Despite frequent rainfall and warm weather, Rohtang pass has enough snow to entertain the tourists. Thousands of domestic and international tourists are thronging Rohtang to disport in snow.
With increasing temperature and too much walking, snow has disappeared from Rohtang ground and Marhi. But tourists are enjoying the silvery snow at Sagu fall, Rahni Nullah and Rohtang glacier where snow is expected to remain up to a month more. 5 to 20 feet thick layers of snow are still thrilling the visitors. Skiing, sledging, tube sliding; tourists are enjoying the snow with all available instruments.
Given the fear of landslides and taking preventive action, police have advised travelers not to go beyond Rohtang pass and enjoy the snow at Sagu fall and below the Rahni Nullah. Very few tourists are reaching Rohtang top and most of them were having the joy of Rohtang-like atmosphere near Beas Nullah, 18 km below Rohtang.
“We had a dream to see Rohtang pass but could not live it. Our car was not allowed to go there. So we had good ski on the Sagu glacier. We ride yak and captured the golden moments in our camera. The snow was little hard but we are happy that we experienced it so closely,” tourist couple from Delhi, Ashutosh and Reema said.
Chetan and Pallavi, resident of Noida, who were visiting Rohtang with their parents, were busy swirling snow balls on each other. Pallavi, student of standard 6, said, “It’s very cold here. I ate lots of snow. I’ve packed some in my bag to take home with me.”
A huge waterfall on the background and little water streams passing by, tourists are enjoying every moment on the glaciers. But they were unaware of the dangers associated with the sliding on glaciers. A person was severely injured and two yaks were killed when the glacier they were walking caved in and they disappeared beneath it last month. Both yaks have been recovered from there.
Ram Singh, a dhaba owner at Marhi said with a continuous flow of water beneath glaciers, they have become hollow. “One can slide into the hollow glacier and water can push him inside the deep caves. This is really dangerous,” But without caring for anything, the tourists were busy shouting, playing and enjoying every moment all around the mystique Rohtang pass.