Trekkers and pilgrims at Churdhar peak were in for a pleasant surprise on Monday, when the mountain received summer snow, a rare weather phenomenon that some claimed had occurred after over six decades.
Media reports stated that there were over a thousand people at the mountain top to witness the snow fall. About 8 cms of snow was recorded as the unusual weather continued to lash the Himalayan ranges to Tuesday also.
Churdhar (11965 Feet, 36747 meters) is the highest peak in the Shivalik, the youngest of the Himalayan ranges that is said to be still rising as the Indian tectonic plate pushes further north and sinks below the more stable Asian-Tibetan plate that give rise to the mighty Himalayas.
Summer snow has also been reported in Dhauladhar ranges that tower over the low lying Kangra valley spread.
After a near dry spring season between February and April, widespread rains in May have brought much relief in bringing down temperatures and reviving hopes of a good crop harvest later in the year.
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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.