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Rohtang Pass (el. 3979 m./13,051 ft.), 51 KM from Manali, is a high mountain pass that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.

It has become a summer tourist spot, all thanks to the rising popularity of Manali, and excellent roads maintained by Border Road Organization. Almost every visitor to Manali yearns to visit Rohtang Pass as one can feel and touch snow even in the peak of summer on this pass.

The pass is open from May to November, has a nasty reputation for being very dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and high winds.

The pass provides a natural cultural divide between middle himalayas and its primarily Hindu culture, with the dry desert uplands north of the Pir Panjal (first range of the greater Himalayas; and its mainly Buddhist and Tibetan-influenced culture.

On the southern face of this pass there is a spot called Bias Kund which is the the origin of river Bias.

The road through the Kullu Valley, past Manali and over the Rohtang Pass to Keylong, and Lahul and on to Ladakh, has become very busy during the summer months as an alternate a military route following Kargil Coflict and, because of the troubles in Kashmir . Traffic jams (as pictured) are common occurrences caused by the inability of military vehicles, trucks, and goods carriers to navigate the tight roads and rough terrain, compounded by, snow/ice at certain points and the large number of tourists vehicles.

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