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Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About “Rohtang Pass”

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Rohtang Pass is one of the most spectacular natural delights in India. It serves as a gateway to the picturesque Spiti valley home to the famous Pin Valley National Park and numerous Buddhist Monasteries. The pass is inaccessible during winters, but visitors are allowed during summers once they have obtained the necessary permits. Once you enter the pass, you will immediately notice a transformation in the landscape, and you will come back spellbound and mesmerised by the raw and untouched beauty of the region.

Rohtang Pass

There are many Tourist places in Rohtang Pass, here we have listed down all of them for you. There are no Hotels in Rohtang Pass, but the locals run cosy homestays for the visitors. And if you want to stay at a Resort in Rohtang Pass, then you will find some excellent options in Manali.

Make sure you are well prepared to face the challenging terrain and unpredictable weather of the region, and for those who persist are rewarded with the most invaluable gifts.

Rohtang Pass a timeless beauty

Rohtang Pass

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 The 50km journey from Manali to Rohtang pass is one of the most breathtaking spectacles of nature. Spellbinding escapades and strategic location of the Rohtang Pass make it one of the most popular places to visit in Manali.

In the ancient days, this scenic pass acted as a trade route connected people living on either side of the Pir Panjal Range. Today it one of the crowning jewels of Manali Tourism and frequented by visitors from all over the world.

Rohtang Pass, the challenge

 challenge -Rohtang Pass

The enchanting glaciers, bottleneck roads, slithering rivers, magnificent mountain ranges and 360-degree panoramic views await all those who are brave enough to face the challenging terrains and weather of the region.

The route from Manali to Rohtang is one of the most scenic drives in India and each year hundreds of bikers brave the challenging terrain and embark on a journey of a lifetime.

The Origins story of how Rohtang Pass was named

There are many myths and legend associated with how Rohtang Pass got its name. Some say the pass is named after the mighty mountain ranges that serve as a link between Kullu and Lahaul valleys. And since it’s the only point of connection between the valleys, some say the gods themselves made the pass. The folks in Kullu believe that Lord Shiva created the pass and in Lahaul, the people believe Gyapo Gyasar, the king of Western Tibet who made the pass.

Although, the most common and believable origin story lies in the name itself. Rohtang in Ladhaki language means Bhoti which translates to a “Pile of Corpse”. The pass got its name because of the numerous people who died trying to cross the pass.

Best time to visit Rohtang Pass

 Best time to visit-Rohtang Pass

The best time to visit Rohtang Pass is between June and October. Although the tourist season in the region starts may onwards. This is the best time to enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and camping. The pass is closed at the end of October, although the pass may be inaccessible at other times of the year as well due to extreme weather and landslides.

Weather in Rohtang Pass

  • Summer: March to July and temperatures ranges between a maximum of 24 degrees and a minimum of 14 degrees.
  • Monsoons: July to September. This is also the start of trekking season in the region.
  • Winter: October to February temperatures peaks at a maximum of 2 degrees and plummets to minus degree temperatures.

How to reach Rohtang Pass

 How to reach-Rohtang Pass

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The distance between Manali and Rohtang pass is about 50km, and the drive can take up to a maximum of 2 hours. All vehicles personal or commercial need to apply for a Rohtang pass Permit as the area has restricted entry. There is a daily quota for the number of passes issues, so make sure you get yours in advance. The passes are issues at the Himachal Tourism offices and online.

Manali to Rohtang Pass

  • Self-Drive: As long as you have a valid permit and your vehicle can sustain the rugged terrains, visitors are free to drive themselves to the past and continue into Spiti valley and Leh Ladakh.
  • Busses: The busses are operated by Himachal Tourism and the fare for a non-ac bus is INR 310/- Per Passenger.
  • Cab: You can hire a cab from Manali to Rohtang Pass and the fare ranges between INR 2300-2500 for a 4-seater vehicle.

Rohtang Pass Permit

 All visitors travelling from Manali to Rohtang Pass need a permit to enter the region as it’s a protected area. Visitors planning to travel to the region can also apply for the Rohtang Pass Permit Online.

1. Rohtang Pass Permit Online:

The pass can be applied online via the Himachal Tourism website. The permits are valid for 24 hours and allow to and fro access. There is a limited quota for each day, so make sure you apply for the permits beforehand.

2. Documents needed for Rohtang Pass Permit:

  • Valid ID Proof
  • Up to date Pollution Check Certificate
  • Vehicle Registration Date

Five gorgeous places to visit in Rohtang Pass

1. Manali’s Adventure hub aka Solang Valley

Solang Valley-Rohtang Pass

Adventure activities are a highlight of Manali tourism, and there is no better place than the adventure hub aka Solang Valley. During winters the landscape here transforms into a winter wonderland and a paradise for skiers.

In summers, visitors can enjoy a host of activities as well as nature walks and fun family picnics.

  • Approx Distance from Rohtang Pass: 42.8 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 1 h 21 m
  • Things to do: Skiing, Paragliding, Zorbing, Horse riding, Parachuting etc
  • Ideal For: Everyone above the age of 12-year, young children must be supervised at all times. If you have any physical ailments or pre-existing health conditions, please inform avoid these activities.

A visit to the famous Solang Valley is one of the most recommended things to do in Manali.

Must read: Trekking in Manali is an experience of a lifetime

2. Picture Perfect Rahala Waterfall

Rahala Waterfall-Rohtang Pass

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Rahala waterfall is a popular attraction in the region and if you are a photography enthusiast make sure you include this attraction on your Manali tour packages.

The drive to the falls can be challenging, as the roads are slippers and have numerous curves, its best to hire a cab as the driver will be familiar with the roads.

  • Approx Distance from Rohtang Pass: 23 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 35 m
  • Things to do: Nature Walk, Hiking, Bird watching, Wildlife spotting
  • Ideal For: Anyone who is physically fit and able-bodied

3. A breathtaking confluence of the Bhaga and Chandra rivers

Bhaga and Chandra rivers-Rohtang Pass

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Bhaga and Chandra are two gorgeous glacial rivers that converge at the Spiti valley to for the might Chenab river. The confluence of the rivers couples with the stunning outdoors makes for a breathtaking sight for the onlookers. The rivers flow south of the Rohtang Pass, and all visitors must visit this lesser-known Rohtang pass attraction.

4. Natures paradise, Spiti and Lahaul Valley

Spiti and Lahaul Valley-Rohtang Pass

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Spiti and Lahaul Valley are among some of the best natural wonders on India. Owning to their stunning white landscape the region is also referred to as the Himalayan mountain desert. Make sure to look out for Rohtang Pass packages that offer a day trip to the mesmerising valley.

The valley connects India with Tibet and is lined with many beautiful and stunning monasteries and is frequented by many backpackers and nomads.

  • Approx Distance from Rohtang Pass: 145 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 2 h 15 m
  • Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Hiking, Visit a Monastery
  • Ideal For: Anyone who is physically fit and able-bodied

5. Khoksar village a quaint Himalayan settlement

This picturesque Himalayan village is among one of the coldest places in India. The village boasts of some amazing dhabas serving delicious food and cosy homestays operated by locals. This village is an undiscovered paradise of the Rohtang Pass tourism.

If you are in search of peace, serenity and raw, untouched beauty, then Khoksar is the place for you and if you.

And if you are lucky, you may be able to catch glimpses of the region beyond Rohtang pass which is off limits and is covered in snow for most parts of the year.

  • Approx Distance from Rohtang Pass: 19 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 25 m
  • Things to do: Relax, unwind, relish in the natural delights and click lots of photos
  • Ideal For: Anyone who can brave the cold weather even during summer time.

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Things to do in Manali and Rohtang Pass

1. Skiing

 Skiing-Rohtang Pass

  • Where: Solang Valley
  • When: October-February
  • Ideal For: Anyone above the age of 12
  • Average Cost for Two: INR 600/- onwards

2. Paragliding

Paragliding-Rohtang Pass

  • Where: Solang Valley
  • When: May-October
  • Ideal For: Anyone above the age of 12
  • Average Cost for Two: INR 1200/- onwards

3. Snow Scooter riding

 Snow Scooter riding-Rohtang Pass

  • Where: Solang Valley
  • When: October-February
  • Ideal For: Anyone above the age of 12
  • Average Cost for Two: INR 1000/- onwards

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4. River Rafting

River Rafting-Rohtang Pass

  • Where: Manali
  • When: May-October
  • Ideal For: Anyone above the age of 12
  • Average Cost for Two: INR 500/- onwards

Places to visit in Manali

Here is our selection of the  Places to Visit in  Manali Sightseeing attractions that you cannot miss when you are visiting the charming Himalayan Hill Station:

1. Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba Devi Temple-Rohtang Pass

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Hidimba Devi Temple is one of the most popular Manali sightseeing attractions. This is an ancient cave temple and home to goddess Hidimba Devi who is said to be the wife of Bhima, a legendary Mahabharata character. The temple is surrounded by beautiful cedar tree forests and is frequented by thousands of people every day. Although a temple, this is one of the most romantic places in Manali, owing to is beautiful surroundings.

  • Approx Distance from Manali: 2.7 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 12 m
  • Things to do: Pay your respects to the resident deity
  • Ideal For: Anyone

2. Bhrigu lake

Bhrigu lake-Rohtang Pass

Trek to Bhrigu lake is one of the most popular treks from Manali, and most people attempt it to enjoy the beautiful meadows that lead up to the lake.  The views from the lake are indescribable, and you have to visit to experience the beauty.

  • Approx Distance from Manali: 18.4 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 1h
  • Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Nature Photography
  • Ideal For: Anyone

 3. Great Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park-Rohtang Pass

Another pride and joy of Manali tourism are the sprawling Great Himalayan National Park. Visitors are welcome to stay at the park for a few days and enjoy all the activities available. Keep in minds that the activities may be seasonal and may range in cost and difficulty. Make sure you are old enough and fit to attempt any activity.

  • Approx Distance from Manali: 97 km
  • Approx Travel Time: 3 h
  • Best time to Visit: April-June and September-November
  • Approx Entry Fees: INR 50/- Per Person
  • Things to do: Sightseeing, Camping, Rock Climbing, Local Fair, Fishing, Pheasant watching, Birding, Trekking etc
  • Ideal For: Anyone

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4. Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley National Park-Rohtang Pass

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Pin Valley National Park is located in the great Himalayan Desert aka Spiti Valley and is home to a diverse species of flora and fauna as well as a scenic landscape with picturesque views that will leave you mesmerised.

The best time to visit the valley is between May and October. Visitors here can spot unique and diverse wildlife specifies such as the Himalayan Brown Bear, Indian wolf, Flying Squirrels, Tibetan Wild Ass, Blue Sheep etc.

This gorgeous work of nature must feature on you Manali Honeymoon package or how else are you going to get those gorgeous pictures clicked!!!

  • Approx Distance from Manali: 196 Km
  • Approx Travel Time: 4 h
  • Best time to visit: May to October
  • Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Wildlife Spotting, Visit a monastery
  • Ideal For: Anyone

5. Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Manali Sanctuary is home to many mountain animals as well as exquisite green landscapes.  The sanctuary is spread over a sprawling 1380 hectare of land and is 2km from the town. The best time to visit is during the winters when its easier to spot the animals, but summers can also be a delightful time to visit.

Make sure you are well behaved at the sanctuary, you are just guests here so please don’t leave behind a mess and remain quite as you wouldn’t want to scare away these beautiful creatures.

  • Approx Distance from Manali: 2 km
  • Approx Entry Fees: INR 10/- Per Person
  • Timings: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Approx Duration: 4 hours
  • Things to do: Wildlife Spotting
  • Ideal For: Anyone

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