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Unseasonal snowfall in Dharamshala brings joy to tourists, businessmen

An unseasonal snowfall in the Himalayan region is drawing scores of tourists from the plains of north India to Dharamshala, the hilly resort in Himachal Pradesh.

By Hemant Chauhan

Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), May 30 : An unseasonal snowfall in the Himalayan region is drawing scores of tourists from the plains of north India to Dharamshala, the hilly resort in Himachal Pradesh.

These tourists, who are flocking here with families and friends are keen to avoid the scorching heat gripping most of North India.

Dhauladhar ranges in the Himachal Pradesh recently witnessed snowfall, which is unusual for May. This has also brought the chill back in the air, captivating tourists from across the country.

Local traders and hoteliers have also welcomed the change in the weather, and expect their cash registers to ring with greater frequency.

"The month of May is the hottest period in entire India, particularly, in the north part of India till June. This fresh snow in the mountains is going to create wonderful weather in Himachal Pradesh for next three weeks. That makes the coolest, best atmosphere for any traveller who is planning to visit North India, especially Himachal Pradesh," said Prem Sagar, a travel agent.

Also known as Mini Lhasa, Dharamsala, attracts over 600,000 foreign tourists annually.

For many people, it's once-in-a-lifetime experience to revel in the scenic beauty of Dhauladhar Range.

"They (Dhauladhar Mountains) are incredibly enchanting. I wish I could stay longer here," said Ellen, a Scottish tourist.

For many others, the mere idea of snowfall holds an amazing charm.

"It's very interesting because it's very rare that you will find snow in the month of May. Even in the month of December, the snow is less, and in month of May, if you find snow, that's amazing," said Vikas, a tourist from Delhi.

Dharamshala is also home to exiled Tibetans. Their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, has set up his headquarters in the town.

Tourism is the mainstay of the State's economy, generating about 100 million dollars annually.

ANI

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