Hoteliers in Lahaul Valley are up in arms about Kullu-Manali Administration’s decision to not allow vehicles to cross Rohtang Pass on Tuesdays.
Until last year, even though Rohtang Pass used to be closed every Tuesday for tourism due to scheduled maintenance of the roads by the BRO.
Travelers heading to Lahaul, Pangi, Spiti, and Ladakh were allowed to cross Rohtang Pass early in the morning and vehicles coming from these regions were allowed to cross the pass late in the evening, once the maintenance was done for the day.
However, this year, the administration has imposed a complete ban on vehicles trying to cross Rohtang Pass. Resulting in spoiled travel plans and reducing the number of days hotels in Lahaul Valley can do business.
Lahaul Hoteliers Association President, Bir Singh, said, “Hotels in Lahaul remain open for less than five months a year and now not letting tourists enter Lahaul is a serious issue. Lahaul remains inaccessible during from October to mid-May. Rohtang remains closed for tourists from Manali every Tuesday for last many years. Tourists who want to come to Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Ladakh used to cross Rohtang early morning or in the evening time. Stopping their movement is like killing the tribal people.”
Notably, this year the administration had kept the Rohtang Pass and Lahaul off-limits to tourists until 24th of May, even though the pass was cleared of snow by 27th of April and HRTC had even restarted its bus service for the locals by 10th of May.
Even then the Lahaul Hoteliers Association had registered a strong protest with the administration but to no avail.