Dharamsala: In contrast to the chilly and foggy weather conditions prevailing elsewhere in northern India, the hills of Himachal Pradesh are witnessing warm sunny days that is proving a big hit among domestic tourists.
In fact, the state has seen marginal rise in minimum day temperature in the last few days.
According to the MeT department, Shimla recorded a maximum of 20.4 degrees Celsius and minimum 11 degrees Celsius yesterday while the maximum temperatures of Dharamsala and Manali were recorded at 18.8 degrees Celsius and 18 degrees Celsius respectively.
The positive impact of the favourable weather conditions is visible in hill stations like Dharamsala, Dalhousie, Manali and Shimla where the hotels are getting full occupancy.
The dry and warm weather in Himachal Pradesh’s hill stations is a welcome relief to the tourists who wish to escape the cold foggy weather of the northern plains.
“I am here with my wife and I have been enjoying these lovely conditions for the last five days. The cold nights are also very comfortable in the cozy hotels,” said Sharad Garg, a businessman from Delhi.
The sunny weather tourism has flourished in Himachal Pradesh over the years because of the delay in snowfall.
The western disturbances have failed to bring cloud to the state in the month of November, which usually is the case, thus delaying the arrival of winter here, an MeT official said.
Consequently, the Rohtang pass to Keylong is still open, which generally shuts down due to snowfall in the last week of November, thus providing another avenue for the tourists.
“I have called my entire family here to give them a break from the biting foggy cold weather in the plains,” said a tourist from Amritsar, Shiv Sharma.