Sunny , freezing morning in Shimla , Manali

Shimla : There was no relief from the relentless cold Thursday despite bright sunshine . People in Himachal Pradesh’s two most popular tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali had a shivering morning .

The minimum temperatures in the state capital Shimla was freezing (zero celcius) , three notches below normal .

While in snow covered Manali the mercury fell to minus 3 C. Manali is still trying to limp back to normal three days after it experienced 4 feet of snowfall .

The state’s sprawling tribal belt continues to be in the grip of arctic like conditions . In Kalpa , headquarters of Kinnaur district the minimum temperature was minus 6.2 C. While Keylong the only town in Lahaul & Spiti recorded a bone chilling minus 12 C .

Much of Kinnaur , Lahaul & Spiti , Pangi and Dodra Kwar remain cut off from the rest of the country .

In a 20 year career published widely. He has worked for the BBC, AFP, The Statesman, IANS and the Business Standard . Known for his hard hitting writing and occasional off-beat stories. He lives in Shimla.

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