Himachal’s Losar Village In Lahaul-Spiti, Rohtang Receives Early Snowfall; Some Highways Closed

by Tejashee Kashyap
Himachal’s Losar Village In Lahaul-Spiti, Rohtang Receives Early Snowfall; Some Highways Closed

The arrival of snow in Lahaul and Spiti Valley is a transformative event. Snowfall typically begins in November and can last until April, covering the entire valley in a deep layer of snow. However, after an unprecedented early snowfall on Friday night in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti area, the Manali-Leh route was shut down close to Darcha.

Fresh Snowfall In Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti

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The arrival of snow in Lahaul and Spiti Valley heralds a season of serene magic. According to an article by Hindustan Times, fresh snowfall was reported in Koksar, Baralacha La, Rohtang Pass, Shinkula, and Jingjingbar. Keylong, Ghepan Peak, Mulkila, Neelkanth, and Kugti Pass all reported snowfall. Hence, traffic beyond Darcha was suspended by the authorities.

Rohtang Pass and Kanjum Pass also witnessed snowflakes. However, the traffic movement on the Manali-Kaza road remains smooth. Moreover, Chandertal has seen snowfall as well, thus the district police have taken down their checkpoint there. Both residents and visitors are urged to stay away from the high-altitude glacier lakes. The meteorological service has predicted snow and rain in the upper elevations through October 2.

When early and unprecedented snowfall graces this remote and rugged terrain, it brings both awe and apprehension to the inhabitants and visitors alike. Such an event is a remarkable and often challenging occurrence.

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Region Receives Early Snowfall

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In the Lahaul and Spiti Valley, winter usually arrives in late October or early November, gradually blanketing the region with a thick layer of snow. Yet, there are years when winter seems impatient, arriving earlier than expected. This early snowfall is often a precursor to a particularly severe and prolonged winter, and it can catch residents and travellers off guard.

The abrupt snowfall also impacts tourism in the region. Roads that connect Lahaul and Spiti with the outside world, like the infamous Rohtang Pass, are often closed due to early snow. Travellers who venture into the region during this period must be prepared for extreme weather conditions and uncertainty. Yet, despite the challenges it presents, early snowfall in Lahaul and Spiti Valley has its own unique charm and allure.

Early and unprecedented snowfall in Himachal is a captivating yet challenging event. But, are you excited to witness snow this season?

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