When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to the vista point of Rohtang is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometres from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 metres, 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. 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. 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.
As one drives along this high mountain pass, beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks and streams are bound to welcome him. Sonepani glacier, Dashahr Lake and Chandra River are some of the prime attractions that one can adore from the peak of Rohtang. Besides enjoying the panoramic views, the snow covered pass provides an excellent opportunity for skiing and snow scooter riding.
Rohtang Pass: OPEN [Taxi is allowed only till snow point]
- Rohtang Pass is closed for tourists on Tuesdays
- Only limited vehicles are allowed per day. Please book your Rohtang tour in advance and start early
- Manali – Rohtang Pass Route (distance: 51 KMs) :Manali – Nehru kund – Kothi- Gulaba- Marhi – Raninalla- Rohtang Pass
- Rohtang Pass as well as Snow Point are not well equipped ski station. In fact, amenities are minimum and touts are everywhere. Come with minimum expectations
- Snow mobiles do not follow any particular track, so please do avoid crowded part of Rohtang pass unless you want to be mowed down by a speeding snow mobile
Snow Point is not any particular location, rather, it is just a stretch of snow on the way to Rohtang La identified by local vendors to set up their stalls. In peak winters, Snow point is at a location very close to Manali.
As the summer progresses, location of snow point moves higher and higher till it reaches Rani Nullah and then further towards the Rohtang Pass. Enthusiasm of tourists converts snow point into some sort of a snow theme park. Tourists and honeymooners can indulge in various snow activities like Amateur skiing, yak rides, snow scotters and snow mobiles and of course throwing snow balls at one another.
Attractions enroute Manali to Rohtang Pass
Located at a distance of 5 kms from Manali on National Highway to Leh, Nehru Kund is a natural spring of cold water. It is named after the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Manali. It is believed that the water of the spring comes down from the Bhrigu lake which is situated at an elevation of about 4,300 metres in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is extremely popular among nature lovers and photography buffs. One can spend a peaceful moment amidst lush greenery and serene surroundings.
Kothi is a small picturesque village near Manali, which has quickly turned into a major tourist region. The panoramic village of Kothi is renowned for its deep gorges through which the enchanting Beas river flows. Besides the fascinating gorges, Kothi also stands apart for its numerous geothermal springs, which shoot out of the rocks frequently.
Gulaba is a small village near Manali which is located on the road to Rohtang pass. Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir, the village of Gulaba is flanked by the picturesque beauty of snow covered mountains, grasslands and the Beas river that washes away its landscapes. Owing to such an amazing topography. Being reputed as a heavy snowfall region, the landscapes of Gulaba have turned out to be a hub for adventure sports.