Snowfall raises hopes of ‘white’ Christmas
Citizens and tourists woke up to news of snowfall at Kufri and Narkanda on Tuesday morning but soon the snow reached parts of the town. Shimla’s Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar was first to post pictures of the snowfall on Facebook while many tourists also uploaded mobile pictures of snowfall, spreading the news to else to the areas about seasons snowfall.
Director (tourism) Arun Sharma said: “It’s very good news for the tourism industry. We are expecting an immediate 10 to 12 per cent increase because of the snowfall.” Hoteliers claim that a lot of tourists have begun making inquiries for the Christmas period. Rain and the cold wave have raised expectations that there could be snowfall in town this Christmas. “From 1971 to 1991, Shimla had witnessed several times snowfall but it was only in 1989 snowfall was observed for five continuous days during the Christmas period,” said a senior citizen Bal Krishan.
Says Manmohan Singh, the director of the state Meteorological department: “The last time Shimla witnessed a white Christmas was in 1991. The snowfall
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