Snow covers Shimla, Manali

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 08:50 hrs

Shimla, Jan 17 (IANS) After a long break, popular tourist resorts Shimla and Manali got fresh snow Thursday, triggering cold in Himachal Pradesh.

Tourist spots near Shimla, like honeymooners' paradise Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced moderate snowfall, turning the hill stations more picturesque.

Likewise, the Solang ski slopes, 13 km uphill from Manali, and Kalpa, 250 km from the state capital, also saw snow, the weather office here said.

The minimum temperature in Manali was 0.6 degrees Celsius below freezing point.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with minus 3 degrees Celsius.

It was 9.4 degrees above freezing point in Dharamsala, minus 3.2 degrees in Kalpa and 3 degrees in Shimla. Shimla last got snow Dec 14.

Shimla's commercial centre Mall Road, the historic Ridge, the US Club and Jakhu hills received a relatively thick layer of snow while snowflakes covered the lower parts of the town.

"Highv altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Kinnaur, Chamba, Mandi, Sirmaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing moderate to heavy snow since early Thursday," a Met official said.

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