Manali – Leh Highway has officially reopened for 2013, 7 days after the initial deadline BRO had set for the reopening of the highway, earlier in the year. This delay has occurred due to heavy snow accumulation on Baralacha La and Tanglang La, which took longer than usual to clear.
With the Manali – Leh Highway as well as Rohtang Jot reopened for tourists; it is time to rejoice for travelers, who had been waiting eagerly for this beautiful yet treacherous route to open, after it closed for the winter last year.
Of course reopening of Manali-Leh Highway and Rohtang Jot does come with some strict restrictions this year by the administration, in a bid to reduce traffic snarls. So if you too are planning to head to Rohtang/Ladakh/Lahaul soon, please read our post Traffic Rules and Restrictions for Rohtang Jot in 2013.
Another thing to keep in mind is, due to the High Court order, restaurants and temporary tea and food stalls at both Marhi and Rohtang Jot have been removed by the administration and although the court has directed HPTDC to provide mobile food vans, it is highly likely that there will be few if any places to eat/drink once you go past Kothi.
So make sure you are carrying food and water with you, whether you are heading to Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti or Rohtang Jot itself.
Wish you a very happy and safe Journey to the land of the lamas.