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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is a must-see if you’re planning a journey to the beautiful regions close to Kullu and Manali. The well-known Vistas Point is one of the most important tourist destinations in the area because of its unmatched natural beauty. The main town is only 50 km from the pass, which is close by and easily reachable by car. Being one of the highest passes in the Himalayas is one of Rohtang La’s main draws. The pass, which rises to a dizzying 3978 metres above sea level, provides some of the most unspoiled vistas of the Himalayas you will ever get.

You will notice a significant difference in the surroundings as your automobile ascends the Manali-Keylong route on your way to Rohtang La, and the breathtaking view will leave you speechless. In fact, the route and the pass are so breathtakingly beautiful that they have been featured in numerous Bollywood movies, including Jab We Met and Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani.

Rohtang La is one of the best places to go if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and relax with a cup of tea amidst unmatched natural beauty. You can’t help but enjoy the chilling and dramatic beauty of this place as your automobile ascends the road and the temperature drops. Who could resist such natural wonders as clear blue skies, fluffy snow-covered mountain peaks, and expansive landscapes? To really appreciate the incredible and otherworldly Rohtang La pass, one must go visit it.

Things to do in Rohtang pass


For hikers, Rohtang Pass is a paradise. The pass offers some of the most picturesque hiking trails since it is surrounded by difficult trails, stunning glaciers, pure waterfalls, and snow-capped mountain summits. Due to its proximity to Bhrigu Lake and vistas of the Sulphur Springs, the Manali-Lahaul pass is one of the most well-liked treks in the area. Other hikes, such as Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake, Batal to Rohtang, and Jalori Pass, are other options.

Mountain biking

Try mountain biking along the less travelled paths in the area if you enjoy riding through beautiful scenery and don’t mind challenging terrain. You’ll experience a strong adrenaline surge during the adventurous activities.

Every year, visitors from all across the nation come to Rohtang to take photographs of the lovely surroundings. Who wouldn’t want to take a photo of the Himalayas, the crystal-clear sky, and the perfect snow?

Tire Drop and Skiing

These are, once more, the most typical pursuits in this area. In the surrounding stores, you can purchase the necessary equipment for these enjoyable sports.

Rides on Sledges

If you don’t go sledding on the snow in a wooden toboggan, your trip to Rohtang La will not be complete. You will not only get to take in the beautiful scenery of the area, but you’ll also get to experience the innocent joy of playing in the snow.

How to reach Rohtang pass

In Bhuntar, 101.4 kilometres from Rohtang La Pass, is the closest airport. You’ll need at least three and a half to four hours to go to the pass from here. The good news is that the airport is easily accessible from both Kullu and Manali. Manali is 50 kilometres from Bhuntar, and Kullu is just 10 kilometres distant. You should thus have little trouble locating a state-run bus from Kullu or Manali to Rohtang La pass. You can take a taxi or cab from the airport to get to Manali or Kullu.

The Leh Manali highway is served by a number of government and private buses.

You can even reserve a semi-sleeper bus if you are prepared to spend a little more money. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport to Rohtang La pass if you don’t want to deal with the trouble of changing buses, albeit that may be one of the priciest options.

Best time to visit Rohtang pass

The second week of September to the second week of October is the ideal time to visit Rohtang La Pass. The pass opens during this period, right after the monsoons and before it closes for the winter. Planning your trip now is advised because this area sees a lot of people during the summer, which is from May to June. As a result, obtaining a permit to traverse the pass becomes very challenging. Long traffic bottlenecks are also present at Manali, Rohtang, and Gulaba.

The price of hotels, restaurants, and taxis all increase during these months due to the increased visitor activity. You might be able to get less expensive deals if you schedule your trip between September and October.

Rohtang Pass is blocked during the rest of the year due to severe snowfall during the winter. The weather is too nasty to enjoy any sightseeing or exploration during the monsoon season, which lasts from July through August. So that you may make the most of your trip, we advise creating your itinerary in September or October.

History of Rohtang pass

The story of how the pass got its name is surrounded by various myths and legends. Some claim that the spectacular Himalayan mountains that connect the Kullu and Lahaul valleys are the inspiration for the name of the route. Others, on the other hand, contend that since the pass is the only passageway between the valleys, the Gods themselves must have carved it.

Locals in Lahaul believe that Gyapo Gyasar, the Western Tibetan king, built the pass, whereas those in Kullu believe that Lord Shiva created the pass. However, one can infer from the name of the pass the most typical explanation for how it came to be. The name translates to “pile of corpses” in Ladakhi. Many people died here while passing it, so the name was inspired by the deads.

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