Manali, a prominent hill station in Himachal Pradesh has received this season’s (2015-2016) first snowfall in the starting of December, 2015. According to news reports, Manali and surrounding areas including Rohtang Pass, Solang Nullah, Kothi and Marhi received thick snowfall and were seen covered with a white blanket of snow. The temperature in the region fell to zero degrees. Manali was said to be the coldest tourist hill station in Himachal Pradesh as of December 2015.
Snowfall in Manali:
The town of Manali including markets, residences and roads got covered with snow. However, the snow melted away from roads and maket areas, but this news about fresh snowfall of season 2015-2016 has increased the number of tourists visiting Manali by many folds. Tourists from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, New Delhi and other parts of Northern India have started to flock to Kullu and Manali to see the snowfall. Hotels in Kullu and Manali do a brisk business during the winter season.
Manali – Rohtang road officially closed due to snowfall:
Due to this fresh snowfall in Manali and nearby regions, the road from Manali to Rohtang Pass has officially been closed by the government. Every year, the Rohtang highway gets blocked by thick snow and thus the Government closes this Rohtang Manali road. However, tourists can go till Solang valley and enjoy sports activities over there.
Temperature in Manali & other Hill Stations:
While Manali recorded the lowest temperature of 0.2 degree Celsius, other hill stations of Himachal Pradesh like Shimla recorded a low of 4.3 degrees Celsius, minus 0.7 degree in Keylong and 0.0 degree in Kalpa. These temperatures are as of December 2015 after the first snowfall in Manali. It is expected that the temperature in Manali will fall below zero degrees by Jan, 2016.