Members of the hospitality industry say it is not just snow but also the sunshine that is attracting the tourists to the state."Our guests are also excited to enjoy the sun in Shimla, which has largely been fogged out in the plains these days", said D.P. Bhatia of Clarke's Hotel.

He said those who are eager to say goodbye to 2015 in snowy surroundings may travel to Kufri, the honeymooners' paradise located some 13 km from the state capital.

According to weather office, it might snow and rain across the state from January 3 to 5.The popular tourist resort town of Narkanda, some 65 km from here, and Manali have good accumulation of snow, whereas Shimla, known for the imperial grandeur of buildings that were once institutions of power when it was the summer capital of the British India, is totally bereft of snow this year.

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