Atal Tunnel in Manali

Atal Tunnel, Manali, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh – 175103 View On Map

About Atal Tunnel

The Atal Tunnel, also referred to as the Rohtang Tunnel, is a highway tunnel situated beneath the Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, within Himachal Pradesh, India. Named in honor of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, this tunnel, spanning 9.02 km, stands as the highest single-tube highway tunnel globally, positioned above 10,000 feet (3,048 m).

Connecting Manali and Keylong on the Leh route, the tunnel significantly reduces travel time and distance. Previously, the journey through Gramphu covered 116 km in approximately 5 to 6 hours. Now, starting from Manali, travelers cover 24.4 km to reach the South Portal of the tunnel in about 45 minutes, traverse the 9.02 km tunnel in 15 minutes, and then reach Keylong, 37 km away, in approximately 60 minutes. This new route minimizes the total distance to 71 km, allowing completion in about 2 hours, a noteworthy reduction of 3 to 4 hours compared to the previous route. Additionally, the tunnel avoids areas prone to road blockades, avalanches, and traffic congestion.

Situated at an elevation of 3,100 meters (10,171 ft), the Atal Tunnel surpasses the Rohtang Pass, which stands at 3,978 meters (13,051 ft). Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 3, 2020, the entire project, executed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under the Ministry of Defence, cost ₹3,200 crore (US million). The completion of the under-construction Shinku La Tunnel by 2025 is expected to further enhance the Leh-Manali Highway via the Nimmu–Padum–Darcha road, transforming it into an all-weather road. Accessible to citizens and students, the tunnel is poised to boost tourism in Himachal.

Advantages
  • Every hotel staff to have Proper PPT kit for COVID-19
  • Every staff member wears face masks and gloves at all service times.
  • Hotel staff ensures to maintain social distancing at all times.
  • The hotel has In-Room Dining options available