Rohtang pass will remain open till Nov 15th this year

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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Monday said that it would operate the majestic Rohtang Pass, which connects this Himachal Pradesh town with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, for two weeks more. "On the demand of the state (Himachal Pradesh) government, we have decided to operate the Rohtang Pass till Nov 15," a BRO spokesperson in Manali said.
 
The BRO earlier announced that it would not operate the entire 475-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21 that passes through Rohtang Pass after Oct 31 due to possible snowfall.
 
The BRO starts withdrawing its men and machinery deployed at various locations along the highway with the onset of snowfall and the Rohtang Pass at 13,050 feet is closed for over six months in a year.
 
The BRO has advised against people travelling on the highway after Nov 15 as it will not be in a position to operate it smoothly after that.
 
The Rohtang Pass Oct 22 experienced heavy snow that the BRO cleared.
 
The weather at the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to the Lahaul Valley, is harsh. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions.

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The Rohtang Pass is a high-mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. At an elevation of 4100 metres above sea level, the Rohtang Pass serves as the gateway to the Lahaul and the Spiti Valleys and connects the Kullu Valley with them, which in turn gives access to Leh-Ladakh and the Pangi valley. The Pass is generally open for tourists from May to September only,depending on the snowfall in the Upper regions.Rohtang Pass has a reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards. The Pass offers beautiful sights of glaciers,peaks,Lahaul valley and the Chandra river, and presents a striking sight of glaciers, mountains and the landscape.

We were destined to visit Manali a few years back and were fortunate enough to go to the Rohtang Pass on one of those sunny days. A few pictures of the imposing and vivid natural beauty of the place is what I can share with u in the following link.

http://thinkingparticle.com/gallery/rohtangour-manali-tripa-photo-story

Am a frequent traveller to Himachal,Uttaranchal (both Kumaon and Garhwal) and Kashmir.Am on the look-out for young and middle-aged travel buddies.U can reach me at letsfirstchat@yahoo.com

Cheers!!

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