Rohtang Pass connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.
It's a Paradise for nature lovers scenic beauty of this place cannot be described in words. The cloud comes and goes with the cold wind are amazing. Travelling up was a breath taking experience enjoying scenic beauty and the nature at its best. The majestic snow clad peaks seemed to be so near enriching and enlightening another thrilling experience. Like a paradise, the gift of nature with its highest altitude having panoramic view stretching out the horizon exploring the high Himalayas, Himachal 'the abode of eternal snow ' is open welcoming palm each finger towards a major mountain range, some are yet to be explored.
This high mountain pass elevation 3,978 m (13,050 ft) is situated around 51 km (32 mile) from Manali. Rohtang Pass provides a natural partition between the Kullu Valley with a mostly Hindu culture and the dry high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture. Rohtang Pass also lies on the watershed between the Chenab and Beas basins. On the southern side the Beas River emerges from underground and flows towards north. On the other hand The Chandra River a source stream of the river Chenab flows towards west. The pass is open from May to November. After crossing Rohtang Pass (You need permit from Manali to cross Rohtang Pass) the road divides at Gramphoo. Left road goes to Lahaul (Manali Leh highway) and right side road goes to Spiti via Kunzum La. The Rohtang pass also decides the border line between the rich Kullu valley with its flourishing greenery and the sparse vegetation Lahaul and Spiti. From 2016 the Himachal Pradesh government started issuing permits online to limit the vehicles to prevent pollution in this area. No permits are issued on Tuesday which is marked for maintenance of Rohtang Pass. You can apply for the permit on the Official website.
Elevation - 3,978 m (13,051 ft)
Passes through - Leh-Manali Highway
Range - Pir Panjal, Himalayas
Distance - 51 km (32 miles) from Manali
Permit - http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu/Home/InformatoryScreen/
Rohtang Tunnel - It has been excavated and will become functioning in 2019. It will prevent the need to travel through Rohtang pass. While it now takes 4 to 6 hours to climb, negotiate and go down the Rohtang pass, the tunnel will take only about 30 minutes to travel through the Rohtang tunnel.