Snowfall in March surprises Shimla – In Pictures
SHIMLA- Higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh continue to receive snowfall for past few days. But snowfall has come as a surprise for the Shimla town as it had hardly expected such good spell of snow in March. It was a golden chance for visitors who had missed the earlier snowfall (or which was spoiled by week-long blackout). As per the HP Meteorological department, on Friday, Shimla received 26 centimeters of snow. The upper regions were already cut off by this time. The snowfall continued on Saturday too. As per the HP Met, there is a possibility of more rain and snow in coming week. The minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded to be around 0.3 in Shimla while for regions like Keylong, it dropped below minus three degrees. The sun kept playing hide & seeks entire Saturday. The end result was chilling cold.
The snowfall in Shimla cheered the tourists, who were literally dancing on Punjabi dhol as seen in video. On Friday and Saturday, the capital witnessed rise in tourist influx. For locals, it was more a matter of headache as flow of traffic was disrupted. Also, power failure also haunted several localities with snowfall. Another surprise awaited tourists when by evening all the white cover over land, trees, and roofs disappeared as sun shined for a while. Himachal Watcher Community Member Tarun Sharma captured some pictures of this surprise snowfall in March that we are sharing with our readers.
Snowflakes started early morning on Friday and formed a thin layer on everything under open sky. However, roads were still clear.
Famous Shali Tibba in Shimla
Locals carried on their business or were seen walking under showers of snowflakes or chatting while standing in group under umbrellas, wearing jackets and warm coats.
The Auckland House School building looksed charming with snow-capped Shali Tibba, a popular temple, as a backdrop.
The school-children made full of it as holiday was declared considering consistent snowfall for hours.
No need to say, snow is always worth playing for kids.
A few other honorable mentions
All Photos Copyright: Tarun Sharma/HW