The winter has finally arrived with heavy snowfall in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This has forced authorities to shut off the places beyond Atal Tunnel in Lahaul for the tourists. Kullu-Manali is famous for being one of the most favorite tourist spots during the winter season. Since the region has experienced snowfall just recently, the tourist influx to the region has increased exponentially.
While it is good news for the hotel owners in Kullu, it has also made the authorities impose certain restrictions to ensure tourist safety. The Atal Tunnel on the Manali-Leh Highway is among the regions that have received a fresh batch of snowfall. However, this has prompted the authorities at Lahaul and Spiti to shut down the regions for tourists beyond the Atal Tunnel.
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On top of that, after 20th December, the Atal Tunnel will be closed for maintenance from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During this time, no vehicle will be allowed to pass through. Solang valley, Atal tunnel, and Gulaba are some of the prime tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. They have just received a good snowfall. This will most likely increase the tourist influx to these regions even more.
Talking about the Atal Tunnel, it is also known as the Rohtang Tunnel. Named after the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, this tunnel is 9.02 km long. Besides this, this is the world’s longest highway single-tube tunnel situated at an altitude of 1000 feet (3048 m). Opened on 3rd October 2020, this tunnel’s work began on 28th September 2008. The entire project was worth around USD 438 million.