Huge rush of tourists as Manali road reopens

Huge rush of tourists as Manali road reopens

Tourists enjoy snow at Solang in Manali. Photo: Jai Kumar

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Mandi, November 29

As the Manali-Solang valley road has been restored to traffic, a large number of tourists thronged here to enjoy snow activities today. The valley, just 8 km ahead from Manali towards the Atal Tunnel, is a key tourist destination in Kullu district, where people can enjoy skiing, paragliding, horse riding and other activities.

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A large numbers of tourist vehicles were today seen going towards the Solang valley from Manali. There is considerable snow deposited on the ground in the Solang valley which is attracting the tourists.

Avalanche reported near Atal Tunnel

  • An avalanche was reported near the Atal Tunnel on the Manali-Keylong road Sunday evening, blocking vehicular movement on the route for hours. However, no loss of life or property was reported.
  • Officials said the Border Roads Organisation had cleared the road for vehicular movement. It took around one hour to clear the snow from the road.

Paragliding and skiing service providers are elated as the tourist influx to the valley has increased after the snowfall. They are expecting good business in the coming days.

Rajesh Agarwal and his wife Puja , who are from Delhi, said, “It was an amazing experience to enjoy paragliding and skiing activities in the Solang valley. We were keen to visit the Atal Tunnel, but could not do so due to restrictions imposed by the Kullu district administration.”

Majority of tourists visiting Manali said the state government should equip Kullu-Manali with better health facilities in the wake of the pandemic to provide better medical care to the tourists visiting the area.

Surender Kumar, president, Paragliding Service Providers’ Association, Solang valley, said, “After snowfall, we are getting good business in the Solang valley. The tourists visiting here prefer to enjoy paragliding, skiing and horse riding. We are providing short -flight paragliding service for recreation of tourists.”

The Kullu district administration has restricted movement of tourists towards the Atal Tunnel beyond the Solang valley for the next few days, in the view of public safety. The road is unfit for the movement of vehicles towards the tunnel from the Solang valley because at shadow places there is considerable snow deposited in the area, which makes journey on this route risky.

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