Snow-clad Rohtang Pass becomes a "hot" summer spot

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Rohtang Pass (Himachal Pradesh), May 28 (ANI): A fresh bout of snowfall in Rohtang Pass left tourists thrilled as many of them saw fresh snowfall for the first time in their lives.

As northern India is reeling under intense heat wave, Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a "hot spot" for tourists wanting to escape the searing heat of the plains.

The tourists were extremely excited seeing snow in the middle of the summer season.

"Although it's very cold, but I'm actually enjoying it. First time in my life, I've seen snow falling like this. I've seen snow covered mountains, but I have not seen snow falling like this. This is an wonderful experience," said Amit, a tourist.

Though the snow brought a chill in the air, the cold did not dampen the spirits of the tourists.

"This is for the first time, I'm seeing snow. It feels really nice to come here," said Vijay, another tourist.

Around 20,000 tourists visit the Rohtang Pass every day to escape the scorching summer heat of the plains.

The 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass that was opened to tourists last week is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road, 51-km from Manali.

The pass is an important destination on the itinerary of tourists visiting the picturesque Kullu valley and also an adventurer's dream destination.

A variety of adventure activities like ski scooters, ski tubes, skiing, sleigh and yak rides attract thousands of tourists every day to the scenic area. By Prem Thakur (ANI)

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