It’s time for celebration in North India! No, no, it’s not about Christmas and New Year festive mood but something more chilly, more freezing and more refreshing. Yes, now you got it right. It’s snowing in various parts of North India. Yipeeeeeeeeee!!
Regions of Shimla, Manali and Kashmir Valley received first snowfall of this winter on Sunday (December 22, 2013) thus adding more fun to your festive enthusiasm. Along with white cover, some places in the plains also received heavy showers, making a sharp deep in mercury count.
The chill was also felt up to Delhi where a cloudy canopy, foggy weather condition and pricking winds greet people all the day long. The maximum temperature dropped 4 degrees below normal while the minimum temperature was recorded 4 degrees above the normal.
Despite the chill in Delhi, the upper regions of North India witnessed a high influx of tourists because of the much-awaiting white cover on Christmas occasion. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, went snowy during the festive after a long gap of 22 years. Manali and Chail, the other two popular tourist destinations in Himachal, were also packed of vacationers.
Similar is the panorama around Kashmir Valley that brought big smiles on the faces of locals. A heavy rush of honeymooners, weekend explorers and family travelers was recorded by the state prior to season’s first snowfall. Towns like Anantnag, Pulwama, Bandipora, Badgam, Sopore, Ganderbal and Kulgam were reeling under intense cold conditions. For hard-core adventure seekers it was a great opportunity to feel the adrenaline push in their veins.
Srinagar recorded 1.8 cm of white cover while Pahalgam, one of the best winter holiday destinations in India, got 17 cm of snow with recorded low temperature of -2.4 degrees. The pristine Gulmarg also got 15cm snows cover, giving visitors excellent opportunities to enjoy winter holidays in India.
Among the places that got cats and dogs, Kangra was the wettest followed by Dharamsala and Chamba. The heavy showers not only brought a deep in temperature but made these places quite cool and favorable for those, who could not make up their snowfall tour due to last-minute delay. The after-effect of these heavy showers and snowfall was also seen in Rajasthan where Mount Abu touched the freezing point, the lowest temperature recorded in the state. While the other places in Rajasthan got a respite from humid and sultry sunny days.
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