Shimla isn’t just the capital of Himachal Pradesh, it is the tourism capital for snow-lovers in India and from beyond the borders. And we simply can’t ignore Kashmir. This year, after much delay, the snow-capital of India has finally been covered in fresh blankets of snow, making it just the perfect time to pack bags and get going to Himachal.
There is something really beautiful about snowfall, it feels magical and witnessing the spine-chilling natural phenomena, pretty rare in India, feels like an adventure in itself. Ask anyone about the best place in India to enjoy the white beautiful landscapes that make our hands go blue and purple, it will be Manali-Shimla-Kashmir-Kinnaur. However, the hilly states of northern India had not witnessed significant snowfall during peak months when it is expected to. The dry spell had taken over Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir because of educed frequency and strength of the Western Disturbances approaching the Western Himalayan region.
But to everyone’s glee, the rain and snowfall has once again, made a comeback. A fresh Western Disturbance is seen over entire Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and both states have been witnessing heavy snowfall since two days. After much delay, the snow-loving tourists’ wait is finally over as Shimla and adjoining areas including Kinnaur, Manali Kufri and Rohtang Pass have been experiencing intermittent snowfall since early Monday. In Kashmir, most parts including Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Qazi Gund, Banihal, Rajauri and Batote were covered in white, magical white, thanks to the amazing snowfall since two days.
The white magic has not only cheered the tourism industry of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir, but also for apple farmers of both states. Normalcy and transport in majority parts of both states may have disrupted temporarily, but the inconvenience is completely overshadowed by the joy of having the second round of snow. The local Meteorological (MeT) office has forecasted heavy rain and snowfall for mid and high-level hilly regions of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh for next two days. So, pack your bags already! And don’t forget those heavy winter clothes.