Now, tourists will be able to view the pristine beauty of the Himalayas and Rohtang Pass (13050 ft) via helicopter after Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur flagged off heli-taxi service from Manali on Thursday.
The heli-taxi service will take off from Manali and the tourists will be able to enjoy joyride to Rohtang Pass but they will have to shell out Rs 3500 for it.
The joyride would take 15-20 minutes and the heli-taxi would circle around Rohtang Pass, then it would turn towards another tourist attraction Solang Nullah after which it would return to Manali.
The heli-taxi service to Rohtang Pass is being run on a trial basis.
The aerial view of snow-clad mountains would provide enthralling experience to tourists and it would also reduce traffic congestion en route Rohtang Pass.
As of now, only 1200 vehicles, 800 petrol, and 400 diesel vehicles are allowed and granted the permit to go up to Rohtang top as per the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT).
It is worth mentioning here that Rohtang Pass, the main attraction for tourists visiting Kullu-Manali, remains closed for vehicular traffic in winters but is opened from June to October for motor vehicles.
The pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi, and Leh valley and the best time to visit the pass is from May to June and October-November as it remains closed for traffic rest of the year due to heavy snowfall.