When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to rohtang-pass-manali is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometers from the main town,
can be reached only by road. The way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck.
To just curl up on your seat in the car as it begins to chill with every increasing metre on the altitude scale and gaze outside at the mesmerizing beauty of nature is absolute bliss. The pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes and views.
Best time to visit
Due to heavy snowfall in winters, the pass remains closed from November to May. As it opens its doors to welcome tourists in June, < rohtang-pass-manali remains flocked with excited visitors from all over the country and abroad until October as it shuts again. It is said to be the only pass in the country to be covered by snow throughout the year.
How to Reach Rohtang Pass
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.
Where to Stay
Most tourists stay in Manali and take a day out for rohtang-pass-manali Apart from a couple of budget guest houses that you could spot while going up the pass there are no accommodation facilities in rohtang-pass-manali, however has a wide ranges of hotels. Being a popular tourist destination and one of the most favourite of honeymoon couples, Kullu- Manali has hotels suiting all budget brackets. The options of river side cottages and studio apartments are also available for those keen on living by themselves.
Activities in Rohtang Pass
rohtang-pass-manali is near ideal for trekkers. The trails here are challenging and marked by glaciers, around water falls, pointed peaks, a breathtaking view of the surrounding and chilling cold. The 117 km long Manali- Lahaul pass is one of the most sought after treks, with sulphur springs, Bhrigu lake and a challenging path. The other famous treks are – from Gulaba to Bhrigu lake, Batal to rohtang-pass-manali and Jalori pass. Also photography enthusiasts and nature lovers can never have enough of this place.
Rohtang Pass’s Cuisine
There are no eating joints in rohtang-pass-manali, only small stalls which serve tea and coffee along with lights snack to help you with getting temporary relief from cold.