North India is reeling under severe cold. Intense cold wave are being witnessed across the region. From Uttar Pradesh to Rajasthan and Punjab to Delhi NCR, the normal life has been disturbed due to intense cold wave. Parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh apart from Jammu and Kashmir region are having tourism booming with tourists poring in from all over the world to enjoy the winters. Many of these places are having winter carnivals, and festivals like ski and ice skating. Tourists are also enjoying the snow fall and play with the snow by making snowman.
People in order to beat the cold weather are seen sitting by the fire especially during the wee hours and late evening or night. These poor people regard this as a luxury and gather woods, wood dust all through the day. Well, life is even harder for those who reside or are compelled to stay on the roads and pavements. Though there are numerous ‘rain basera’ (night shelters) but not all get an accommodation owing to crowd. In some the people are required to provide details which for them is not possible as on average are either street urchins or vagabonds.
Entire north India including Delhi NCR is reeling under thick fog alongwith smog that is seen hovering all over the city. The travel has become slow as there is near zero visibility. Huge traffic jams are witnessed on the highways and flyovers.
Delhi, on Saturday with the minimum temperature in parts of the capital plunging to a bone-chilling 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, logged a minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius lower than that of most places in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and some hill stations in Jammu and Kashmir.