The brave efforts of BRO to keep Rohtang Pass, about 51 KMs from Manali, OPEN, will have to rest for next 5-6 months as inclement weather and heavy snow up there at Rohtang Pass is not favoring the conditions to traverse more on Rohtang Pass for this season of 2014-2015. Earlier, BRO braved that they will be fighting the weather up there at Rohtang Pass to keep the lifeline road to Lahaul Valley open at least up to December. However, it does not seems feasible due to amount of snow and inclement weather.
Rohtang Pass closed due to snow for 2014 – 2015
Rohtang Pass has been officially closed but rescue posts at Marhi and Khoksar will still be present for some time as locals of Lahaul Valley will still be risking their lives to cross by it over foot or in vehicles in order to fulfill their important daily needs. But, it is not recommended for the tourists to venture up there at Rohtang Pass under these risky conditions even if some taxi guys assures you to take you up there. I will request you all to take up a calculative risk in such situations and avoid traveling to Rohtang Pass from Manali just for the sake of fun now as it stands officially closed. In the past as well there have been major casualties where tourists have ignored the meaning of official closure of Rohtang Pass and still went up using one or the other false means. Some of them have even led to deaths of tourists. Hence, respect the nature and respect the decision of BRO in the name of your safety only. If something is closed officially, let is be closed until next season when it is safe to travel.
Snowfall at Manali or Snowfall at Rohtang Pass??
You will any how find ample of snow stock up there on the snow points of Marhi / Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass. It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… 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. But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali. 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 rain/snow 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). 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.