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#1876 May 28th, 2018, 21:23
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Mercury soaring, tourists rush to Kullu, Manali

A traffic congestion at a tourist spot in Manali. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, May 27
With the plains witnessing the searing heat, people are making a beeline for the hill stations of Kullu and Manali to heave a sigh of relief.
People associated with the tourism industry said bookings in hotels had reached 80 per cent and they were hoping for an increase in the coming days. The 13,050-high Rohtang Pass was also attracting a huge crowd, they added.
Gajender Thakur, president of the Kullu-Manali Hoteliers’ Association, said, “A sudden influx of tourists has brought cheers among hoteliers and taxi operators. Earlier, hotel bookings were as low as 50 per cent till the end of April.”With the influx of tourist vehicles, the road between Kullu-Manali and the Rohtang Pass is witnessing a huge traffic jam on a daily basis. The local police have been on toes to deal with the situation - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...li/595889.html
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No respite from scorching heat in lower hills of Himachal, water crisis worsens in Shimla
SHIMLA: The lower hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel under scorching sun as Una in foothills recorded day temperature at 43.2 degrees Celsius, while the water crisis worsened in Shimla.
The local MeT office has warned of heat wave in lower hills tomorrow and rains or thunderstorm in mid-hills for six days from tomorrow (May 29).
The weather would remain dry in lower hills from May 29 to 31 and on June 3 while rains or snow is likely in higher hills from My 30 to June 2 - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64359847.cms

Do not consume our water, locals to tourists

Shimla, May 28

Residents of the state capital have taken to the social media to warn tourists against visiting the city and advising them to reschedule their itinerary in the wake of the worst-ever water crisis.
“Please do not consume our water, if we get it in days to come. There is no water for the past one week. Please plan your trip to some other destination”, reads an advisory posted by a local resident on the social media.
They urged the tourists to take precautions while eating at dhabas and restaurants as water is not available for cooking and unsafe water is being used instead.
Some of the hotels have posted messages on their social networking sites saying, “Please do not come to Shimla and those who have made advance booking in our hotel will get the full refund if they wish to make a cancellation request.” - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ts/596463.html
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Heavy rain douses raging forest fires

Vehicles move slowly as it rains in Shimla on Friday. Photos: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, June 1
The heavy downpour doused forest fires in many parts of the state.
The State Forest Department had requested the IAF to provide two choppers from its Pathankot base to put off the fire by sprinkling water in the two worst affected forest divisions of Nurpur and Dalhousie. “By noon, we got an information from both Nurpur and Dalhousie that heavy rain had put off the fire and the help of IAF choppers was not required,” said Alok Nagar, Chief Conservator.
He said while there were reports of 46 forest fires till 7 am on Friday, after the downpour in most parts of the state, this number had come down to 13 by 3 pm. The Friday’s rain has come as a breather for the Forest Department as it will result in moisture, which will prevent fires for at least sometime.
Most parts of the state were lashed by rain, accompanied with high-speed winds. Though the rain was welcome, giving respite from the scorching heat - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/598720.html

Water connections of 14 defaulter hotels snapped

Residents collect water from a natural source in Shimla on Friday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, June 1
In the wake of the High Court directions, the Shimla Municipal Corporation on Friday disconnected the water connections of 14 city hotels for their failure to clear the pending arrears. However, seven defaulters cleared their dues to avoid the HC wrath.
The operation to disconnect the connections of other defaulters was still on when the report was being filed.
According to information, eight water connections were disconnected in the Central zone and Lakkar Bazaar; two in Chhota Shimla and four in Chaura Maidan. The operation was on in Sanjauli and other areas of the city - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/598712.html

‘Dharamshala tourist circuit facing a hit this season’
DHARAMSHALA: Closure of hotels and Shimla water crisis has dented the tourists’ circuit of this region. Hotelier association here has stated that the loss accumulated was above 20 lakh per day due to lack of visitors this season.
Following the action on illegal properties the reports of closure of about 140 hotels have sent a wrong message to the travel industry across the world due to which many people were avoiding visiting this hill town - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64427243.cms
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Kasauli gasps for air on weekend

View of Garkhal bazar a choke point on way to Kasauli
Solan, June 2
With limited parking facilities, all roads in the town were bursting at the seams with an unmanageable traffic rush on Saturday.
Tourist vehicles were found parked in every nook and corner of Mall Road. It not only caused traffic chaos, but also impeded the movement of a fire tender, heading towards the Lower Mall. It took nearly 15 minutes for the fire tender to make its way through the vehicles parked on both sides. It made walking difficult for the pedestrians also.
The cantonment board has deputed staff for the effective traffic management during the weekends, but scarce parking space has added to the chaos.
During the peak summer season, hundreds of tourists throng Kasauli on the weekends. According to figures collected from the barrier of the cantonment board, 450 vehicles enter Kasauli on weekends. The number plummets during weekdays.
Traders, on the other hand, rue that the tourist influx has been about 40 per cent low this year - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...nd/599240.html
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Cloudburst hits Darshal, Matalani villages in Rampur

Shimla, June 5
Many houses were damaged in Tuesday morning’s cloudburst at Darshal and Matalani villages in Rampur.
The incident occurred around 8.30 am. No loss of life was reported but plantations over several bighas of land were destroyed. Debris and mud entered the houses and cow sheds as gushing water swept the villages.
Deafening sounds of lightning and thunder followed by very heavy rains occurred in the villages and a water tank was also damaged - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ur/600463.html
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I have planned a family vacation through a short trip to Shimla-Manali during mid-June. Accordingly all arrangement for Shimla such as train reservation from Kolkata to Shimla by Howrah Kalka Mail, corresponding reservation in Shivalik Exp, being a central Govt employee reservation at Grand Hotel have been done. Now due to acute water shortage problem in Shimla it seems very difficult to stay with family without water. Now please any Miker suggest any alternative accommodation other than Shimla but nearest to Shimla from where we can cover Shimla as sightseeing.
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Kufri or Chail or Barog or Mashobra or Shoghi.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Kufri or Chail or Barog or Mashobra or Shoghi.
Thanks, I shall try for accomodation at any one of those places.
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Rivers in Himachal Pradesh overflow as snow melts fast
MANALI: Flooding of Teling nullah in Lahaul valley washed away Manali-Leh highway near Koksar village on Tuesday evening while overflowing Zingzingbar and Bharatpur nullahs are hampering traffic movement.
The flooding has been continuing since Monday with a large number of people, including tourists, had to wait by the roadside till Wednesday morning for debris to be cleared - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64485932.cms
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Widespread rain in Himachal, more expected

Precipitation occurred at most places with very heavy rainfall in Shimla district. Tribune photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, June 9
The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday experienced moderate to heavy rain with Kufri recording the highest precipitation in the state at 91 mm, officials said.
More rain is in store, the Met office here said.
Precipitation occurred at most places with very heavy rainfall in Shimla district, said an official of the meteorological office.
He said similar weather conditions are likely to continue in the state till Sunday - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/602689.html
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Flood, landslides block roads in Lahaul-Spiti make travel dangerous
MANALI: Flood in nullah near Chhota Dara, about 105km from here, has blocked Manali-Kaza road since Friday evening. Dozens of tourists returning from Chandertal Lake and Spiti valley are stuck here.
The Manali-Leh highway is also blocking frequently due to flood in Teling, Zingzingbar and Bharatpur nullahs. High water level in Kadu nullah is also blocking traffic movement on Udaipur-Kishtwar road - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64525050.cms

Centre nod to subsidised airfare at six heliports

Shimla, June 9
The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has given a nod to provide subsidised airfare for flights to be launched from six heliports across the state for improving connectivity, a pre-requisite for promoting tourism.
“We have got the approval for the launch of flights from the six heliports under Udaan–II from the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation,” said Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism and Urban Development. He said the ministry had also agreed to fund the construction of heliports at all six locations and Pawan Hans had been asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ts/602871.html
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Manali-Rohtang heli service trial survey conducted
KULLU, JUNE 10
The tourism department on Sunday carried out a trial survey for launching a helicopter service between Manali and the majestic Rohtang Pass. The Tourism Department is proposing to start joyrides for tourists between Manali and Rohtang. The trial run of the joyrides was conducted from SASE helipad near Manali.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has capped the number of vehicles going daily to the Rohtang Pass for tourism purpose and has allowed only 800 petrol and 400 diesel vehicles. The tribunal has also provided various directions to regulate tourism related activities in the area -here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/603243.html

Moderate rains in HP
Shimla, June 10
Moderate rains occurred in some parts of Himachal Pradesh, with Paonta Sahib being the wettest in the region with 35 mm of precipitation.
Intermittent rains occurred in Shimla and surrounding areas, while the sky remained heavily overcast. The state capital and Mandi received 20 mm and 19 mm of rains, followed by Dalhousie 11 mm, Dharampur 6 mm, Dharamshala 5 mm and Kalpa 3 mm.
Maximum temperatures dropped marginally with Kalpa and Keylong both recording a high of 21.5°C, followed by Shimla 22.9°C, Solan 28°C, Dharamsala 30.2°C, Sundernagar 32.7°C, Bhuntar 35°C and Una 37.3°C - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...hp/603269.html
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Hailstorm, rain lash Shimla

Girls run for cover during heavy rain in Shimla on Monday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, June 11
A severe hailstorm accompanied by heavy showers lashed Shimla and its surrounding areas on Monday afternoon causing marginal drop in the day temperature. The hailstorm lasted for about 45 minutes, forcing people to rush indoors. Normal life came to a standstill and busy bazaars wore a deserted look as tourists rushed indoors and waited for rains to stop.
The MeT office has predicted rains and thunder showers in mid hills over next six days from Tuesday and dry weather in lower and higher hills for the next three days and wet spell thereafter - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...la/603739.html

Nine tourist spots to be promoted
Shimla, June 11
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday said the state Tourism Department would promote nine tourist circuits under the newly launched scheme ‘Nai Raahein Nai Manzilien’ for which Rs 50 crore had been earmarked this year.
Presiding over the review meeting of the Tourism Department, Thakur said ‘Nai Raahein Nai Manzilien’ scheme aimed at promoting unexplored and untapped tourist places in the countryside for the diversification of tourism, especially to rural areas. He said these circuits are Jogindernagar-Barot-Kothi, Kohar-Rajgungja-Bir-Billing, Sundernagar-Chail Chowk-Kamru Nag-Shikari Devi-Janjheli, Shimla-Khara Pathar-Rohru-Sandasu-Larot-Chanshal-Dodra Kwar, Dhauladhar Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Bhakra-Bilaspur-Sundernagar-Jogindernagar-Pong Dam, Solan-Habban-Rajgarh-Shillai, Manali-Rohtang-Tandi-Udaipur-Killar and Narkanda-Baghi-Khadrala-Chini (Kalpa)-Pangi Circuit - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/603743.html
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Landslides make travel on Manali-Leh highway risky

Traffic jam on the Manali-Rohtang road. Over 1,000 vehicles cross Rohtang Pass every day. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, June 12
Journey on the Manali-Leh highway has become risky and tedious these days due to frequent landslides and rapid melting of glaciers in tribal district Lahaul-Spiti, which has increased the volume of water in local rivulets drastically.
Two youth had a miraculous escape on the Manali-Leh highway on Monday when sudden flash flood occurred at Zingzingbar nullah, which washed them a few meters away along with their vehicles. Though they came out safe, their motorbikes were washed away in the gushing water.
The flash flood was reported in day time, which damaged the road badly. After persistent efforts of the BRO, the road was restored for normal traffic in the evening after 10 hours. There were long queues of tourist vehicles from both sides of Zingzingbar nullah throughout the day on the Manali-Leh highway, which kept the tourists stuck in long traffic jam for several hours - here is the link to the news -http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/landslides-make-travel-on-manali-leh-highway-risky/604371.html

Faster melting of glaciers leaves tourists in troubled waters
SHIMLA: Faster melting of glaciers has taken a dangerous turn for tourists thronging Lahaul-Spiti and Pangi valley of Chamba as gushing waters of nallahs have caused flash floods and road blockades, leaving tourists stranded midway.
Two bikers on Monday had a narrow escape when their bikes were swept away in the gushing water in a nallah at Zing-Zing Bar along Keylong-Leh road - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64564479.cms
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I was in Losar on June 9th , there was a massive landslide near Chandrataal - Manali road ( near chatru road) , we were told at the police checkpost in losar that clearing of it would take 9-10 days , we were forced to drop chandrataal and returned via shimla route. Future travelers please note before leaving by Manali- kaza route.
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