Shimla: City dwellers and country folks were in for a pleasant surprise to wake up on a late Sunday morning seeing the season’s first snowfall.
Higher hills in and around Shimla wore a white cover as the day work but traffic was not disrupted.
Milk and bread supplies reached on time, so did the morning newspapers.
“It is after many years that we have snow in December,” said Kishore Verma, an old time resident of the city. Till about two decades ago, it used to snow every December and white Christmas was a regular feature,” he added.
Tourists seeing snow for the first time were out in full strength, making the best of the change in weather.
“I have for long wanted to see a snowfall and for me the flakes falling this morning was a dream come true,” said Seema Puri, a tourist from Delhi.
The meteorological office has forecast a cloudy week ahead, with chances of more snowfall over the next two days.
Ski enthusiasts were out for fun at Narkanda as the north facing slopes at Dhamadari meadows had accumulated enough snow to allow free alpine runs on them.
Despite there being tremendous scope, the government has been unable to provide proper infrastructure to develop skiing at this winter resort, said Jagmohan Sharma, a Narkanda resident.
Orchard owners have welcomed the weather cycle, for a sharp drop in temperatures, accompanied by snow is considered good for temperate fruit trees that require a certain number of minimum chilling hour’s exposure to bear good crops.
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.
Really can see the passion which drives you to your work.
I kindly need advise on if it is safe to drive to Shimla & holiday at Mashobara along with 4 & 6 years old kids…..
If you are comfortable driving on snow and have a sturdy vehicle, a holiday in Mashobara should not be a problem unless more snow falls over the week ahead. In any case the administration around Shimla does try and keep the roads open for traffic whenever there is a light snowfall, like the recent one.
Nice picture you all happy and snow … Thanks for sharing
Thank you so much Ravinder …I will plan in accordance ….perhaps drive till Shimla & then switchover to some other transport.