Manali – Leh Highway Status 2011 | Rohtang Pass May Open Soon

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Rohtang Pass is the gateway for tribal valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and is the one of the major hurdle on the Manali – Leh highway today. However, owing to some clear weather and with the help of some valiant efforts by BRO, it is predicted that Rohtang Pass is all set to open up early this year 2011 as compared to last year. Being said that, the conditions subject to weather gods are always applied here in Himalayas. If there happens to be a major snowfall at Rohtang Pass then again the scheduled date of opening would be postponed further.
The Manali – Rohtang Pass road has been cleared upto Gulaba, about 21 KMs from Manali, by BRO. At present, the tourists are allowed till Gulaba snow point as BRO is continuously working hard to clear the snow from Gulaba – Marhi road stretch. Ultimately, they will reach Rohtang pass after cutting through the huge snow walls of Rani Nalla. But, it still a long way to go and we keep our fingers crossed :)

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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is now engaged in clearing snow on the road and efforts are being made to open the 13,050-ft high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti.

The Manali-Leh Highway, which runs north from Manali, has now been opened to vehicular traffic up to picturesque meadows of Gulaba, about 21 km from here. The height up to which the road opens up gradually as the snow clears is popularly know as snow point. This snow point moves higher and higher till it reaches Marhi (11,500-ft), Rahni Nullah and further towards 13,050-ft high Rohtang Pass. To the right of this pass, lies the source of the Beas river, also known as Beas Rishi.

Hundreds of tourists have started moving to Gulaba to get a visual feast of the snow-capped peaks of the Western Himalayas. The heavy snow in the vicinity attracts the visitors.

The 51-km-long route from Manali to Rohtang Pass is replete with magnificent views of snow-covered Pir Panjal Range to the north and the lush-green Kullu Valley to the south. The tourists when move on this road up to 7,000ft high feel drastic changes in temperature.

The 474-km-long Manali-Leh highway was included in the BRDB programme during 1964. The road portion from Manali-Sarchu (222 km) is under the area of responsibility of the Project Deepak and beyond Sarchu-Leh (222.390 KM) to Leh (474 KM) is with the Project Himank. In 1989, the Government of India threw open the Manali-Leh highway to foreign tourists.

The journey from Manali to Leh is replete with adventure and thrills. The road to Leh (3505m) winds its way through Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass (4883m), Lachlungla Pass (5065m) and Tanglang La (5328m). The journey on this high road has become popular, particularly among visitors from western countries.

Source: BRO set to open road to Rohtang Pass for 2011

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346 Comments

  1. hello,I will be going on the leh trip. I want to do taxi from delhi. Is outside taxi allowed on leh highway from manali via rohtang pass or we have to require some sort of pass. if pass is required how do we get it and how much time does it take?

  2. Hi,

    Can any body lemme know whether Rohtang pass will be open if i plan to go there by 1st week of May…if not what would be the right time so that I can get a chance to visit Rohtang Pass as well.

    Also if I plan going to manali..what are the hot destinations I can hang on.

    Thanks

    Atul

    • Hi Atul,

      No one can predict the exact date of Rohtang Pass opening but post mid May, there are high chances that Rohtang Pass might be open. If you wanna be dead sure, then most safe bet will be first or second week of June. Any predicted opening of May can be washed away with one or two heavy snowfall and considering the weather in last couple of week, it might have surely disrupted the snow clearance operations :(

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  3. hi….can anybody help me with the date of opening of rohtang pass way to leh….i got news from some sources that this year it wud be near the end of June…..v r planning our tour in mid of June….plzz someone help

    • Hello Tejas,

      From what sources??? All likely Manali – Leh Highway will be open by at worst first week of June (though everything depends upon weather) but I see very slim chances of getting delayed beyond first week of June. In second week of June highly likely you will have Manali – Leh Highway opened.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  4. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am Ravindra from Mumbai.

    I am planning to visit Manali and Shimla this summar. I will be reaching Manali on 13th late evening and will leave Manali for Shimla on 19th morning. I will be in Shimla till 22nd and will be flying back to Mumbai from Chandigarh.

    I would highly appreciate if you could please suggest suitable itiniary in Manali/Shimla. I plan to hire private car for the entire trip.

    Regards,

    Ravindra

    • Hi Ravindra,

      You can follow something like below for your Shimla – Manali trip –

      Day 1 – Reach Manali, take rest for the evening
      Day 2 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 – Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
      Day 5 – Naggar – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol (Enjoy Kasol with Israeli culture and cuisines)
      Day 6 – Manali – Shimla
      Day 7 – Around Shimla, a relaxing day. Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazar etc. as you like
      Day 8 – Shimla – Narkanda – Hatu Peak – Narkanda
      Day 9 – Narkanda – Kufri – Chail
      Day 10 – Chail to Chandigarh

      If you have any specific plans to come via Jalori Pass to Shimla via Manali, then I suggest a different itinerary but the above one is most standard one :)

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a ton for immediate and detailed response.

        I would be glad if you can please help me with following further information:

        a. I had earlier planned to keep two separate days – one day each for Rohtang and Solang Vally snow point. From your others posts in this website, I gather that Rohtang Pass may not be open during May 13 to 18 and I can only go up to Marhi/Gulaba. Is this correct? Can I still plan 2 separate days one for Solang vally and other for Marhi/Gulaba? I intend to do more relaxed holiday.

        2. I really liked the option of Naggar Castle and intend to stay there for two nights and plan to skip visiting Kasol. Instead thinking of covering Kullu. What is your opinion?

        3. One of the days in Manali I would like to do a simple nature trekking for about 2-3 hours. Since I have a kid of about 12 years, like to take simple trekking. Do you have any suggestion of any trekking route. Do I need to hire some guide for this?

        Regards,

        Ravindra

        • Hi Ravindra,

          Please find below some information on the same:

          1. I guess yes, there are chances that Rohtang Pass might not open by end May but no one can guarantee. If you are lucky you might be able to go and visit it. The average opening of Rohtang Pass over last decade is Mid-may types only but for last couple of years it is being opening in June or May end types. If you have time on hand then you can plan for two days but I guess you can visit Solang Valley while coming back from the snow point of Gulaba. May be you can stay there for the night if you do not want to come to Manali.

          2. Skip Kullu but visit Kasol if you have time, nice experience with nice ambiance around with variety of cuisines. Kullu is nothing but a too populated town to be on a vacation.

          3. You can trek ahead of Manu Temple as there are ample of walks present ahead of it. You can check walk towards goshal village which start near Manu temple or otherwise hike towards Lamadugh whose trail starts near Hadimba temple. Ask locals for direction, great views from the top :) … Also you can try Manali Sanctuary can also be covered as it is just about 2-3 KMs from Manali town and there is trail which starts from Manali Log Huts or Dhungri temple that leads you into the woods. Just do not divert form the trails and I guess you should be fine without a guide.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase of any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj sharma

      • Thanks Dheeraj,

        I will skip Kullu and visit Kasol as suggested. Checked in internet..looks good. It looks like about 60 km from Naggar…hope I can cover Kason and Manikaran and return back to Naggar Castle by evening. Let me know if you see any issues.

        Here is the revised itinery. It you get some time, please let me know, if you have any more suggestions.

        Instead of starting from Manali, I can also start from Shimla (from Chandigarh to Shimla instead of Manali) and cover Manali in last.

        May 13th – Pick up from Chandigarh airport at around 11 am to drive to Manali. Rest for the evening.

        May 14th – Manali local sightseeing which includes Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs, Jagatsukh.

        May 15th – Manali – Snow Point at Solang Valley. Visit Rahala Waterfalls.

        May 16th – Manali – Rohtang Pass. If not accessible visit Marhi/Gulaba.

        May 17th – Manali to Naggar. Sight seeing at Naggar including Roerich Art GalleryGauri Shankar Temple, the Chatar Bhuj Temple, Tripura Sundri Devi Temple and the Murlidhar Temple etc. Will checkin at Naggar Castle.

        May 18th – Visit Naggar- Kasol-Manikaran-Naggar.

        May 19th – Naggar to Shimla – Reach around 2 pm. Evening visit mall for shopping.

        May 20th – After breakfast Full day Sight seeing of Visiting wild flower, jakhu temple, Kufri etc. Overnight at Hotel .

        May 21st – Ful day trip to chail and back. Overnight at hotel.

        May 22nd – After breakfast drive to Chandigarh enroute Pinjore garden. Late afternoon visit Rock Garden and Sukhana Lake. Visit sector 17 for shopping thereafter lunch and proceed to Airport to connect flight for Chandigarh-Mumbai

        Thanks for your help.

        Regards,

        Ravindra

        • Hi Ravindra,

          Yes, you can cover both Manikaran and Kasol as a day trip from Naggar. Enjoy a meal for sure around river side in Kasol. Just one suggestion on the itinerary, instead of coming back to Shimla from Chail on May 21st, stay at Chail only and then carry ahead towards Chandigarh from Chail. The route from Chail to Kandaghat where it meets the main highway leading to Chandigarh, is too scenic to be missed :) … You can cover Kufri while going to Chail only. So, do not waste time the previous day for visiting Kufri.

          All the best for the trip.. Feel free to let me know incase you have any queries or doubts :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  5. can any1 help me…..we are planning a leh ladakh tour in the end of may….so my query was that…when could the roads from rohtang pass would get open…..plz help….

    • Tejas, surely I can help you in planning the whole trip to Ladakh. How many days you have in hand and how do you want to commute? What is your starting point? Roads generally open by end of May only and better bet will be first week of June for Manali Leh Highway at least. If you have sufficient time then try going via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will help you with better acclimatization and allow the Manali – Leh Highway to settle down and stabilize to more extent.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know any queries you have regarding your ladakh trip.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Kalyan,

      The roads both Manali Leh highway and Srinagar Leh Highway are closed at that time of the year. So, the only option is to fly-in.
      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have some queries or need any help.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  6. Hi

    We are planning to go to LEH in first week of April 2012, can you please advice if we can go by road from Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang – Leh.

    How is the weather condition this year?

    Any advice would be very helpful.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Hi Sharjeel,

      In April, all roads to Leh – Ladakh are closed. So, the only option is to fly in. Do you still wanna make it? If yes, we can discuss over the itinerary and other plans :)…

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for your quick reply, we are planning for a Road trip we are a group of 6 people and we have already booked the tickets. We will be arriving to Delhi on 29th of March 2012 and we have a return ticket from Delhi on 7th April 2012.

        Can you give me any other alternate routes for Road trips.

        Also would it be possible for you to arrange an Innova from Delhi Station for the same.

        Thanks and Regards

        • hi Sharjeel,

          There is no other route that goes to Ladakh by road. Both Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway will be closed at that time. So, you cannot make the road trip in April.

          Regards
          Dheeraj sharma

        • Hi Dheeraj

          As per your Advice we have decided to go to Spiti Valley, can you guide us for an itinerary for the same.

          We are a group of 5 people and we are thinking of taking Innova or Scorpion from Delhi.

          Thanks and Regards

          Sharjeel

        • Hi Sharjeel,

          I have replied to your email for the itinerary and provided my comments inline. Let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  7. Sanjay Sharma on

    Hi,

    I want to travel manali in new year celebration by my own car. Is this the right time to visit there and also tell me about road condition.

    • Hi Sanjay,

      First and foremost, please keep in mind that first you will be traveling in the costliest week of the year, second there will be hefty tourist rush around both Shimla and Manali and third that you will need pre-booking at either of the places to avoid sleeping in taxi/bus itself (I am not joking but around X-mas and new year, have known people who slept in car :))…

      If that is OK then probably you can head in your own car. But, once you reach Manali I will suggest that you hire local taxi there to cover snow points at Marhi or Gulaba or Solang Valley. Road conditions is generally fine between Manali and Delhi sparing few rough patches.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Saw many comments on Rohtang and all… I am planning to visit Chandigarg-Shimla-Manali-Chandigarh in the first week of March

        IS there any chance that I can find snow ??? or snowfall

        • Hi Gayatri,

          It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley and even Kufri/Narkanda/Hatu Peak. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

          Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

          Around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda/Hatu (full day trip).

          I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  8. ningrinmi on

    so many question,wat about how to get to manipur after a trip to manali from delhi…do u have any idea???

  9. clarification, why wil rohtang pass be closed??? also the other place u mention….for sure , ter will be ample of snow ryt?? can we make snow man ter??im india but stay in philippines n im bringing my frens from thailand n indonesia..so want to confirm everything well….iv never been to manali either..but heard a lot about it….

    plzzz…..give me all the necessary imformation needed..also we choose manali coz of the snow ..we all have never seen in our life!! please help!!

    • Hi ningrinmi,

      Rohtang Pass gets closed due to heavy snowfall in winter season and for safety of people BRO do not allow people beyond points upto which snow is cleared. These are called snow points where you will find plenty of snow and yes you can make snow man there ;) … I request you go through the Manali travel guide which contains information about Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc and is available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • I had been to Manali in the month of June. But the road to Rotang Pass was closed and we were allowed to go till Gulaba snow point. Can you please tell me as to which time of the year can i be sure that Rotang pass would be clear? I wish to go to Leh via Rotang Pass.

        • Hi Divya,

          Rohtang Pass often opens up in June first or second week, atleast this year. However, the frequent landslides at Rani Nalla for the last two years are killing the adventure and closing the pass again and again. Best thing to go to Leh is by Srinagar and come back via Manali so that you do not suffer AMS (mind you AMS can be deadly too, read more about AMS here). Though I am not saying that one cannot do it from Manali side, 1000s of people do it but I am not sure they actually enjoy it rather running for day. So, going by Srinagar side helps you acclimatize properly and evenly balance the distance between Manali and Leh at Sarchu night halt. Going via Manali it is not recommended at to stay at Sarchu.

          Now, coming back to the question, ideally for me best time window for traveling on Manali – Leh Highway majorly depends upon your luck. But, still —

          1) If you want to enjoy snow then best time to visit is June end or July first two weeks before the monsoon hits Norther India. But, you need to keep the plan flexible with buffer days which can be utilized incase of any road blockage due to landslides or snow slides.

          2) If you want to enjoy beautiful colors and much decent roads (comparatively only) then just after Monsoon resides in September is the ideal time for me. However, you will be devoid of snow and yes of course winter starts to set-in in trans Himalayan region at that time, so be ready for some cold conditions. I have compiled the risks involved in traveling in late September or October here. Go through them and decide if you are OK with such risks, otherwise go with the earlier window before monsoon.

          You can decide on the time window and we can further discuss the entire plan for you given the number of days and mode of transport. For starting points, if interested in more details you can check the below link —

          1) How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
          2) How to plan a journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway
          3) Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway
          4) How to arrange Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
          5) How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

          I hope this helps :) … Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  10. hi! i want to visit manali last week of march with some of my fren, will ter still be snow at rohatang peak. plz! your imformation wud be very much appreciated!!

    • Hello ningrinmi,

      Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time. However, there will be plenty of snow at that time on the snow points of Solang Valley and Gulaba or Marhi, so enjoy the snow there. If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  11. Mayank Pande on

    Hi All,

    I am planning to visit Manali in the month of jan 2012.Is shimla-manali road open in januaryc 2012?and can we expect to see snowfall in manali at that time.

    We are coming by train to shimla and then via road to manali.

    please suggest.

    Thanks,

    Mayank

    • Mayank, Shimla – Manali road will be open at that time from the usual route but route via Jalori Pass will be closed. Yes, in Januarry you can expect snowfall for sure but it totally depends on your luck. It is hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

      As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there, may be even at Kufri too near Shimla.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Mayank Pande on

        Thanks Dheeraj for the info.

        we will be reaching Shimla on 20th Jan morning and will be exploring Himancahal till 25 jan night we have return train from Kalka. can you please inform which are spot which we can explore in those 5 days where we can expect lots of snow.. last time when i visited himachal was in 2007 and at that time we did package from shimla …is that still possible?

        Thanks

        Mayank

        • Mayank, if you have not done the bookings yet then please book the tickets only for one side for train from Kalka. Take Volvo to Manali from Delhi at any one side.

          Day 1 – Reach Manali by morning via Overnight Volvo. Take rest for half of the day. In the evening/late noon, spend time around Mall road, visit Hadimba devi temple, manu temple, local monastery etc
          Day 2 – Manali to snow points of Marhi or Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass and on the way back explore Solang Valley if you feel like.
          Day 3 – Manali – Shimla
          Day 4 – Explore Shimla and around like any of these Ridge road, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhu Temple, Chini Bunglow, Yak Rides, Himalayan Zoo, State Museum etc.
          Day 5 – Shimla – Kufri – Naldhera – Mashorba Tattapani – Shimla
          Day 6 – Shimla enjoy other sightseeing till noon and then move to Kalka to take overnight train.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know for any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  12. I was in Rohtang Pass on 24th October 2011 and it snowed 2 days back. I enjoyed very much.

    It was like dream come true when I experienced snow there.

    • Hello Avinash,

      Thanks for the update and welcome to DeViL on WheeLs… Your update is really valuable for others planning their journeys and wanting to see snow. Thanks for it. It is really sweet to know that you enjoyed your journey with full enthu and weather gods were favs for you :) … I know it is a great feeling to see snow…

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • i was in rohtang pass on 24th oct 2011 and it snow 1 day back me n my friends enjoyed lot realy it was to good

  13. hi dheeraj,

    can u tell me the location of kardung la,how far is it from leh??i need to discuss u about ma trip,i ll be coming from kerala,n v have around 18 days,plan a trip for me.

  14. hii dheeraj,

    me and my friend is planning for a trip to shimla-kullu-manali and rohtang,we will be coming on our bike,i know its risky but still we want it to happen.are two wheelers allowed to rohtang?suggest me the best climate to visit n we would like to see some snow capped peaks too so pls do suggest a time suitable for all this….even let me know if there is any good view point after rohtang n we would also like to ride through indias highest motorable road….pls drop a reply,thnx in advance

    • Hello Jaison,

      The highest motorable road is in Ladakh that is Khardung La and is very far away from Manali or Rohtang Pass almost more than 500+ KMs. Now, if you want to ride to Rohtang Pass and also want to see snow then it will be great if you can visit the Rohtang Pass after June second week but before monsoon starts. When the monsoon starts the roads become almost like anightmare to ride, so avoid that period. If you are not totally interested in Rohtang Pass and OK seeing snow at lower snow points then you can visit Manali region anytime from December to May but keep in mind that Rohtang Pass will be closed for you due to heavy snow on roads. However, you will be able to see much of snow around snow points of MArhi Gulaba or Solang Valley.

      If interested in more details on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • hi dheeraj,

        thanks for the reply,i changed my trip status and extended it till Leh,i mean Manali-Leh,pls do suggest a suitable time for this trip,at present i am at dubai,i ll take leave accordingly depending on the time u suggest….pls do suggest a time when ther ll be snow n roads remain open….thnx mate,thnx a lot,do reply

        • Hello Jaison,

          In that case, it will be quite safe to plan your journey in last week of June or first two weeks of July when you can find ample of snow on roads and roads will be open by that time from both Srinagar as well as Manali sides to Leh. Now, please keep in mind that road conditions hardly improve on Manali – Leh road and remains almost quite challenging + adventurous all throughout the season. It improves slightly towards the end of season that is September or October first week but by that time snow is all gone. So, you need to be prepared for all the adventure that Manali – Leh Highway present to a traveller in the month of June – July and situation worsens when monsoon comes in late July and August.

          So IMHO, overall whatever best window you will get so that you avoid monsoons, see ample of snow and roads are open for you will be like 20th June – 15th July window. Please feel free to discuss about your entire plan by letting me know about the number of days in hand and mode transport. I will be happy to sketch the entire travel plan for you, if required. For a journey to Leh – Ladakh it is always better to have atleast 12 days or more ex-Delhi to enjoy the beauty of this heaven called Ladakh.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • hi dheeraj,
          i m from kerala,have got couple of friends in shimla,me and ma friend ll be going to delhi by train,my bike too ll be taken in the same train till delhi,from delhi we ll ride to shimla n spend two days there n after that to manali,then to leh..all together we are planning for around 20 days,cos kerala to delhi takes around 40 hrs by train..so 4 days ll go in travelling from kerala -delhi,up and down.even let me know whether ther is any mobile network in way to leh..so i can tak a connection also.we are planning to take one bike for rent from manali,riding with a pillion rider n lugages ll be risky n quite tiring so thought of renting one from manali.what all necessary stuffs sud i carry,i mean from manali to leh,pls drop a reply,i would like to discuss more about accomodation and tourist spots in that region…thanks in advance mate..

        • Hello Jaison,

          In that case, ex. Delhi you have around 16 days as 4 days out of 18 will be utilized in to-from from Kerala. So, I will suggest a plan for your journey for 16 days. First and foremost, I will strongly advise that you go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. This way it helps you better acclimatize your body and evenly distribute the distance between Manali – Leh highway over two nights. It will also help you enjoy Manali – Leh Highway in a better way because your body will be acclimatized to the high altitude that one goes through on Manali – Leh Highway. So, transport your bike to Jammu and from there try to courier it to Srinagar. This way you can fly directly to Srinagar from Delhi and start your journey from there. It will save you another two days of boring ride from Delhi to Srinagar. Also, flight tickets from Delhi – Srinagar are cheap enough and will be less or similar in cost incurred for Delhi-Srinagar ride. Assuming this, I suggest the below plan and we can discuss/modify/fine tune according to your needs later:

          Day 1: Reach Srinagar by flight and get the bikes and stay overnight at Srinagar. Enjoy Dal Lake views in the evening.
          Day 2: Srinagar – Drass – Kargil
          Day 3: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          — Explore Maitrey at Mulbekh, Lamayuru Monastery, Lunar Landscapes, Redzong Monastery

          Day 4: Leh Local Sightseeing (overnight in Leh)
          – Get Inner Line Permits or ask your hotel owner to get the permits for you, which will save time for you to explore the below places. For more details and to download application form for Inner Line Permits (ILPs) visit the link here: here
          – Local sightseeing including Leh Palace, Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa

          Day 5: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley)
          – Enjoy a cup of soup at Khardung La top and do not forget to take pictures along the sign board of highest motorable road …
          – Visit Diskit old and new monastery including the tallest Buddha statue
          – In the evening you can go for double humped camel ride at Hunder
          – Overnight at Diskit or Hunder

          Day 6: Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Visit Sumur and Panamik and finally return to Leh.
          – Panamik has hot water springs and Sumur has a nice monastery.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 7: Leh – Hemis or Thiksey – Pangong Tso
          – Visit one of the Hemis or Thiksey monasteries while going to Pangong Tso as other can be covered on return

          Day 8: Pangong Tso – Hemis or Thiksey – Shey Palace – Leh
          – Visit the monastery that you left while going to Pangong Tso our of Hemis or Thicksey.

          Day 9: Leh – Shyam Valley – Leh
          — Visit Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu, Basgo Palace, Likir Monastery, Alchi Monasteries, Magnetic Hills and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib.
          — Overnight in Leh

          Day 10: Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          – Visit the Karzok monastery

          Day 11: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
          Day 12: Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          Day 13: Manali – Delhi

          Day 14 + Day 15 + Day 16 = Buffer days which will be very important in case of road blockages. In case, they are not utilized then I will suggest you can utilize them like
          — Day trip from Hunder/Diskit to Turtuk. Keep atleast two spare days for Manali – Leh Highway. So, if all three are still intact when you visit Nubra Valley then use one for a visit to Turtuk from Hunder/Diskit, of course you need to write Turtuk on ILP form
          — Leave for Tso Moriri with atleast two buffer days. When you reach Sarchu then you can use one of them by breaking the journey on Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa and doing the Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali on the next day with a little ease. Keep one day buffer here for Rohtang Pass mess.
          — After reaching Manali you can either use the leftover buffer day by exploring the areas around Manali like Naggar and Kasol or can utilize it in any other way you like going to Shimla and spending a day there.

          For mobile your best bet will be to carry post paid BSNL SIM. Pre-paid networks outside Leh do not work in Leh – Ladakh. Most of the queries/doubts you have regarding mobile network, sightseeing places, public amenities, places to stay, accommodation options, ATMs, petrol pumps etc are detailed in the article here and here. Kindly, go through them too to have better understanding of your plan.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • hi dheeraj,
          i forgot to ask u one thing,have seen those pics u have uploaded,pls do mention wher all dis pics were taken,is that on manali -leh road or some other places.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    Pls let me know whether I can get to see snow in Manali in the month of december 2011

    • Hey Rajeev,

      Snow has already started falling in the upper himalayan region including Rohtang Pass. So, plan your trip and go ahead buddy as you will have tons of snow around Manali at snow points of Gulaba or Marhi or Solang Valley. If interested, for more information on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  16. Hi, I'm planning to drive this highway this coming January 2012 do u think it is possible? pls advise thank you

    • Hi Jiashin,

      Are you planning Manal – Leh drive in January? No buddy, it is not possible. The roads will close down in November most probably and even if BRO will successfully show some resistance against nature this November for the first time, the roads to Leh will surely close down in December for next 6 months. Then, Manali – Leh Highway will open most probably in June and Srinagar – Leh Highway will open either in May end or June. I hope this helps, please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks for your quick revert Dheeraj that's such a pity. Are the highways entirely close or partially? If i were to explore that highway what would be the best time to tavel there?

        • Hello Jiashin,

          They are almost completely closed in winters and by no means one can drive through those roads. Time window to Travel on Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway is June to September and some part of October sometimes. But things may or may not go in favour even in October but that depends upon weather that time. So, if you looking forwards then plan your journey between June – September. You can plan in September end if you want decent roads but ready to sacrifice snow. If you are crazy for Snow then plan mid June to mid July.

          For detailed account including best time, accommodation options, places to see, basic amenities, tips, night stays etc on planning the journey on Manali – Leh Highway check the link here and for Srinagar – Leh Highway check link here.

          I hope this helps, feel free to discuss more if you have any doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hello Jiashin,

          Manali – Leh Highway has started freezing at many places ahead of Patseo and BRO is having tough time in clearing the roads. There are water crossings which have frozen and there is ice on roads already. I advice you to start only after sun is out in the sky around 8 AM types so that the roads have less ice on it, if the roads are open. Do drive/ride with extreme care if there is ice on roads or crossing frozen streams as it is extremely dangerous and skidding. Take Care buddy.. and have a safe safe trip…

          Be ready for some bone chilling experience and freezing night stays at Keylong and Sarchu :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Jiashin,

      Are you planning Manali – Leh drive in January? No buddy, it is not possible. The roads will close down in November most probably and even if BRO will successfully show some resistance against nature this November for the first time, the roads to Leh will surely close down in December for next 6 months. Then, Manali – Leh Highway will open most probably in June and Srinagar – Leh Highway will open either in May end or June. I hope this helps, please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  17. hey dheeraj, dude we are planning from manali to rohtang in 15 november. So plz tell me that rohtang will open on 15 november or not. and rani naala is open on november 15 or not..

    • Hey Sunny,

      Yes, BRO has announced that they will be keeping the Rohtang Pass and Manali – Leh Highway open for the month of November as well. so, if the weather is clear I guess you will be allowed to visit Rohtang Pass on that very day when you plan to visit it. I hope this helps, please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Vivek,

      As of snow you can only find snow if it snows one noght before you plan to reach Rohtang Pass. Snow stock will not be present and if there is any recent snowfall that will be melted in next day's sunlight. Now, going to Patseo, I am not sure what is the intent as you will find snow only at Baralacha La which is further ahead and again with the same limitation as of Rohtang Pass.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have any doubts or further queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  18. deepesh mittal on

    I am planning to go to manali and rohtangpass on 1st nd 2nd november
    please tell me will rohtangpass open at that time. my son is 1year nd 8months whats the precautions.

    • Hello Deepesh,

      Regarding 1.7 Yr old child, I do not feel any major concerns but do take necessary precautions against cold conditions and chill by carrying heavy woolens and keep him draped well so that he do not catch any cold. You must go through other precautions mentioned in the link here regarding carrying child/infant to high altitidue. Although most of them apply while taking kids/babies to high altitudes and may be only applicable in your case while going to snow points in Marhi/Gulaba/Rohtang Pass.

      Rohtang Pass may or may not be open depending upon the weather conditions and snowfall in the coming days. Actually, it must have been closed by that time for tourists generally but this year BRO has extended the maintenance of Rohtang Pass even in the month of November. So, if weather is not too much of a concern you will find it open for you. But, keep the visit only after couple of days you reach Manali.

      I hope this helps. If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Please let me know if you need more details or have any doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  19. Nagarajan Jayamani on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    End of Jan’12 am planning to visit Delhi – Shimla – Manali – Rhotang pass trip…can I take my son along with me who is 3.5 years old. Can we see snow in Shimla that time (End of Jan’12). Can we able to visit Rhotang Pass

    • Hello Nagarajan,

      Well, frankly speaking you will find tons of snow around Manali and Kufri near Shimla or Hatu Peak near Narkanda at that time of the year. So, don't worry regarding that just go ahead with your plan. Regarding 3.5 Yr old child, yes none of these places are too above the altitude to cause any major concerns but do take necessary precautions against cold conditions and chill by coming with heavy woolens and keep him draped well so that he do not catch any cold. You can also go through other precautions mentioned here in this article. Although most of them apply while taking kids/babies to high altitudes and may be only applicable in your case while going to snow points in Manali. Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time of the year, so forget about it and enjoy snow near Gulaba or Solang Valley.

      I hope this helps. If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Please let me know if you need more details or have any doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hey Shivya,

      Well yes Munsiyari have been on To-Travel list for a long time now and I feel like going over it soon. More and more I read about Munsiyari more strongly I feel like going there and have have almost decided to postpone my Gujrat plans for an year. So, it will be choice among two in the coming winters, let's see what happens :) … I am sure you would surely love this place being off-beat as of now. BTW, I did compile one list of my favorite off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh at the link here and I hope you can find one interesting for you as well, do check.

      As of now, soon will be hitting the Himalayan roads next week.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  20. Devendra Bansal on

    Actually we are a newly married couple, married on 06th july 2011, want to go for Honeymoon with one more couple to Vaishno devi as well as Kullu manali & shimla in last sept. or starting october for 7 to 9 days. please would u share it will be appropriate time for honeymoon. will be able to enjoy our honeymoon on this time, if not please suggest us suitable time

    • Hello Devendra,

      First I will suggest that you choose limited destinations for your honeymoon. IMHO, Shimla is too commercialized for honeymoon, so do not plan it. You should choose one of Manali – Naggar region or Tirthan Valley or Khajjiar + Chamba region along with Vaishno Devi. I feel it should be sufficient and will give ample amount of time for you to relax and enjoy.

      Secondly and MOST importantly, first week of October means holiday for Durga Puja and Dusherra, so all these places will be flocked with tourists specially from Calcutta and Bengal. Kindly avoid this period in order to avoid too much crowd. Rather try to re-plan it between mid-October to mid-November.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need more inputs or have some queries/doubts. At last congratulations for your marriage :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hello Dheeraj, We are 4 students planning a bike trip to Leh from Manali starting from October first. How are the weather and road conditions at this time? especially at Rohtang Pass. Thnx a ton in advance…

      Regards,

      Harish

      • Hello Harish,

        October is a 50:50 time for going to Ladakh and especially Manali – Leh Highway. For more information on the risks involved, do read the article on 5 reasons to avoid Manali – Leh Highway in late September or October linked here.

        Now, since the monsoon has been delayed this year too, I guess it may be (I repeat may be) OK to travel but do make sure that you have atleast 2 buffer days in hand to make this trip. Weather conditions will be cold in night and in day time it can be warm if sun is out shining. As per road conditions at Rohtang Pass, they have improved a bit but just a bit. Since, you are riding I will advice you to carry extra pair of clutch plates and learn them how to replace them. If you get stuck in slush then please avoid using bike power to pull out with cluth rather use your and your friend's muscle power to push the bike out of slush stretch. Rest apart from cold conditions, you may do good for rest of the Manali – Leh Highway. Again in Ladakh itself the biggest challenge will be cold conditions, so go prepared with heavy woolens.

        I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

        Regards,
        Dheeraj

  21. Hi,

    We are planning to visit Manali around 16th October can we see snow in manali [not live] i.e Rohtang and so some Skiing.. Thanks in Advance

    • Minal, usually the snowfall starts by October at all the high mountain passes. I guess seeing a delayed monsoon you may or you may not be able to see snow at Rohtang Pass in mid-October. As far as skiing is concerned that will be very much unlikely to happen :( … I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have some queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

    • rajkumar vyas on

      Dear ,

      We are planning to visit manali and rohtang by end of the october .

      will there be snow fall ?

      and if we extend the journey to leh ,will it be good time and roads open ?

      • Hello Raj Kumar,

        First and foremost, drop Leh out of equation unless you will very much like to run into any of the 5 reasons or risks to avoid a journey on Manali Leh Journey in late seasons, mentioned here. Now coming back, no one can predict weather that early but it is likely that you may be able to see snow in October end at Rohtang Pass. However, it will very much depends upon the weather conditions this year. Monsoons have been delayed in Himachal, so I wonder if it will impact the snowfall or not. But, generally there happens to be snow at end of October on Rohtang Pass.

        If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

        Regards,
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • rajkumar vyas on

          Thanks Dheeraj sir for the valuable information ..so kind of you.

        • rajkumar vyas on

          Dear Dheeraj sir ..so if we plan the trip till Rohtang Pass at the end of october and since i will travel there by my car ..will it be ok ?

        • Hi Rajkumar,

          Hmm, to be very frank you will not be allowed to take your own car to Rohtang Pass unless you take the permits for going to Leh or Keylong. HP GOVT. has banned movement of non-HP vehicles going to Rohtang Pass from Manali. So, if someone needs to go to Lahaul Valley, Spiti Valley or Leh-Ladakh from Manali in his own car then he needs to get permits from SDM office Manali. You can read all information about this rule at the link here

          So, you need to tell them lie that you are going to Keylong/Lahaul Valley and need permits to take your own car then only permits will be issued to you. In case you mention just Rohtang Pass then permits will not be issued, as per the rule though. I am not sure if the HP GOVT. has any plans to relax the rules or take off the permits in off season though but in all cases it seems unlikely to kill the generation of income of local taxis by this rule. Again, if the Rohtang Pass is officially closed by then, again you will not be issued any permits in any likelihood.

          So, if you get the permits it is OK to travel to Rohtang Pass but confirm from the locales that there shouldn't bee too much snow on the roads which can make driving difficult if you haven't done that before. As of now the drive to Rohtang Pass is a mess or nightmare due to the presence of 1.5-2 feet slush near Rani Nalla and road conditions between MArhi to ROhtang are too worse. October end, seems that roads will be dried up i.e. slush may be gone but if there is snow then do confirm before you leave.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

  22. Hi dhheraj

    What is current status for chandertal ? I want to visit chandratal in this month , is it possible?

    Thanks

    • Hello Mohit,

      You can reach Chandratal Mohit but the road conditions between Rani Nalla and Rohtang Pass are still not so good. But, the Chandratal road is motorable upto 2.5 KMs before Chandratal which is the parking spot. Rest you need to trek a bit. If interested, you can also go through the Travel Guide for Chandratal available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  23. Hi Dheeraj,

    Once again seeking your guidance, how do i reach kaza i mean is it a motorable road and how much times does it take and where to stay

    • Hello Rakesh,

      Kaza is located in Spiti Valley and you can reach Kaza via Following two route, one goes via Manali and other goes via Shimla.

      1. Delhi – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzam Pass – Kaza
      2. Delhi – Shimla – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza

      The first route is difficult and requires just two days with night halt at Manali. But, since Kaza is at greater height and you pass through high mountain passes your body is not properly acclimatized. So, you may fall sick or hit with acute mountain sickness if you take that route. Having said that people do take the route, to decrease the AMS symptoms you can stay overnight first at Solang Valley instead on Manali and then at Khoksar on second day and third day reach Kaza and carry further ahead to Tabo (about 47 KMs away) to stay there for night and then come back to Kaza on the fourth day to enjoy the region.

      The second route goes via Shimla and is longer and time consuming route. But, your body gets acclimatized well by the time you reach Kaza as the altitude with each overnight stay increases gradually on this route. You can reach Kaza through this route with overnight halts at Narkanda, then Kalpa, then Tabo and then fourth day Kaza or may be even third day. But, again to reach there with good amount of acclimatization you should stay at Tabo first before planning to stay overnight at Kaza. Infact you can see places around Kaza as with day trip from Tabo itself. The idea is to delay the night stay at Kaza as much as you can for acclimatization on the body.

      Both Tabo and Kaza have good amount of homestay and other options. Infact Kaza has lots of stay options. Please let me know for further details on them.

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  24. Deepak Bathija on

    Hi Dheeraj, I am planning to visit manali in 2nd week of October wanted to know if this is the best period to visit Manali and will rohtang pass b open?

    • Hi Deepak,

      Yes, I guess by 2nd week of September the Durga Puja holidays will be over and Dusherra festival as well. So, it will be good time to visit Manali and yes Rohtang Pass will be open by that time.
      For more information on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  25. hi actually we are planning to go to manali via shimla from delhi in the first wk of sept. so, can u tell me if the roads are clear ryt nw? and if not then we ill go to mussourie, and i hope roads to mussourie are clear. ryt?

    • Hello Rakesh,

      The roads between Shimla – Manali are open now and in fact there are three routes from Shimla which go to Manali. So, I guess you shouldn't have any problems going against you in terms of connectivity unless weather turns really bad shape. I hope this helps you in decision making. Let me know if you need more details or have more queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  26. Hi Dheeraj, Appreciate greatly your updates on the current status and details being provided. Its very helpful.

    We are planning for a trip from Chandigarh to Leh via Manali and Rohtang around Sept 6th.

    Can you please let us know if the weather conditions during that time would be good and safe from landslides/snowfall etc?

    • Hello Sushma,

      Thanks for such appreciating words, I am glad information present on my blog is useful for you. Coming back, it is too early to predict the weather at that time. Usually, the rains should subside the region by that time and you should get clear skies and a bit improved roads by then but again nothing is certain when it comes to weather now a days. Currently, the Rohtang Pass is in ugly state but Manali – Leh road is open. If weather holds up by that time the slush present on the roads will start to dry and you will get much better roads between Manali (specifically Marhi) to Rohtang Pass. Once, you cross Rohtang Pass the rest of the roads are in far better state upto Leh. For long term weather forecast updates on Rohtang Pass, keep hooked to the below link: Long term forecast for Rohtang La in Himachal Pradesh (India)

      If you need more details on how to plan trip on Manali – Leh Highway, acclimatization and its importance,list of accommodation options, amenities on Manali – Leh Highway etc I will suggest you read the following article: Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Road

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj, Gone through the blog thank you very much for the info provided. Me and my friends are also planning to visit LEH on october 1st week and we are not sure of the whether and road condition at that time.Can you plz help us to provide some info and also if it is the right time to visit LEH via manali-rothang pass.your response will help us a lot cos we are so much excited to visit the place this october 1st week.Thanks in advance.

        • Hello Pavan,

          If you re attempting to go in October first week then I will suggest you to go through this post: 5 Reasons to Avoid Manali – Leh Highway in Late September or October

          So, you might and you might not get the favorable weather as stated in the link above. Now, by that time the business starts to pack up at the places like Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri as well but again you might not find tents but there will be homestay options available in near by villages by and large.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have some doubts/queries.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

  27. Hello :),

    im waiting in Mc Leod Ganj for already 2 days because the road from Manali to Leh is closed. Tomorrow im going to Manali since a few persons told me that maybe they open it in 2 days !!! What do you think ??

    Thanks for the information :)

    • Hello Angeles,

      It has not rained since yesterday around Manali as per the last updates I had and it was a bright sunny day too. I hope the roads will be cleared soon if they have not been cleared by today. So, I feel if weather holds up there are high chances that you will find the Manali – Leh Highway open by tomorrow, if it has not been opened today.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hello Angeles,

        The Manali – Leh Highway is still closed near Rohtang Pass and taxis will not be plying on the Manali – Leh Highway for today as well.

        Regards,.
        Dheeraj Sharma

  28. my family members are stuckon manali chandigarh highway on 17 aug 2011 .plz let me know when will the highway open .i am unable to contact them

    • Hi Anshika,

      The water level has been reduced in the rivers and it has not rained since yesterday around Manali. I guess the highway will be operational very soon or it might have been operational by now so they might reach Chandigarh by tonight or tomorrow.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  29. is the road from jispa to leh still blocked by landslides ? i have family members who are unreachable on phone . can you give me some information .

    • Hi Ashok,

      The road and the whole valley along with river Beas are in spate due to continuous rainfall. The Manali – Leh Highway is blocked between Manali – Keylong due to landslides at Rani Nalla as per today’s report. But, I guess Jispa – Leh is open as per the last updates on 15th August. There is no mobile connectivity after Jispa till Leh or outskirts of Leh.

      I wish and pray everything is fine with your family members. Please update about there safety here as well.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Ashok,

      The road and the whole valley along with river Beas are in spate due to continuous rainfall. The Manali – Leh Highway is blocked between Manali – Keylong due to landslides at Rani Nalla as per today's report. But, I guess Jispa – Leh is open as per the last updates on 15th August. There is no mobile connectivity after Jispa till Leh or outskirts of Leh.

      I wish and pray everything is fine with your family members. Please update about there safety here as well.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • thank you for your reply . i was able to contact my brother ( himanshu shethis/ bhanushali ) at 1 pm on the 16th of august . he was stuck between keylong and jispa . he is accompanied by mr. sanjay madan of expeditiononwheels ( in sanjay's landcruiser ) . they have airtel / bsnl sims between them which are still unreachable . please pass on any info , fellow travellers , i am worried .

        • Well Ashok, I have posted the info. on few forum and my twitter account. If they were stuck at 1 PM between Keylong and Jispa yesterday then probably they might have stayed overnight at Sarchu. Today they might be doing the Sarchu – Leh and once they reach Leh by evening today they will be able to contact you, I guess.

          Regards
          dheeraj sharma

  30. Hi Dheeraj,

    i have seen your comments and would seriously appreciate your detailed ideas adding knowledge for the manali-leh goers.

    I am planning to come to manali in coming weekend (22) as my friends would be coming to Delhi from different parts and would be reaching delhi by 9-10 pm how can we come at 10 pm from delhi to manali as i have no bus is available (RED bus and htdc) at that time. Also, let me know the best option to reach asap in wednesday morning back as the bus will be reaching by 7.

    thanks

    chirag

    • Hello Chirag,

      Thanks alot, I am glad that you liked the info on the blog. Well, buddy in that case you need hire a private taxi for yourself. HPTDC bus is a good option of travel but again you can't get them after 8 PM I guess. So, either you guys should hire a private taxi to leave Delhi by 10 PM and reach Manali by 11 AM next morning. Again, you need to leave from Manali by 2 PM on Tuesday night so that you guys reach by 4 AM in the morning. Manali is about 13-14 Hrs of journey from Delhi and also keep in mind that if it rains then it may slow down the journey. HPTDC bus service leaves Manali at 5.30 PM and reach Delhi at around 7 AM in the morning, which in your case will be late as you say.

      Also, get some trained or skilled driver with you who has the experience of driving in the hills and make sure he has slept in the day for sure.
      I hope this helps. Let me know in case you have doubts or queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  31. Also some of my friends are suggesting to visit shimla manali circuit in the first week of october where in we can expect snow at that time. So can u suggest whether this month end which we planned earlier is the right time or october first week is best?? Also suggest some more places which are photographers delight apart from which u suggest to my previous post. thanks in advance..:):)

    • Hello Ravi,

      In Shimla you have no chance to find any snow in October. It is in December last week or January first week when Shimla region starts getting snow. In between August and October, I will prefer October but not for snow rather based on the fact that rains will be resided completely and roads to Rohtang Pass will be in a lot better shape than what they are today. Again, in October first week I feel there will be Dusshera Festival in Kullu and Manali region. It is the time when tourists mainly from Bengal throng the valley and due to festivals the villagers from local villages also come to the valley, resulting in too much crowd and difficulty in finding accommodation too. So, please keep this fact in mind if you plan to visit around Dusshera festival.

      Among all tourist places, Manali is the best region to find snow in early winters as Rohtang Pass is easily approachable from Manali and Rohtang Pass is the best place to get snow in early winters. Generally, it is October end or November first week that Rohtang Pass starts receiving snowfall. Hence, if you really wish to touch and play in snow then try to visit Manali region in November first or second week types, you will not be disappointed.

      In between Shimla and Manali there are many places of interest which I mentioned in the previous post like Tirthan Valley, Naggar Castle, Kasol, Narkanda, Hatu Peak, Kufri (I least prefer going there) and the drive from Narkanda to Jalori Pass etc. It all depends on the amount of time you have in your hands. You can also check travel guide for Manali at the below link along with some pictures for all the near by places that can be visited around that Manali region:

      Travel Guide for Manali

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  32. Ajit Chauhan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planing for a trip to manali,rohtang pass and some other places in himachal pradesh this month i.e from 14th aug 2011 to 17th Aug 2011.Can u please suggest ki whether is this the right time for the trip.My 4 year daughter also with me 'she is crezy about seeing snow.Any Suggestions?

    • Hello Ajit,

      Around Manali you will not be able to find any snow currently or in August. If you are planning a hassle free vacation then going to Rohtang Pass is also not suggested as the slush is too much over there and you may end up in long traffic jam too with some tough conditions. Kindly, avoid it rather visit Naggar Castle and Kasol which are very nice places to hang around and spend time. In any case, you can always check with the locals about the average time taken to visit Rohtang Pass at the time you plan to visit. If they give some positive feedback that there is no slush, silt present on road then owing to the dry spell then ONLY plan a day visit to Rohtang Pass else try to avoid it.

      Meanwhile for more details on Manali town, you may like to check the Manali Travel Guide at the link below: Delhi to Manali Travel Guide

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  33. ravivarma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planing for a trip to shimla,manali,rohtang pass and some other places in himachal pradesh this month end i.e from 27th aug 2011 to 4th sep 2011.Can u please suggest ki whether is this the right time for the trip.Also please suggest any other places of intrest which we can cover during this duration.

    • Hello Ravi,

      I guess by the time you are planning the rains will subside to certain extent, so it will be kinda good time to visit Manali – Shimla circuit. If you are planning a hassle free vacation then going to Rohtang Pass is also not suggested as the slush is too much over there and you may end up in long traffic jam too. Kindly, avoid it rather visit Naggar Castle and Kasol which are very nice places to hang around and spend time. In any case, you can always check with the locals about the average time taken to visit Rohtang Pass at the time you plan to visit. If they give some positive feedback that there is no slush, silt present owing to the dry spell then plan a days visit to Rohtang Pass else avoid it.

      From Shimla you can go via Narkanda – Jalori Pass – Shoja – Trithan Valley – Manali route to hang out for a day or two in Tirthan Valley as well and finally cover Manali for remaining days.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  34. hi,

    i like to know whether the manali-leh highway would be open around 10th of october. if yes then plz throw some light on the complications to travel on this highway during this month of year

    thanking you

    ravi

    • Hey Ravi,

      October is genrally not the best time to visit Ladakh and its the time when most of the high mountain passes enroute Manali – Leh Highway and also in Ladakh starts receiving snowfall on frequent basis. Based on the past two years, although the Manali Leh Highway has not been closed upto mid November and BRO maintains or clears any road closure until the Manali – Leh Highway is offcially declared closed by them. Even in this case you will certainly run with the risk of closure of roads for two three days even at anytime in Ocotber due to heavy snowfall on the passes. So, road closure due to heavy snowfall is one reason you should avoid traversing Manali – Leh Highway in October. Secondly, the winter begin to set in this region and the cold conditions certainly becomes bone chilling. So, one needs to be prepared for battling the some really cold conditions as well. Thirdly, people who setup tents at Sarchu, Pang start to packup and move to their homes which leaves you with very limited accommodation options on Manali – Leh Highway.

      Hence, IMO one should avoid traversing Manali – Leh highway after September until you have atleast 2-3 buffer days in hand which can be utilized in case of any road closure and you are ready to battle some really cold conditions :)

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  35. hi,

    i am planning a journey to leh-ladakh via manali route in october. to be little bit more precise it would be around 10th of the october. so, from previous years statistics i like to know whether the highway upto leh-ladakh would be open for public. if yes the n also throw some light on the difficulties to travel on this road during this month.

    thanking you

    ravi

  36. Hi Manas,

    I guess there are couple of route if you want to go from Amritsar to Manali via Hoshiarpur but I guess below one is the best route –

    Amritsar – Kartarpur – Adampur – Hoshiarpur (follow NH 70) – Amb – Nadaun – Hamirpur (Leave Nh-88 now and follow NH-70)- Daroghan – Sarkaghat – Mandi (Follow NH -21) – Kullu – Manali

    Yes, it is safe to drive but do drive with care, safety and caution as hills drive require more patience, skills and safety measures than plains drive. If you are not OK with driving then take the driver with you. Total distance could be around 450 KMs and once you enter Himachal Pradesh after Hoshiarpur the hills will start. Hoshiarpur to Manali could be about 290 odd KMs.

    You can always get more details about Manali in the link below for Manali Travel Guide – http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/delhi-to-manal

    I hope this help. Please let me know if you have any queries.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  37. hi dheeraj..

    me and my friends are planing to visit manali….we r leaving from amritsar via hoshiarpur…can u tell me about the road conditions …..nd can it is safe to drive ourself…..nd how much s the mountain area to be covered in ths route…

  38. Hi All,

    We, a group of 5 members on 2 bikes and a scorpio, are planning for the Leh road trip starting from Delhi on 15th morning. All the planning and prep work has been almost done after multiple meetups and discussions. Initially we were a group of 13 members including a few families as well, but now left to just five of us because of people backing out due to office commitments and family exigencies. We need a few more buddies to club in to maintain the estimated budget else it shoots like hell. In case if anyone is interested please write in at er(dot)arunsingh(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Please be quick if interested, as we don't have much time left with us.

    People interested in going for the trip but don't have a vehicle can also pool in as we have some space in scorpio still left.

    Looking forward for positive response.

    Thanks,

    Arun

  39. sumeet dudani on

    hello Dheeraj..

    finally we have decided to start our tour from our city Chandrapur Maharashtra in Ritz on 20 july 2011.

    can u plz give me update on road status and weather conditions so that we can prepare ourselves. Or plz give me ur contact no. so that i can call u.

    thanks a lot.

    • Sumeet, road Manali – Leh Highway is open for traffic but in bad shap upto Gramphu from Manali. Secondly, you will not be allowed to take your Ritz on Manali – Rohtang Pass road without the permit. Recently, HP Govt. has banned the entry of non-Himachali vehicles on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. You need to get in touch with some travel agent or hotel in Manali to get the permit or contact SDM office Keylong for further detailes of getting the permit. I guess hotel agent is the best option to get the permit for your car. I will mail you my contact details.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  40. hello dheeraj!!

    can u plz help me out. . i wanna knw d current status of leh manali track. .as m in leh right now. . so m thnkng k shd i return back frm whr i came i.e. via srinagar. !! m frm chandigarh! bt wanna see d manali track too.!

    plz tell me. if dere is no land slides around.!!

    thank you. !

    • Deepak, roads are open buddy but post gramphu upto marhi via rohtang pass is in worse shape. Moore plains and tanglang la also have few bad patches. Be prepared for touggh ride around rohtang pass.

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