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#2116
| S Roy Biswas
When Himachal Pradesh hibernates under a blanket of snow

The villages, draped in white, cannot be spotted from a helicopter. Residents are forced to sit at home what with hundreds of avalanches wreaking havoc on public and private properties. In any case, roads are covered with snow and vehicles are buried deep under, there is no nowhere to go. Temperature has plunged below minus 10 degrees Celsius. Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh seems to have entered the Ice Age.

Himachal, particularly its tribal areas, has witnessed heaviest snowfall in recent years. All 521 villages of 41 panchayats in Lahaul-Spiti, the coldest district of Himachal, are still covered with three to 10 feet of snow. Villages in Lahaul and most villages in Spiti valley have no road connectivity since January. The thickness of snow in higher reaches of the district has gone beyond 20 feet, making it unstable and dangerous. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/when-himachal-hibernates-under-a-blanket-of-snow/articleshow/68338737.cms
#2117
| Senior Member
Still some time to go, but am going to Tirthan valley and kinnaur from May 12-25. Given that this year the winter season is quite extended, what sort of weather should be expected in those areas.

I believe that roads would be good to go by then and snow would have melted from the road-side, but we may get some around the area. Was planning to do short treks to Sangla Kanda, chakka kanda and some others in Tirthan valley.Would that be ok, or we may have to keep the plans a bit flexible. Also, does it rain around May in the region?
#2118
| S Roy Biswas

Originally posted by: pink vagabond View Post

Still some time to go, but am going to Tirthan valley and kinnaur from May 12-25. Given that this year the winter season is quite extended, what sort of weather should be expected in those areas.

I believe that roads would be good to go by then and snow would have melted from the road-side, but we may get some around the area. Was planning to do short treks to Sangla Kanda, chakka kanda and some others in Tirthan valley.Would that be ok, or we may have to keep the plans a bit flexible. Also, does it rain around May in the region?


It should be doable by then, all the treks. Do not expect any snow in the area, except for some freak weather condition around the time of your visit.
#2119
| S Roy Biswas
Met predicts rain, snow today
Shimla: The local MeT office has warned of thunderstorm accompanied by hails and gusty winds in mid and lower hills tomorrow even as the region had a clear but windy day today. The MeT office also predicted rain or snow in mid and higher hills for five days from tomorrow as the fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region from March 13. The temperatures increased marginally across the state and the mercury stayed at minus 6°C at Keylong, minus 1.4°C at Kalpa, 0.8°C at Manali and 2.1°C at Kufri followed by Bhuntar 4°C, Solan 5°C and Shimla and Palampur 5.5°C. TNS
#2120
| S Roy Biswas
Snow, rain bring temperatures down in Himachal Pradesh

The minimum temperature in Kufri was minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, whereas the minimum temperature in Dalhousie and Shimla was 2.1 and 3.3 degrees Celsius respectively, it added. Tribune file
Shimla, March 12
Manali and Kufri shivered at sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday after fresh snow at several places and light to moderate rain in Himachal Pradesh, the meteorological department said.

Manali in Kullu district, Kufri in Shimla district and Dalhousie in Chamba district received 9 cm, 3 cm and 2 cm of snow, respectively.
Keylong area of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur’s Kalpa witnessed 15 cm and 24 cm snow, respectively from 5.30 pm on Monday to 8.30 am on Tuesday, the Meteorological Centre, Shimla, said.

The minimum temperature in Manali and Kalpa was recorded at minus 3.8 and minus 3.6 degrees Celsius. respectively - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/snow-rain-bring-temperatures-down-in-himachal-pradesh/741961.html

Fresh snow in Manali, Kufri; rain lashes Shimla

A mother tries to protect her child amid rain in Shimla on Monday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Biting cold wave conditions further aggravated in Himachal as tribal areas and other higher hills received fresh snowfall while severe storm lashed mid and lower hills accompanied by rains and sleet.

Icy winds accompanied by sharp showers lashed state capital Shimla forcing people to stay indoors while adjoining tourist resort of Kufri received light snowfall.

Higher reaches in Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba and Kullu received fresh snowfall while lower hills of Mandi, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra and Solan had widespread rains causing sharp fall in temperature.

Kalpa and Manali received 5 cm and 3 cm of snow while Rohtang Pass and Kothi had 30 cms of snow. Chamba was the wettest in the state with 19 mm of rains followed by Tissa 16 mm, Sundernagar 10 mm, Manali 9 mm, Dalhousie 8mm, Bhuntar 7mm Shimla and Sarahan 5 mm. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/fresh-snow-in-manali-kufri-rain-lashes-shimla/741739.html

Snow-clearing ops hit in Lahaul

Heavy snow at the hospital complex in Keylong. Tribune photo
Mandi, March 11
Bad weather has hampered the snow-clearing operation in Lahaul-Spiti district on Monday. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) performed a puja at Stingri near Keylong to start the operation. But the weather turned hostile and it started snowing in the region, preventing the BRO from starting the operation.

All roads of the district are blocked for the past two months. Due to that, people are deprived of the transportation facility. Lahaul-Spiti has been cut off from the rest of the state since December last year because of the closure of the Rohtang Pass. The pass receives heavy snow every year during winter. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/snow-clearing-ops-hit-in-lahaul/741732.html
#2121
| S Roy Biswas
Dalhousie records sub-zero temperatures after fresh snowfall in Himachal
Shimla, March 14
Popular tourist destination Dalhousie witnessed sub-zero temperatures on Thursday following fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, while other parts of the state saw light rain, the Meteorological (Met) Department said.

The minimum temperature in Dalhousie of Chamba district was recorded at minus 0.1 degree Celsius as it received 5 cm snowfall from Wednesday 5.30 pm to Thursday 8.30 am, the Met centre in Shimla said.

Tribal district Lahaul and Spiti's administrative centre Keylong and Kinnaur's Kalpa witnessed 15 cm and 6 cm snowfall respectively during the period - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/dalhousie-records-sub-zero-temperatures-after-fresh-snowfall-in-himachal/743072.html
#2122
| S Roy Biswas
Dharamsala-McLeodganj road sinking, hoteliers worried

The caved-in portion of the Dharamsala -McLeodganj road. Photo: Kamaljeet
Dharamsala, March 14
The tourist season is about to pick up in the next couple of weeks. Those associated with the tourism industry are hopeful of a brisk business.

But there’s something they are worried about this time — the broken Dharamsala-McLeodganj road.

The 10-km stretch is vital for tourism in the region as it is the only connecting link between Dharamsala and McLeodganj. Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists visit McLeodganj to see the temple of the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan monasteries every year. However, the road has started sinking at many places, with potholes posing a threat to commuters - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/dharamsala-mcleodganj-road-sinking-hoteliers-worried/743456.html
#2123
| S Roy Biswas
It’s bright sunny in Himachal; sub-zero at several places

The minimum temperature in Shimla was 7.3 degrees Celsius. Tribune file
Shimla, March 18
A day after the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh got moderate snowfall, the state capital Shimla and nearby tourist spots on Monday woke up to sunny weather. However, temperatures were below sub-zero at several places.

The India Meteorological Department here said the minimum temperature in Shimla was 7.3 degrees Celsius.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest in the state with a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 0.6 degrees in Kalpa in Kinnaur district and zero degree Celsius in Manali - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/it-s-bright-sunny-in-himachal-sub-zero-at-several-places/745121.html

Manali: BRO starts clearing snow
MANALI: While the continuing snowfall is adding to the thickness on the strategically important Manali-Leh highway, Border Roads Organization (BRO) has started its snow clearance work on the highway in multiple stages to meet the target of May end.

This year saw heaviest snowfall in many years and this has already delayed the road opening task by over two weeks. BRO officials said that they would set a deadline to clear the roads completely off snow after March 23, as weather is predicted to be favourable after this and the team would get a chance assess the ground situation.

At the moment, though a team of 38 Border Road Task Force (38 BRTF) is advancing towards Rohtang pass from Manali and will reach Gulaba on Monday or Tuesday, continuous snowfall us forcing the team to clear the snow repeatedly. Another team is advancing from Stingri towards Sissu in Lahaul valley. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/winter-snowfall-continues-bro-starts-clearing-snow-from-manali-leh-highway/articleshow/68456381.cms
#2124
| S Roy Biswas
Two landslides block Manali-Rohtang highway
MANALI: After a massive landslide blocked Manali-Rohtang highway near Nehru Kund, 7 km from here, on Monday, caving in of the road near Manali town has also blocked the highway on Wednesday. This will take a few days for the highway to open for vehicular traffic. Tonnes of debris have badly damaged the highway near Nehru Kund. About 100m stretch of the highway has become dangerous due to landslides here. The whole portion is sliding after Border Roads Organization (BRO) had held excavations to widen the highway a few years back. Since then, the area is sliding regularly and dozens of trees too have collapsed. On Monday too hundreds of people, mostly tourists, had a narrow escape when the mountain collapsed. The highway is blocked since then.

A patch of the road on Manali-Leh highway near the town has also become a risk zone where sliding is continuing since September last year. The highway had sunk here, bringing traffic to standstill for nearly three hours on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the highway has sunk again after overnight heavy rain. Although Rohtang and Leh road is already blocked with snow but blocking of the highway at two places has affected traffic to many villages. The road connects many hotels and tourists destinations including Solang valley. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/two-landslides-block-manali-rohtang-highway/articleshow/68505590.cms
#2125
| Maha Guru Member
I want to know that is there any Bus or Jeep service available from Kalka to Shimla?
Please help me.
Indranil Roy
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(Amarnath Jaytra, Sandakphu, Satopanth, Goychala Pass, Hilley-Versey, Annapurna Base Camp, Har Ki Dun, Gomukh-Tapovan, Kedar Tal, Deoria Tal, Tunganath, Kartik Swami, Ransi to Kedarnath via Mahapanth col, Kalpeshwar to Rudranath :)
#2126
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: indranilroy View Post

I want to know that is there any Bus or Jeep service available from Kalka to Shimla?
Please help me.


From Kalka railway station, there are shared autos (5 mins or so) to the highway from where one can board Chandigarh - Shimla buses (and once in a while, some empty cab going back to Shimla taking passengers on a per seat basis).

There are cabs available for full booking as well. If you can find a group of passengers going to Shimla in the train, then can book a full cab from the station.

If going by bus, it's better to alight at Chandigarh, and get to ISBT for seat availability in buses. There are no shared jeeps on this route. Prefer Kalka only for the toy train route.
Learning to be silent.
#2127
| Maha Guru Member
ok thanks Blue Bharal
can you please tell me that how much they will charge for full cab booking?
How much time will taken to reach Shimla from Kalka and Chandigarh?
Indranil Roy
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(Amarnath Jaytra, Sandakphu, Satopanth, Goychala Pass, Hilley-Versey, Annapurna Base Camp, Har Ki Dun, Gomukh-Tapovan, Kedar Tal, Deoria Tal, Tunganath, Kartik Swami, Ransi to Kedarnath via Mahapanth col, Kalpeshwar to Rudranath :)
#2128
| Member
As it has been suggested it is better to noard a but at Chandigarh since those passing through Kalka have many times filled up already earlier and you might be at the mercy of the driver if he stops or not.
Frome C'garh it could be about three hours but in case of any obstacles may take much longer.
#2129
| S Roy Biswas
Himachal sees rise in temperatures; rain in store

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 9.2 degrees Celsius. Tribune file
Shimla, March 23
The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday saw a marginal rise in the temperatures, but the Met Office has forecast chances of rain and snow in the coming week.

“There are chances of more rain and snow in the state on March 25 to 26,” an official with the India Meteorological Department here told IANS.

He said the western disturbances--storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region--would be active in the region again.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 3.2 degrees.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 9.2 degrees Celsius, against a low of 6.5 degrees on Friday. The maximum is expected to hover in the city around 18 degrees. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/himachal-sees-rise-in-temperatures-rain-in-store/747244.html

Kullu-Delhi airfare hiked

Kullu, MARCH 22
The national carrier Air India has increased the fares for the Kullu-Delhi sector for the upcoming tourist season. While earlier the maximum fare was nearly Rs 20,000 for one-way journey now the fare will be around Rs 23,000 from the month of April. The seats were generally available for the highest fare in the month of April and onwards.

Kullu Travel Agents Association patron Bhupinder Thakur said while on the other sectors the fare increases as the date comes nearer as seats fill up, for the Kullu-Delhi sector the airlines was providing only the highest fare, which were sometimes lowered a day or two earlier in case of less bookings. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/kullu-delhi-airfare-hiked/746904.html
#2130
| S Roy Biswas
Jalori opens to light vehicles

The NHAI has restored 10,800-ft high Jalori Pass on the Aut-Luhri-Sainj highway in Kullu district to traffic last evening. The pass had been closed since January 6 because of heavy snowfall in the region
Mandi: The NHAI has restored 10,800-ft high Jalori Pass on the Aut-Luhri-Sainj highway in Kullu district to traffic last evening. The pass had been closed since January 6 because of heavy snowfall in the region.

Due to closure of the pass, 58 gram panchayats of Anni and Nirmand blocks in the district were cut off from Kullu. They had been travelling via Karsog or Shimla to reach Kullu. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/jalori-opens-to-light-vehicles/747374.html