Atal tunnel tour: Atal Tunnel Rohtang (previously known as Rohtang tunnel) has become a new tourist destination due to tunnel being an engineering marvel, world’s longest highway tunnel above 10,000ft, and being located at picturesque place amidst snow-capped mountain peaks and glaciers.

We take our guests to the tunnel so that they could enjoy the amazing drive till the portal of the tunnel, enter the tunnel, traverse it, check out its amazing security and other technical features, and finally could conclude that why this is the most amazing traffic tunnel of the world. Atal tunnel tour will leave you mesmerised at every point.

In Atal tunnel tour, tourists will start their amazing 24 km long drive from Manali via Solang valley and Dhundi. The highway passes through lush green forest area with Solang rivulet flowing by the right side, towering snow-covered peaks overlooking the valley and hanging glaciers clearly visible from all parts of Dhundi.

Once you traverse the 9.02 KM long tunel in about 8 to 9 minutes, you will enter an entirely different world with barren landscapes (similar to Ladakh) with almost no trees and greenery but even higher mountain peaks covered with snow and Chandra, a tributary of Chenab river, flowing next to the tunnel. This is an amazing feature of the tunnel that you see quite a different geography and landscapes at its both north and soute portals in Manali and Lahaul.

Discover Kullu Manali is the first agency to start a dedicated Atal Tunnel Tour or adding a dedicated trip to Atal Tunnel along with other sightseeing of Kullu Manali.

As Atal tunnel, Rohtang, the longest tunnel in the world above an altitude of 3,000m, is ready and already many people are making a beeline to Solang and Dhundi to get a glimpse of the tunnel, a large number of tourists are expected to visit the tunnel in coming days.

Recently Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said that this tunnel will start a concept of “tunnel tourism” for the first time in the country.

The infrastructure is being developed at both portals of the tunnel where tourism activities will be available for the tourists. The government is further planning to start different tourism activities here to attract more tourists. Government has also planned to run glass top vistadome buses on this route, especially for the tourists.

Both the portals (both ends) of the tunnel are being developed on tourism point of view. The tunnel further connects the road with Manali-Rohtang pass – Keylong – Leh highway. A large number of tourists visits Ladakh via this highway.

After completing Atal Tunnel tour, tourists can either come back to Manali from the same road via Dhundi and Solang valley, or they can go to visit Rohtang pass and then come back to Manali via Marhi, Gulaba and Kothi. But we always suggest to visit Rohtang pass first as the climb to the pass offers an amazing driving experience via Gulaba and Marhi. The tourists then can enter the tunnel from Lahaul side (Gufa Hotel).

The Ataul Tunnel, Rohtang is also a symbol of friendship between former Primer Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lahaul resident Tashi Dawa alias Arjun Gopal.  The work on this tunnel began on June 28, 2010 and completed in September 2020.

Atal Tunnel is equipped with emergency escape tunnel that runs underneath the main highway, fire hydrants and emergency telephone facility at regular intervals. CCTV cameras and automatic incident detection system, pollution sensing device, automatic ventilation system and the tunnel is equipped by 4G BSNL broadband system. This is the only tunnel of the country where people will not lose mobile signals and can even enjoy high-speed internet.

The Atal tunnel area receives very heavy snowfall in winter months which can be more than 5ft deep and the temperature plunges below minus 10 degrees Celsius. The visit to the tunnel can be suspended during snowfall as its beyond our control. Also, Rohtang pass remains closed in winter months. So tourists need to visit and then return back to Manali via Solang valley route only.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Delhi (or Chandigarh)
DEPARTURE TIME Evening (by Volvo) or Any Time (by private taxi)
RETURN TIME Evening (by Volvo) or Any Time (by private taxi)
WEAR Some warm clothes are required in summer and monsoon time while heavy woollens in winter and early spring season. Sunglasses to protect eyes from glowing snow and sunscreen to avoid sun tanning.
WHAT YOU SEE
Snow Hanging Glaciers
Rivers Waterfalls
Snow-Capped Peaks Deodar Forests
Himalayan Wildlife Himalayan Herbs/Flora
Mt Hanuman Tibba, Seven Sisters peak Temples
YOU DONT SEE
Sea, Ships, Trains, Beaches, Industries
Polluted Air, Scorching Heat

Brief Itinerary:-

Day 1: Delhi – Manali (Overnight)

Day 2: Manali Arrival, Hotel check-in, local sightseeing

Day 3: Manali – Rohtang pass – Koksar – Atal Tunnel Rohtang – Dhundi – Solang valley – Manali (If Rohtang is open)

or Manali-Solang Valley – Dhundi – Atal Tunnel – North Portal – Dhundi -Solang – Manali (If Rohtang is closed)

Day 4: Kullu-Kasol – Manaikaran or Kullu – Naggar visit (If road is open)

Day 5: Manali – Delhi (by overnight Volvo bus).

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Day 1: Delhi-Manali

Today board your overnight luxury AC Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali in the evening time. The Volvo shall reach Manali next morning. The journey is comfortable and the bus shall stop midway for meals and snacks. Travel by Volvo is the best option to reach Manali from Delhi. Please note that sleeper buses are not allowed to run in Himachal after a ban was imposed on the same by the hon’ble high court citing the safety of the passengers. The Volvo buses are semi sleeper and are best way to travel to Manali. Currently this is nearly 14 hours journey which is expected to reduce to 10-11 hours are completion of four-lane highways in Himachal.

If you don’t want to travel in Volvo, or you timing doesn’t match with boarding time, you can ask us to book a private taxi for you instead.

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Day 2: Manali Local Sightseeing

After arrival at Manali Volvo bus stand, our driver will come to pick you up. Check-into your hotel room. Take some rest and when you are in Manali mood, call up your driver and enjoy the local sightseeing of Hidimba Temple (Hadimba Devi Temple), Old Manali (Optional), Buddhist Monastery, Vashisht temple and Hot Water Spring and later explore the Mall Road area of Manali. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Please note that some of the areas can be choked with heavy traffic in peak tourists season in May and June due to narrow roads.
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Day 3: Rohtang and Atal Tunnel

After breakfast, we shall move to Rohtang pass (13,050ft) via Kothi, Gulaba, Beas Nala and Marhi. Spend some time at Rohtang pass and then continue your journey to Koksar after descending down from opposite site. After taking team (or lunch), we shall move to Gufa hotel where tunnel has its northern end (North Portal) after crossing the Chandra bridge. Enjoy traversing the world’s longest highway tunnel above 10,000ft from sea level. The tunnel is equipped with ultra-modern safety and other technical instruments. You will not lose your mobile network and high-speed 4G internet (BSNL only) even inside the tunnel. Then you will exit the tunnel from its souther end (South portal) at Dhundi. You will observe that you had entered tunnel from barren but beautiful land of Lahaul and exited at green place at Dhundi. Then continue your trip to Solang valley. After spending some time at Solang, return back to Manali. At Solang, you can enjoy Gondola ride (ropeway), horse riding, zorbing, paragliding, ATV ride and many more adventure activities..

Please note that visiting Rohtang pass depends on opening of the road in winters. Generally, snow blocks Manali-Rohtang pass road in winters which opens in May or sometime in April end. Even Kothi, Gulaba remains closed after heavy snowfall. In such condition, you will have to avoid visiting Rohtang pass and we shall head directly to Dhundi via Solang valley for Atal Tunnel tour. And we shall return back from the same route. Please note that very heavy snowfall can block both the roads to Atal tunnel as well.

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Day 4: Kullu-Manikaran or Kullu-Naggar

After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a full day trip to Manikaran Sahib and Kasol in Parvati valley. On the way you can have the thrilling experience of white water river rafting in river Beas at Babeli or Pirdi near Kullu. On the way you can shop original traditional Kullu Shawl at factory. At evening, back to you cozy room in hotel.

OPTION: (If you don’t want to visit Manikaran valley, then you can visit Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery, Roerich Memorial, Jana water fall and Kullu and can enjoy river rafting and shawl shopping.).

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Day 5: Manali-Delhi

Post your last breakfast of this trip in Manali, check-out of the hotel till 10:30 AM. Its free-time till 4pm today. Today you can plan anything till 4pm. You can go for shopping, visit Van Vihar close to town or plan anything. If you want to add a sightseeing place to your itinerary for this day, you can request for the same. Finally, according to your convenience, board the overnight luxury Volvo to Delhi at 4.00 pm (evening). The Volvo will drop you in Delhi next morning from where you can plan your onward journey. Your memorable trip to Manali and Kullu concludes here.

Included in Package

Delhi-Manali-Delhi Volvo Ticket

Hotel accommodation for 03 nights

Welcome drink on arrival

03 breakfasts and 03 dinners (MAP meal plan)

Morning tea

Private taxi (Santro/Alto) for all sightseeing as per itinerary. You can upgrade to Dzire/Itios or Innova or other vehicle.

Volvo stand pick-up and drop-off

24 hours guidance in entire tour

Parking, toll, fuel, driver allowances

An experienced driver would work as a guide

GST

No hidden charges

Not Included in Package

Lunch, beverages and meal other than the meal plan

Flight/rail tickets

Room heater bill (if any)

Laundry, tip, shopping expenses

Private guide

All that is not included in the “Included in package” column

— Get special cost on request —

Starting from Rs 8,500/- per person.

South portal of Atal Tunnel Rohtang
Inside Atal Tunnel Rohtang
South Portal of Atal Tunnel, Rohtang
South portal of Atal Tunnel Rohtang
Atal Rohtang Tunnel Manali
Atal Tunnel Rohtang
Atal Tunnel, Rohtang
Atal Tunnel

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