Latest update on Rohtang Pass Tourism
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has now allowed to carry certain non-polluting tourism activities at Rohtang Pass thereby uplifting the imposed ban in May 2016 indicating following –
- Non-polluting activities include renting of local dresses, photography, paragliding (at Solang and Marhi) and snow-scooters (at Beas Nala Sagu Fall and Gulaba)
- Also, not more than 50 All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) shall be permitted to run in above mentioned areas subject to verification.
At an elevation of 13,059 feet (3978m), Rohtang Pass is a mountain peak near Manali. It enjoys unparalleled popularity amongst tourists. It lies on the eastern Pir Pinjal range of Himalayas and connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul Valley.
‘A four member bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar allowed activities like renting of local (Pahari) dresses and photography at Rohtang Pass. It allowed paragliding at Solang Nullah and Marhi and snow-scooters (four stroke) at Beas Nala Sagu Fall, and Gulaba.‘
In July 2015, NGT imposed a ban on tourism-related activities at Rohtang Pass and its adjoining areas to curtail the damage to ecosystem caused by movement of vehicles and large scale tourism activities, including horse riding, snow biking, paragliding, tyre-tube gaming and snow scooters at Rohtang, Solang and Marhi.
Recently, on May 17th 2016, the Deputy Commissioner, Kullu (Hans Raj Chauhan), formally launched online permit issuance system for Rohtang Pass. Only 1,200 vehicles are allowed to cross Rohtang on a daily basis as per the NGT order. The permits would be available to tourists three days in advance thus saving time and undue hassles.
It’s appreciable that Government is taking stringent actions to save environment and limit receding of the glaciers at Rohtang Pass, however it is equally important that we, individually travel responsibly and take care of every place that we visit.
If you want your kids to relish the beauty of Himalayas, then preserve and conserve today.