While people across India are finding it too difficult to come out of their homes complaining sweltering heat, tourists in Himachal Pradesh’s Rohtang Pass are enjoying the summer playing with snow balls.
Tourists are having a gala time with their family and friends visiting popular places like Rohtang Pass and Kullu-Manali in the scenic Himachal Pradesh.
And, especially, Rohtang Pass is witnessing a large arrival of tourists, as it offers a refreshing experience to the people from the plains.
Located at about 51 kilometer from Manali town at an altitude of 4,111 meters (13,400 ft.) on the highway to Keylong, Rohtang Pass offers a marvelous experience during summer.
It is regarded as one of the most picturesque spots in the country providing a panoramic breath-taking view of the mountains, rising far above the clouds.
Anand, a tourist, said: "This place is awesome. We never imagined it could be so beautiful. Till date, we had watched a surroundings only on Discovery Channel or in the movies, but to experience such a place in reality is simple wonderful.”
A large number of adventure loving tourists visit Rohtang Pass for an enthralling experience mainly during June to September. The area gets maximum snowfall almost nine months in a year allowing tourists to enjoy skiing here.
The trek along Rohtang Pass is another cherished adventure pursuit.
Neha, another tourist visiting Rohtang Pass for the first time, said: "We are experiencing the snow for the first time so enjoying a lot. It is really wonderful being here at this time of the year."
Besides skiing and trekking beyond the Rohtang Pass, one can also enjoy pony-riding, driving snow-scooters, snow-sledge, and other sports. A good number of kids as well the grown-ups enjoy snow-ball 'fights'.
Rohtang is said to be the only hill resort in the country that has snow even in June. Here, one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendour. At the top of the Pass the air seems to glitter against the snow.
The pass is open from June to September each year although trekkers can across the pass a little earlier. Rohtang pass is the gateway to Lahaul valley just as Zojila pass in between Kashmir valley and Ladakh.