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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)

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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5 ‘workation’ destinations that became the new travel trend amid Covid-19(Instagram/shivya/abhiandnow)
5 ‘workation’ destinations that became the new travel trend amid Covid-19(Instagram/shivya/abhiandnow)

Yearender 2020: 5 ‘workation’ destinations that became the new travel trend amid Covid-19

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 02:47 PM IST
Yearender 2020: Even as Covid-19 turned our travel plans topsy turvy, we still hit the beach or mountains while attending mails and calls . That’s how work with leisure gave birth to the trend of ‘workation’ and here are 5 off-beat scenic destinations to explore while working in New Year 2021
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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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The Himachal Pradesh government has sent a health team to conduct random sampling in the three sparsely populated villages of Hikkim (in pic), Langza and Comic in the mountains of Spiti.(HT Photos)
The Himachal Pradesh government has sent a health team to conduct random sampling in the three sparsely populated villages of Hikkim (in pic), Langza and Comic in the mountains of Spiti.(HT Photos)

Covid-19 reaches Himachal’s Hikkim village, home to world’s highest post office

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 12:59 PM IST
State health team sent to remote village at a height of 14,400 ft in Spiti valley after four residents test positive
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Lahaul and Spiti is among the top three districts with a high positivity rate in Himachal Pradesh. Kibber is situated at an altitude of 14,400 feet and is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, which is the habitat of the elusive snow leopard.(HT Photo)
Lahaul and Spiti is among the top three districts with a high positivity rate in Himachal Pradesh. Kibber is situated at an altitude of 14,400 feet and is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, which is the habitat of the elusive snow leopard.(HT Photo)

Kibber village in remote Spiti valley of Himachal declared containment zone after 14 Covid cases surface

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 11:57 AM IST
Village head cites wedding organised recently as the prime reason for spike in coronavirus cases
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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 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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The Chamurthi horse is known to be a hardy animal that is very adaptable to high altitude journeys in snow-bound areas.(Sourced)
The Chamurthi horse is known to be a hardy animal that is very adaptable to high altitude journeys in snow-bound areas.(Sourced)

Chamurthi horses give Rampur Bushahr a miss as Lavi Fair is postponed

By Navneet Rathore | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 04:39 PM IST
A few animals brought to the fair initially were sold, the highest price tag being Rs 65,000
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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 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 glacial lake was formed in 2004 after a landslide in the Tibetan Himalayas on the banks of the Pareechu, causing water to build up into an artificial lake spread over 200 hectares and 60 metres deep. The lake burst on June 26, 2005.(PTI file photo)
A glacial lake was formed in 2004 after a landslide in the Tibetan Himalayas on the banks of the Pareechu, causing water to build up into an artificial lake spread over 200 hectares and 60 metres deep. The lake burst on June 26, 2005.(PTI file photo)

Rising water level in Pareechu river from China puts Himachal Pradesh on alert

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Accelerated glacial melting leading to rise in water level of river that originates in India, meanders through the mountainous terrain of China-occupied Tibet before merging into the Sutlej in Lahaul-Spiti district of HP
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(HT Photo)
(HT Photo)

Solar-powered water pumps offer ray of hope for Spiti’s farmers

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Shimla
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 01:03 AM IST
Diesel-run generators used for irrigation not only burnt a hole in their pockets but were also an environmental concern
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Namgia village (a green patch in the picture) is also a point for cross-border trade with China through the Shipki La pass.(HT Photo)
Namgia village (a green patch in the picture) is also a point for cross-border trade with China through the Shipki La pass.(HT Photo)

HP tribal villages tense after Indo-China border buildup

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 08:00 PM IST
The Army and the Indo Tibetan Border police have restricted the movement of shepherds in the high hills even as additional Army units are being moved to the mountainous terrain along the order
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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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Footage of a stunning snow leopard wandering close to a tourist car in Himachal Pradesh.(Twitter/@susantananda3)
Footage of a stunning snow leopard wandering close to a tourist car in Himachal Pradesh.(Twitter/@susantananda3)

Snow leopard ‘catwalks’ in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti, netizens amazed. Watch

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Exclusive footage of a stunning snow leopard wandering close to a tourist car was posted by IFS officer Susanta Nanda.
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A sunny day in Shimla, which recorded a low of 6.2 degrees Celsius, on Monday. The state capital is among eight districts in the state where thunderstorm and lightning have been forecast.(Deepak Sansta/HT file)
A sunny day in Shimla, which recorded a low of 6.2 degrees Celsius, on Monday. The state capital is among eight districts in the state where thunderstorm and lightning have been forecast.(Deepak Sansta/HT file)

Weatherman forecasts another spell of snow, rain in Himachal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:44 PM IST
A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region from the night of February 18 and another one will hit the region, including the plains, from February 20
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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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Icicles hanging from a building in Shimla as the town recorded a low of 4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
Icicles hanging from a building in Shimla as the town recorded a low of 4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

Two die as cold wave sweeps Himachal; avalanche advisory issued

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 11:56 AM IST
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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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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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A team of scientists on Nadu glacier in Lahaul and Spiti.(HT Photo)
A team of scientists on Nadu glacier in Lahaul and Spiti.(HT Photo)

Melting glaciers threaten water reserves in Sutlej tributaries

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2019 12:31 PM IST
The Sutlej along with its tributaries acts as a Himalayan power house, thanks to its hydroelectricity generation potential. More than 50% of the river’s annual flow comes from melting of snow.
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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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Akshay Kumar talks about his upcoming film, Kesari in the new video.
Akshay Kumar talks about his upcoming film, Kesari in the new video.

Kesari making video: Akshay Kumar reveals what made the Battle of Saragarhi film challenging. Watch

UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 11:39 AM IST
Akshay Kumar and director Anurag talk about Kesari in a new video. Watch it here.
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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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(HT Photo)
(HT Photo)

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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(PTI)
(PTI)

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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