The Newz Radar
The winter chill has made its advent in the higher reaches of Lahaul and Manali with several Himalayan passes, including Shinkula and Baralacha, witnessing light snowfall.
It’s snowing almost daily around these passes and tourists visiting to and from Manali-Leh can enjoy snowy moments by stopping at Tangalangala and Baralacha passes. Though there is snowfall in the peaks of Rohtang Pass, there is no snow around the highway yet.
Thanks to the Atal Tunnel, one can visit both these passes from Manali in the morning and return to Manali in the evening. Though the distance of both the passes is around 140 km from Manali, due to the road prepared by the BRO the journey has become pleasant and it takes about 10 hours to return to the base point.
The weatherman has forecast light to medium rainfall at isolated places in Himachal till September 19.
Hoteliers in the Kullu-Manali belt, meanwhile, have started receiving bookings for the Dussehra-Diwali season. The fresh bookings have provided the much-needed relief to the Himachal Pradesh tourism industry that had been reeling under losses for a long time due to Covid and its aftereffects.
Diky Dolma Thakur, running a guest house in Manali, says the advance bookings had come as a relief for the tourism industry. She said they expected full bookings in the Dussehra-Diwali season. The Kullu Dussehra is famous in north India when a large number of deities of the region descend in Kullu.
Over the past 24 hours, Nahan received the highest rainfall in the state at 69.9 mm, followed by Dhaulakuan at 34.5 mm, Solan 22.4 mm, Kangra 21.1 mm, Palampur 19.4 mm and Shimla 10 mm.
Following is the temperature (in degrees Celsius) at various locations in Himachal at 8.30 am (September 16):
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