The 68th Republic Day was celebrated with usual enthusiasm and fervour in Himachal Pradesh and hundreds of people assembled at the historic Ridge Ground at the state level function braving intense cold and heavy rains.

Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the tri-colour and took salute at an impressive march past by contingents of Army, ITBP, Police Home Guards, Fire brigade, Scouts and Guides and Mounted police.

According to IANS,  Keylong, Kalpa, Manali have recorded a temperature of  -1.1 degrees, -0.8 degrees, -0.6 degree Celsius  respectively. They also recorded  47 cm, 34 cm and 22 cm of snow. The state’s capital, Shimla recorded a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius and a 29 mm of rainfall.

Tableau, depicting developmental activities of various department were also at display and a colourful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

The venue of cultural programmed was shifted to Gaiety Theatre due to heavy rains.

Republic day functions, presided over by ministers were held at all district headquarters and people braved rains and snow at Kullu to attend the function.

(With PTI inputs)