The sudden tourist influx in Manali which has made hoteliers happy however, owing to the fresh spell of snowfall at Atal Tunnel on the Manali-Leh highway, the administration of Lahaul and Spiti has stopped tourist vehicles from moving beyond Atal Tunnel in Lahaul.
Solang Valley, Atal Tunnel and Gulaba are some of the prime tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh and now that these regions have received snowfall, the number of tourists footfall is set to increase for certain. The Atal Tunnel will remain closed for vehicles twice a week from 7 AM to 9.30 AM for regular maintenance works and no vehicle will be allowed in the tunnel on Mondays and Thursdays starting December 20, the report mentioned.
This is not the first time that these regions in Himachal have been shut down. Earlier this week, extreme weather conditions forced the Himachal Road Transportation Corporation (HRTC) to suspend bus services on the Kullu-Keylong route as well as the Keylong-Udaipur route, while only 4×4 tourist vehicles were allowed to go up to Sissu from Manali,