Rohtang Pass: The Natural Elixir

Ankita | Updated on May 17, 2022

Rohtang pass is positioned at an altitude of 3979 meters above sea level. Every nature lover and travel enthusiast wishes to traverse this spellbinding route. This incredible place attracts around 1 to 2 lakhs tourists every year. Rohtang pass is a must-visit to witness pristine white snow, cold weather. It is one of the best places for a honeymoon in the country. The pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the world.

One of the most prominent features of this pass is its sudden change in the weather. The place can be lit in the sunshine, and the very next moment be covered in snow. Anyone who visits this heavenly pass can witness landscapes of glaciers, snow peaks climbing above clouds. The aura at Rohtang pass is an elixir all around the year.

How to reach Rohtang Pass?

The pass is located on the Leh-Manali highway. Hence, to visit the pass, one must reach Manali first. There is various transport commute available to reach Manali. You can travel to Manali from Chandigarh Airport via Shimla. Another way is to get down at New Delhi and travel via Chandigarh, Shimla, and Kulu to Manali.

The road from Manali to Rohtang pass is one of the most scenic routes to commute on. The journey to the pass itself is a memorable experience to the travellers. The local government advises tourists to travel along with someone who has proper knowledge of the roads in the area.

From Manali, one can get private taxis or Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses that frequently run from Manali to Rohtang Pass. Someone travelling in their private car must take a Rohtang Pass permit to travel up to Rohtang and beyond it.

The permit is issued by the District Administration and is compulsory for everyone. It is charged on the number of vehicles travelling to Rohtang. There are two types of permits: the people travelling up to Rohtang and the other for the people travelling beyond Rohtang Pass.

What to do in Rohtang Pass?

Rohtang Pass is all about enjoying and trekking through the snow-laden terrain. Although apart from sightseeing and photo sessions, a traveller has many more activities that he can enjoy there. To start with, one can hop on to a horse and take a stroll around.

Para-Gliding is a sport one always dreams of trying once, and it can be fulfilled here. Fly across the snow-covered mountains and feel the chilly winds splashing your face with a rejuvenated spirit every time.

Once you are done with flying, hop into a snow scooter and drive across the snowy terrain. This activity is both fun and can get exciting when many more people join in together.If you didn’t have enough of the sky during paragliding, give heliskiing a try. The skier is taken up into the sky above on to the mountains in a helicopter. Then they ski down until the next point where they are lifted again by helicopter. This is way less crowded and more fun than traditional resort skiing.  

Places around Rohtang Pass

Solang Valley – The valley falls en route to the Pass from Manali. The valley is said to be an ideal destination for sports and adventure lovers. Summers here offer a lust green view while the winters are covered in cotton puffed snow. Paragliding, Skiing, Zorbing are some of the most common activities in the village.  

Chandra and Bhaga – Chandra and Bhaga rivers are formed through the confluence of the melting glaciers to form the Chenab river. The riverbank offers peace to the mind and soul.

Lahaul and Spiti Valley – The valley is a joining path from India and Tibet. There are monasteries to visit here. It provides a clear view of the looming Himalayan mountains.  

Beyond Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass falls on the highway that leads to Leh from Manali. The Leh-Ladakh trip is incomplete if one doesn’t visit the pass while traveling there. Not to be mistaken by the way it is spoken, but Leh and Ladakh are nothing like twin cities. Ladakh is a Union Territory, Leh is a district of that Union Territory. 

Ladakh tour can be found almost in everyone’s bucket list. Like Rohtang, the Ladakh tour offers the same serenity and beauty of nature but on a broader scale. After the visit to Rohtang, once can proceed ahead with their Leh-Ladakh trip. 

There are a few must-know things before you plan out your Ladakh tour,

– Ladakh is situated 3000 feet above sea level and has a very scanty rainfall; hence the place is almost like a cold desert. 

– Ladakh has a vast area, but most of it is not accessible to humans due to the high mountains.

– Leh-Ladakh’s journey can be completed both by air and road. Leh has its airport, which has regular flights from cities like Delhi. Ladakh is approachable through NH-1D, which is the Srinagar-Leh Highway, and NH-22, the Manali-Leh Highway. To date, there is no railway route for Ladakh.

– Upon arrival in Ladakh, you must let your body rest and get accustomed to the low level of oxygen their

The Leh-Ladakh journey is highly anticipated by travelers who use their bikes for the trip. 

Ladakh too has its tourist attraction points,

– Magnetic Hills – The scientific reason is still unknown, but it is said if you leave your vehicle at the foot of the hill, it’ll start moving uphill on its own. 

– Moonland – This spot terrain resembles like the moon surface. 

– Tiger Hill – Not to confuse with the one in Darjeeling. This tiger hill is situated in Kargil, and one of the most important, the Kargil war, was fought over here. 

Due to its uneven terrain, the Manali-Leh highway is to be feared when driving through the night. Although, By the end of 2020, India’s government will inaugurate “Atal Tunnel,” which will shorten the journey from Manali to Leh about 7 hours and make the commute possible all around the year. The tunnel was the idea of the former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

Ladakh Tour sees a very high footfall of tourists every year. People visit Ladakh for many occasions, be it just a refreshing trip or for their honeymoon. However, this year hasn’t been the same because of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. Tourism in the area has seen a significant decline that has affected the place in terms of revenue too. However, the government is slowly opening tourism with the right precautions, safety, and guidelines. So, soon again, people will be able to travel to Leh-Ladakh. Many people have seen a lot of mental struggles during this pandemic. With the opening of a new tunnel, Ladakh is undoubtedly to see a very high footfall going to pay a visit to restore the mental peace. While following the guidelines and precautions, one can travel to Ladakh and find peace from all this frustration and panic going around. You must visit the place to let yourself free to get back on the right track after a tough year. 

Did You Know?

– Rohtang means “Ground of Corpses,” It was given this name because of the high number of people who lost their lives while crossing it in the past. 

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