Lying at an altitude of 13,054 feet, Rohtang Pass is one of the most popular attractions in Manali. The pass is around 51 km from Manali and serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Enveloped by the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas, this high-altitude mountain pass is known for its matchless natural beauty. It is also known for its strategic importance for the country.
A drive on Rohtang Pass offers wonderful views of surrounding peaks, glaciers, Chandra River, and Lahaul Valley, along with twin peaks of Geypan. Self-drive on this road is quite challenging due to its meandering curves and thin stretch. Other options are local cab or tourist bus.
Rohtang Pass is open between June and October as during the remaining months, it is covered with a snow, making it inaccessible. During the peak season, the pass is jam-packed and thus to avoid delay, one must leave quite early. It is quite popular amid adventure junkies and features in the list of must-visit places of Manali.
Tourists can enjoy various kinds of adventure activities at Snow Point such as sledge ride, mountain biking, snow scooter, ski ride, tyre drop and skiing. Equipment are available on rent. Enjoy making igloos with snow. There are no accommodation options here. Nearest stay is in Manali. As far as food is concerned, you can either carry your own food or can enjoy food at roadside eateries and dhabas. On the way, there are clothes selling sticks, snow clothes etc.
Another attraction here is the Rahala waterfall that is 16 km from Manali, on the way to Rohtang Pass. The scenery here is breathtaking. Do not forget to click memorable photographs. Popular track ‘Yeh Ishq Haaye’ of Bollywood blockbuster ‘Jab We Met’ was shot at Rohtang Pass. Nehru Kund, Kothi, Gulaba and Marhi are other attractions near the pass.
Please take note than one must seek permit to visit Rohtang Pass, which can easily be done online. Permits are not issued on Tuesday as the pass is closed for maintenance. Tourists can apply for permit for next two days, from the current date. National Green Tribunal has ordered 400 diesel vehicles and 800 petrol vehicles to go to Rohtang Pass on a daily basis. Vehicles have to pay Permit fee and Congestion charges, which vary depending on the kind of vehicles, to seek permit.