If you went to the famed Kulu Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India, but skipped going to Rohtang just because your driver told you that the only way to get there is to wake up before dawn and go only by road, you’ve missed some of the most breathtaking sceneries in your life.
51 kilometers from the main town, Rohtang pass is at the mighty height of 3978 meters. If you want to travel to the pass or motorbike beyond it, you will need a special Rohtang Pass Permit. Traveling to the pass costs INR 500 for each person and an extra INR 50 for your vehicle. You can book online here. It is a good idea to take help from one of the locals.
Once you reach Rohtang Pass, there are several challenging treks you can take, around glaciers, water falls, Sulphur springs, and lakes. Some of the famous ones are the 117 km long Manali-Lahaul pass, or the trail from Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake, and Batal to Rohtang and Jalori pass. Also, you can sledge ride, mountain bike, ski, and tyre drop. And photographers, make sure your batteries are full, because the landscape here won’t allow you to stop clicking.
Whether you go to Rohtang in summer or winter, the chills will start as your journey winds up the mountains. Grand, white mountains will greet you majestically. Many Bollywood blockbusters like, Jab We Met and Ye Jawani Hai Deewani, have been shot here. Maybe you’ll catch a movie shooting!