Rohtang Pass is a Himalayan pass located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This pass was earlier also known as Bhrigu-tung. Rohtang Pass means the area of dead bodies. In Tibetan, ro means dead body and tang means ground. Many people have lost their lives here in accidents due to heavy snowfall. This Pass falls in the Pir Panjal range. The distance between Manali to Rohtang Pass is 51 km. The pass lies between the Kullu Valley and the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys and connects Leh to Manali by road. Rohtang Pass is also the origin of the Beas River. Which is situated to the south of Vyas Kund. And the pass is situated at an altitude of 4,111 meters above sea level.
How to reach Rohtang Pass
The nearest airport to reach Rohtang Pass is at Bhuntar in Kullu district and the nearest railway station is at Joginder Nagar. And the journey to Rohtang Pass starts from Manali. Tourists travel here by cabs and bikes. Solang Valley, Rahla Falls, Chandra, and Bhaga Rivers, Lahaul, Spiti Valley, and Khoksar village are places to visit near Rohtang Pass. Tourists can also do mountain biking, skiing and tire drop, sled rides, photography, trekking, and paragliding in Rohtang Pass. From November to May the roads were closed here. Because of the accumulation of snow above the pass, the road above it was also closed. So the government felt the need to build a tunnel over it.
In 2003, then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced this project. On 6 May 2002, the work on this tunnel started. On 3 October 2020, the tunnel was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To visit Rohtang Pass the best time is June to October. Earlier it used to take 2 to 3 hours to travel to Rohtang Pass but after the construction of the tunnel, it takes about 30 minutes.
It is said that Lahaul Spiti and Kullu were different. To connect them, the local people prayed to their presiding deity Shiva. So that a path can be made here. So Lord Shiva cut the Bhrigu-Tunga hill with his Trishul and made the Bhrigu-Tunga road. Which is now known as Rohtang Pass.
Manali to Rohtang Pass
Rohtang La connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. The pass is situated at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level. Manali to Rohtang Pass is approximately 51 km. And it may take around 2 to 3 hours. The route from Manali to Rohtang Pass is very scenic and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The opening of Rohtang Pass depends on the weather conditions, and it is usually closed from November to May due to heavy snowfall. Pass is mostly open from June to October.