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Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

Headed for Shimla? Here’s all the info you need

The district administration in Shimla has issued an advisory ensure safety of tourists and residents.

punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2017 11:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
While the Met department had predicted snow in advance, hotels in Himachal Pradesh saw a rise in bookings.
While the Met department had predicted snow in advance, hotels in Himachal Pradesh saw a rise in bookings.(HT Photo)

After a fresh bout of snow in various parts of Himachal Pradesh earlier this week and ahead of the year-end tourist rush in the hill state, the Shimla DC has issued a travel advisory for those planning a trip to the capital town.

With heavy snowfall in higher reaches has intensified cold across the state, increasing bookings and queries cheered up the tourism industry. The Met department had predicted snow in advance, but hotels saw a rise in bookings only after the fresh snowfall.

Keeping in mind the challenges that can be faced due to heavy footfall of tourists, who are expected from all parts of the country, the Shimla DC issued the guidelines.

Among other guidelines issued by the administration, the tourists have been asked to properly plan their trip in the hill town. This involves confirmed booking of hotels to avoid any trouble during their visit.

In wake of the road blockades due to snow and high influx of tourists on narrow roads in the town, people have also been advised to travel with experienced drivers.

The DC has also advised people not to rush to Shimla as and when it experiences season’s first snowfall as this could lead to a chaotic situation.

Dos and Don’ts for tourists planning a trip to Shimla:

1. Properly plan the trip to the hill town so as to avoid any last minute chaos in the harsh weather conditions.

2. Travel with experienced drivers to prevent any accident.

3. Keep window panes of cars open to avoid formation of carbon monoxide.

4. Keep yourself hydrated and carry extra water bottles and beverages.

5. Avoid travelling with elderly and infants in the harsh weather.

6. Don’t walk in deep snow or drive in such areas.

7. Carry sufficiently warm clothes and blankets.

About Friday:

Weather- clear, expected to remain clear for 24-48 hours

Flights on time, no delay/cancellation

Apart from national highway, other roads open for traffic

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 11:19 IST

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