PHOTOS: Cold Grips North India As Kashmir Braces Against 'Chillai-Kalan'

29/12/2014 2:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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A Kashmiri boat man breaks the frozen surface of water of a Lake on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar, in India, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Cold wave tightened its grip on the Kashmir valley as it continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

A week after the advent of 'Chillai-Kalan'-- the 40-day period of harshest winter, the weather in Kashmir Valley continues to remain dry and cold with minimum temperatures hovering below the freezing point. Kargil was the coldest place in the state recording a low of minus 15.6 degree Celsius.

Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region have been experiencing bone-chilling cold with no major respite in the harsh climatic conditions as the weather continues to remain dry due to the absence of rains or snowfall in the plains.

There was no respite from bone- chilling cold conditions and dense fog in most parts of Punjab and Haryana today with Amritsar freezing at zero degrees. Piercing cold also swept Patiala, which recorded a low of 3.4 degree Celsius, four notches below normal while there was no relief from the biting chill for Ludhiana residents also as the Punjab's industrial town registered three notches below normal minimum of 4.1 degrees.

As a cold wave gripped North India, people found ways to stay warm.

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    Homeless Indians receive tea and biscuits being served by a man on a chilly morning in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Intense cold coupled with a thick blanket of fog has engulfed most parts of north India throwing normal life out of gear and disrupting rail, road and air traffic. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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    An Indian man exercises as fog envelops a park in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Cold wave conditions intensified across northern India as temperatures dipped along with thick blankets of fog cutting out sunlight for long hours. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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    In this Dec. 22, 2014 photo, Indian passengers wrap themselves in a blanket as they wait for train at a railway station in Allahabad, India. Intense cold coupled with thick blanket of fog has engulfed most parts of north India throwing normal life out of gear and disrupting rail, road and air traffic. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    A Kashmiri boat man breaks the frozen surface of water of a Lake on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar, in India, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Cold wave tightened its grip on the Kashmir valley as it continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
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    Kashmiri men warm their hands standing near a bonfire on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar, in India, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Cold wave tightened its grip on the Kashmir valley as it continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
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    Indian homeless people keep themselves warm while sitting around a bonfire in Jammu, India, Friday, 26, 2014. Cold wave conditions continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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    An Indian laborer bathes from a roadside tap water amidst morning fog in Allahabad, India,Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Cold wave conditions continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    An Indian crosses railway tracks amidst morning fog in Jammu, India, Friday, 26, 2014. Cold wave conditions continue unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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    A cow milk seller burns cow dung to keep himself warm in Allahabad, India, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Cold wave conditions continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    A dog takes refuge in the blanket of an old homeless man as he and others warm themselves around a bonfire in Allahabad, India, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Cold wave conditions continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Crows fly past a small temple on the banks of the River Gomti on a cold and foggy Morning in Lucknow, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. Road and rail traffic were affected as thick fog engulfed most of Uttar Pradesh state, even as temperatures dipped further intensifying a cold wave in most of north India. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Fog envelops the Bara Imambara complex early morning in Lucknow, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2014. Road and rail traffic were affected as thick fog engulfed most of Uttar Pradesh state, even as temperatures dipped further intensifying a cold wave in most of north India. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    A goat stands wrapped in a jacket at the Bara Imambara complex in Lucknow, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2014. Road and rail traffic were affected as thick fog engulfed most of Uttar Pradesh state, even as temperatures dipped further intensifying a cold wave in most of north India. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Members of Delhi police marching band march during an exercise for the upcoming Republic day parade amidst morning fog, in New Delhi, India , Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Cold wave continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
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    A commuter waits near a bus stop amidst morning fog, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Cold wave continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
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    A Kashmiri boat man makes his way through the frozen surface of water of a Lake on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar, in India, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Cold wave tightened its grip on the Kashmir valley as it continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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