Shimla, Picturesque tourist spots Shimla and Manali in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday experienced season’s first snowfall. Nearby spots of Shimla too were wrapped in a blanket of snow, bringing cheer to tourists.
Some of the tourist spots in the upper Shimla district were cut off after snow piled on roads, officials said.
The ‘Queen of Hills’, as Shimla was fondly called by the erstwhile British rulers, got snow in the evening. It saw a minimum of 2.8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum stayed at 5.9 degrees, a fall from Wednesday’s 13.3 degrees.
As news of the snowfall spread, tourists started reaching Shimla and its nearby places like Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda.
“This weekend we are expecting a good rush of tourists,” a Shimla-based hotelier said.
Hills overlooking Manali like Gulaba, Solang and Kothi have been experiencing moderate snowfall since late Wednesday, said the Meteorological Department official here. Manali, which saw a low of 1.8 degree, experienced more than four cm of snow...