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Himachal Pradesh capital experiences season’s first snowfall


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After much delay, the Himachal Pradesh capital experienced the season’s first snowfall, leading to a surge of tourists to savour the snow-covered landscape.”Shimla and its nearby areas have been experiencing snowfall and this was the season’s first snowfall in Shimla town,” an official of the Meteorological Department told IANS.

Places near to Shimla like Kufri and Narkanda have also been experiencing snowfall, turning the tourist destinations more picturesque.

As news of the snowfall spread, tourists flocked to Shimla, known for the imperial grandeur of its buildings that were once institutions of power when the town served as the summer capital of British India.

“It’s for the first time that we witnessed the snowfall. We are thankful to the rain god for this,” said Ashima Khanna, a tourist from Chandigarh, who was in Shimla along with her friends.

Shimla, which saw a low of 2.7 degrees Celsius, recorded mild snowfall, while Kufri and Mashobra recorded moderate snowfall. The day’s temperature in Shimla stayed at 12.2 degrees.

The snowy landscape in Shimla would stay for one-two days, an official of the Met Office said.

Reports said some of the areas in apple belt Jubbal and Kharapathar also experienced snow.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing moderate snow,” the official said.In photo: People walk on a snow-covered Ridge in Shimla on Tuesday. Cold waves have also been sweeping across North India with high-altitude areas experiencing snowfall and lower parts receiving rains.

Manali, which remained cloudy, experienced a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius, while it was 6.6 degrees in Dharamsala.

The majestic Dhauladhar ranges in the Kangra valley got a fresh blanket of snow cover.

Kalpa, some 250 km from the state capital and Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district also experienced snow. These towns saw the night temperature fall to minus two degrees and minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Hoteliers have cheered up with the snowfall in the hope that tourists will come in large numbers in the coming long weekend that starts from Republic Day on Friday.

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