Rohtang Pass Tourism (Update)

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.

Read – Online Permit for Rohtang Pass

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.

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Traveling to the Hills ? Don’t let these ruin your Happy Time ……

Hills and Valleys in India enjoy the status of being quite popular vacation destinations throughout the year barring few months. Especially during the months of May and June, you will find people traveling to one or another hill station. Sure the hills provide the needed respite from heat and soothing break. Without a doubt you look forward to the most wonderful time with loved ones and friends and do not wish to ruin your happy mood because of trivial issues. So go on reading….

We have been to Shimla, Manali, Rishikesh, Dalhousie, Kashmir (covering all the places around them) and would like to share our experience highlighting what not to do!!!

You might really want to consider these –

  • Stay away from the Horse rides: Most of the places in and around these hill stations are full of bhaiyas offering horse rides claiming to take you to some Switzerland point for bizarre amount. These points are very well approachable on foot as well, infact you can enjoy the nature more while walking comfortably rather than sitting precariously on these horses. On few patches it is supremely risky to travel by horses. And you don’t want to spend without getting value.
  • Do not travel empty stomach: The route to most of the hill stations goes in circles with lot of twists and turns resulting in motion sickness or some uneasiness (may be not for all) and increased duration of travel (because your vehicle will not be able to cross particular speed). Most people develop some sickness and by the time you reach you are totally exhausted. It is advisable to eat healthy, carry mint chewing gum or medicine to help you out in extreme situations. Take a break every 1.30 to 2 hours, treat yourself with pure oxygen, take deep breaths, and stretch your muscles.

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