Exploring Gulaba, A Better Alternative For Rohtang Pass
Located 20 km. away from Manali and 6 km. from Rohtang Pass, Gulaba is a village in the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh. With an elevation of 14,100 feet, Gulaba rests in the lap of the Himalayas surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush green pine forests. Gulaba gets its name from Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir who camped here while invading China. Owing to its stunning topography, Gulaba is gradually emerging as one of the most popular destinations in Manali tour packages.
How to Reach Gulaba?
Located on the road, which connects Manali to Rohtang Pass, the nearest airport is Kullu’s Bhuntar Airport. HPTDC runs regular buses to Gulaba. You can also hire a private cab or jeep from Manali. As Gulaba is at a distance of 20 km. from Manali, you can plan your stay at Manali and go for a one-day trip to Gulaba and Rohtang Pass.
Best Time to Visit Gulaba
Rohtang Pass remains closed during winters. Gulaba serves as one of the better alternatives for Rohtang Pass during the winters. Although the place is covered with snow throughout the year, summers, with its beautiful green surroundings add a scenic charm to Gulaba.
Apart from Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake is one of the most popular places mainly famous for trekking. Located at a distance of 6 km. from Gulaba, the lake is a treat for adventure seekers and nature lovers. The high altitude alpine meadows are a major attraction here. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery is a popular Buddhist religious centre in this region. From the royal facade, the pagoda-style roof, and huge image of Lord Buddha to attractive murals and plenty of shops selling Tibetan handicrafts, the monastery has its own charm.
Located on the Beas River, Pandoh Dam is also one of the nearby places famous for its hydroelectric power generation. With mountains all around, the clear water of Beas River makes up for some exciting views. Located 8 km. from Gulaba, the panoramic village of Kothi is a less-explored spot. Apart from offering some captivating sights, Kothi is famous for its geothermal springs and a temple dedicated to Goddess Shuwang Chandika, a local deity.
Apart from the charming scenery, Gulaba offers the opportunity of trekking, mountain biking, skiing, ice biking, paragliding and a lot more. Rohtang Pass is one of the most sought-after attractions in Manali tour packages. So, while on your way to Rohtang Pass, do not forget to stop at Gulaba and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature.