Himachal Pradesh's picturesque tourist resorts Shimla and Manali witnessed light to moderate snowfall Thursday, cheering up the hospitality sector as tourists started to pour in.
While Shimla saw a light spell of snowfall in the evening, nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda have been experiencing moderate snowfall since morning, a Met official said here. Shimla experienced the season's first snowfall Wednesday evening.
Manali town, which saw a low of minus one degree Celsius Thursday, experienced nine centimetres of snow till Thursday morning.
As news of the snow flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Shimla and Manali and nearby snow-bound tourist destinations.
"It's really marvellous to see Shimla's Mall Road landscape and Jakhu Hill trees wrapped in a white blanket. It was a dream that came true for us," said Neha, who is here with her husband Jatin Sachdeva.
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp. general manager Yogesh Behl said: "This weekend we are expecting a spike in tourist arrivals."
The picturesque tourist destinations of Chitkul, a village close to the China border, and Kalpa, both in Kinnaur district, saw moderate snow, according to reports reaching here.
Most hill stations, including Kasauli, Dharamsala, Palampur and Chamba, saw intermittent rain throughout the day.
Shimla recorded the night temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 2.6 in Kalpa of Kinnaur district and 4.5 degrees in Dharamsala.
"The higher reaches in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Shimla and Chamba districts have witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours (since Wednesday). Such conditions would continue till Saturday," the official added.