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#1996 Oct 19th, 2018, 20:36
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Hop on, hop off trains to Shimla from October 25

Ambala Division is introducing a unique “hop-on, hop-off” service on the Unesco world heritage Kalka-Shimla section under which a passenger can board any coach of any train from any station.

According to the rules for the “hop-on, hop-off ticket, a passenger can board any coach of any train subject to the availability of seats. One can board or de-board any train at any station.

However, the passenger is not entitled to avail of other value-added services on the train. The service is being started on October 25 for six months on a trial basis.
The tickets are priced as per their validity period.

For a validity of one day, the charges will be Rs 500 for an adult and Rs 250 for a child. For a validity of two days, Rs 800 will be charged for an adult and Rs 400 for a child. For a validity period of three days, Rs 1,000 will be charged for an adult and Rs 500 for a child.
At the time of booking, a passenger has to submit a photocopy of an ID proof. The original ID, a copy of which is submitted at the time of booking, has to be produced by the passenger on demand, failing which he will be treated as a passenger without a ticket.

The tickets are non-transferrable and cannot be refunded. No concession is allowed on these tickets.

These tickets can be purchased from booking offices of any station on the Kalka-Shimla section.

Unesco declared the Kalka-Shimla section as a heritage site in 2008. The railway line is 115 years old and was commissioned in 1903.

“With the introduction of this service, all places of tourists interest on the Kalka-Shimla section can be visited by a tourist on a single ticket,” said a spokesperson for the Ambala Division.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...25/671496.html
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BRO sets ball rolling for tunnel under Baralacha

The hillside at Zing Zing Bar on Manali-Leh highway where the tunnel will start. Sanjeev Kumar
Baralacha Pass, October 22

As the ambitious tunnel under the Rohtang Pass nears completion, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has initiated the process of constructing a tunnel under the 16,000-foot-high Baralacha Pass, 190 kms ahead of Manali, on the highway to Leh.
This would be the second of the four proposed tunnels envisioned to provide an all-weather access to Ladakh through this 475-km route that remains closed for six months a year due to snow. The other two tunnels are proposed to bypass Lachunglang Pass (16,600 feet) and Taglang Pass (17,480 feet).
“Work on preparing the detailed project report for the tunnel has commenced and it’s expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Defence in December,” Brig NM Chandarana, Chief Engineer, Project Rohtang, said - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ha/671762.html
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Cold wave sweeps Lahaul, Kinnaur
Shimla, October 24
Cold wave conditions intensified in most parts of Himachal as minimum temperatures dropped further in spite of dry weather and stayed five to eight degree below freezing point in high altitude tribal areas.
The minimum temperatures hovered around the freezing point. Keylong and Kalpa in tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded a low of minus 2.7 degree and 0.2 degree while Manali reeled under severe cold at 1 degree C.
All natural sources of water like lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of snowfed rivers in the high-altitude tribal areas as also 70-km stretch of Chandra Bhaga river have started freezing - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ur/673141.html
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Heli joy ride to Rohtang starts from Manali
MANALI: Himachal tourism started a helicopter joy ride service from Manali to Rohtang Pass on Thursday in association with Aryan Aviation. Tourists can now enjoy the aerial view of Rohtang, Hamta Pass, Solang valley and Pir Panjal range.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, who flagged off the helicopter service from Manali, said, “This will encourage high end tourism while a middle class tourist can also enjoy the ride.”
Himachal government had first started heli taxi service between Shimla and Chandigarh. Earlier, in June this year, a chopper had done a Manali-Rohtang Pass trial flight, but high velocity winds had made landing impossible at the mountain pass and the pilot had suggested some changes in the helipad at Rohtang - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66370446.cms
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Traffic diversion for President’s visit on October 29
Dharamsala, October 26
Commuters on the Dharamsala-Pathankot, Dharamsala-Palampur and Jwalamukhi-Dharamsala routes will have to face inconvenience on October 29 in the wake of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Tanda medical college for its convocation. DIG, Kangra range, Atul Fulzele, said the road leading from the Gaggal airport to the Tanda medical college would remain blocked from 10 am to 1 pm due to VVIP security.
Vehicles going from Pathankot to Palampur would be diverted via the Chambi-Dharamsala-Palampur road. Those coming from Ranital to Dharamsala through the Ranital-Lunj-Dharamsala road. Vehicles from Palampur to Jwalamukhi would be diverted through Nagrota Bagwan - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...29/674203.html
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Met predicts rain on Nov 1, 2
Shimla, October 27
The local Meterological Department has predicted rain or snow in the region for November 1 and 2.
Rain or thunderstorm is likely at isolated places in the lower and mid hills and rain or snow in the higher hills on November 1 and 2, as a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region from October 30, said director, local Met office, Manmohan Singh.
The high altitude tribal areas are reeling under piercing cold wave conditions - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...-2/674677.html
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Six HP towns to get air connectivity

CM Jai Ram Thakur at a meeting of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department in Shimla on Tuesday.
Shimla, October 30
The Centre has included six towns — Baddi, Shimla, Rampur, Nathpa Jhakri, Kanganidhar (Mandi) and Manali — under Udaan-II for air connectivity.
This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at the review meeting of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department here on Tuesday. “The inclusion of these towns under Udaan-II will go a long way in promoting high-end tourism in these areas,” he said. The flights will begin once the required infrastructure is created to attract high-end tourists.
Thakur said the state had several manmade reservoirs such as Chamera, Pong Dam, Gobind Sagar, Tattapani, Larji and Pandoh, having potential for water sports. These lakes would be developed for water sports, shikara, boating, house boat, sea plane and other recreational activities, he added. The state government would take up the matter for allowing water sports and recreational activities in the Pandoh dam with the BBMB so that it could be developed from the tourism point of view - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ty/676417.html
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Met office warns of thunderstorm
Shimla, October 31
The local MeT office on Wednesday warned of thunderstorm accompanied by hail in mid hills of Himachal over the next 48 hours due to fresh western disturbances and predicted another wet spell in the region over the next four days upto November 4.
Thunderstorm accompanied by hail is likely at isolated places in the mid hills on November 1 and 2, while rain and thundershowers would occur at many places in the mid hills on November 2 and 3, the Met office said and predicted rain or thundershowers at isolated places in the lower and mid hills and rain or snow at some places in the higher hills from November 1 to 4 - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...rm/676823.html
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Snow on Himachal hills

Pattan valley in Lahul-Spiti district received fresh snowfall on Friday morning. — ANI
Shimla, November 2
Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh on Friday dipped as high altitudes received mild spells of snow while others experienced rains.
The Met Office has forecast snow and rain across the state due to active western disturbance till Sunday.
The high hills in Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts have been experiencing light snowfall since early Friday, a Met official told IANS.
The skies over Shimla and nearby Kufri were overcast. There was possibility of rains later in the day.
The picturesque tourist resort of Manali was at 5.8 degrees Celsius after mild rain. The Rohtang Pass, just 52 km from Manali, received snowfall - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ls/677719.html
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Fresh snowfall cripples life in Lahaul

The snow-covered houses in Lahaul-Spiti on Friday. The district has been without power for hours.
Mandi, November 2
Fresh snowfall crippled normal life in Lahaul-Spiti on Friday. Keylong witnessed 15-cm snow, while a few high-altitude areas like Gondhla, Koksar and Miyar valley recorded more than 2 ft snow.
The movement of vehicles came to a halt, with the Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus service between Lahaul and Kullu being suspended due to heavy snowfall at the Rohtang Pass.
The entire district is in the grip of bone-chilling cold, which is forcing locals to stay indoors. The district administration is yet to restore the supply of kerosene. The district has been without power since morning - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ul/677840.html

Higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh receive fresh snow
Chandigarh, November 3
Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh has dipped as high altitudes received snow while others experienced rains since Friday.
While the tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali witnessed rains, other hill stations like Kalpa and Chitkul in Kinnaur district and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti received the season's heaviest snow.
Manali town, which saw a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius, experienced 40 mm of rain, the highest in the state.
The state capital saw mild rains and recorded the minimum temperature at 7.3 degrees.
Keylong, which saw a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, recorded 32 cm of snow, the state's highest. Kalpa, some 250 km from here, saw 4.2 cm of snow - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ow/678211.html
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Heavy snow snaps power supply in Lahaul-Spiti

Residents remove snow from outside their houses at Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti on Saturday. Tribune photo
Mandi, November 3
A fresh snowfall in Lahaul-Spiti has snapped communications and power supply in the Lahaul valley since Friday.
Keylong has received 1.5-foot snow till Saturday evening, while the higher reaches has more than two feet snow. The power supply has been erratic at Keylong while the Miyar valley, Darcha and Tindi have been reeling under darkness. Mobile services have been out of order in most part of Lahaul - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ti/678335.html

Intense cold wave sweeps state
Shimla, November 3
Intense cold wave conditions gripped most parts of Himachal as the mercury plummeted following a fresh snowfall in tribal areas and other higher hills while widespread rain lashed the mid and lower hills.
Shimla was lashed by high velocity icy winds accompanied by intermittent rain, causing sharp fall in the mercury which dipped to 7.3 degree C.
Tribal valleys reeled under freezing cold wave conditions with minimum temperatures ranging between minus five and minus 10 degree while Keylong, Kalpa and Manali recorded a low of minus 1.1 degree, zero degree and 2.2 degree - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...te/678336.html
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250 rescued through Rohtang tunnel

The BRO machinery engaged in snow-clearing operation on the Manali-Leh highway on Sunday
Mandi, November 4
Around 250 persons, including labourers, who had been stranded following heavy snow in Lahaul-Spiti since Friday, were evacuated through the Rohtang tunnel in two HRTC buses and one truck of the BRO today.
Deputy Commissioner Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari said a few vehicles, especially trucks, were stranded in the area because of snow. They were coming from the Leh side towards Lahaul.
Meanwhile, the Border Roads Organisation deployed its workforce and machinery to clear snow and restore traffic on the Manali-Leh highway via Rohtang up to Keylong.
The BRO has started snow clearance from Koksar towards Rohtang, while from Manali, it engaged its machinery from Kothi. Due to a heavy snowfall, it is a challenging task for the BRO to restore the road early for traffic - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...el/678878.html

Tribal areas witness snow for third day | Power supply disrupted in Pooh

Strong velocity icy winds swept Shimla and surrounding areas and the sky remained heavily overcast. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, November 4
Tribal areas witnessed snowfall for the third day on Sunday while mid and lower hills experienced scattered rain, further intensifying cold wave conditions.
Hundreds of apple-laden trucks are stranded at various places in Kinnaur district while power supply has been disrupted in the Pooh area.
High quality, spotless and juicy apple from Kinnaur and other high-altitude areas start arriving in the market from mid-October to mid-November, but apple transportation has virtually come to a standstill as roads are blocked due to heavy snow at various places.
Kalpa, the headquarters of Kinnaur district, received 21 cm of fresh snowfall while Keylong and Kothi recorded 3 cm. The high-altitude tribal areas and mountain passes reeled under biting cold wave conditions with the minimum temperatures ranging between -6°C and -10°C after fresh snowfall - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ur/678876.html
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Fresh snow lures tourists to Himachal Pradesh
MANALI: Recent snowfall in Himachal Pradesh has proved to be a boon to tourism, as tourists have made a beeline to the hills to enjoy fresh snow.
With weather turning sunny after three days of snowfall, tourists are all set to enjoy cold nights and warm days. While tourists from mostly West Bengal visited Kinnaur, tourists from north Indian states are enjoying snow at Manali. Dalhousie and Shimla are also witnessing sudden rise in the number of tourists.
Kalpa and Sangla valley in Kinnaur have received good snow and are attracting large number of tourists. Also in Manali, hundreds of tourists visited Gulaba to play with snow. According to hoteliers, tourists are also planning to visit Spiti valley to experience early winter season. The hotel occupancy in the state is also increasing, they said. Nearly a hundred shops that rent out snow wear and boots are doing brisk business. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66517631.cms
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Rohtang Pass opens to traffic

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened the Rohtang Pass on Wednesday, bringing relief to residents of Lahaul-Spiti.
The pass was closed on November 3 following heavy snowfall in the region, cutting off the tribal district from the rest of the state.

Talking to The Tribune, BRO Commander Col AK Awasthi said: “The pass could only be restored due to tireless efforts of the BRO. We had engaged our workforce and machinery from Lahaul and Manali to restore the road at the earliest.”
“On Diwali too, BRO men were seen clearing snow from the Manali-Leh highway. By afternoon, they had restored the pass. As soon as it opened, around 150 stranded vehicles passed from the Lahaul side towards Kullu. The vehicles had been stuck in the valley since November 3 because of heavy snowfall,” Awasthi said.

On Thursday, the Kullu administration allowed the movement of vehicles from Manali towards Lahaul, which were stranded in Kullu-Manali.

A large number of Lahaul-Spiti residents, living in Kullu-Manali, keep shuttling between Kullu and Lahaul for various works.

However, the district administration has restricted the movement of tourist vehicles towards the Rohtang Pass for security reasons. They have been allowed to go up to Gulaba.

Raman Gharsana, Subdivisional Magistrate, Manali, said: “We are allowing the movement of Lahaul-Spiti residents towards Lahaul from the Manali side. The tourists can go up to Gulaba only for snow-related activities.”

The people have been told not to take the road between Manali and Lahaul because of frost at several places.

Ashok Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Gyalchhan, Ravinder and a few other residents of Lahaul-Spiti thanked the BRO for opening the road despite several challenges in sub-zero temperature. “It will help us transport potato seed out of the district,” they said.

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