The Wayfarer Diaries: The Relief of Rain

14-12-2017, 0732 hours, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India:

It didn’t rain yesterday but the city was covered with clouds. Today the weather has completely cleared out with nearby Churdhar mountain covered with fresh snowfall. Upon reaching on top of the Observatory Hill which houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, one could see that it had snowed over the mountains of Shikari Devi range in Mandi, while the rest of the ranges are still elusive with the thick layer of clouds lurking over them.

Visibility is better now as compared to what it was before the rainfall. The dust and smog has considerably settled down giving a clear view of the holy Shaali peak as the sun rises from the horizon towards the north east of the Observatory Hill. The decent amount of rainfall is good for the plants and the trees in the forests. Rains help them to withstand snowfall which can happen anytime now, by making them strong enough to hold the weight of the snow that accumulates on them. Last time round, it hadn’t rained before the snowfall that started on January 6th, 2017 and thus many trees got damaged or completely uprooted from the ground. Hoping for a better winter this year.

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Much needed relief as the sun rises near the Churdhar mountains; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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First rays of sunlight adorn the majestic Viceregal Lodge atop Observatory Hill; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Shaali Tibba starting to warm up as the sun rises; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Shikari Devi range behind the Himachal Pradesh University campus; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal


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