Tourists cheer as West Bengal's Darjeeling receives season's first snowfall; Sandakphu sees visitors rush | Watch
Parts of Darjeeling witnessed the season's first snowfall, making them a perfect destination for the upcoming holiday season
Holiday season is arriving and the one of the best winter destinations, Darjeeling, is all set for vacations after receiving the first snowfall of the season. The inaugural snowfall in West Bengal's Sandakphu and Tonglu encouraged a number of tourists to flock the destinations to enjoy a spectacular view of snow-covered Kanchenjunga mountain range.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the fall in mercury in elevated reaches of Darjeeling indicates a significant decline in temperature across eastern states of the country in coming days. In its latest regional weather bulletin, the weather forecasting agency has predicted rain or snowfall at few places in Darjeeling till December 13.
Tourists at various places in Darjeeling district started flocking to the higher reaches as news of the season's first snowfall in Sandakphu and Tonglu spread on Thursday.
Sandakphu: Highest point in Bengal and tourist's favourite destination
Sandakphu is the highest point in West Bengal. It is situated at a height of 11,930 feet on the Singalila ridge in the Himalayas, Sandakphu. The place offers a majestic view of the Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga peaks.
Bengal's Darjeeling town is often described as the queen of the hills. It recorded a minimum temperature of 6.6 degrees Celsius and rainfall of 4.8 mm in the past 24 hours till Friday morning, the weather office said.
Raj Basu, the Siliguri-based convenor of the Association for Conservation of Tourism, said hotels, transporters and tour operators have started receiving enquiries from various parts of India, after the first snowfall in the Darjeeling hills was reported.
"The first snowfall acts as a kickstart for the winter season for tourism in the region, encompassing north Bengal and Sikkim," he told PTI.
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