Snow Point Tour
Rohtang Pass near Manali
Manali is the gateway to Rohtang pass beyond which lie the twin valley of Lahaul and Spiti. In winter the mountain slopes are snow clad and they turn into perfect skiing slopes. This point is one of the main attractions for tourists coming to Manali. The Rohtang pass is 51 KM north of Manali and it is located on Manali Keylong Highway at an altitude of 4111 meters (13,400 ft ). This pass opens for tourist from April end to October end of the year.
The permission to travel on this highway is given by Indian army after they clear the snow and inspect the road for its fitness and safety for movement of person and the vehicles. The same road connects to Leh Ladakh (State of Jammu & Kashmir) from Manali (state of Himachal Pradesh). Sonepani Glacier and a small lake (Dashahr) are located opposite and left to Rohtang respectively.
The other hamlets around Manali also have houses embellished with wood carving. The Rohalla falls are on the way to Rohtang pass from Manali and are worth visiting. On the way to Rohtang at Beas Nallah one has to cross the river Beas. This river starts from here (Beas Kund). There are daily bus tours to Rohtang pass.
Rohtang Pass is closed on Tuesday.
On the way to Rohtang pass one can find many food stalls serving variety of foods. You can get a cold drink as shopkeepers keep then in running water to maintain the temperature as there is no need of a refrigerator here. One can relish the food by sitting inside the low running water of the river Beas. There are some more important places to see and are listed below.
Being a favorite place of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, this place is named as Nehru Kund. One can see pure water rushing out of rocks. As per the local belief, the water has some medicinal effect. This place is just 6-7 Kms from Manali.
This is supposed to be the first village on the banks of Beas River. The area is scenic and many hotels are available to have refreshments and enjoy the nature. Kothi is located at 15Kms from Manali on hill top with curved roads.
This place is considered as a picnic spot and starting point to Brighu lake trekking. Gulaba has got its name from Raja Gulab Singh who invaded China from here.
This water fall is from one of the branches of River Beas. The height of the water fall is nearly 50Mts. This fall is 27Kms from Manali.
This place is as famous as Rohtang pass. Fully covered with snow, all kind of water sports are available. Whenever Rohtang pass is closed due to bad weather conditions, people will be allowed to visit up to this place. The place is surrounded by lush green meadows. All kind of restaurants(both indoor and outdoor) are available for people. Marhi is 35Kms from Manali.
This is the glacier where snow is available for the entire year. Rani Nala is 40Kms from Manali. The main attraction for tourist at Rohtang pass is snow and the scenic beauty of the area.
The road is very narrow near the Rohtang pass and the parking of vehicles is very difficult and one has to be very alert while parking the vehicles because slight distraction may be hazardous. Hence it is advisable to come here very early in the morning and stay up to afternoon and starts returning once the traffic gets clear. But if you start late to visit here then you may have to walk a bit or take help of horse to reach the peak point. Walking here is not a big problem but not advisable for elderly persons or small kids.
It can be a 15 to 30 minutes walk depending on the traffic to reach the snow point from the parking area. The safest and the easiest way to reach the snow point is by horse ride but it is a bit costly ride, but elderly and the small children can comfortably use this service. The horse man charges around Indian Rupees 400 per trip (both ways) per horse. Tourists plan their trip in early hours to reach Rohtang very early to avoid traffic and reach at the snow point; at the same time it is equally difficult to return as all vehicles way down as to be clear the road. So going early mean returning late from there. Sometime this may not be a good option for families with kids to stay long time in cold conditions. So other option is to start late and take the help of horses (or walk) to reach the top.All types of food stuff, coffee and drinks are available at Rohtang pass and these are sold by local people. The weather here is highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. The shop owners have provided some temporary sheds for the benefit of tourists/visitors to take shelter in case of sudden change of weather.
This valley is located at a distance of 12 KM from main town before Kothi. The place is famous for adventurous sports like Bungee jump, Paragliding, Zorbing, horse riding, trekking and skiing. Kothi offers picturesque view of towering cliffs, frosted hillsides and undulating meadows. This place is on the way to Rohtang but take left diversion at the village Palchan. The friendship valley which is just behind Solang is used as training camps for mountaineers and trekkers. The national Winter Skiing championship is also organized here. Solang valley is nearly 2500 Mtrs above sea level. We did paragliding here and was a pleasure. A little bargain is available on the price. It depends on from what height one wants to have paragliding.