Sunday, 26 May 2013

Rohtang pass opens for tourists

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Bringing cheers to thousands of tourists who throng Himachal to escape the scorching heat of plains, gates of snow-bound Rohtang pass has finally been opened for tourists on Sunday. An official said that
Five to ten feet thick blanket of silvery white snow would entertain tourists till mid or late July. The competition to reach mountain top first resulted in a beeline of hundreds of vehicles that was witnessed on Manali-Rohtang highway throughout the day. Many tourists were reportedly postponing their holiday plans to Manali due to closure of Rohtang pass. Now as pass has been thrown open, tourist season is expected to pick up at full swing.
A picturesque view of Rohtang pass, Manali. Pic taken: May 25, 2013
Border Roads Organization (BRO) had given the road fitness report to Kullu administration on May 22. After confirming preparations of adequate parking and security, tourists have finally been allowed to go till Rohtang top, the most preferred tourist destination of Himachal. Meanwhile, BRO is working against the odds to keep the highway debris and snow free. However, road has been widened enough to accommodate two vehicles at a time.
“Our police personnel are camping at Marhi and would patrol on Rohtang pass from morning to late evening until each tourist leaves for Manali,” Manali deputy superintendent of police, Shamsher Singh, said. He added that main job of the police would be to protect tourists from any kind of trouble and to ensure smooth movement of traffic. “Depending upon the conditions, a police team may shift to camps at Rohtang pass. We are also planning to regulate vehicles at Kothi for smooth conduct of vehicular traffic on congested road.”

Rohtang pass wears deserted look for over five months after heavy snowfall breaks all road links to this area from both Manali and Keylong sides. The pass experiences over 40 feet of snow in four months between December and March. Rohtang is the only tourist spot of India where snow can be found round the year. Perched at 13,050 feet elevation from mean sea level, Rohtang pass is situated 51km north of Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Every year over 25 lakh tourists throng Rohtang to see snow and enjoy winter sports like skiing and sledging.

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