MANALI: Opening of snow clad Rohtang pass has brought cheer to thousands of tourists heading to the hill state to get respite from scorching heat of plains. Over 15 thousand tourists are thronging Rohtang to enjoy the freezing weather every day.
Tourists are enjoying each moment exploring the virgin snow here. 10 to 20 feet high walls of snow are thrilling the tourists who did not expect winter-like conditions in the end of May. Winter games have doubled the enjoyment as tourists are getting to try hand on skiing, tube sliding and sledging on thick layer of snow.
A couple takes photograph of a snow-wall at Rohtang pass
“Availability of enough snow only at a distance of 52 kms from Manali town is like dream for us,” Sarthak Dubey, a tourist from Noida, said who is on Himachal tour with his wife and parents. “The geographical and weather conditions change so fast while driving from Manali to Rohtang pass that we felt like we have entered another world. We have lost our hearts to the beautiful view, snow, cold temperature and mood of fun at Rohtang.”
Snow has disappeared at Marhi and Beas Nullah, the previous snow points of Manali, and Rohtang pass is the last snow point where tourists would see snow until it melts away completely. The temperature being low and quantity of snow being much enough to last till end of the summer season, local ski and dhaba operators are very happy. But the unavailability of parking at Rohtang is again an obstacle in fun of holidaying. High walls of snow standing along roadsides have covered the parking and taxi drivers are forced to park their cars on the highway.
A day tour to Rohtang was all fun for Sumit and Megha, honeymooners from Lucknow, but traffic jam was the odd point which cut their holiday enthusiasm. “Skiing, horse riding and mountain biking, all were perfect, but waiting for hours to see the highway clear was annoying,” the couple said. But they were happy that they made good use of Bharat Bandh when all markets were closed.
Meanwhile, given the high rush of tourists to Rohtang, the tourism development department has decided to install temporary toilets at Rohtang pass. The local Kulluvi folk dance parties are being arranged on Mall Road for the entertainment of tourist every day.