Rani Nallah a problem when headed to Rohtang Pass

Road condition at rani nallah near Rohtang Pass

Traffic jam at Rani Nallah

Rani Nallah, like previous year has remained a major bottleneck when traveling to Rohtang Pass in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Rani Nallah is situated 6 km before the Rohtang Pass and has become a major irritant for tourists and travelers while reaching the Rohtang Pass due to bad road condition.

The area has become a constant sliding zone for the past few years. The ordeal at the Rani Nallah starts once the snow starts melting during summer season. The melting snow turns this 2 km stretch into nightmare for the motorists. Entire stretch is full of slush and mud.

There is no respite later with the advent of monsoon season. With rains and the constant sliding of the hill side, the road gets fully covered with the slush.

Rani Nallah has become infamous for long traffic snarls with jams at times ending up after 12 long hours. Long que of tourist vehicles has become a daily scene on this stretch.

One reason why the government decided to ban non Himachal registered vehicles to control traffic on this stretch. But this move has invited the ire of the tourists traveling by their own vehicles to Manali.

The move to control traffic was also necessary as the area beyond Rohtang Pass (Lahul and Spiti valley) gets connected by road for only three months (July to September) in a year. This is the time when people from Lahul valley transport their cash crop, potatoes and peas to the markets across the Rohtang Pass to Kullu and earn money for the land locked period of 9 months rest of the year.

Due to heavy rush of tourist vehicles towards Rohtang Pass and the ensuing traffic jams, the farmers were not able to transport their crops in time and have to suffer losses. Hence the government had to ban non Himachal registered vehicles to Rohtang Pass.

Presently no vehicles are allowed to cross this stretch between 8 am to 12 pm daily as the BRO makes this stretch motorable. Entire traffic is closed for vehicular traffic from Manali to Rohtang Pass every Tuesday of the week to carry out repairs on Manali – Rohtang road.

Still if the tourist in you is not satisfied with this argument, here are a few pictures of the Rani Nallah stretch. Would you still like to drive to Rohtang Pass in your own vehicle?

Rani Nallah near Rohtang Pass in slush

Rani Nallah near Rohtang Pass in slush

Car stuck in slush at Rani Nallah near Rohtang Pass

Car stuck in slush at Rani Nallah

Traffic jam at Rani nallah near Rohtang Pass

Traffic jam at Rani nallah

Traffic Jam at Rani Nallah near Rohtang Pass

Another view of traffic Jam at Rani Nallah

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

The ‘road’ at Rani Nallah

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

Another view of the ‘Road’

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

Totally washed out road at Rani Nallah

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

Would you dare drive here?

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

Innova stuck in the slush at Rani Nallah

The road at Rani Nallah Rohtang Pass

Rescue mission at Rani Nallah near Rohtang Pass Manali

Pictures taken from the internet

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