- Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district received fresh snowfall
- The snowfall was witnessed in Shimla's Narkanda town.
- The peaks around Badrinath Dham received snow with the temple getting wrapped in mist.
Shimla Snowfall: Many areas in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall on Monday, making Shimla a movie wonderland come to life. The snowfall was witnessed in Shimla's Narkanda town. As news of the snowfall spread, tourists flocked to Kufri and Narkanda.
"It's for the first time that we witnessed the snowfall. We are thankful to god," said Ridhima Kaul, a tourist from Delhi, who was in Kufri along with her friends.
Shimla, which saw a low of 5.1 degrees Celsius, recorded 2.4 mm of rain, while Kufri and Mashobra recorded moderate snowfall. The night temperature in Kufri stayed at minus 1 degree.
The snowy landscape in Kufri and Narkanda would stay for a day, an official of the Met Office added.
Reports said some of the areas in apple belt Jubbal and Kharapathar also experienced snow.
"High-altitude areas of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing moderate snow and it will continue till Tuesday," the official said.
Manali, which saw 24 mm of rain, experienced a low of zero degree Celsius while it was 7.8 degrees in Dharamsala.
The majestic Dhauladhar ranges in the Kangra valley got a fresh blanket of snow cover.
Kalpa, some 250 km from the state capital, and Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district experienced snow. These towns saw the night temperature fall to minus 3.4 degrees and minus 0.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Lower areas of the state like Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi towns received rain, bringing down the temperature considerably.
The Met Office has forecast that scattered rain or snow is likely in the state till Tuesday.
After the opening of the skies, the minimum temperature across the state could plummet by three to four notches, a weatherman said.
Meanwhile, the Himalayan temple of Badrinath and the high altitude areas of Chamoli district also received the snowfall on Monday while it drizzled in the lower areas intensifying the chill across the state.
The peaks around Badrinath Dham received snow with the temple getting wrapped in mist.
Besides the Badrinath shrine, the Musk Deer Park, Brahmatal Trek route of Dewal Block in a remote area of Chamoli district also received snowfall.
(with IANS inputs)