Bhuntar in the snow.

A rare and dense snowfall turns Bhuntar into a dreamy picture of a hill town in 2014.

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1. The frozen road.

BHUNTAR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

The road to the main town of Bhuntar lies still and deserted. Bone chilling cold, the region usually gets come the end of fall each year with sub zero temperatures making up a typical season, but snow is a rare gift from nature. In December 2014, dense snowfall in Bhuntar set an all time record. Not even the old timers, could remember a winter like this one. Wise advice for photographers and travelers: Take no chances, bring along the camera, and the heavy woolens.

2. Keeping things flight ready.

BHUNTAR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

Inspite a massive power cut and numbing cold, there is no warm respite for duty personnel of the valley’s only airport. Armed with a earthmover, a crew takes to cleaning up the snow crusted runway for inbound and departing airplanes. The Kullu Manali Airport, plays host to domestic flights usually coming in from Delhi and emergency helicopter service for ferrying residents to and back from the high altitude region of Lahaul-Spiti, when heavy snowfall makes the Rothang pass inaccessible in winter. The isolated district of Lahaul is approximately 115 kms away from the town of Manali.

3. Dreamer’s Countryside.

BHUNTAR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

A white veil of snow turns a normally evergreen landscape into a dreamer’s paradise. Not everyone enjoys the snow. For instance tourists, from cities, visiting the valley in winter are the first to high tail out, once the icy fingers of snow begin to squeeze the fun out of catching gently falling snowflakes and taking selfies for Facebook and Twitter.

4. Click a screensaver.

BHUNTAR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

Snow turns the backyard of a home into a photographer’s delight for a private collection of screensavers, wallpapers or memorabilia.

5. In the grip of snow.

BHUNTAR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

A huddled figure hurries through Bhuntar’s large parking area growing whiter under a relentless snowfall. Its resident vehicles as immobilized as the town itself.

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