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Heaviest Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh of Winters 2012

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There has been heavy snowfal all around Himachal Pradesh including Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Rohru, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Jalori Pass, Dharamshala, Mcleod Ganj and many other partsof Himachal Pradesh. Some of the region like Nurpur, Bhawarna, Nagrota Bagwan, Baijnath Papro, Palampur, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni, other parts of Una district, Hamirpur etc. got snow after many many decades. Heavy snowfall resulted in cut-off of Lahaul – Spiti Valley for about 6 months, especially Lahaul Valley. Manali and its adjoining areas were lashed with snowstorm last evening and this afternoon. It is expected that the snowfall will continue for two more days to come.

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Shimla, January 7, 2012: Life has been thrown out of gear due to heavy snowfall in many parts of the state since last night as the Meteorological Department today issued a warning of a blizzard likely to hit many parts of Shimla and Kullu districts and a heavy thunder storm in lower parts of Una, Bilapsur, Mandi, Sirmaur and Solan districts.

Life has been paralysed with power and vehicular traffic being disrupted in various parts of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Shimla districts since last night. With an induced cyclonic circulation prevailing over Punjab and Himachal, the Meteorological Department has indicated that the present weather conditions would continue for the next 36 hours. There has been a sharp decline in the minimum as well as maximum temperatures by almost 2°C.

Highlights:

  • n Several warm areas like, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni in Una district experienced snow after decades
  • n Kangra got snowfall after 67 years
  • n Upper areas of Dharamsala, including McLeodganj and Dharamkot, received about 4 to 5 ft snow
  • n Nurpur has witnessed snowfall after 47 years
  • n Vehicular traffic disrupted in various parts of the state

Vehicular traffic to upper parts of Shimla district has been disrupted as none of the Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses bound for Rohru, Jubbal, Kotkhai and Theog could ply today. Traffic to Rampur and Kinnuar has been diverted via Basantpur. Icy cold winds have been sweeping most parts of the state with the mountain ranges in Chamba and Kangra experiencing fresh spells of snow.

Traffic within the state capital has also been affected with only a handful of HRTC and private buses plying since morning. Power supply to many localities in the town has also been affected due to snow and intermittent rain and sleet since last night.

The minimum temperature in the town dipped further to minus 0.7 °C today from 1.1°C recorded yesterday. The minimum temperature recorded in other parts of the town was Sundernagar – 4.7°C, Bhuntar – 2.2 °C, Kalpa – minus 4.6°C, Dharamsala – 3.5°C, Una- 4.7°C, Nahan – 6.9°C, Mandi – 4.6°C, Keylong – minus6.1°C, Palampur – 3.0°C, Solan – 2.6°C and Manali – minus 2°C. The lower parts of the state have been experiencing rainfall since yesterday, brining cheer to the farmers.

“The satellite imagery shows chances of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches and heavy squall in the lower parts of the state,” said Manmohan Singh, Director, local Meteorological Centre.

Kinnaur DC Sunil Chaudhary said efforts had been made to keep supply of continuous power by making local arrangement from a power project which had ensured supply to Kalpa and Pooh areas.

Heavy snowfall in Dharamsala

Dharamsala: It was like return of the cold wave to Kangra district today. Many areas of the district in the Nurpur subdivision that is located at a distance of about 60 km from Dharamsala and is relatively a warm area adjoining Punjab, received snow after about 50 years.

Many other areas which are otherwise considered very warm, including Kangra, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni in Una district also received 3 to 4 inches snow after many decades. Snow in the said areas was unprecedented and surprised many regarding the unusual weather phenomena.

An octogenarian from Shahpur, an area located at distance of 20 km from here, said she had witnessed snow in the area after a period of about 45 years. Before that there were reports of snow in the area in 1927.

Snowflakes started falling in lower Dharamsala town early in the morning at about 8 am. The people, who saw snow falling in lower Dharamsala after about 10 years, came out of their houses. After about half an hour, the snowfall stopped and it was replaced by rain.

However, this short break was just like lull before the storm. At about 9.30 pm the clouds once again converged in the entire area and the day was converted into darkness. This started a spell of heavy snowfall that lower Dharamsala had not witnessed in many decades. In about one hour, about 6 inch of snow was deposited everywhere. Snowflakes fell with increasing velocity. The entire traffic in Dharamsala town got choked as snow deposited on roads.

Heavy snowfall continued in the lower Dharamsala for about four hours and as per the official estimates, the area received about 2 feet snow. Due to deposition of snow many tree branches broke and fell on roads disrupting the traffic. The electricity wires also got snapped at many places.

The upper areas of Dharamsala, including McLeodganj and Dharamkot, received about 4 to 5 feet snow. The basic amenities like water supply and power were disrupted. This was coupled by influx of tourists from adjoining states who rushed to the area receiving reports of heavy snowfall.

Kangra DC RS Gupta said six JCB machines had been deployed to remove snow from roads in Dharamsala.

Nurpur gets snow after 47 years

Nurpur: Nurpur and its surrounding areas today witnessed the second snowfall after a gap of about 47 years. It was followed by heavy rain.

According to local senior citizens, this area had once experienced mild snowfall in 1964-65. The snowfall started early this morning and lasted till 9.30 am. Rural areas experienced more snowfall about 4 to 5 inches in comparison with urban areas where it reported about 2 inch. Children and youngsters came on streets and enjoyed the snowfall. The normal life in rural areas remained disrupted as people were not habitual to move on roads covered with a white blanket. The power and telecommunication network was also hit due to heavy rain and snowfall.

Meanwhile, after a prolonged dry spell the incessant rain since yesterday has brought cheers to farmers who are about to sow the wheat crop.

According to agriculture experts, this rain will prove a boon for the farming community. In some parts of the area, mango and amla trees were hit with heavy snow. SS Rana, Associate Director, Regional Horticulture Research Station, Jachh, claimed that this melting snowfall would not harm fruit trees and advised growers to cut damaged tree branches from the bottom as they would originate in the near future.

Dispelling their apprehensions, he said growers were not to worry as this snowfall would eliminate the chances of frost in the area, which was harmful for fruit trees. The incessant rain and snowfall has brought down the day temperature to 3°C on Saturday.

Palampur has first snow

PALAMPUR: Palampur town today witnessed the first snowfall of the season. Even lower areas like Bhawarna, Nagrota Bagwan, Baijnath Paprola also had snow after a gap of 15 years. The entire Palampur region is in the grip of severe cold wave. Besides, heavy rain was also reported in several parts of the region.

Upper reaches of the Kangra valley, Dhauladhar ranges and Chhotta Bara Bhangal experienced heavy snowfall in the past 24 hours disrupting normal life. Power supply and road transport were the worst affected. Entire Chhotta Bara Bhangal areas have been cut off from the rest of the country.

All roads leading to Multhan, Kothi Kohar and Kothi Swar were closed because of heavy snow at different points. Twelve buses and over 150 passengers were reportedly trapped at Multhan as the road between Ghatshani and Multhan had 1 ft snow.

Because of heavy snow and rain, restoration of roads could not be taken up till this afternoon. A spokesman of HP PWD said if whether permitted only then JCB and other snow-clearing equipment would be pressed into service.

He said there were heavy landslide on roads because of uprooting of trees.

An agriculture scientist of HP Agriculture University while briefing mediapersons here said rain and snow was beneficial for the crop. Besides, it would boost the sowing of wheat in non-irrigated areas of the Changer valley.

Snow cuts off Lahaul-Spiti

MANDI: Tribal belt of Lahaul-Spiti was cut off from the outside world as the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass experienced heavy snowfall, while over nine bus routes leading from the district headquaters into Gohar and Karsog sub-divisions in Mandi and Ani sub-division in Kullu were blocked for traffic due to the snow in the area.

According to official reports, the traffic was blocked on the Karsog Rawanda road beyond Sukibai, cutting off the Karsog sub-division from Mandi. The 3-inch-deep snow made the road slippery, stranding passengers or forcing them to take return journey as it continued raining and snowing in the higher reaches.

Similarly, all routes to Janjheli in Seraj remained blocked due to snow. The lakes of Kamru Nag, Prashar and Shikari Devi experienced moderate snowfall. The Ani sub-division in Kullu district was cut off from the district headquarters due to heavy snowfall at the Jalori Pass.

Life thrown out of gear in Manali

MANALI: Normal life in most parts of the upper Manali areas remained disrupted as fresh spell of snow accompanied by high-velocity winds continued to lash the region. Manali and its adjoining areas were lashed with snowstorm last evening and this afternoon.

The vehicular traffic in the upper Manali region was disrupted due to thick layer of snow on the road. Tourists and local residents had a difficult time today on the Manali-Kullu road and Manali-Naggar (left bank road), which had a fresh spell of snow since last evening.

The traffic on the Manali-Kullu road was disrupted at several places beyond Aloo ground, about 5 km from here, today. All the local and long-route buses also suspended their journey at Aloo ground. The bus services also remained suspended between the Manali-Solang and Kothi village.

The power supply in many parts of the upper Manali region was also disrupted.

The 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to the Lahaul-Spiti valley, including the entire higher reaches, also experienced the heaviest snowfall of the season. The Solang ski slopes of the Solang valley also experienced heavy snow.

Kangra has snow after 67 years

KANGRA: Kangra town experienced snowfall after 67 years. It was in 1945 when Kangra had witnessed such a snowfall. Residents of the town came out of their houses when the flakes of snow started falling and it continued for more than two hours.

Roads witnessed a deserted look and most people remained indoors. The snowfall was reported from all over the subdivision.

Prem Kalra, a 90-year-old woman of the Hoshiyarpur road, said she was married in this temple town in 1951 and had never witnessed such a snowfall. She said her elders had being saying that there was a snowfall in this town in 1945.

Kumar Sahil, a singer came along with his friends to the tehsil chowk of this town and sang melodious songs amid snowfall. Heavy snowfall was reported from Nagrota Bagwan, Baba Baroh, Dehra, Daliara, Barwani, Kahbli and Chintpurni.

Inputs by Pratibha Chauhan, Lalit Mohan, Rajiv Mahajan, Ravinder Sood, MC Thakur and Ashok Raina.

External Source:Rain, snow may continue for 2 more days

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31 Comments

  1. hi we are planing to visit manali in December 1st week please suggest me whether is better for us and have bus transport form baijnath paprola to manali

    • Hello Payal,

      Yes, there is decent connectivity of buses from Manali to Baijnath and you can find them on HRTC website along with time table. December shall be fine and you will be able to find snow too, most likely towards snow points of Rohtang Pass that is Marhi or Gulaba. 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

  2. Hii
    Hello Dear frndss How R u All

    Yaar Hum Frndss 2013 Jan Last weak or Feb first weak me Himachal Ghoomne aa rhe h So tll me yaar hme Snow Fall Kha pr milega or Tell me Yaar sabse Gud place kon sa h enjoy k liye himachal me …..;-);-)

    yaar plz Tell me also yaar About Amb andora how’s that place for frndss
    njoymnt

    • Hello Himanshu,

      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 as well as Narkanda/Hatu Peak. 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. Check for other hill stations on this site as well if you are interested in others.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      Depending upon the time in hand, around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda, Hatu Peak. You can go via Shimla side and come back via Chail side just to experience a different scenery 🙂

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      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

  3. Hi,

    I am travelling to North mainly Himachal in December last week and jan 1st week…pls suggest places where there is snow and we could visit by our own vehicle.

    • Hello Reshma,

      If your luck favors then you might end up with snow at most of the places in Himachal naming Manali and around, Dalhousie – Khajjiar and around, Shimla – Kufri – Narknada and around, Shoja, Rohru / Pabbar Valley etc. except all other high hills of Himachal Pradesh. You can pick any of them and enjoy snow.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  4. Ashok Tiwari on

    yes, on 9th January, situation was very bad. I was in kajjar in Chamba dist., and seen appr. 3 to 4 feet snow fall.

  5. Surinder Gupta on

    Is the Shrinagar-Leh Highway still open ? It seems so from your blog ! If so, can one make a trip by road, say by JKSRTC buses in mid Dec 2012, with a halt at Kargill/Drass and return via the same route within 15 days. Appreciate your response…

    • Hello Surinder,

      Well, yes the Highway is open as of now but it closed few days back for a day or two. I do not think public buses would be plying now because of one such closure which left many vehicles stranded on both sides. Not advisable to undertake the road journey via Srinagar – Leh Highway at this time of the year.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Megha,

      It usually starts in late October or November to close the high roads and then mostly by end of December types only the snowfall gets to lower reaches of hills.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  6. Anil Kumar on

    Could you please let me know if It is allowed to bring bicycle from Delhi to Manali by HP ordinary bus.

  7. mukesh shekhawat on

    hi dear, we are planing to manali on 3rd june2012 for 3night,So please suggest to us ,how can we use this time.

    • Hi Mukesh,

      You can try to follow something like below:

      Day 1 | Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
      Day 2 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 | Manali – Snow Point at Marhi or Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 | Manali – Naggar (in the first half), have lunch at Naggar Castle and then come back to Manali to board overnight Volvo to Delhi

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Hi sandeep,

    me n my frnds are planning to visit Manali from March 25th to 29th,total we will stay for 4 days,

    please suggest us,the best ideal plan,which we can cover in 4 days,we don wanna mess it up by wrong planning,would be really great,if u can jst tel us,which al places which we can cover n our preference would be places where we can find snow,We will be coming from bangalore, so we need ur advice to rock the trip !!!

    awaiting for ur reply n thnx in advance 🙂

    • Hello Athif,

      You can follow the below plan for your 5 day trip –

      Day 1 – Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
      Day 2 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 – Manali – Naggar Castle(stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
      Day 5 – Naggar Castle – Manali – Delhi (Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volov will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend a sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus)

      If you strictly have 4 days then, make a day trip to Naggar Castle on Day 4 and come back in the evening to take overnight volvo.

      For more information related to Manali including, accommodation options, food joints etc. check the Manali – Travel Guide at the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  9. Hi Dhiraj,

    we are planning to visit himachal for HONEYMOON on 23 to 29 th march could u please suggest me the right travel agent from delhi.

    please reply.

    regards,

    Tushar..

    • Hi Tushar,

      There is no need to involve any travel agent. Why do you need one? You have sufficient time to plan it for yourself. Just bring out your questions and we can discuss over best suitable plan for your trip.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  10. Nitin Jain on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I also need your advice. I am visiting Shimla from 15th Jan to 18th Jan and Manali from 18th Jan to 22nd Jan. I will reach Chandigarh and planning to hire a taxi from Chandigarh to Shimla on 15th Jan… I came to know that roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall… What do you suggest? Shall we cancel the trip (which I do not want 🙁 ) or any other advice? Our hotel bookings are already made in both Shimla and Manali…

    Please advice us on how to proceed for travel

    Thanks a ton in advance

    Nitin

    • Hi Nitin,

      It is still time to 15th and roads if not already have been restored, will be restored in a day or two. I do not see any major reason to cancel the trip, just stick to the highways and do not take any de-tours. Generally, even in case of heavy snowfall the highway opens in a day or two, if closed. You will be treated with tons of snow stock around Shimla as well as Manali. Have a great time… Go packed with heavy woolens.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Hi Nitin,

      Thanks a lot. Just try my best to help co-Travelers travel with whatever little info I have with me. You can also keep track of weather using the links I mention below.

      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.

      The links here will be useful for Shimla and Around: Shimla, Kufri regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Shimla and around.

      Depending upon the time in hand, around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda, Hatu Peak. You can go via Shimla side and come back via Chail side just to experience a different scenery 🙂

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible). 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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  11. PANKAJ VAIDYA on

    Thanks Dheeraj, but I have already booked at The Castle on the way to Manali. Thanks anyway for advice. Regards.

      • Pankaj Vaidya on

        Dear Dheeraj,

        Had a very exciting and fun filled trip as planned. Weather God blessed us with beautiful weather to roam in Manali and very heavy snowfall also on occasions. The Castle is great. A must visit. Would advise readers to complete their journies in day time. Had a little trouble in locating The Castle at 6:00 pm. Rest will be cherished all the way. Thanks for your support and advice.

        Regards.

        • Wow Pankaj!!! Sounds exciting, infact very exciting. Yes, Naggar Castle is lovely place for a stay. Thanks fo sharing your experience with us and of course your are lucky to witness snowfall around Manali. This year has been great for snow 🙂

          Cheers!!
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • O yes, Anil bhai. Snow came late but loved the quantity of it… Tons of snow stock everywhere around Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. And I know you are one lucky chap to witness it live 🙂 … what better start to the year for a traveler 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Pankaj Vaidya on

        But of course Dheeraj. I too am planning a visit to Manali next week between 15-20 Jan. Hoping to enjoy snow (without traffic problems). Happy Touring!

        • Pankaj Vaidya on

          Any suggestion/advice about driving conditions welcome. Will go by car via Kiratpur – Bhakra Dam – Kullu – Naggar – Manali and back.

        • Hi Pankaj,

          I will suggest that you take Kullu – Raison road which is the main highway rather than Kullu Naggar road to Manali. Once, you reach Manali then confirm about the status of the Manali – Naggar road and return back from there may be with a stay at Naggar Castle 🙂 … If it snows in the coming days and weather remains wet then probably the road conditions will be bad at many places between Manali and Chandigarh. Also, once you reach Manali, I will suggest that you take local taxi for local sightseeing especially for Snow Points because snow will make drive very tough if you do not have any experience with it.

          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

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