Weather in Himalayas and of plains of North India [ April 2010 ]

Plains of North India are burning. With Temp. rising above 40 Degree celcius- this is going to be long and tough summer for India. Even mountains are HOT as Shimla is undergoing HOT SUMMER and there is no feeling like a mountain retreat up there. Collers/ AC’s and FANS are IN and gone are the days when people used to visit SHIMLA for some coll air. Same way, there is no respite from heat upto MANDI and only after crossing MANDI- you feel little cool air coming inside. MET dept. is confused as British and Japanese have different views about monsoon predictions- based on EL NINO. CONCLUSION: Best time for trekking, climbing, camping

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Weather updates- North India

Heavy rains are being reported from states of North India and Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Himalayan states also faces heavy landslides and rockfall resulting in traffic chaos.

Flooding, house collapses and lightning strikes caused by heavy rains killed at least 14 people in northern India, taking the reported death toll in the annual monsoon season to 79, officials said Sunday.

Heavy rains lashed the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh state, flooding all the major rivers in the region, Surendra Srivastava, a police spokesman told The Associated Press in Lucknow, the state capital.

Fourteen people died Saturday in a variety of rain-related incidents.

Army and paramilitary forces were put on high alert and relief camps set up to evacuate people left homeless or trapped by the flood waters, Charanjeet Singh, a state government official said.

Eleven people died in the same region after heavy rains earlier in the week, officials said.

Monsoon rains usually hit India from June to September.

The precipitation is crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people, but it also brings massive destruction across the country. Every year, thousands of people are killed by flooding, collapsing houses and other rain-related incidents.

Since the start of this monsoon season at least 79 people have been reported killed in eastern and northeastern India.

Army man sexualy assaulted woman in train.

AUSTRALIAN ASSAULTED IN TRAIN -JODHPUR

One more girl from Australia had been sexualy assaulted in running train. This time it was a man from Indian army. Although police has arrested this man and tourist has booked herself in some hotel in JODHPUR.

This is what Indian media is beaming right now on TV. What is happening here ? Indian govt. has to fine some solution but what possible solution one can find…at all. Every tourist coming to India do not afford to hire any agency or have tour escort.

TAPAN PANDIT – DISCOVERS NEW ROUTE BETWEEN KEDARNATH-BADRINATH, 58 kms only

Tapan Pandit, a teacher from kolkatta has discovered a new route of only 58kms by trek between KEDARNATH and BADRINATH. Old route was 186 kms and was not easy where new route is short and goes through moraine, bushes but can be enjoyed by trekkers.

Caution is required from wild animals, reptiles and mountain hazards.

A myth that in old times, a single pandit used to perform rituals in both temples gave him clue to find possibility of a route which he finds ultimately.

Tapan Pandit – a experienced trekker spend lot of time in reseach on google earth. Thanks to google earth which provides him a topographical view of this route and rest required was dedication and belief in himsel.

His students helps him in this crusade. A humble soul- trekked al this length with his students and wife USHA PANDIT.

Couple along with a student managed this tough trek without much difficulty through NEELKANTH region.

ROUTE: Kedarnath – Chopta- Mana-Badrinath

Parang La took three lives

The dead have been identified as Bhaskar Banerjee, 53, Amal Dhara, 35, and Vishwanath, 37, all residents of Howrah in West Bengal.

Three trekkers, who went missing in Lahaul Spiti, of Himachal Pradesh last week have been found dead on a Himalayan glacier, police sources today said. An eight-member team began trekking from Kibber village in Spiti valley to Leh Ladakh last week when they faced bad weather. The sources said while five members managed to reach Leh safely, three others went missing, following which a search was launched for them.

An aerial survey later helped in finding the bodies of the three missing trekkers near Parangla Pass at about 19,000 feet and it took the rescue team five days to retrieve them.

Weather Update: High passes closed

Weather update:Where plains of North India were dry and weather forecast is also the same- higher reached of Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh received moderate to heavy snowfall.

Roads near BARALACHA-LA was blocked with 2 feets of snow while at PATSEO it was few inchaes but vehicles were unable to move.
all high passes like Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La, Baralacha La were blocked due to heavy snowfall and weather was bad in UTTARAKHAND also which forced many trekking and climbing teams to come back.