No visit to Manali can be considered complete without a trip to Rohtang la. This is situated at a height of 3970 m, at a distance of 51 km from manali. Rohtang Pass in the district of Kullu commands the striking views of glaciers, mountains and the landscape.
This wonderland does not end at Rohtang. It is infact, the gateway to the Lahaul and
Almost every visitor to Manali yearns to visit Rohtang Pass as one can feel and touch snow even in the peak of summer on this pass. The pass is open from May to November, has a nasty reputation for being very dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and high winds. Rohtang literally means the "pile of corpses" in Persian.
The Pass presents a wide-spread panorama of mountain scenery. Here eye meets a range of precipitous cliffs, huge glaciers and piled moraine and deep ravines. To the opposite is the well defined 'Sonepani Glacier' slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geyphang, snow crowned. The Beas River rises near the crest of Rohtang from a block of Mica-Schist. To its left, 200 meters higher, is the little lake of 'Sarkund' (Dashahr) visited by a large number of people every year. The baths in the water of Sarkund lake effects cure of all bodily ailments or imaginary.
The Beas Kund, the source of the Beas river, a holy site for Hindus, as the sage Vyas is said to have meditated at this spot, is also accessible from the Rohtang Pass.
How To Reach :
Rohtang pass has better connectivity by roads (Only way to reach Rohtang Pass is by road) from Manali - Kullu Valley (51 km), but it all depends on the nature. The route can get blocked anytime because of unexpected snowfalls, which is quite apparent here in this part of Himachal. Otherwise, Rohtang pass is considered as the world's highest jeepable road. Manali has its own airport as well as railway stations that regularly connects this city with the rest of the nations.