Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Manali mountains get first snow of season

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Mountains surrounding Manali are glittering like silver with first snowfall of the season which is continuing since Sunday. The intermittent snowfall has sent light waves of cold towards valleys where mercury has dipped abnormally.
Fresh snowfall near Rohtang pass in Manali
Mountain peaks including Rohtang, Hamta, Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Hanuman Tibba and Friendship peak are getting light snowfall. Lower parts of Kullu district are experiencing light rainfall and people in Manali town and adjoining villages were forced to wear woollens. Mountains around Lahaual also received some snow which has triggered cold wave condition in entire valley.
Snow has brought good news for tourism industry of Manali as a beeline of tourists is expected to throng this town to see the fresh snow near Rohtang pass. Meanwhile, hoteliers are preparing for winter season and are bringing out quilts and room heaters for their guests.
Contrary to cheering moments for tourism industry, fruit growers and farmers are not happy with snowfall and drop in temperature. It’s a peak potato season in Lahaul valley and apple season in Kullu district and snowfall may wreak havoc on them. Stockmen are collecting and drying grass from farms to stock for the winter season. Apple trees in Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are laden with fruits and snowfall may destroy entire harvest.

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