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A man removes snow from a car after the town received fresh snowfall, at Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti District.(PTI)

Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti restricts entry of vehicles till Jan 24 due to heavy snowfall

By Navneet Rathore | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:43 PM IST
Tourists with advance bookings in hotels and homestays at Keylong or any other location in Lahaul valley will be allowed to reach their destination subject to road worthiness and weather conditions, says DC
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Tourists are visiting Shimla and its adjoining destinations of Narkanda and Kufri to enjoy the snow.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
Tourists are visiting Shimla and its adjoining destinations of Narkanda and Kufri to enjoy the snow.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

New Year revellers warm up to snow-bound destinations in Himachal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala/shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 06:52 PM IST
Hotels packed to capacity in Shimla and adjoining Narkanda and Kufri as tourists from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh head uphill to ring in 2021.
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A man walks across a snow-bound stretch at Jarai village in Kotkhai town of Himachal Pradesh. The minimum and maximum temperatures in the hill state have seen a dip since the latest round of snowfall on Tuesday.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
A man walks across a snow-bound stretch at Jarai village in Kotkhai town of Himachal Pradesh. The minimum and maximum temperatures in the hill state have seen a dip since the latest round of snowfall on Tuesday.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

Himachal Pradesh in deep freeze, Keylong coldest at -10.3° Celsius

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 11:52 AM IST
Bus services disrupted on 211 routes of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation due to inclement weather
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For the first time since it was opened for vehicular traffic, the tunnel witnessed a record single-day inflow of 5,450 vehicles on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)
For the first time since it was opened for vehicular traffic, the tunnel witnessed a record single-day inflow of 5,450 vehicles on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)

Atal Tunnel sees highest single-day traffic, 5,450 vehicles cross from both ends

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 03:48 PM IST
On Monday, over 5000 vehicles crossed the Atal Tunnel Rohtang (ATR) from both ends.
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Participants of the ice hockey training camp practising at the rink in Kaza in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.(HT Photo)
Participants of the ice hockey training camp practising at the rink in Kaza in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.(HT Photo)

Kaza to host national ice hockey meet next month

By Navneet Rathore | Hindustan Times, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 04:16 PM IST
Training camp underway at rink built at a height of 3,720 metres in Spiti in which students aged between eight and 20 years are participating.
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According to the census being conducted by the wildlife wing of the forest department and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, 52 snow leopards have been identified in 10 remote sites in Lahaul, Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur .(Photo: Himachal Forest Dept (Files))
According to the census being conducted by the wildlife wing of the forest department and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, 52 snow leopards have been identified in 10 remote sites in Lahaul, Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur .(Photo: Himachal Forest Dept (Files))

Regular sightings indicate rise in number of snow leopards in HP

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Census of the animals by the wildlife wing of the forest department and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, has stalled because of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Tourists enjoying a pony ride on a snow-capped trail at Kufri near Shimla after the last spell earlier this week.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
Tourists enjoying a pony ride on a snow-capped trail at Kufri near Shimla after the last spell earlier this week.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

Kashmir, Himachal brace for fresh spell of snow, rain from November 23

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 10:02 PM IST
The minimum temperatures in Himachal were two to three degrees below normal on Saturday though the weather remained clear.
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Tourists visit snow-covered fields after snowfall, near Atal Tunnel in Sissu, Lahaul-Spiti on Thursday, November 19.(PTI)
Tourists visit snow-covered fields after snowfall, near Atal Tunnel in Sissu, Lahaul-Spiti on Thursday, November 19.(PTI)

This village has only one Covid-19 negative man

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 05:02 PM IST
52-year-old Bhushan Thakur has been strictly following Covid-19 guidelines. He was staying with his family members until their test results came. After that, he has been staying in a separate room and cooking his separate meals.
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Tourists are thronging Lahaul-Spiti valley, opening up possibilities of income generation through homestays.(HT photo)
Tourists are thronging Lahaul-Spiti valley, opening up possibilities of income generation through homestays.(HT photo)

Atal Tunnel the way to income generation through homestays: HP govt

By Gaurav.Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:33 PM IST
Traditional architecture of the state will be promoted and all plans will be made with due consideration to the state’s fragile ecology even as the tourist rush is a cause for worry, it has been learnt
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Residents of Rangrik village in the tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh had banned tourism in the area since the Covid-19 outbreak in March to keep outsiders at bay.(HT Photo)
Residents of Rangrik village in the tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh had banned tourism in the area since the Covid-19 outbreak in March to keep outsiders at bay.(HT Photo)

39 in Himachal’s Spiti valley test positive for Covid-19

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Remote tribal village of Rangrik, 6km from Kaza, with a population of 900 has been declared a containment zone
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The bridges inaugurated virtually by defence minister Rajnath Singh on Monday will go a long way in connecting remote areas to the rest of India.(PTI/For representation)
The bridges inaugurated virtually by defence minister Rajnath Singh on Monday will go a long way in connecting remote areas to the rest of India.(PTI/For representation)

Of 44 bridges dedicated to nation, HP gets two on Manali-Leh highway

By HT Correspondent, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 05:50 PM IST
The two structures include the 360 metre Darcha Barsi bridge over the Bhaga river and the Palchan bridge over the Beas
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Finishing touches being given to the Atal Tunnel under Rohtang Pass before the inauguration slated for Saturday.(Aqil Khan/HT)
Finishing touches being given to the Atal Tunnel under Rohtang Pass before the inauguration slated for Saturday.(Aqil Khan/HT)

Friendship that bridged tunnel of hope at Rohtang

By Gaurav Bisht and Naresh Thakur | Hindustan Times, Shimla/Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 05:37 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the 9.2-km Atal Tunnel, named after ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on October 3 under the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass, paving the way for round-the-year road connectivity to strategic Ladakh besides ending the six-month winter exile of residents of Himachal’s Lahaul and Spiti district
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi may address a gathering after the inaugurating the tunnel at Sissu or Keylong in Lahaul. He would flag off a bus through the tunnel, too.(HT file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi may address a gathering after the inaugurating the tunnel at Sissu or Keylong in Lahaul. He would flag off a bus through the tunnel, too.(HT file photo)

PM likely to open Atal Tunnel at Himachal’s Rohtang Pass on October 3

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2020 06:30 AM IST
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL 9.2-km tunnel will bring down distance between Manali and Leh by 46km, will facilitate movement of troops to Indo-China border besides providing all-weather connectivity to tribal Lahaul-Spiti district
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The 13.5-km Shinku La Tunnel will connect the Union Territory of Ladakh with tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.(HT Photo)
The 13.5-km Shinku La Tunnel will connect the Union Territory of Ladakh with tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.(HT Photo)

After Rohtang, focus shifts to Shinku La tunnel between Ladakh and Lahaul

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:24 PM IST
National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has speeded up the detailed project report work on the 13.5-km tunnel
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Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur inspecting the progress of the Atal tunnel at Rohtang on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur inspecting the progress of the Atal tunnel at Rohtang on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Plans afoot to develop ski slopes on Rohtang tunnel’s north portal

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times/Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 05:10 PM IST
Plans are in the pipeline for developing ski slopes in Tiling Village in Lahaul, to boost tourism in the Himalayan valley.
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A snow leopard spotted in a high-altitude area of Lahaul and Spiti district. The habitat of the state animal of Himachal Pradesh spans from Kibber wildlife sanctuary in Lahaul and Spiti to Kugti sanctuary in Chamba. Snow leopards are found at altitudes between 9,800 ft and 17,000 ft in rugged terrain.(HT FILE)
A snow leopard spotted in a high-altitude area of Lahaul and Spiti district. The habitat of the state animal of Himachal Pradesh spans from Kibber wildlife sanctuary in Lahaul and Spiti to Kugti sanctuary in Chamba. Snow leopards are found at altitudes between 9,800 ft and 17,000 ft in rugged terrain.(HT FILE)

Rise in number of snow leopards in Himachal brings cheer to wildlife enthusiasts

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Recent sightings of the wild cat show state’s efforts to protect the endangered feline have begun to yield results.
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Weather vagaries: Govt properties worth 234-cr destroyed in Himachal

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2020 11:24 PM IST
The heavy snowfall in January, however, was much lesser than what was experienced in January 2017, but it still managed to cause heavy losses to government and private properties
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A leopard relaxing on a sunny day at Kufri zoo on Wednesday.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
A leopard relaxing on a sunny day at Kufri zoo on Wednesday.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

Avalanche warning in five districts of Himachal Pradesh

By HT Correspondent & PTI | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2020 10:00 PM IST
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‘Jai Ram keen on completion of 16,703ft Shinkula tunnel’

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Chnadigarh, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2019 10:53 PM IST
The project was delayed as the water ingress from Seri nullah that runs above tunnel posed a major geological challenge for engineers
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The higher reaches received a fresh spell of snow.(HTphoto)
The higher reaches received a fresh spell of snow.(HTphoto)

Mercury plunges across Himachal; mild snow in Shimla

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Chnadigarh, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2019 10:48 PM IST
Rain witnessed at isolated places across the state
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Two die as truck falls into gorge on Manali-Leh highway

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2019 11:23 PM IST
Prima facie the driver lost control of the truck
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Snow-covered road seen after fresh snowfall in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh in March 14, 2019. Hundreds of tourists were left stranded near a lake in Lahaul and Spiti district.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
Snow-covered road seen after fresh snowfall in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh in March 14, 2019. Hundreds of tourists were left stranded near a lake in Lahaul and Spiti district.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

Hundreds stranded in Himachal Pradesh’s Kaza after freak snowfall blocks roads

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 10:11 AM IST
In Himachal Pradesh, the worst affected is the Miyar valley which was cut off due to landslides at several places on the roads leading to the region. More than 300 vehicles were also stranded on the Spiti-Leh road after flash floods in nullahs triggered landslides.
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Both Tashigang and Ka polling stations fall under the Mandi parliamentary seat where the highest number of 17 candidates are in the fray.(HT Photo)
Both Tashigang and Ka polling stations fall under the Mandi parliamentary seat where the highest number of 17 candidates are in the fray.(HT Photo)

World’s highest polling station with 49 voters records 53 parliamentary constituency voting in two hours

By Press Trust of India | Shimla
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 02:42 PM IST
The polling began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather.
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A BRO team removes snow at the Rohtang Pass near Manali in Kullu district on Friday.(HT Photo)
A BRO team removes snow at the Rohtang Pass near Manali in Kullu district on Friday.(HT Photo)

EC: Allow voters movement through under-construction Rohtang tunnel

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 07:35 PM IST
The Border Road Organisation (BRO) had set May 10 as the last date for clearing the snow. But inclement weather condition has hit the snow clearance work.
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At least 150 shakhas came up in the state after the BJP government led by Jai Ram Thakur assumed office in December 2017.(HT Photo)
At least 150 shakhas came up in the state after the BJP government led by Jai Ram Thakur assumed office in December 2017.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP banks on RSS to amplify Modi factor in HP campaign

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, SHIMLA
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 11:25 AM IST
The RSS had 15,000 members in 2014 and now has more than five lakh. Earlier, the organisation deployed senior pracharaks at the district level but now the average age of zila pracharaks is 35 years.
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The Centre had issued a notification prohibiting the movement of seed potatoes from Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu to other states on October 12.(HT Photo)
The Centre had issued a notification prohibiting the movement of seed potatoes from Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu to other states on October 12.(HT Photo)

HP govt sets up high-level committee to access veracity of potato cyst

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 10:14 AM IST
The ministry has identified five states including Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal to promote the export of potatoes.
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After the scam came to light in April, state education department had ordered a preliminary probe to ascertain irregularities in supply of rice for schools.(HT File)
After the scam came to light in April, state education department had ordered a preliminary probe to ascertain irregularities in supply of rice for schools.(HT File)

Lahaul & Spiti ‘midday meal scam’: HP agriculture minister demands vigilance probe

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 01:32 PM IST
Even though education department has sought details from its office in Keylong about the scam, government is likely to order a vigilance inquiry to ascertain veracity of allegations.
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Fresh snowfall at Rohtang cuts off Lahaul and Spiti, govt issues advisory to restrict vehicles

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 01:55 PM IST
The 13,050 feet Rohtang pass and 16,040 feet Baralacha pass in Zanskar mountain range connecting Lahaul &Spiti to Ladakh was closed for traffic following heavy snowfall.
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More than 500 villages in Lahaul and Spiti reeling under darkness for last ten days

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 07:57 PM IST
Heavy snowfall has damaged 33 kilowatt electricity line from Thirot power station to Karga, hence interrupting electricity supply to the villages including district headquarter Keylong.
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Indian Air Force helicopter airlifting the stranded tourists and others during a rescue operation at Chhota Dara in Lahaul and Spiti district on Friday.(HT Photo)
Indian Air Force helicopter airlifting the stranded tourists and others during a rescue operation at Chhota Dara in Lahaul and Spiti district on Friday.(HT Photo)

81 rescued on Day-4 from Lahaul & Spiti

By Naresh Kumar/Roop Upadhyay | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala/Mandi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 09:09 AM IST
Divisional commissioner (central zone, Mandi) Vikas Labru informed as many as 191 people, including 30 foreigners, have been airlifted from the valley in the last four days.
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