Fresh snow: Tourists make beeline for Solang

The entire higher reaches of the Manali region experienced a fresh spell of snow while the lower parts of the region were lashed by rain, reviving the chilly weather conditions in the upper Manali region.

The higher reaches of the upper Kullu valley, including the Rohtang Pass , Pir Panjal range, Bhrighu ski slopes, Hamta slopes, Chanderkhani, Marhi, Gulaba and Dhundi experienced fresh snow.

The famous ski slopes of Solang valley also had a fresh spell of snow yesterday. But due to lack of sufficient snow for skiing on the main ski slopes, the ski lovers were disappointed a lot.

However, fresh snow was expected to revive the influx of tourists. Vehicular traffic on the Manali-Rohtang road was disrupted due to fresh snow at Kothi, 13 km from here. But the Solang valley has nowadays become a popular venue with tourists. Tourists made a beeline for Solang valley where there was enough snow to enjoy.

The sky remained overcast and icy winds lashed the region throughout the day, bringing a sharp decline in the day temperatures. The apple growers in the upper Kullu valley are hoping that the weather god will oblige them with a good snowfall. The snow which is considered as a white manure for the apple orchards is essential for a good harvest.

CHAMBA: The north-western ranges of the Himalayas in Chamba and Lahaul-spirit districts of Himachal Pradesh and the adjoining ranges of Pir Panjal mountains in Jammu and Kashmir have been experiencing heavy snow for the past 24 hours, according to reports pouring into the district headquarter town of Chamba on Saturday.

The lower areas have been experiencing heavy widespread rains. However, the road network is open and the transport services are operating as usual. Intermittent snowflakes are reported from the hill resorts of Dalhousie and Khajjiar. As a sequel to this, the entire region is in grip of chilly winds.

The heavy snow and rain have also prevented the telecommunication services with the highlands of this region. Official reports said due to heavy snowfall, the link of Pangi tribal valley had been cut off from the rest of the state due to the closure of Saach Pass situated at an altitude of 4413 metres connecting its district headquarters at Chamba.

According to district soil testing officer R. L. Chauhan, who is an agriculture expert, though the heavy rains were beneficial for the ‘rabi’ crops yet the fallings of snowfall is indispensable for the fruit crops, particularly the apple production.

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