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Rain, snowfall from today
Shimla, December 5
Intense cold wave conditions gripped most parts of the state as the minimum temperatures dropped sharply and stayed close to freezing point at many places.
The high-altitude areas, higher hills and mountain passes reeled under the biting cold wave conditions as the mercury stayed between -8 and -13 degree.
Keylong, Kalpa and Manali recorded a low of -5 degree, -0.4 degree and -0.2 degree while Kufri, Sundernagar, Bhuntar, Solan and Shimla shivered at 1.5 degree, 2.5 degree, 2.6 degree, 3 degree and 4.9 degree, two to three degree below normal, while Nahan and Una in lower hills recorded the minimum temperatures at 6.9 degree and 6.3 degree.
All natural sources of water like lakes, springs, rivulets and 70-km stretch of the Chandrabhaga river have frozen - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ay/693916.html
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Higher reaches of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu receive snow

Tourist destinations like Kalpa located on the high hills of Himachal Pradesh received snow on Friday, turning it even more picturesque.

“The higher reaches of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla and Sirmaur districts experienced moderate snow. The weather will remain dry till December 9. Thereafter there are chances of widespread rain and snow in the state,” the weather bureau predicted.

There is widespread snow expected in the state on December 10, a Met official said.
Members of the hospitality industry were waiting for tourists to arrive in Kalpa, some 250 km from here, in Kinnaur district, with news of the snow flashing.

Shimla and its nearby places like Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda saw no precipitation, according to a Met official here. Manali, which saw a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius, experienced rain.
The minimum temperature here was 4.7 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 3.8 degrees in Kalpa and 7.2 degrees in Dharamsala.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti was the coldest in the state with a low of minus 9.9 degrees Celsius.

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Vistadome coach on Shimla-Kalka route to cost Rs 130 for adults

This would be the first narrow gauge train to have such a coach. ANI
Chandigarh, December 9
Indian Railways will roll out vistadome coaches on the 114-year-old Shimla-Kalka railway route from December 11, an official said on Sunday.
“Fare would be Rs 130 for adults and Rs 75 for children,” ANI quoted Shimla Railway Station Superintendent - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ts/695899.html

Drive to promote rural tourism

Dharamsala, December 8
The Department of Rural Development on Saturday launched the ‘Namaste Dharamsala’ event to promote tourism in rural areas of Dharamsala.
Under this drive, tourists, included students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), were taken to various destinations in the vicinity of Dharamsala, served traditional Kangra cuisines and a cultural programme was organised in the evening.
Abhineet Katyayan, BDO, Dharamsala, who coordinated the tour, said it was an initiative under which the tourists from across the country were being invited to visit the rural areas around Dharamsala.
The villagers were being involved in activities during the tours.
The self-help groups of women were involved in preparing Kangra cuisines for the tourists and later present a cultural programme. The expenditure of the programme was borne by the Rural Development Department - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...sm/695634.html

Beas bridge on Manali-Leh road opened

Mohan Lal, Additional Director General, BRO, inaugurates a bridge at Beaskund in Manali on Saturday. Tribune Photo
Mandi, December 8
Mohan Lal, Additional Director-General of the Border Roads Organisation, inaugurated the Beas bridge, 33-km from Manali on the Leh highway on Saturday. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 6 crore.
Mohan Lal said the construction of the bridge was part of upgrading the Manali-Sarchu road. This road connected the remote district of Lahaul-Spiti and facilitated thousands of Leh-bound tourists.
“Seven more bridges from Manali to Sarchu are at the advance stages of construction and the BRO is trying its best to get all these bridges completed. The BRO will continue to do its best to augment road infrastructure in spite of difficult terrain and availability of very limited working season being a high altitude area. The widening of the road to double lane is in progress at a few left-over stretches and continuous endeavour is being made to complete these stretches on priority” - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ed/695636.html
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CM inaugurates elevator from Cart Road to Mall

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday inaugurated the Rs 6.2-crore elevator, the costliest and the largest in the state. It has the carrying capacity of 26 persons and will cover the distance between Cart Road and The Mall in 90 seconds.

With the new elevator in place, there won’t be any inconvenience to tourists and locals during weekends and rush hours. Now, there are three elevators that can carry 40 persons in one go.

The Chief Minister said the new elevator was equipped with an emergency alarm, music system, telephone connectivity and a clock. HP Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) operators said the new elevator would drop 26 persons at a mid-corridor that linked the second elevator. “During summer, the HPTDC operators face a lot of problem when VIPs don’t stand in queues and anger locals,” said an operator.
The HTPDC Lift Complex has a shelter-cum-corridor, which will give respite to people during the rainy season.

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Himachal gets snowfall, rain
Mandi, December 11
The Met Office has forecast snow and rain across the state due to an active Western Disturbance till Wednesday. State capital Shimla, with the night temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, saw mild rains.
Upper reaches of Manali town experienced fresh snowfall, which brought cheers to hoteliers and farmers.
With the fresh spell of snowfall, the temperature fell by at least 2-3 degrees Celsius in the district.
Popular destination Manali, which saw 4.4 mm of rains, recorded a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.
According to a Met Department official here, tourist spots like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced drizzling - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...in/696827.html

Snow, rain to lash state over next 48 hours
Shimla, December 10
The local Meteorological Centre has issued an advisory regarding the blockage of roads and landslides due to snow and rain in the the higher reaches of the state during the next 48 hours.
The cold wave conditions in the state intensified with a steep fall in the temperature and higher reaches in Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba receiving fresh snowfall.
As per the weather forecast, the high and middle hills of the state, including the districts of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla could be lashed by snow and rainfall during the next 24 hours. The middle and low hills in Una, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Solan and Sirmaur could be lashed by light to moderate rain.
There is also forecast of rain and snow over the state on December 12 following which dry weather conditions were expected to prevail - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...rs/696449.html

Frost makes travel risky on Manali-Leh highway

The Rohtang covered under a thick blanket of snow. Jai Kumar
Mandi, December 10
Sub-zero temperature has made driving risky on the Manali-Leh highway (between Kullu and Lahaul via the Rohtang Pass). Vehicles often skid off the road due to frost.
Not caring much about the risk, residents of Lahaul-Spiti have been taking the Kullu-Lahaul road for the past many days. Earlier, the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) used to ply buses between Kullu and Keylong on the Manali-Leh highway, but now it has suspended the service.
Mangal Chand Manepa, regional manager, HRTC depot at Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti, said driving was a nightmare here. The bus service had to be suspended for the safety of passengers. But small vehicles continue to ply on the road between Manali and Keylong, putting the lives of people at risk.
Every year, the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul, is closed for vehicular movement on November 15, but this year, the residents of Lahaul-Spiti forced the district administration and the state government to keep it open until the pass received heavy snowfall - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ay/696447.html
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Heavy snow at Rohtang, Solang, Gulaba

Houses and vehicles covered under snow at Solang in Manali on Tuesday. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, December 11
A heavy snowfall at Rohtang today closed the pass to the traffic on the Manali-Leh road, leaving Lahaul-Spiti cut-off from the state for almost six months.
Rohtang received around 30 cm snow while tourist places near Manali like Solang, Gulaba and Marhi experienced a considerable snowfall. Keylong had around 7 cm snowfall and Koksar 15 cm.
Manali experienced snowflakes which brought cheer to hoteliers. The room occupancy in Kullu-Manali hotels is 40 per cent but now hoteliers are hopeful that the fresh snowfall will attract more tourists.
Anup Thakur, president of the Hoteliers Association Kullu-Manali, said, “The snowfall is a boon for the tourism industry, which will give a boost to the sluggish industry. We are expecting white Christmas this year,” he added.
People of Lahaul-Spiti are in a quandary after the snowfall blocked the traffic between Kullu and Lahaul. They are seeking the helicopter service to visit out of the district - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ba/696890.html

Shimla receives first snow of season, bringing cheer to people
Shimla, December 12
Shimla received its first snow of the season bringing smiles to residents, tourists and apple-growers.
The snow is mild and till now all roads are open.
The daily-use items, like milk, bread and newspapers reached Shimla and upper areas on time.
The queen of the hills is covered under a thin layer of snow and mild snow is continuing.
The roads are open for vehicular traffic, said Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap, adding that all arrangements are in place. Heavy snow is being witnessed in Narkanda and the PWD has been asked to clear roads simultaneously - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...le/697305.html
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