Sinlung /
16 December 2013

Tawang, W Siang record season's first snowfall

Itanagar, Dec 16 : Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh has recorded the season's first snowfall since last Wednesday, bringing cheer to local residents as well as tourists.

With the temperature plummeting below zero degree celsius, moderate snowfall was also recorded at Sella Pass, located at an altitude of 13,721 feet from the sea level, on the Tawang-Bomdila road, official sources informed on Saturday.

The district which borders China, received a few inches of snowfall in the past three days. The snowfall in Tawang town is comparatively less than in the adjoining areas of the district, sources said. People preferred to remain indoors due to sharp dip in temperature, sources said.

According to locals, snowfall on or before Torgya, a three-day monastic festival celebrated in the renowned Tawang monastery in January, is considered a good omen.

Tourists and locals took to the streets, celebrating the first snowfall of the season and clicking photographs. Snowfall has also been recorded at the mountains of Mechukha Valley in West Siang district since the last couple of days.

The entire valley is reeling under a cold wave, sources added.

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