Crowds throng Shimla Kufri to ring in the New Year

Photo by Amit
Photo by Amit

Shimla: Deadly mix of freezing cold weather conditions, hot free flow of liquors, blaring music accompanied by rowdy dancing, traffic halted to a snarls pace, policemen relaxing tough regulations to let revelers make the best in ringing in the New Year is how the city celebrates the evening of the year passing out.

Mad traffic rush at Kufri: Photo by Amit
Mad traffic rush at Kufri: Photo by Amit

Much of the day was spent in driving to crowded scenic spots at Fagu, Kufri, Naldhera, Hassan Valley but as the evening came on, all roads for tourists and residents headed to The Ridge and The Mall.

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The daylong overcast sky kept temperatures at freezing levels and at times when some snowflakes did fall, jubilant crowds let out war cries.

Rowdy celebrations - Photo by Amit
Rowdy celebrations – Photo by Amit

 

Those who dared to drive to Kufri, were however, greeting a New Year eve snowfall, something that is becoming rarer and rarer for the hill station over the decades.

After a long lean season, hotels were packed to capacity and many of them had organised special inhouse programs to keep guest engaged.

The weatherman’s forecast of snow for the day did disappoint many but hopes of an overnight snowfall remained alive.

Police handed traffic violation tickets to 179 only vehicles though the city is jam packed with more vehicles than the poor road infrastructure can handle and only booked 8 persons for smoking in public places, on a day when liquor consumption and smokers was on a high.

A total of Rs 28,800/- was collected as fines for traffic violations and smoking in public places, something that is prohibited in the smoke free city.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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