Ever since its implementation, the rule to obtain a permit for traveling towards Rohtang Pass has been troublesome to almost everyone traveling that way. It doesn’t matter if the intent is to just travel to Rohtang and be back to Manali or to cross it and go towards Ladakh or Spiti; it is an additional hassle for the entire tourism community. Don’t get me wrong, I totally support the “Save Rohtang Pass from Pollution” idea but considering the amount of people traveling on that route and the strict limitation, it has gotten a lot of people to avoid traveling to Rohtang from Manali altogether. Thankfully, in order to make it easier for everyone, authorities have introduced several revision and changes in last couple of years. One such relief was building a web portal where people could apply and obtain the Rohtang pass permit online. In this article, I will provide details on where and how to get Rohtang pass permit online.
There are two types of permits being issued. One is for “Tourism purpose”; meaning for people just wanting to visit Rohtang Pass and coming back to Manali the same day. There is a daily limit for this permit and the maximum number of vehicle allowed is 1200 per day, further divided in 800 Petrol run vehicles and 400 Diesel engines. It is issued on first come, first served basis.
The other permit is for “Travel Purpose”; meaning for people who want to cross Rohtang Pass to the other side and continue either towards Lahaul, Ladakh or Spiti Valley. There is no limit applied to this permit and these are issued as many as required.
Now coming back to the question of how to get Rohtang Pass permit online. Click here or at the link or image below to go to the official web portal for Rohtang Permits.
One you are at the homepage, you need to click on the “Apply Permit for Rohtang Pass” link. It will take you to another page which will brief you about the documents required to obtain the permit and the charges applicable. Please note that application for permits can only be submitted between 12 noon to 12 midnight. So if you are visiting between 12 midnight to 12 noon, the portal won’t give you a link to apply.
You can apply for permits for 2 days in advance. So let us say for example, If I am traveling to Rohtang on 3rd of a month, I can apply for permits from home on 1st and then start the journey once I am assured that I have the permit.
The rule applies to motorcycles as well however, if travelling by motorcycle; you need to obtain an undertaking from SDM office Manali. There are no charges or fee applicable to motorcycles however there is no option to obtain this undertaking from online portal as of now (the one for tourism purpose, portal for travel purpose permits has option for motorcycles as well).
If you want to just visit Rohtang Pass, a permit is issued for all days except Tuesdays as Rohtang is closed to tourists on this day for maintenance work. For travel permits however, this rule doesn’t apply. If you are traveling towards Ladakh or Spiti and will not be coming back to Manali on the same day, you are free to travel on Tuesdays as well.
For obtaining permits to cross over Rohtang in order to travel to Ladakh, Lahaul or Spiti valley, you will have to apply for permit at the following link. This includes motorcycles as well wanting to cross Rohtang Pass.
Vehicles coming from Lahaul, Ladakh or Spiti to Manali do not need any permits to cross Rohtang Pass. This obligation is only for vehicles going from Manali towards Rohtang.
Barriers will be set up at Gulaba with a computerized system to verify the permits. For example, if you obtained a permit to cross over Rohtang but tried to use this permit to just visit Rohtang top and come back to Manali, you will be caught at the Gulaba check post while returning. Please do not attempt this. There will be barriers on both side of Rohtang Pass recording the entry and exit of permits and vehicles in a computerized system. Vehicles found in violation of the above law will be fined and black listed.
Permits at SDM office, Manali will be issued all 7 days (yes on Sundays too). You will need to visit SDM office between 10 AM till 1 PM to submit your documents. Permit will not be issued at this time thought. After submitting the documents, you will need to go back again between 3 PM to 5 PM to collect your permit.
Documents required are pollution under control certificate, your vehicle’s registration certificate, and driving license. Your vehicle should also not be over 10 years old or else you will not get the permit. All vehicles will be required to pay a sum of Rs. 500 as permit fee and Rs. 50 congestion charge, so a total of Rs. 550 per permit. Buses and Heavy motor vehicles will have to pay Rs. 100 for congestion charge so a total of Rs. 600 per permit. These charges are however applicable only for tourism purpose permits. For traveling beyond Rohtang (travel permits), you will only have to pay a congestion charge of Rs. 50. There will no refund if you do not use or try to cancel your permit.
I hope this information on how to obtain Rohtang Pass permit online was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer.