Snowfall at Manali, Rohtang, Kashmir, Shimla on New Year 2011

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There has been good news for the tourists as well as Hotel and Tourism industry in the  adjoining areas of the Hills that IMD or weather department in India has predicted heavy snowfall on the coming days of new year including the new year eve. A western disturbance is likely to hit the Himalayas and result in snowfall in the higher reaches of Himalayas including Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kashmir, Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda etc and rainfall in the lower part of the hills. Hence, all you guys waiting for snowfall can get ready to setup for a snow white new year around the hilly regions adjoining Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kashmir, Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda etc

It’s almost the end of year 2010 and it has been snow all over the world this winters. However, the mighty Himalayas in India still awaits for the snow gods to praise them this year and bring snowfall to the Himalayan hills. Although the temperatures are well below freezing point throughout the hills but there is no respite in terms of dry freezing weather as snow still eludes the region. It seems (at least to me) that for the first time it has happened that there was no white Christmas any where in India including parts of Kashmir, Rohtang Pass, Manali, Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda etc. But, as the weather department predicts the wait is all set to vanish and snowfall may bring cheers / smiles to tourists, hoteliers, apple growers, locals of the hilly regions who are suffering from dry chilling weather up there.

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There is a good news for the tourism industry. The weather god may oblige the “Queen of Hills” and other tourist destinations in the state with snow on the eve of New Year, if the forecast of the Meteorological Department comes true.

In charge of the local met office said a western disturbance was approaching the state due to which light to moderate rain and snow would occur at many places on December 30 and 31. The impact of the disturbance would be felt from December 29 itself when a few places were likely to experience light to moderate rain and snow.

Places most likely to experience snow include the tourist destinations of Narkanda, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kufri, Shimla and the higher reaches of the state. He said heavy rain and snow was likely to occur at isolated places from the midnight of December 29 till December 30.

The forecast has brought cheer to the hotel industry and others connected with tourist trade as snowfall brings more visitors and the otherwise short tourist season is also extended.

A good snowfall will also improve the prospects of the apple crop as it is considered as “white manure” for the orchards.

Source: Snow forecast cheer up hotel industry

In another similar story about Kashmir, there is forecast for Snowfall as well within next few days.

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As the Kashmir valley continues to reel under intense dry and cold conditions for the past several weeks, the weathermen have indicated that a mild to widespread snowfall may occur at different places during the next three days.

“A western disturbance is approaching the state due to which light to moderate snowfall may occur over the hills at isolated places from Tuesday evening, and fairly widespread snowfall at many places till Friday,” Aamir Ali, coordinator of the Disaster Management and OSD of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, said here this evening.

“There has not been much change in minimum temperatures witnessed in the Valley over the past many days. All deputy commissioners have been advised to activate snow control rooms from today, and the field staff have been kept in a state of readiness,” an official spokesman said.

He added that the Kashmir valley had been divided into three zones and 74 snow clearance machines had been kept in a state of preparedness. These include 27 for Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal; 21 for Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag; and 26 for Baramulla, Kupwara, Gulmarg, Bandipore and Gurez.

Source: Snowfall in Valley likely in three days

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22 Comments

  1. sir As per your suggestion there is more chances for snowfall in first two weeks in the month of January but I want to know that there in no chances after 15 January to February 2016.

    I also want to know that how we can check weather? how it will show me snow or where I can found snowfall in manali as per weather. or is weather gives correct information about snowfall???

    Please help………….

    • Sarita, all depends upon weather only. nowfall all depends upon luck 🙂 … It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… For snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit.

      But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

  2. Hello sir,

    I need your help.
    we are planning to go to manali in winters to see heavy snowfall but we are confused that in which month we should go so that we can find snowfall surely. please sir suggest us that in which time period we should go in manali to see snow fall..
    we should go in December end or in any day of January .
    Please suggest………..

    • January first two weeks are good time to travel to Manali for snowfall. In case you are open with flexible dates, keep a tab on weather updates towards the end of December and plan it as it predicts snowfall

      • thanx for you suggestion!!

        sir one more question that it would be easy to go to manali by Volvo bus from delhi??
        can we suffer some problem to reach in manali in this month??
        I think so much snow in manali can create some problem to reach in manali. can we stuck in traffic due to snow on the way to manali??
        Please suggest

        • Yes, volvo are the best means to travel to Manali from Delhi. Book only HPTDC or HRTC ones only not private ones. There is a slight chance that road even to Manali is closed but that geenrally happens very less and roads up to Manali are almost kept open all round the year except 2-3 days in case it heavily snow falls during that time.

  3. we have booked our tickets for manali for the third week of dec(20-23). can we expect some snow atleast in solang valley?

    • Hi Ranjeetha,

      Yes you will be able to see and play in plenty of snow at snow points of Gulaba or Marhi or Solang Valley (all not very far from Manali). If your luck favors and weather gods permit then who knows, you might see the snowfall itself. There is plenty of snow stock present up there, so enjoy the trip 🙂

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dear Dheeraj

        Thank you for the prompt reply. Would like to ask you few doubts about the weather and road conditions. Some weather sites say the temperature is around 10 degree Celsius now, in contrast some other sites say its between 23 and 28 degree Celsius. I am thoroughly confused. And is there any chance that we will be held back in Manali due to extreme climatic conditions/ road block cos of snow etc..?would love to know about the possibility of skiing also . learned from the sites that the Rohtang Valley is already closed.

        • Hi Ranjeetha,

          The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

          Generally, if at all heavy snowfall happens in around Manali then I guess at max it will take a day to clear the snow upto Manali on the main highway. So, nothing much to worry about for getting stuck, if at all (in rarest scenario which can happen anywhere in hills) then it will be like for a day or two at max.
          Yes, Rohtang Pass is closed for tourist since November and yes you can enjoy skiing at Solang Valley.

          I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Prasanna, I guess there will not be any snowfall by that time going by the predictions linked here and here. It says clear skies and also generally, Shimla tend to get snowfall by end of December or early January.

      • thanks for your reply then where will be snow fall at that time can you please suggest any place with snow fall

        • Prasanna, well no one can predict snowfall but if you want snow then there is quite amount of snow present around snow points of Manali viz. Marhi/Gulaba and Solang Valley. So, if you want to enjoy snow then head Manali and if you are lucky then who knows you end up witnessing snowfall up there near snow points.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  4. Hello all, i want to go manali & rohtang for snow fall seeing. so plz advice when should i go there ?

    • Hello Pawan,

      First week of October is not an ideal time to see snow up at Rohtang Pass. The last year snow stock would be available to limited spots and that too dirty enough to avoid it. You may/may not be able to see remains of this year's unseasonal snowfall in August. So, if the idea is to see just snow then try to delay it about a month or two. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more details or have any doubts or queries. If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  5. I am planning to go to Manali and Rohtang Pass in the 1st week of oct 2011. Is it better option to go or avoid it. And how many chance in rain or snowfall & Rohtang pass would be open or not.

    Thanks

    Regards
    Pawan

  6. Hello Muskaan,

    As far as I know, you must be having the registration or devotee number or devotee id which must have been set by you during registration. There would be details as well which you must have filled correctly in the registration screen or profile. If not,please correct them by logging into the site and editing the profile. Then you must carry a valid proof of your identity like a passport, PAN card, voter ID card, driving license etc., which bore the name and other particulars to secure a hassle-free access to the heliports at Katra and Sanjichhat.

    Also, do take the printout of the confirmed ticket page or ticket itself if possible or provided. For details or queries you can also contact below numbers to get the complete information about the process:

    Pawan Hans. 01991-234658, 09205044014 Email pawanhans.vd@gmail.com, katra@pawanhans.co.in
    Global Vectra 09018980111. Email: yatra@gvhl.net

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  7. Hi we have already done the booking for helicopter on the Maa vaishnodevi site.& it shows the status as confirmed on the site .Now please advice me what shall be my next step .WHat shall i do next .SHould i take the print of the transaction status? will that suffice them .Or there is some different procedure please guide..urg as we are leaving bombay next week.

  8. Hello Ganesh,

    Its monsoon time and Beas is also in spate now a days. In addition to that there are long frequent jams on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. Extremely pathetic road conditions also adds more to the nightmare. Rohtang Pass will be open but again roads are too bad 🙁 … IMHO I feel you should postpone it by a month or two. If you plan to go then you may enjoy the Manali town and lovely weather but again heavy rains are something which we should avoid in hills, at least this is my personal views.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have queries.

    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  9. GANESHK.RAJORA on

    Hello,

    I am planning to go to Manali and Rohtang Pass in this july 29th to 1 Auguest 2011. Is it better option to go or avoid it. And how many chance in rain & Rohtang pass would be open or not.

    Thanks

    Regards

    GEN

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