Snowfall in the higher reaches of the Himalayas in Kullu and Lahaul Valley has brought life to a standstill. The Manali-Keylong National Highway-21 is blocked because of heavy snowfall at the Rohtang Pass. Rohtang received 2.5 feet snowfall on 11 December night. At the same time, Baralacha La, and Kunjum La are also covered with snow. More than two feet snowfall was recorded at both the passes.
Himalayan Lakes namely Bhrigu, Chander Taal, Suraj Taal, and Deepak Taal have been reported frozen since the start of the December. Famous tourist spots like Rahni Nullah, Marhi, Rahla Faal, and Gulaba alaso received snowfall last night.
Two feet snow was recorded at Rahni Nullah, 1.5 feet in Marhi, and half feet each at Solang Nullah and Kothi Village in the valley.
Jalori Pass, connecting Kullu Valley to the state capital, is reported close for the 2012-13 season already. The Border Roads Organization has issued fresh warning to the tourists heading towards the Rohtang Pass because it’s really not safe to go beyond Palchan Village in heavy snowfall.
On the other hand, Bharmaur village in Chamba received 4 inches of snow on 11 December 2012. The Manimahesh Region was all covered with snow and as much as 1 feet snow was recorded near Dhancho settlement. This is the second snowfall of the 2012-13 season in Bharmaur and Manimahesh region.