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There might be a good news for all the people planning to go to Manali and around to celebrate Christmas, that a western disturbance is predicted to hit the Northern India post 19th December 2011. This means people can expect snowfall around Manali or at the snow points of Marhi and Gulaba. Meanwhile, BRO has finally decided to close the operations of snow clearance for the winter season 2011-12 and means now the roads to Lahaul Valley will be blocked for next 5-6 months or snow.

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MANALI, December 2011: The cold weather condition in Himachal Pradesh hampered the day to day activities in the state as and sky remained overcast on Saturday. Officials of the meteorological department said another spell of snowfall is expected on the higher reaches on December 19.

The residents of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu-Manali woke up to a frosty Saturday morning, and tap water reached its freezing point. Keylong was the coldest -5.9 degrees celsius followed by Kalpa and Manali at -2.6 and -1.2 degrees celsius respectively. Temperature in the areas located at 14,000ft is somewhere below -15 degrees celsius. Chandertal lake in Spiti and Surajtal lake at Sarchu are blocks of ice. The minimum temperature and Shimla and Chandigarh is 5.2 degrees celsius.

The director of meteorological department Shimla, Manmohan Singh, said things would be better in the coming days. “Western disturbances originating from the Caspian sea would be active after December 19, which could lead to snowfall on the higher altitudes, but the dry weather would persist in the lower hills.” Meanwhile, the Border Roads Organization has decided not to clear the snow off Rohtang Pass which is located at a height of 13,050 feet.

Nights at Solan and Sundernagar in Mandi are extremely cold and foggy with minimum temperatures at -0.4 degrees celsius. However, temperature hovered around 23.4 degrees celsius in Una.

External Source: Another spell of snow by Dec 19

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  1. Sir iam checking the weather from dec 8th onwards and temperature varies from day to day & twodays before i saw that dec 27 will be 3’c and checking today it indicates snow or rain in simla on 27.what does it means ? will i see snow fall… pls let me and will be in manali on 28 & 29 dec will i get snowfall or snow in town.thankyou

    • Ahmed, please 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.

      So, most likely you can see snowfall in Manali and around at the time of your visit rest depends upon weather gods.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  2. sir i will be in simla on 25th Dec 2013 with my two kids age of 7 & 8 .will i see snow in simla ? & 27 & 28 Dec will be in manali and will i see snow in manali town and what is the important things i have to carry to survey in cold and give some tips to manage cold for my childrens also.pls do the needful.will temp go to minus? in manalu.

    • Yes, high chances that you will be able to see snow around Shimla, especially at Hatu Peak near Narkanda. Near Manali there will be surely tons of snow towards snow point of Solang Valley or Gulaba/Marhi towards Rohtang Pass. Yes, temperatures can go below zero at Manali if weather turns up bad else will be around 2-5 types at night. Take heavy woolens with you.

  3. hi dheeraj,

    we are 4 and wants to go to shimla and manali in the end of dec.
    we are reaching shimla n 29 th evening and 31 st morning will start for manali nd reach there n 31 st evening may b.
    wants to enjoy snow..
    could u pls guide us and if possible let us know that whether that time snow will be there or not..

    • Hi Pampi,

      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 🙂

      Regard
      Dheeraj

  4. ahmedabad mathani on

    i planned to manali on end of December 2013 on 25&26, can i find snow in land in manali.or can i find snow fall at that time.pls suggest me.thanks

    • Hello,

      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. 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).

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  5. Sir
    We are planning a trip in manali , we are 5 franzz and we are coming on 29 december 2012 and will stay till 2 jan 2013. We want to know about snowfall in dat days in manali.As we are coming fr d celebration of New year.We want complete information whether we will be able to see snow falling live in manali between those days as mentioned.Also we want complete knowledge about d enjoying places situated in manali.Snowfalling is the main reason for us to come to manali.We want 2 see snow falling.Please guide us with the completeness of our questions.We will be really thankfull to you if you do so.And please reply as soon as possible at the earliest.Give us each and every detail which we are lacking about.

    • Hi Anubhav,

      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.

      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).

      Johnson's, Jimmy Johnson's, Manali Heights are some good options of stay in Manali. For cheap and economic options you can explore hotels around Manali – Naggar Road, Old Manali and Vashisht.

      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

  6. hey dheeraj

    we 4 frnds are deciding to come manali/shimla just to celebrate new year from kurukshetra.we decided to be there on 31 and 1.as we are collg studnts,our budget is less.we are not having car with us and our budget is around 3000 max for each individual.should we come or cancel our trip..?? guide me rightly and immediately because its already 28.

    • Hi Tarun,

      Buddy well you can go to Manali and have fun in loads of snow present there but perhaps this is the costliest week of the year and finding accommodation may also be a challenge. You can surely go there and search for economic and cheap but decent hotels around old Manali, Manali – Naggar road or vashisht hot water springs. I am sorry I do not have much contacts of such hotels apart from The River View where you can try your luck if the budget suits you (09418428957 (Mr. Kamlesh Thakur), 09418072595, 01902251047). Also, I feel 3000 is a bit low for this time of the year. But, yes of course three days past new year the prices will be earthed.

      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

    • Hello Dr. Amjad,

      First and foremost, please keep in mind that first you will be traveling in the costliest week of the year, second there will be hefty tourist rush around both Shimla and Manali and third that you will need pre-booking at either of the places to avoid sleeping in taxi/bus itself (I am not joking but around X-mas and new year, have known people who slept in car :))

      Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba or Solang Valley. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues. Also, I hope you have more than 6 days to cover both Shimla and Manali circuit with ease. otherwise I will suggest that you head towards Manali to make it easy.

      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).

      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

  7. Dear Dheeraj,

    How are you, first thanks a lot for givnig all of us a regular update on weather condition in & around shimla & Manali.

    I am planning a trip (24th to 26th) to Shimla or Manali to see snow but concerns are road conditions & incase we get stuck due to heavy snow…i am a bit confused. Pls guide me accordingly should we plan for Manali or Shimla & should we take our own cars or volvo (ex-DELHI).

    Also, pls share some homestays or guesthouses details in Shimla & Manali.

    Thanks for a quick feedback.

    Regards

    Bhuwnesh Puri

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