Situated at an elevation of 3978m above sea level, the Rohtang Pass links Kullu valley and Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Chenab and Beas rivers also flow through this area. It is easily accessible via Manali which is 50 kms away. Summer months from May to October are the best time for a visit since the winters receive heavy snowfall which blocks access to this route. Each hairpin bend and curve on the Manali Keylong road gives a majestic view of the Himalayan ranges. The peaks are glazed in pure white and shrouded in the wintery mist.
Trekking is the major recreational activity here. The Manali Lahaul route is preferred by most tourists. Sulphur springs are also an attraction on this trail. Other trekking spots are Bhrigu Lake and Jhalori Pass.
Heavy snow makes this place ideal for tobogganing, sledging and skiing. River rafting in the rushing waters provided just the adrenaline rush for all adventure enthusiasts.
The valley of Lahaul and Spiti has a rich Buddhist culture. Beautiful monasteries lie in the mountain desert landscape here. In close proximity to the Rohtang Pass are many other must visit places like Solang Valley and Rahala waterfalls.
Hadimba Temple: It is a beautiful four storied pagoda known for its architectural excellence. It houses Hindu Goddess Hadimba’s footprints. The temple is filled with tranquil atmosphere. The lush green area surrounding it makes the visit worthwhile.
The mesmerising sights of Lahaul valley and snow capped glaciers are enough to spellbind any nature lover. Nehru Kund is one of the must visit sites. This cold water spring is said to have healing properties and was often visited by the erstwhile Prime Minister Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru. One must also visit hot water springs of the Vashisht village. These springs too have healing properties, and is good for the skin. The sound of the flowing water also has a calming effect on one’s mind.
Only tea, coffee, instant noodles, sandwiches and bhuttas (roasted corn) are available on the top, so one should carry their snacks and water with them.
Rohtang pass is the best place to try one’s hands in adventure sports, one can try paragliding, skiing and take a ride on snow scooters. However, summer is the best time to enjoy these activities and in winter when Rohtang pass gets closed down due to excess snowfall tourists are diverted to Marhi which is another place famous for adventure sports, particularly water sports. At Rohtang pass one can also go for horse or yak riding and snow sliding. One can also visit the nearby meadow town of Gulaba, which is also a hub for adventure sports.
Mall Road at Manali is a perfect place for shopping. Buy handicraft and woollen items from there.