Heavy rains lash Chandigarh, surrounding areas of Punjab and Haryana

Intermittent spells of moderate to heavy rain Saturday morning, accompanied by strong winds and thunder, brought welcome relief from summer heat to Chandigarh and its surrounding areas.

Heavy rains lashed Chandigarh and various parts of Punjab and Haryana Saturday morning, bringing down the mercury in this region.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 22.2 degrees Celsius Saturday morning, which was five notches below normal. Besides, this centrally administered city recorded a rainfall of 36.2 mm in the last 24 hours.

‘We had light rainfall in various parts of this region Friday night and heavy showers this morning. This trend is going on for the last couple of days. Whenever mercury starts soaring, we have rainfall to bring it down. This is due to the movement of western disturbances over this region,’ a met official told IANS here.

‘We are expecting similar conditions to continue for the next four-five days. Though this is not unusual, the frequency of showers has increased in June this time. We are expecting the actual monsoon to arrive in this part of the country by the end of this month,’ he added.

Punjab’s Amritsar city recorded a minimum temperature of 23.4 degrees Celsius Saturday morning while Patiala (12.6 mm rainfall) and Ludhiana (27.6 mm rainfall) settled at a low of 23.3 and 21.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Haryana, Ambala received heavy rainfall of 63.5 mm and recorded a minimum temperature of 22.8 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, Hisar recorded a minimum temperature of 27.1 degrees Celsius.

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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

Sangla Valley – Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh

History : being close to China border,Indian Govt. opened this area for tourist in early nintees.Still foreigners have to take permission to visit certain area . Sangla is considered one of the beautiful valley of Indian Himalayas and is very picturesque.Situated on Indo-Tibetan road which is just modernization of old silk route to China.

PHASE1 : Drive to Recong Peo

One has to take bus early in morning from Shimla.It is almost 10-12 hrs. journey and all depends upon weather and road conditions as usually there are landslides and roads are blocked.If one is having own vehicle still early morning drive is preferred as scented air and absence of traffic make it easy to reach Rampur Busheher.For people who are new to Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is very well connected by roads and rail. One can reach chandigarh by air also.trains are also available from Chandigarh-Shimla. Shimla used to be summer capital of colonial India and British developed it according to their taste and standard of living.Drive from Shimla is very scenic …actually this all drive upto Sangla and Chitkul is very scenic but dangerous also. 6 ft of road has somne very tricky turns which needs very alert and experienced hands on steering. A small confusion and err in judgment can lead to disastrous end.As it is sheer drop in river Satluj…..

PHASE2: Reaching Recong Peo

is somewhat tiring job. One has to search for hotel of choice.So have cool air and search for one according to your taste…otherwise Govt. rest houses can be tried. It is good to spend a night at Recong Peo. It is first hand feeling ofpeople and their strong cultural ties. Start early and ask for Raksham. It is way back to Shimla road and a clear diversion will take you alongside the river.The road gets altitude..and comes Karsham…and from here drive becomes very difficult with steep cuts and dangerous turns…it needs cool mind to drive in this area. Here comes Sangla. It is now very developed town. With STD/ISD facilities…chinese/Tibetan food and range of hotels.Stay for a night here.There are small,one day excretions from Sangla. try to have a visit or prefer to stay at BANJARA CAMPS.It is justified for every pocket.It is much better and advised to stay there,instead of staying in Sangla.

PHASE3 : Ask anyone about Banjara Camps & If you are good walker…try going to Chitkul..on foot but better take your sleeping bags as sometimes one prefers to stay there. Better to take metelled road for this purpose.The main purpose is to get maximum view of valley and have better photography. Onway,one can also witness rural life of tribal Kinnaur. Chitkul is highest village connected with road and boasts of regular bus service from Shimla and Recong Peo. IMPORTANCE Of Chitkul is that childless couples from far off places(Even Europe) visits here…at Chitkul Mandir to get blessing for child.
One can stay in Forest rest house but usually it is heavily booked.But there are sufficient guest houses available now…so staying there is no problem…otherwise turn back …there are buses and jeeps available now.
NOTE: This region had developed very fast and now you can stay at CHITKUL in moderate guest houses and there is ONE MORE camping place in between SANGLA and CHITKUl which is MUCH BETTER option that expensive BANJARA CAMPS.

Malana- Kully Valley in Himachal Pradesh

* Do not touch people, some rocks & stones in this village. They are sacred and heavy fine from village head have to be paid instantly.

BACKGROUND: Situated in Kullu Distt. of Himachal Pradesh. Malana is famous for its unique history. Tribal people here find their roots with Alexandria. It is widely believed that people of Malana are direct descendant of Greeks,which visited India during one of their campaigns under Alexander the Great. The very features, language, religion and socioeconomic structure resembles with ancient Greek civilization. This is quite true that they manage their own judicial, social and religious lives- which is unique in its own way-and that’s major attraction for people to visit and witness a life style where certain stones are also sacred and in case someone touches them-have to be heavily fined. Malana is unique village where a tourist is told very clearly about his limits and its penelty.One can not touch certain stones and neither touching the residents is accepted.Accidents do happen and they draw very heavy penalty from trekkers/tourists. Although Indian Govt. knew very well about activities and drug culture going on,but strangely there have been no steps taken till date. Hence Malana is still considered one of the great mines of “high quality ” of Charas.And many locals have become millionaires within couple of years.

PHASE1 One can reach Bhuntar by air also,otherwise it is well connected by road and heavy traffic of buses and taxis is there to accommodate every one.Bhuntar is situated on Kullu-Manali highway.From Bhuntar one has to turn for Manikaran which is a religious place for Sikhs. Kasol is just on way to Manikaran,just a 45 min. drive from Bhuntar.One can smell the very air filled with western music and small eating joints serving different different dishes.I have seen many “Hippies” spending good time here,before starting climbing for Rashol.

PHASE2 Trek is very easy in first leg and well defined.One encounters many people from different countries ,enroute.So ,no confusion.Rashol is bit higher and last leg of the day may leave you bit tired.There are now well equipped eating joints which are also offering night stays,for very nominal prices.

PHASE3 Start early and within three Hrs., Malana shows its beautiful fields. Now they do not cultivate “smoking stuff” this side of the trek (Media attention) There is INSTRUCTION BOARD Rt. at enterence…study it very carefully. No police is going to come for your help in any case.They make and rule their own laws.This is Malana. Inquire before photography..there are certain stones/rocks/temples which are not allowed to be photographed.You can eat at many eating joints and boarding is also provided by them.Have a nice time.

NOTE: Our personal experience is that this region is not safe for solo trekkers and please do not go alone.