Likewise, Solang ski slopes, 13 km uphill from Manali, and Kalpa, also witnessed snow. The hoteliers expect tourists in large numbers this weekend.

Shimla, which saw moderate snow on Friday, witnessed season's second snowfall, said the official. The minimum temperature was 0.1 degrees Celsius.

The snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges, forming the backdrop of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association venue in Dharamsala, turned more white.

"The higher reaches of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Sirmaur, Mandi, Shimla and Chamba districts have been experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall for the past three days, while mid and lower hills lashed with rain," the official said.

Officials said buses for towns like Rohru, Theog, Kharapathar, Chopal and Rampur on the upper side of Shimla were plying via Dhami and Basantpur as road beyond Shimla was closed due to thick snow cover.


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