Saturday, 6 October 2012

Rohtang Pass – A wonder of its own!

White beautiful snow-capped mountains – that was my birthday treat on 12th of June in 2007. Unfortunately, my camera’s memory card got corrupted and I lost all the beautiful pictures that I had clicked on my way from Manali to Rohtang Pass. I could manage to save only three precious pictures of Rohtang Pass.

To say that I was amazed to be at Rohtang Pass would be stating the obvious. It is undoubtedly an experience to remember. However, our experience was more than just pleasant. I would say that it was a learning excursion more than anything else.

Rohtang Pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley, situated at an altitude of 3,978 m

To begin with, it is always safer to hire a good cabby, not someone who’s rude and drives rashly. Rohtang Pass is a 51 km drive from Manali, which is quite something. There are lots of scenic spots on the way – Solang valley, Manikaran, Nehru Kund and a film shooting point, too, which you can enjoy only if the drive is comfortable and safe. In our case, we were on the edge. We just looked forward to reaching our destination as soon as possible.

Well, our bumpy journey finally paid off. The moment we stepped out of our cab, it all misted away with the joy of being at a height of 13,051 ft.  It was great to see tourists all around, throwing snow balls at each other, taking horse rides, posing for photographs and enjoying as if there’s no tomorrow.

I don’t think I ever enjoyed being out of breath, or the chill in the air. It’s a kind of ‘disconnect’ from the world that we live in. It’s when you are away from the comforts of your everyday life, you actually understand the worth of everything and you feel truly alive! 



Another thing that really amazed me was that there were people who commuted every day to this height, to earn their bread and butter. I enjoyed a steaming bowl of noodles, not knowing what pain and hard work made it so delicious for me, until I had a chat with a local lady, a hawker of corns, who told me about their everyday toil.

I really wish to visit this place again, though next time, I want my trip to be smoother (and my bag should have extra memory cards)!

 

6 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your narration... Good one :)

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  2. very nicely put , have been dying to go to manali but havent had th chance : www.freepaperbook.com

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    1. Yeah...it's a nice place! Must visit :) Thanks!

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  3. Hi, That must have been an amazing experience for your tour, As a traveler, I find your recommendations very useful. Many of them I try to put into practice always, Thank you Travel Agent in Delhi

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  4. Rohtang pass is indeed a great place for travelers to pass by and an amazing place for tourists to spend some time there. Would love to visit it some time and enjoy its beauty.

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