Atal Tunnel’ is no less than a wonder in Himachal Pradesh. Ever since the Atal Tunnel was built, there have been a lot of visitors coming here. This tunnel, built at a height of 10 thousand 40 feet above the sea level has also created a new world record of being the world’s longest highway tunnel at 10,000 ft by world book of records, London.
It is the most mesmerising engineering marvel you can behold in the lap of Himalayas. The Most interesting feature of the Atal tunnel is that it connects Manali with Lahaul and Spiti district. Tourists can now visit all the remote regions of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh which used to remain shut due to extreme weather conditions. It has now become one of the most popular tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh.
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Let’s know About Atal Tunnel in Detail
- Best Reasons to Explore Atal Tunnel
- Best Time to Visit Atal Tunnel
- Interesting Facts About Atal Tunnel
Explore the Hidden Gems
If you are planning a Himachal tour then Atal Tunnel is a must visit place for an amazing sightseeing tour. Why? Because earlier it was not possible to visit the remote border areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh as due to harsh weather conditions these places were totally cut off for 6 months but now with the arrival of this enchanting tourist attraction called Atal Tunnel you can explore all the hidden gems of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. The places include Solang Valley, Dhundi, Sissu and remote hamlets of Lahaul valley.
Atal Tunnel is equipped with 4G BSNL Broadband service so there is no problem of internet connectivity. Perhaps this is the only tunnel in the country to provide good internet speed. The installation of CCTV Cameras, emergency telephone facilities, fire hydrants, incident detection and pollution detection system make this place very secure for the tourists for their further journey.
Enjoy the Enchanting Views Via Atal Tunnel
Traversing through this scenic tunnel offers some of the most gorgeous views which you never forgot in your Himachal sightseeing Tour. Lush green forests, lofty Himalayan Peaks of Dhauladhar, hanging glaciers, scenic Dhundi valley, blissful Chandra River, Sissu waterfall and beautiful Keylong valley. There are many more tourist attractions and remote hamlets but these are top nearby attractions to visit near Atal Tunnel.
‘s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. The journey to Atal Tunnel will open up mesmerising tourist attractions to behold for a wonderful memory Atal Tunnel Tour.
Best Time to Visit Atal Tunnel
This is the answer which only you can better tell yourself. If you love winters then we must tell you that Atal Tunnel is one of the most famous tourist spots if you want to experience snowfall. So, the best time to experience snowfall is between the months of December to March.
If you want to visit here by car and want a smooth drive then the months of April, May and June are suitable for you. But remember Rohtang Pass is closed in winters and so you can return to Manali by the Solang valley route only as Atal Tunnel connects Manali to Rohtang Pass, Keylong and Ladakh. If you are asking for our recommendation then winter is the best time to visit Atal tunnel because of the scenic snowfall views.
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Interesting Facts about Atal Tunnel
Amaze your curious mind with these mind-boggling interesting facts about Atal Tunnel –
- Atal Tunnel is located at an altitude of 10,000ft above the sea level and it is 9 Km long.
- Travelling to Atal Tunnel is absolutely safe as it has an automatic incident detection system with CCTV camera installed on every 250 metres. There are other facilities like fire hydrants, telephone facility, air quality monitoring facility, and emergency exit facility etc which makes it the safest tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh.
- Atal Tunnel is a tribute to our former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The tunnel was named as Atal Tunnel on his 95th birth anniversary.
- It is certified as World’s longest Highway Tunnel located at an altitude of 10,000ft above the sea level by World Book of Records.
- The north Portal of Atal Tunnel is at scenic Sissu Valley and the south portal of Atal tunnel is near Kullu Manali.
- When you travel to Keylong Valley from Manali it will save your driving time by 46km. Which means it will not take 7-8 hours to reach Keylong. You can reach here within 3 hours.
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How to Plan a Full Day Atal Tunnel Sightseeing Tour from Manali?
Wonderful! If you have decided to plan a trip to Atal Tunnel as you will be able to explore some of the most beautiful tourist destinations of Himachal and Ladakh which were otherwise inaccessible for years due to harsh weather conditions.
The north Portal of Atal Tunnel opens in Sissu, Laurel Valley and the south Portal is near Kullu Manali. From Manali, you will be able to see high-altitude snowy passes of Himalayas like Dhauladhar Ranges. But this is it in Manali you will be able to enjoy more scenic views if you stay at Lahaul Valley. The landscapes of Lahaul Valley are totally different from Kullu Valley in Himachal.
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Visit Sissu, Lahaul Valley
Situated on the right banks of the blissful Chandra River Sissu is a famous tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. The lofty peaks of Gyephang Goh will welcome you with a smile once you enter its enchanting shores. Here you will also behold the most scenic waterfall known as Palden Lhamo Dhar. It has its own set of traditions and culture which will blow your heart away. Adventure lovers can enjoy camping, trekking, nature walks, snowboarding, skiing, ice skating etc. the scenic villages of Sissu will rejuvenate your soul with its blissful vistas.
Travelling to Atal Tunnel and exploring the hidden/offbeat gems of Himachal is an experience of a different kind. Because it is different from normal travel experience in Himachal where you explore all the famous destinations. The remote areas of Lahaul Spiti, Keylong and Ladakh will take you to a world of paradise where the hidden landscapes might get so enchanting that you will be compelled to stay there forever. Who Knows?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the distance between Atal Tunnel & Manali?
Distance between Atal Tunnel and Manali - 28 km approx.
What is the distance between Atal Tunnel & Rohtang Pass?
Distance Between Atal Tunnel and Rohtang Pass- 32 km approx.
Are there any entry fees for visiting Atal Tunnel?
Yes, tourists have to pay the green tax for crossing the Atal tunnel.
- Charges for two-wheeler riders- INR 30
- Cars- INR 200
- Buses and Trucks- INR 500
- SUVs and MUVs -INR 300
The tax will be collected by a special area development authority.
For littering there is a fine of INR 1000 per person.
Does Atal tunnel remain open for tourists throughout the year?
Atal Tunnel remains open for tourists throughout the year. In fact, it is built with the purpose of providing all time weather connectivity on Manali Leh Axis.
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