Rohtang pass is a picturesque high mountain pass on the Himalayan range in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. The place is an ideal destination for travelers, hikers, and adventure enthusiasts. Situated at a height of 13,050 feet on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, it witnesses a mind-blowing landscape with the snow-capped mountains and the meandering rivers.
The sparkling reflection of the sun light over the white mountain tops creates a mesmerizing atmosphere around. You can rejuvenate your heart and mind and uplift your spirits, witnessing Nature's magnificence in front of your eyes. The freshness and the chill in the air will circumference you with its refreshing aroma.
Before embarking on a visit to Rohtang Pass, you need to ensure that you receive the permits as per the rules and regulations laid down by the National Green Tribunal/ District Administration. Check out the link below for detailed guidelines on how to obtain the permit.
Best time to visit are the months from July till early October
How to reach
You can reach Rohtang Pass via Road, Air or Train.
Listing down the probable travel routes. You can avail any of them depending upon your expedition spree and eagerness.
- You can arrive at Chandigarh International Airport and travel by road via Shimla, Kulu, and Manali to reach Rohtang Pass. It is almost a journey of 10 hours, with a one-night break at Shimla and Manali.
- You can arrive by air at Delhi International Airport or arrive by train in New Delhi and then travel by road via Chandigarh, Shimla, Kulu, and Manali. The journey takes almost 14 hours to complete with multiple breaks at the four places.
- You can arrive at Bhuntar airport which is 105 km far from Rohtang Pass via Manali.
- You can arrive by train at the Joginder Nagar railway station, about 103 km from Rohtang Pass via Manali.
- Buses also ply between Manali and Rohtang pass, run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned deluxe coaches are available, operating daily along the route.
The pass offers a wide variety of activities, enthralling millions of tourists every year. It is an amazing experience to engage into adventure activities along the breath-taking view of the majestic Himalayan range.
Paragliding and Parachuting across the snow capped mountains
Snow scooter driving along the white blanket of snow
Heliskiing and ice skaking along the snowy mountain slopes
Horse riding along the valleys connecting Manali with Rohtang Pass
Trekking enroute from Manali till Rohtang Pass along the curved roads.
Temperature in Rohtang Pass varies between 20 and 32 degrees during the summers and reaches a low of -2 degrees during the winters
The Enchanting Beauty
The journey from Kulu valley till Rohtang Pass is adorned by the glittering waters of the meandering rivers, the looming gigantic mountains, the splashing waterfalls and the pictorial valleys.
Embellished by nature's beauty, Rohtang Pass connects two stunning valleys Manali and Lahaul and Spiti of Himachal Pradesh. There are some interesting places to see along the journey from Manali to Rohtang Pass, serving a gateway to Pangi and the Leh valley.
The valley falls enroute from Manali to Rohtang Pass. Be it summers or the winters, Solang Valley is an ideal place for the sports ad adventure lovers. Summers offer a lust green valley dotted with small huts at the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. Winters offer the cotton puffed snow capped mountains with the sparkling sunlight over the hilltops. Paragliding, Zorbing, Quad Biking, Skiing and Snowmobiling are the most common activities in the valley. The small gondola ride with its amazing state of the art cabins is worth a try. You can also build up a tent and sqeeze inside a sleeping bag at the lap of the blissful greenery, soothing your eyes with the ecstatic view of the Himalayas.
Confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers
The confluence of the two rivers Chandra and Bhaga, formed from melting glaciers, at Tandi is a must visit during your trip to Rohtang Pass. The rivers meet to form the river Chenab, flowing in the midst of the rocky stones. You can sit along the banks of the river and enjoy the serenity of Mother Nature. The beauty of the place captivates the mind and the soul.
“You entice me and embellish my soul
You encompass me with your refreshing cool”
Marhi is mostly an uninhabited place with few small huts across the meandering roads. Down below you can find the flowing river waters, ideal for different sports activities specially the river rafting. The town boasts of its pristine beauty and calmness. If you want to spend a quiet day, the place is perfect to freshen up your mind.
Located at about 6 km from the Rohtang Pass, Gulaba is a small village adorned with the lush green meadows and the enchanting view of the mountains. You can enjoy a stroll along the pathways engulfing the freshness in the air. Different types of adventure and sports activities are common in Gulaba. The tranquility in this place attracts many visitors on their route towards Rohtang Pass.
Lahaul and Spiti Valley
Rohtang Pass connects Lahaul and Spiti valley with Manali. You can travel between India and Tibet through the valley adorned at its both sides by the grand Himalayan ranges. There are few monasteries to visit around the place. Standing in front of the Himalayas we feel like a miniscule, with the looming mountains captivating our soul and relieving her mind of all the stresses and tensions.
The village presents a unique experience of Mother Nature's wonderful creation at the foothills of the Himalayas. The meandering river, the small houses, monasteries, the combination of greenery and snow clad mountains allure nature lovers from across the world.
Rohtang Pass is the one of the magnificent and enthralling places to visit in India. Every year the place is flocked with people across the world. The Pass offers a splendid view of the enormous Himalayan ranges.
The place is a must visit during a trip to the Northern Part of India for memories to be cherished forever.