The World's Longest High Altitude Tunnel is now Open, in India

The World's Longest High Altitude Tunnel is now Open, in India
Representative Image: The 9.02-kilometre tunnel with ultra-modern specs is located in the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 3,000 metres, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The tunnel will let you access Lahaul-Spiti valley via Manali through the year.

OT Staff
October 03 , 2020
02 Min Read

The Lahaul-Spiti Valley used to be cut off for six months a year due to heavy snowfall. No more.

The new tunnel inaugurated today will not just let travellers access the valley throughout the year, it will also reduce the travel time between Manali to Leh by four to five hours.

It's being touted as the world's longest tunnel in a high altitude environment at 9.02-kilometre. Built with ultra-modern specs in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, it's at 3,000 meters from the Mean Sea Level (MSL). Take a look.

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Atal-Rohtang Tunnel, world’s longest highway tunnel above 10,000 ft has been completed! The strategically significant, all-weather tunnel road between Manali and Leh will provide round the year connectivity. Here is a drive through this engineering marvel!

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The horse shoe-shaped, single-tube double lane tunnel has a south portal that is about 25 km from Manali at an altitude of 3,060 metres. The the north portal (NP) is near village Teling, Sissu in Lahaul Valley at an altitude of 3,071 metres. Vehicles will travel at a maximum speed of 80 km per hour inside the tunnel.

Built at a cost of about Rs3,300 crore, it can accommodate about 3,000 cars per day and 1,500 trucks.

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