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In PHOTOS: Fighting bitter cold in sub-zero Kashmir

Last updated on: January 8, 2013 08:03 IST

In PHOTOS: Fighting bitter cold in sub-zero Kashmir

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

The intensifying cold wave sweeping the Kashmir valley froze parts of the d famous Dal Lake located in the heart of Srinagar.

This has made rowing difficult for fishermen and boatmen.

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Image: The Dal Lake has frozen as temperatures continue to drop in Srinagar
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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As the night temperatures across the Valley continued to fall below the freezing point, the biting cold has hit life badly.


Image: Icicles are formed on a rooftop of hut in Gulmarg
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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The local weather office has said the night temperature in Srinagar was minus 5.4 degrees on Saturday while it was minus 16.2 degrees in the Kargil town and minus 16.4 in the Leh town of the Ladakh region.


Image: A youth tries to melt frozen water in Sringar
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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The weather office said Saturday night was the coldest night of the season so far.

The fringes of famous Dal Lake and other water bodies Srinagar got frozen due to fall in the night temperature over the past couple of days, bringing hardships to both the inhabitants and the Shikarawalas.


Image: A boatman picks up ice formed on the Dal Lake with the help of his oar
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley with a low of minus 9.4 degrees Celsius, a Met spokesperson said.


Image: Locals buy blankets at a market in Srinagar
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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Pahalgam hill resort in south, which also serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius.


Image: Plants on the banks of the Dal Lake are covered in frost
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The meterological office has forecast further drop in the minimum temperatures across the Valley as the weather is likely to remain cold and dry during the next 48 hours.


Image: A veiw of the frozen Dal Lake
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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Frosty roads in the mornings and evenings are forcing commuters and motorists to remain indoors till the sunshine melts the frost.

Highly slippery road conditions because of a thin layer of frost are posing serious problems for public.


Image: Kashmir tourists pose with icicles
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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Kashmir is presently reeling under the harshest 40-day period of winter known locally as 'Chillai Kalan', which started on December 21 and will end on January 30.


Image: Kashmiri women prepare smoked fish often consumed in winters to keep them warm
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The colourful fire pots locally called 'kangri' are in great demand with these being the affordable source of warmth used under the robes called as 'pherans'.


Image: Locals buy kangri in a market in Srinagar
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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The supply line of essentials to the Valley has, however, remained unaffected due to the dry weather.

The cap on the LPG has, however, added to the winter woes of the people with most of the people having exhausted quota of six cylinders and are perforce buying non-subsidised cylinders which come at around Rs 1000.


Image: Kashmiri tourists enjoy a shikara ride as fog envelopes the Dal Lake
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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The power woes continue to haunt the Valley residents with the power department resorting to massive power cuts.

However, many tourists were seen enjoying the cold temperatures in Kashmir.


Image: Kashmir tourists prepare a snowman in Gulmarg
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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