Atal tunnel got crowded with tourists this weekend

Published on : Tuesday, December 14, 2021

This weekend, Manali experienced a major influx of tourists. On Friday and Saturday, lot of vehicles reached the town to visit Lahaul through Atal Tunnel.

Majority of visitors got stuck between the Solang Nullah and the south portal of the tunnel at Dhundi. To cover the distance of 12 kms, it took roughly 2 hours. The Lahaul valley has become easily accessible after the construction of the tunnel, as a result of which tourist rush influx has started rising as well.

A tourist from Maharashtra with the name Aditya More explained that yesterday he tried to cross the tunnel but failed as the Lahaul police returned the tourist vehicles after 2 pm. Today, he said that he got stuck in a long queue at Palchan but somehow crossed the tunnel and could make the most of the snow.

Kullu SP Gurdev Sharma explained that due to snow on the road, a vehicle was sent to survey the stretch between Solang Nullah and Dhundi. Tourist vehicles were allowed after 10 am after determining commuter’s safety.

He explained that at Sissu, the capacity to accommodate vehicles was less and were sometimes stopped at the south portal. As the road turned out to be dangerous to commute after sunset due to icing on the road, the tourists were sent back from Lahaul by 2 pm to 3 pm.

In the meantime, the visitors in Manali hotels had increased in numbers to about 50 per cent. This made the hoteliers quite happy. Also, for the New Year, tourists have started making advanced booking and most big hotels in Manali are already packed for Christmas and New Year.

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