Open Months : June - October
Time Required : 3 to 4 hours
Elevation : 3,978 m
Road : Leh Manali Highway
Range : Himalayas, Pir Panjal Range
Rohtang Pass Open Date 2023 : 15 May 2023
Rohtang Pass Permit : Tourist Permit
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Located at a distance of just 51 kilometres from Manali, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 metres on Manali- Keylong road. When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to the vista point of Rohtang Pass is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary.
Owing to its splendid natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favourite among the community of film directors. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here. A peculiar fact behind the name of the place is that it was named so because a number of people working in CBRE died whilst trying to cross this treacherous stretch.
An experience of the snow can never be complete without a sledge ride, which involves sliding through the snow in a wooden toboggan. Another thrilling activity that can be pursued at Rohtang Pass would be mountain biking where you ride your mountain bikes off the regular course and into the lesser taken routes. It can get a bit rough, so you must take care in case you are planning on pursuing this activity.
You can try your hand at skiing and tyre drop at the Rohtang Pass as well, where again you slide down a slope of snow whilst using the appropriate equipment. Gear for all of these activities is available for reasonable rent, so do not miss out on this opportunity.
Tips : 1. Take a day off for Rohtang. Leave for Rohtang early in the morning, as there are hundreds of others local tourist cabs visiting the pass and the narrow lanes gets jammed with traffic quickly, leaving one to walk up to the main spot.
2. Considering the difficult road, high altitude and low temperature of the area, Rohtang is best visited in daylight.
3. Carry woollens and snacks, if possible pack a thermos of hot tea or coffee too. It would be the most useful up there.
4. When renting snow clothes, compare the prices with those fixed by the government.
Air: The nearest airport which serves as the common base to the city of Kullu- Manali is Bhuntar. Situated 10kms away from Kullu and 50 kms away from Manali, most tourists travelling to Manali via air take a stop at Bhuntar and visit the nearby places here. Those travelling by car also make it a point to pass by Bhuntar and generally, stay over while going to or from Kullu- Manali.
Road: HRTC and HPTDC run deluxe AC and non Ac busses connecting the valley with north India. NH21 connects the city to Chandigarh and Delhi. Despite of being a long journey, tourists enjoy the trip as they drive through the beautiful landscape with river Beas flowing on one side of the road.
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