No visit to Manali is complete without visiting to Rohtang pass which is gateway to lahaul & Spiti valley and further to ladakh. The Rohtang pass is situated at 3980 km and is opened from Ist June to October end. So we have also decided to visit this mesmerizing and beautiful pass.
Rohtang is 51 km from Manali and normally takes 2½ hrs to 3 hrs to reach Rohtang from Manali. A drive to Rohtang pass offers wonderful views, surrounding peaks, glaciers etc. Self driving is challenging here due to meandering curves and thin stretch. So hiring a cab/bus is better option. Permit is required to visit Rohtang. Permits are issued online for 400 diesel vehicles and 800 petrol vehicles daily. Permit can be taken online from kullu administration website. Please note that permits are not issued on Tuesday due to maintenance at Rohtang pass.
We have planned to start early in the morning to avoid traffic jams around 5 a.m. So that we can reach early and enjoy the scenery and place for a longer period, But as you no journey is complete without funny moments or misadventure. The vehicle which we have booked did not turned up as it met with some accident when it was coming for pick-up. The travel agency arranged another vehicle which took time and it came at 10 a.m. Although we were little bit irritated as we got up early in the morning and waiting for the vehicle, But as the vehicle arrived at 10 a.m all the irritation gone and excitement and smile was there on everyone’s face. Both of my daughter’s were eagerly waiting for vehicle and joyful smile came to their face when vehicle arrived. We had already packed our bags with goggles, umbrella, sunscreen, chocolates,biscuit, some sandwiches and namkeens.
We have inquired about the weather from rest house people where we were staying. They advise us to take Dangri (boiler suit type) and gloves to avoid frostbite and cold while playing with snow. There are number of shops on the way to Rohtang where you can rent dangri and gloves @ 200 for dangri and can buy gloves @100. It is better to choose and try dangri to avoid over sizing and any wear to it. After loading our vehicle with dangri’s we have again started to Rohtang and as you climb higher the scenery and view is treat to eyes. On the way to Rohtang you can have a click of beautiful Rahla waterfall which is 16 km from Manali. I was awestruck by the splendid beauty as we climbed higher and higher.