Tourists blocked from going to crowded Murree because of heavy snowfall

Authorities in Murree, a popular hill station in Pakistan, have temporarily halted tourist entry due to heavy snowfall and resulting road closures. The recent snowfall in the Murree and Galyat region attracted a large number of visitors, leading to severe traffic congestion and bringing the city to a standstill.

Local authorities witnessed a significant influx of tourists, causing major traffic issues as thousands of vehicles struggled through heavy snow-covered roads. Murree received over 10 inches of snow in the past 24 hours, covering tourist spots and leaving visitors stranded.

The slippery roads, particularly on the Murree Expressway, caused extensive traffic jams, hindering smooth movement of vehicles. Both the Highway Authority and local administration are facing challenges in clearing the roads of snow to restore normal traffic flow.

The surge in tourist arrivals has resulted in skyrocketing hotel rates, making it challenging for visitors to find affordable accommodation. People are now struggling to secure rooms at reasonable prices amidst high demand.

Tourists are advised to exercise caution due to the risk of landslides in the upper parts of the region, triggered by heavy downpours and snowfall. Authorities urge people to follow safety guidelines.

The Meteorological Office predicts intermittent snowfall in the upper regions, with thundershowers and snowfall expected in Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Heavy rain and snowfall are forecasted in specific areas today, further complicating the situation.

This situation underscores the delicate balance between the natural allure of winter tourism and the challenges it presents to local infrastructure, transportation, and accommodation. Authorities are working diligently to address immediate issues caused by heavy snowfall and ensure the safety and well-being of residents and visitors in Murree.

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