Shimla’s nearby tourist spots saw the first good snowfall of the season, which is likely to give a boost to the city’s tourism industry.
‘Shimla’s nearby places received significant snowfall early this (Wednesday) morning. This is the first good snowfall of the season,’ an official of the meteorological office told IANS.
He said chances of another spell of snow in the state ‘would continue till Thursday due to western disturbances.’
Reports say police rescued nearly 300 tourists stranded near the Atal Tunnel, the highway tunnel built under the Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas in upper Manali, after the onset of heavy snow on Tuesday evening.
‘High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Sirmaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing moderate snow,’said the official.
Lower areas of the state including Dharamsala, Shimla, Solan, Nahan and Mandi received mild to moderate rain, bringing the temperature down considerably.
The snowfall and rain have lifted farmer’s spirits as well.
‘The prolonged dry spell across the state is finally over. This is good for the apple, peach, plum, apricot and almond crops,’ said an orchard manager.
Low snowfall and rain in most fruit-growing areas of Himachal Pradesh had reduced the moisture content in the soil, leaving farmers in a dire state.
The meteorological office said the Kothgarh-Thanedar belt in Shimla district and the Kullu valley would have chances of good snowfall in the next 24 hours.
Tourism industry representatives are also happy after the snow in Shimla’s nearby areas and in Manali, as they are expecting an uptick in tourist numbers.
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