services to visit tourist hubs in Himachal Pradesh
SHIMLA: In a move that will give new wings to Himachal tourism, the Union government has approved heli-services for the state under the UDAN scheme.
Under this regional air connectivity scheme of the Union ministry of civil aviation, helicopter services would be provided at cheaper rates to people from various destinations.
The services would be provided from Kasauli to Shimla; Manali to Kullu; Mandi to Dharamshala, Kullu and Shimla; Nathpa Jhakri to Rampur; Rampur to Nathpa-Jhakri and Shimla; besides Shimla to Kasauli, Mandi and Rampur. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62657109.cms
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No snow, no skiing in Solang Valley

Solang ski slopes wear a deserted look. Due to dry weather, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee institute has postponed ski courses. Photo by writer
Manali, January 28
Snow continues to elude the upper Manali region, disappointing ski enthusiasts. The famous ski slopes of Solang are wearing a deserted look these days.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) has for the second time postponed ski courses scheduled for January 27.
Earlier, the first 14-day basic ski course, which was to start from January 11, had to be postponed due to dry weather - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ey/535172.html
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Decline in winged visitors’ number at Pong

Migratory birds at the Pong Dam. Photo: Kamaljeet
Dharamsala, February 2
There has been a decline in the number migratory birds visiting Pong Dam wetlands this year. As many as 17,000 lesser migratory birds were registered at the dam this year.
Last year, 1,27,200 birds were counted. However, this year, the census conducted in the last three days stated that 1.10 lakh birds had been registered - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ng/537780.html
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Tourists rush to Gulaba after snowfall

Tourists enjoy fresh snow at Gulaba on Tuesday. Photo by writer
Manali, February 6
Cold wave tightened its grip in the upper Manali region as Gulaba and its surrounding areas received a fresh spell of snowfall this morning.
Hundreds of tourists made a beeline for Gulaba and were seen enjoying by throwing snowballs at each other.
Vehicles were, however, allowed up to the Gulaba barrier only, 21 km from here, on the Manali-Rohtang Pass road. The snowfall has brought cheers to those associated with the tourism industry in Manali, as they are expecting an increase in tourist arrivals - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ll/539685.html

Cold conditions persist in Himachal Pradesh
SHIMLA: Cold-wave conditions persisted in most parts of Himachal Pradesh today, even as the minimum temperatures rose marginally.
The region had a windy and cloudy day and the local MeT office has predicted rains or snow at isolated places tomorrow, as a fresh western disturbances lie over the Himalayan region - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62802764.cms

Delhi-Kullu flight resumes
KULLU, FEBruary 6
The Air-India flight from Delhi to Kullu resumed today after a gap of 10 days. However, there is remote chances of reviving operations between Kullu and Chandigarh.
Air-India station manager at Bhuntar Dinesh Bhardwaj said the flight had started, but he was not clear about its regularity. Air-India had stopped its daily operations between Kullu and Chandigarh from December 2 citing adverse weather conditions - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/539663.html
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Mild snow in tribal areas
Shimla, February 11
The high-altitude tribal areas today received a mild snowfall while overcast sky is creating congenial conditions for rain and snow.
The local Met office has predicted rain and thundershowers at many places in low hills and rain and snow in most parts in mid and high hills till February 13 and warned of heavy rain and snow in mid and high hills tomorrow - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...as/542381.html
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Shimla, Rohtang & Manali don white mantle

A snow blanket over Kufri, 17 km from Shimla, on Monday
Shimla, February 12
A moderate snowfall in higher reaches and widespread rain in mid and lower places brought smiles on the faces of apple growers, farmers, residents and tourists.
The second snowfall of the year has given a fresh lease of life to apple as snow is considered white manure for apple crop and low temperatures will provide chilling hours - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...le/542889.html

Lahaul-Spiti turns white too

The telecommunication and Internet services have been affected in Keylong following snow. Photo Jai Kumar
Mandi, February 12
Fresh snowfall hampered traffic movement for days in Lahaul-Spiti, while the lower region of Kullu and Mandi districts received mild rainfall today - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...oo/542891.html
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More snow cuts off upper Shimla areas

A happy lot: Tourists enjoy a pony ride at Kufri, 17 km from Shimla, on Tuesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, February 13
Shimla continued to experience more snowfall on the second day on Tuesday, while lower hills across the state were lashed by rain, bringing the temperature down by several notches.
Towns in upper Shimla district remained cut off as snow got piled up on roads. Tourist spots near Shimla such as Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda also experienced snow.
Although a fresh spell of snow and rain have brought cheers to farmers, especially apple growers, tourists and local commuters faced a harrowing time today. They remained stuck at different locations on the Kufri-Wildflower Hall route for nearly three hours this afternoon - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...as/543397.html
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Mercury up in Himachal, more snow next week

A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region on February 20. File photo
Shimla, February 16
The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Friday saw a rise in the temperatures due to prevailing dry weather, but the Met Office has forecast more rain and snowfall next week.
"A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region on February 20 with chances of rainfall and snowfall in the state," an office statement said.
The Western Disturbances are storm systems originating from the Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ek/544866.html
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Landslide disconnects Parbati valley villages
SHIMLA: Nearly 200 tourists were stranded and thousands of Parbati valley villagers cut-off from rest of the state after a massive landslide blocked the road at Ghatigarh, about 4km from Barshaini village in Kullu on early Tuesday morning.
According to sources, the rocky face of a mountain at Ghatigarh nullah collapsed suddenly and massive boulders and debris blocked the road. The debris also damaged a small makeshift shop there. The road, which is maintained by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), connects Kasol and Manikaran with Tauk, Barshaini, Tosh, Tulga, Pulga, Kalga and some other villages popular among the tourists, especially foreigners. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63005213.cms
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