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Rohtang Pass

50 km to the north of Manali into the Eastern Pir Panjal lies Rohtang Pass, nature’s perfect spectacle. It connects two beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh – Manali and Lahaul & Spiti. The name Rohtang means ‘ground of corpses’ and it was assigned to this pass because of the number of people who lost their lives while trying to cross it in the past. Yet it is thronged by countless travelers during the span of 6 months when it is accessible and is open to the public
Adventurers and biking enthusiasts reach here braving slippery roads, their dangerous curves, and sometimes extremely rough weather. The reward for this effort is being greeted by snow-capped mountains, breathing in fresh mountain air, and experiencing the thrill of a challenging journey.

The strategic location of the pass coupled with the spellbinding escapade of nature all around makes Rohtang Pass so popular. The imposing peaks of Geypan can be seen looming large on the pass. It also acted as an ancient trade route between the either side of Pir Panjal range.

As the route beyond Rohtang is accessible only for a span of 3 months (July-September), the road holds significance to people coming from Lahaul valley. This is the time when they transport staple crops and potatoes to the market in Kullu and sustain on the earned money for the remaining part of the year.

Besides, Rohtang Pass serves as the gateway to Pangi and Leh valley. Enchanting sights of glaciers, snow-covered peaks, glaciers, and rivers continue to amaze nature lovers as they ride the bottlenecked roads that are unforgiving and don’t entertain novice drivers


KHOKSAR
19 km beyond Rohtang is Khoksar- a picturesque village in Lahaul district, which also happens to be the coldest place in the region. The village has some amazing dhabas in the region and is indeed a recommended place to stay. If you are traveling during summers, there are chances that snow would have melted away and the vision beyond Rohtang will leave you mesmerized with its allure.

Here comes the first check post where we need to produce our entry permit documents for further journey to Leh-Ladakh.

One has to take a Rohtang Pass permit to travel up to and beyond Rohtang. This is a mandatory permit for all the travelers traveling to the pass. A charge of INR 500 + INR 50 (congestion fees) has been imposed by National Green Tribunal on every vehicle traveling to Rohtang.

There are two kinds of permits, one is for traveling up to Rohtang Pass and the other one is for traveling beyond Rohtang Pass,which is mainly for travel purpose. Online permit for traveling up to Rohtang is available

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