Snowfall in Manali, hopes up for white V-Day

February 13th, 2011 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Feb 13 (IANS) The honeymooners’ paradise of Manali in Himachal Pradesh Sunday witnessed moderate snowfall, cheering up the hospitality industry that hopes to see a surge in footfalls this Valentine’s Day.Continuous rain has disrupted the air traffic in state capital Shimla and Bhuntar near Kullu. Manali has been experiencing intermittent spells of snow since morning.

A weather official said: “The hills overlooking Manali like the Solang ski slopes and the Rohtang Pass (52 km from Manali) have been experiencing heavy snow.”

“Manali and its nearby areas will have a good spell of snowfall till Monday,” he said.

Kalpa, some 250 km from here, experienced more than 13.9 cm of snow.

“The higher reaches in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Chamba districts witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours (since Saturday),” the official added.

The state’s lower areas, including Dharamsala, Shimla, Solan, Nahan, Chamba and Mandi received moderate rain.

“Flights from Delhi to Kullu and Shimla could not be operated due to rain,” an airport official said.

Shimla Sunday recorded a low of 4.7 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 0.6 degrees at Kalpa, 8.5 degrees in Bhuntar and 2.5 degrees in Dharamsala.

The snow in Manali has brought smiles on the faces of the tourism industry representatives.

“Now we are hopeful that the tourists, especially the newly wed and youngsters, will return to this town to enjoy white Valentine’s Day (Feb 14),” District Tourism Officer Rajeshwar Goel told IANS over phone from Manali.

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