When scrolling through the Manali tour packages, a day off to the most popular Rohtang Pass is a must. Located 51 km away from Manali, you can reach the pass only by road. The pass is at a height of 3978 metres and as you go further on the Manali-Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape is sure to leave you awestruck.
You will need a mandatory Rohtang Pass permit to travel up to or beyond Rohtang. A visit to the pass costs around INR 500 along with an additional charge of INR 50 per person. The passes can be booked online. You will have to collect your pass from the tourist and information centres in case you wish to buy offline. Try leaving for Rohtang early in the morning. Carry woollens and snacks with you. When renting the snow clothes, do not forget to compare them with the ones fixed by the government.
Activities to Do in Rohtang Pass
Rohtang is one of the ideal places for the trekkers and adventure lovers. With the challenging trails flanked by glaciers, pointed cliffs, waterfalls, the whole view is amazingly chilling and breathtaking. The Manali-Lahaul pass is one of the most popular and challenging treks that have sulphur springs and Bhrigu Lake. Other popular trails include Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake, Batal to Rohtang and Jalori Pass.
Your experience of the snow will remain incomplete if you do not try the sledge ride. Indulge in the mesmerising beauty of nature as you slide through the snow in a wooden toboggan. Mountain biking is also one of the thrilling activities that give you the opportunity to ride the mountain bikes into the lesser-known routes. You can also indulge in other activities like skiing and tyre drop at the Rohtang Pass, both of which involves sliding down a slope of snow. Moreover, Rohtang Pass serves as one of the awesome experiences for photography enthusiasts. From mountain peaks covered with snow, sprawling white landscapes to the sonorous silence, the pass is an absolute bliss.
Best Time to Visit
The pass remains closed from November to May due to the heavy snowfall in winters. Rohtang welcome its tourists from June onwards. It is the only pass in the country, which is covered by snow throughout the year.
How to Reach
Most of the tourists stay in Manali and take a day off to visit Rohtang. There are no accommodation facilities in Rohtang. However, you may spot some budget hotels while going up the pass. HPTDC and HRTC run non-AC buses and deluxe AC buses. NH 21 connects Manali to Delhi and Chandigarh. You can also rent a car and enjoy the beautiful landscape with the river Beas flowing on one side of the road. Some people choose to ride their way to the pass in bikes.
Rohtang Pass is one of the most sought-after attractions of the itinerary of almost every Manali tour packages. The journey up to the hills is a treat to the eyes.