Atal Tunnel: World’s Longest Highway Tunnel In Himachal Pradesh Becomes A Tourist Hotspot

by Vidisha Khaitan
by Vidisha Khaitan 2091

While we had a lot on our 2020 travel bucket, we could not make it to most of the places because of the pandemic. Since most of us are looking hopefully towards 2021 and creating a travel check list, this spot should definitely make it to the list. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh. After the inauguration, the PM said the tunnel would provide new strength to the country’s border infrastructure. The 9.02 km-long-tunnel, built by the BRO is the world’s longest highway tunnel which connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley.

The Tunnel Saw A Large Number Of Visitors After Inauguration

The tunnel provides all-weather connectivity to the landlocked valley of Lahaul-Spiti, which remained cut-off for nearly six months in a year as Rohtang Pass is usually snow-bound between November and April. But soon after the inauguration, the tunnel saw a lot of visitors which quickly made it a tourist hot-spot.. The world’s longest mountain tunnel above 3,000 meters is now in our very own India on the Manali-Leh highway.

On 25th December 1924, a Prime Minister was born. The country celebrated Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 95th birth anniversary in 2019 by fulfilling a task assigned by him. A strategic tunnel Atal Rohtang under the famous Rohtang Pass is set to reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km. The best part is that the world’s longest tunnel at 10,000 feet is finally ready after 10 years. PM Modi will inaugurate it later this month. Read on to know more.

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The ₹4,000-Crore Project Is Ready

The 8.8 km long tunnel is now complete. It’s a ₹4,000-crore project undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation. Atal Tunnel is a 10.5 m-wide single tube including a 1-meter footpath on both sides. There’s also a fireproof emergency tunnel built into the main bi-lane tunnel. Up to 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks are expected to use the tunnel every day. The speed limit inside the tunnel is capped at 80 km per hour.

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The world’s longest tunnel Atal Rohtang at such a height will provide all-weather connectivity to remote areas like Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Remote border areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh remain cut off from the rest of the country for about six months during winters. PM Modi says this tunnel will change the fortunes of the people of Leh, Ladakh and Kargil. Hotels In Himachal Pradesh To Reopen By Mid-September.

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The Tunnel Is A Tribute To Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Atal Rohtang was announced by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000. He was a frequent visitor of Manali. This tunnel has been received as a tribute to him. The project was ambitious from the start. The Border Roads Organisation had to overcome many challenges like difficult terrain and weather. The 587-metre in the Seri Nalah Fault Zone was particularly laborious. Atal Tunnel connecting Manali to Leh, Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir is expected to boost tourism. Rohtang Pass Opens Early To Transport EssentialsAnd now after 10 years since then the Atal Rohtang tunnel connecting Manali to Leh is finally ready.

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Delhi getaways are going to be this much more fun in the future. Add this to your travel list now!

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