After being inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, The Atal Tunnel attracted hundreds of tourists from all over India. Many locals and people from nearby districts rushed towards to the tunnel to experience the drive through this tunnel.
The Rohtang Tunnel is truly an engineering marvel to behold. People from Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab came by their own vehicles to drive through this tunnel and experience the drive. Many vehicles were seen lined up in the area called Dhundi which is situated at the north end of the Rohtang Tunnel.
A sudden flow of tourists was seen rushing towards Manali after the inauguration of the Tunnel system. Also, the relaxation of the restrictions for the tourists also created an interest in traveling to Himachal Pradesh. People gathered to post their pictures next to the Tunnel and a rise in the number of tourists was reported after the Tunnel’s inauguration.
The Rohtang Tunnel is the world’s longest motorable tunnel at the height of over 10,000 feet. The craze of the tunnel could be seen as hundreds of vehicles were lined up to go through it.
The opening of the tunnel is finally a good sign to the aching tourism economy. The sudden rush towards Manali has helped the hotels to resume their operations after almost 6 months of closure.
The tourists generally, drove towards Keylong and stayed in the hotels and guest houses. This gave a little boost to the stalled tourism in the area. Also, the booking inquiries have also been increased after the opening of the tunnel.
The following YouTube video from ‘The Economic Times; shows the drive through the Rohtang Tunnel.