Rohtang Pass Will Close On 15th November 2013

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Rohtang Pass will close on 15th November officially, owing to heavy snowfall predictions in coming days and to respect the nature while keeping safety of tourists as well as locals in mind. The administration has decided not to allow any vehicle to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road after 15th November considering safety for people. So, all state buses will stop running between Kullu – Manali – Keylong and Kullu – Manali – Kaza This will eventually stamp the official closure of Manali – Leh Highway as well for next 6 -7 Months (which is already in closed like state) and all adventurers need to wait until the road opens up for next season in May – June 🙂 …

Rohtang Pass, Deserted with Snow as well as Tourists
Rohtang Pass, Deserted with Snow as well as Tourists

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Manali, 6th November 2013: Predicting heavy snowfall, the district administration of Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh today announced that vehicles will not be allowed on Rohtang Pass after November 15.

Rohtang Pass is the gateway to Keylong in the landlocked Lahaul Valley from Manali in the state’s Kullu district. It remains off-limits from the rest of the country for over five months due to heavy snow deposits on the road.

“From November 15 onwards, we will officially close the Rohtang Pass. We will also withdraw most of the state-run buses between Manali and Keylong,” Deputy Commissioner BS Thakur told IANS over phone.

He said only emergency vehicles would be allowed to ply till the onset of heavy snowfall.

Official sources said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway that passes through rugged Himalayan ranges, has informed the state government that it would not be in a position to operate the highway after November 15.

It will withdraw its men and machinery deployed at various locations along the highway with the onset of snowfall.

The pass, located at an altitude of 13,050 ft and 51 kilometres from Manali, experienced mild snow today.

Mr Thakur said the government would set up rescue posts on both sides of Rohtang Pass by November 15.

The weather at Rohtang Pass is harsh. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions.

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