A white Christmas may still be a distant dream but hoteliers in Himachal Pradesh are gearing up for increased footfalls. “Last week’s snowfall in Shimla and Manali has revived hopes of bountiful business in the coming months,” said Harnam Kukreja, president of the Shimla Hoteliers and Restaurants Association. Tourist spots near Shimla, such as honeymooners’ paradise Kufri and Narkanda, experienced mild snowfall, turning the hill stations even more picturesque. Likewise, the Solang ski slopes, 13 km uphill from Manali, and Kalpa, 250 km from the state capital, also saw snow, the weather office here said. Snow cover is a big draw for tourists and the hospitality industry is excited by the possibility of more spells in the coming days.
However, Met officials in Shimla are wary. They say it’s too early to predict whether Shimla or Manali will have snow cover this Christmas.
Christmas snows have been eluding Shimla since 1991, when heavy snowfall occurred on Christmas Eve. And except in 2010, there has been no white New Year’s Eve either in the last 10 years.
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