About 51 km from Manali is the stunning 3,978-m-high Rohtang Pass, which is the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi Valley and the Ladakh region. One of the most scenic places in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the pass remains snow-covered for most of the year and is motorable only from June to October. Lying on the watershed between the basins of the Chenab and Beas rivers, the pass makes for picturesque drives. It is said to have once served as an ancient trade route for people living on either side of the Pir Panjal range.  

During summer, visitors can be seen enjoying sledge rides in the surrounding snow-covered slopes. But accessing this pass requires special permit, which is valid for only one day, and can be obtained from the Tourism Development Council. Those seeking adventure like to visit Rohtang in the month of May, when they can participate in a wide range of thrilling activities, such as snow scooter rides, skiing and mountain biking.

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