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.|
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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).
Day 1: Delhi-Manali
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.
Day 2: Manali Local Sightseeing
Day 3: Rohtang and Atal Tunnel
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.
Day 4: Kullu-Manikaran or Kullu-Naggar
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.).
Day 5: Manali-Delhi
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)
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
No hidden charges
Not Included in Package
Lunch, beverages and meal other than the meal plan
Room heater bill (if any)
Laundry, tip, shopping expenses
All that is not included in the “Included in package” column
— Get special cost on request —
Starting from Rs 8,500/- per person.