‘Bara-lacha la’ or ‘Bara-lacha Pass’, Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

 
 

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range (Picture : Copyright Dj DeepS)


 
 

* The Baralacha Pass is a unique high mountain pass in Zanskar range situated at a spectacular 16,400 ft above sea level.

* The pass itself is 8 kilometers long, and is literally the pass “where many roads meet”.

* Here, routes from Zanskar, Ladakh and Lahaul meet which have for centuries been used by ancient travelers and crossed in all directions.

* The two great rivers of Lahaul, the Chandra and the Bhaga, also arise from the huge snowfields on opposite sides of the pass.

* The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali.

* The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region.

* The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.

* In Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim, there is a reference to Bara-lacha la pass the source of the Suraj Tal having been used by Kim’s Lama to enter India from Tibet.

* A trekking route leads from Bara-lacha la to Chandra Taal, situated by the bank of Chandra River in the Spiti.
 
 
 
 
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More snow in Shimla, Manali

Shimla, Jan 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh’s picturesque tourist resorts Shimla and Manali witnessed light to moderate snowfall Thursday, cheering up the hospitality sector as tourists started to pour in.

While Shimla saw a light spell of snowfall in the evening, nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda have been experiencing moderate snowfall since morning, a Met official said here. Shimla experienced the season’s first snowfall Wednesday evening.

Manali town, which saw a low of minus one degree Celsius Thursday, experienced nine centimetres of snow till Thursday morning.

As news of the snow flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Shimla and Manali and nearby snow-bound tourist destinations.

‘It’s really marvellous to see Shimla’s Mall Road landscape and Jakhu Hill trees wrapped in a white blanket. It was a dream that came true for us,’ said Neha, who is here with her husband Jatin Sachdeva.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp. general manager Yogesh Behl said: ‘This weekend we are expecting a spike in tourist arrivals.’

The picturesque tourist destinations of Chitkul, a village close to the China border, and Kalpa, both in Kinnaur district, saw moderate snow, according to reports reaching here.

Most hill stations, including Kasauli, Dharamsala, Palampur and Chamba, saw intermittent rain throughout the day.

Shimla recorded the night temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 2.6 in Kalpa of Kinnaur district and 4.5 degrees in Dharamsala.

‘The higher reaches in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Shimla and Chamba districts have witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours (since Wednesday). Such conditions would continue till Saturday,’ the official added.

© Indo-Asian News Service


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Manali-Leh highway reopens

The 475-km-long Manali-Leh highway was reopened to vehicular traffic after a gap of about seven months.

The strategic road was closed due to a heavy snowfall on the Baralacha Pass. The Manali-Leh road has now become an alternate route to the frontier areas of the Ladakh region.

The road played a key role during the Kargil conflict in carrying food, arms and ammunition for the Army in the border district of Leh-Ladakh.

Commander, 38 BRTF, AK Dikshit, said the 222-km Manali-Sarchu road was opened for light vehicles yesterday evening, but from June 5 it would also be opened to all kind of vehicles, he added.

Dikshit further said all tourists vehicles would also be allowed to the Rohtang Pass from Marhi from June 2.

With the opening of the Manali-Leh road, tourists will be able to enjoy the scenic splendour of the western Himalayas. In 1989, the Government of India threw open the Manali-Leh highway to foreign tourists and ever since the number of foreigners visiting these areas has increased.

The domestic tourists also do not lag behind. Many enthusiastic adventure tourists make a beeline for this difficult terrain.

Source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110602/himachal.htm#3


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