Rohtang Pass Permits : Details, Charges & How to Apply

by Vargis.Khan

rohtang pass permits

One of the biggest hassles for anyone visiting Manali or traveling to Ladakh or Spiti now is the requirement to obtain Rohtang Pass permits. It is a mandatory requirement without which you cannot visit or cross Rohtang either by Bike or Car. Without the permit, no one is allowed to travel beyond the Gulaba check post.

I totally agree with the point of some drastic steps to reduce the increasing pollution level at Rohtang top. But for tourists, there is no other word than “hassle” that describes this rule better.

All the applied restrictions and limitations made traveling on this route a bit troublesome. Ever since its introduction, the actual restriction and the process to obtain the permits have been revised a few times.

This was done to make it simpler for tourists. I am not sure if it did get simple enough yet but below are some current information on Rohtang Pass permits and how to obtain one.

Also read: How to Plan your Trip to Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass Permits

A need for obtaining permits to visit Rohtang Pass is still in effect for all types of vehicles, including motorcycles. Last year there was a lot of confusion around whether motorcycles were exempt but the fact is that they are not.

Even if you are traveling on a motorcycle, you still need to obtain the permit before going towards Rohtang top.

Travel Permits & Tourist Permit

Permits are further broken into two categories. One applies to vehicles traveling only until Rohtang Pass and returning to Manali the same day. This one is called Rohtang Pass Permit or Permit for Tourism Purpose.

The other one is issued to vehicles crossing Rohtang Pass to get to the other side, towards Spiti or Lahaul valley. This one is called Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit or Permit for Travel purposes.

For tourism purpose permits, a daily limit of 800 petrol vehicles and 400 Diesel vehicles is in effect. If you are visiting Manali and would like a short visit to Rohtang, this is the permit you need to get.

There is no vehicle limitation for permits for travel purposes. If you are traveling to Ladakh or Spiti via Manali, this is the permit you would need to obtain.

No permits are issued for Tuesdays as Rohtang Pass remains closed for maintenance work on this day and out of bound for tourists. This however only applies to Tourism permits, not travel permits. People intending to travel to Ladakh or Spiti can travel on Tuesdays as well.

Vehicles coming from another side of Rohtang towards Manali are also not affected by this restriction. There is no permit required to cross Rohtang from Lahaul or Spiti side.

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Check Post at Gulaba

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 sides 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).

Rohtang Pass Permits for Bikes / Motorcycles

As I mentioned above, motorcycles are not exempt from this rule. If traveling on a motorcycle, you will need to obtain an undertaking certificate from the SDM office in Manali. There is however no fee applicable for motorcycles.

Also read: How to Get Rohtang Pass Permit Online?

Rohtang Pass Permit Charges

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 be no refund if you do not use or try to cancel your permit.

How to get Rohtang Pass Permits

There are two ways to obtain a permit. One is from the SDM office Manali and the other is to get it online. No matter how you apply, this permit is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Documents required for Rohtang Pass Permits

In order to get a permit for Rohtang La, you will need to produce your pollution under control certificate, your vehicle’s registration certificate, and your driving license. Your vehicle should also not be over 10 years old or else you will not get the permit.

Also read: A Few Useful Tips for traveling to Rohtang Pass

How to get Rohtang Pass Permit from Manali SDM Office

You will need to visit the SDM office in Manali and deposit your documents between 10 AM till 1 PM. You will have to visit the office again between 3 PM to 5 PM in order to collect the permits. It will not be handed over to you at the time of document submission.

How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online

I have explained the entire process of obtaining a Rohtang permit online in a different article How to get Rohtang Permit Online that I will request you to take a look at.

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I hope this information on Rohtang Pass permits was of help. If you have any further questions or need any other details, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be happy to answer.

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Szymon May 28, 2022 - 9:10 am

Is it necessary to get a permit for a bicycle?

Jitender singh October 4, 2020 - 5:38 pm

Helo sir
i m planning to go spiti in oct lastd coming back from manali route via rohtang pas

so what kind pass i req n how i get it
Plz rep

Sangamesh October 16, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Hi sir,
I’m planning to visit Rohtang pass from shimla by rental bike and return back in 2days. What are the possible hurdles I face

Vargis.Khan October 17, 2019 - 5:54 am

Rohtang is closed. You can’t go until next year now.

Prakash gupta September 18, 2019 - 11:29 am

Dear Vargis, we 7 citizens are going 1st time to himachal in November 2019 in a pekage. on 19 th Nov , we shell be going Rohtang pass from kasol and come back and then to dalahauji n dharmshala -amritsar. Will this period be safe in respect of environment. Tour operator says that rohtash pass closes in November due to heavy snow fall. What do you suggest sir.
Prakash 9310008347

Vargis.Khan September 18, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Hello Prakash – Your tour operator is right. Rohtang Pass will be closed at the time of your travel.

Pranav sharma August 31, 2019 - 12:57 pm


I am planning trip to leh via manali. We are staying in manali for 2 days in which one of the day we are planning to go to rotang pass. We are coming by rented car like zoomcar. So can we get the pass for our zoomcar for rotang pass, as the vehicle papers will be not under our name. Please let me know about this.

Thanks in advance

Madhesh Kumar July 29, 2019 - 5:27 am

If I visit Leh from Jammu- Srinagar- Leh route whether I need any permit?
If necessary how to get those in Srinagar or Jammu?

Vargis.Khan July 29, 2019 - 1:27 pm

You will need Inner line permit. See the post below.

Gurpreet Singh Mander July 15, 2019 - 10:33 am

Sir i have Haryana number bike. I have to visit Manali to Spiti? Green Permit for Manali i would take but Which permit i have to take for visiting Spiti from Manali. How much it would cost?

Fayez Șřkìąñ July 9, 2019 - 5:52 am

Hi Sir, I’m planning to take a zoomcar to travel to leh via Manali. For that car, can I take take permit myself?

Vargis.Khan July 9, 2019 - 6:03 pm

Yes you can

saravanan June 24, 2019 - 7:35 am

Hi Sir,

I am Chennai and planned to make road trip to Manali to LEH with my own car Toyoto Crysta on July 2 week.

Please let me know they will allow my vehicle to pass. I heard 4X4 vehicle only allowed to pass leh, is this true?. which is best way to obtain permit online or direct to office?

what about your suggestion

Vargis.Khan June 24, 2019 - 5:51 pm

Yes the vehicle will be allowed. There is no such rule in place. Getting it online would be better

Divyang Vora August 14, 2020 - 9:16 am

Hello Vargis Sir!
We are planning to visit Ladakh once the lock down lifts up and the routes are opened up to leh. Can I take my Harrier 2020 to ladakh from rohtang pass and for sightseeing too? We are planning to return by srinagar route. Is it a better plan or you suggest some other route plans?

krishna June 10, 2019 - 1:19 pm

HI Sir, i am planning a trip from delhi to manali overnight journey and expecting to reach manali by 9AM, then to rohtang and geeting back to kasol the same day. Itinerary is departing from delhi on this Thursday evening by volvo bus, reaching manali next day and then hiring some cab to rohtang and leave us back to kasol the same day. Is it feasible?

krishna June 10, 2019 - 1:25 pm

and sir one more thing what is special rohtang pass on permit page.>

Vargis.Khan June 10, 2019 - 4:42 pm

That is a permit that taxis cannot apply for, reserved quota for private vehicles only

Vargis.Khan June 10, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Yes it is doable

krishna June 10, 2019 - 9:32 pm

thank you sir for your kind reply.. on more help.. can you suggest some place to stay in kasol for our trekking to kheerganga the next morning?

saurabh rawat June 9, 2019 - 8:42 am

Hi vargis ,
we try to take a beyond rohtang pass permit 12pm to midnight but unable to take this when we open site every time Either Window for Applying Permit is Closed or Quota Finished this message is how any another way to take this permit we reach manali on 15 june except sdm office permit, if it is possible we take a rohtang permit and traveling keylong ?

Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 1:38 pm

No other way than this Saurabh.

Gurlin Bhatia June 5, 2019 - 8:55 am

Hi vargis.. pls help as we are trying for beyond rohtang permit for 12 june 2019 but it is showing a message that either window is closed for booking.. Pls help

Vargis.Khan June 5, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Hi Gurlin – Are you trying between 12 noon to 12 midnight? You will really have to keep trying because the tourist season has just opened at Rohtang so there will be thousands of people getting this permit now.

sivakumar k June 3, 2019 - 12:42 pm

If I book a cab from manali to rohtang pass then cab driver will take care for rohtang pass as well ??.
Also would like to know which online CAB service you recommend, also from now within a weeks of time which day will be best for to visit ROHTANG pass.

Thanks in advance for your support

Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 12:01 am

Yes the driver will take care of the permit as well. I do not really recommend any travel agency, they are are all the same. Any day would be best but you should avoid Sunday.

Dineah May 30, 2019 - 1:01 am

Sir, is Rohtang permit required from Leh side to reach Manali

Vargis.Khan May 30, 2019 - 2:15 am

No it is not

Jitender May 27, 2019 - 12:14 pm

Hello sir, we are going to keylong on 7 june, but not getting beyond rohtang pass permit, window is not opened on all day for beyond rohtang pass permit. Please help.

Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:45 pm

That is because the pass is not yet open Jitender Bhai

Dinesh Kumar May 23, 2019 - 11:05 am

Hi Vargis
It is nice to see that you have provided all the important details.
I am trying for rohtang pass for tourism purpose. As soon as window is open at 10 AM and 4 PM it giving message that limit is over for the day.
Please confirm that why I am getting this message
I tried to book pass for 29.05.2019 as window is open today only and it is showing that all the passes from 23.05.2019 to 29.205.2019 is already booked.
Please confirm whether it is possible to get passes offline from SDM office manali as all the limit is already finished.
is there separate quota for online and offline booking of passes?

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2019 - 3:12 pm

It is filled within minutes Dinesh. Talk to a travel agent in Manali and see if they can arrange for you. Or try your luck in person at SDM office.

Dinesh Kumar May 23, 2019 - 5:22 pm

Sir please confirn if there is some permit reserved for persons who are approaching directly to sdm office?? It is very difficult to book permit through online mode.. It takes hardly 30 seconds to finish the quota…
Also till now permit is available for Marhi only as rohtang pass is closed till now
if by chance i got permit till marhi than can I go to rohtang on the same permit??

Tajinder Pal Singh May 15, 2019 - 3:12 am

Hi Vargis Khan i have an doubt please clear it as soon as possible
I am travelling to LEH from Chandigarh via Manali by my personal Car
please let me know which Permit I need to cross Rohtang as i want to go LEH
Tell me which option should i choose and how much fees should i pay in that online permit and when will the route be operational for leh
Thanks in advance Brother

Kapil Rana May 15, 2019 - 6:00 am

Hello Bhai !

Our plan is of 9 Days
8th June – 16th June

Please suggest ??????

We should go through
Delhi, Kinnaur, Kaza,Jispa,Leh & Return via Manali
Delhi, Manali, Sarchu, Leh & Return via Manali

(We really want to visit Chandartaal Lake)

Rohan k May 3, 2019 - 3:13 pm

If you can reply to me regarding my doubts it would be really great full.

1) I am going to Rent One Self Drive Car which has number plate as Yellow and Black. The Car will have Number plate of another state then Himachal Pradesh.
For example of Delhi. So am I eligible to take the permit online from the website?

2) On the website there are 2 types of permits showing one is for Taxi’s for tourism vehicle and second is Special Permit for private vehicle. So have Private vehicle and only I would be driving personally but as its number plate would be yellow black so under which category I can take permit?
Or Permit Under both the categories would be valid with no issues at all?

Vargis.Khan May 3, 2019 - 7:05 pm

Hi Rohan,

1. Yes
2. Tourism Vehicle

Pravin May 13, 2019 - 6:42 pm

Iam planning to visit Manali on 3 June 2019 and planning to go Rotang pass and return back Manali the same day. How much time it take to come back as I heard due to heavy traffic is takes 12 – 15 hours . I have 4 year daughter and wife along with me and planning to hire cab. Is it advisable to go or avoid the Rotang pass??

Vargis.Khan May 14, 2019 - 2:13 pm

A trip to Rohtang will take an entire day and yes it is safe to go with kids.

Mrinal April 28, 2019 - 12:42 pm

On 1st week of may2019 rohtang pass will open or not?

Vargis.Khan April 28, 2019 - 4:10 pm


Pavitra April 16, 2019 - 1:27 am

Hi sir.. We plan to visti Rohtong Pass in early September. Kindly advise as i heard there are unofficial charges for foreigner to visit there which can go up to INR 5000 to INR 7000.

Vargis.Khan April 16, 2019 - 6:33 am

There is no such rule. Rohtang Permits and charges are for vehicles, not people. There is no ticket or entry fee for going to Rohtang.

Manoj April 27, 2019 - 9:32 am

Hi Vargis,
I am planning to visit manali in last week of may, i have below questions related to Rohtang.
1. Will Rohtang pass open in las week of May 2019?
2. I am planning to visit Rohtang using local commercial vehicle, Still I need to take permit or that service provider will manage it ?
as permit is required for vehical not person.

Thanks in advance ..

Vargis.Khan April 27, 2019 - 7:14 pm

Hi Manoj,

1. Yes
2. It can work both way. Better to clarify this with them before you book

Rehan Momin April 9, 2019 - 6:50 am

Hi Vargis.. I am planning to visit Rohtang pass on 14th April 2019. Will it be open and also I am will be coming there through a tour. So, tour person need to take permit of the car or I need to take. Also, is there any entry charges for tourist.

Akash April 2, 2019 - 5:35 am

Hello Vargis,

Will the Rohtang Pass be open by 19th or 20th April ?

Akash April 2, 2019 - 5:49 pm

My query was repetitive, sorry. So I am planning a trip from 18-21st April, and I want to know if we can reach Rohtang Pass via the state bus ? If yes, do I need to get a permit for traveling there by the state bus service ?

Vargis.Khan April 2, 2019 - 10:53 pm

Hi Akash – Even if the pass is open by your dates of travel, the bus will still not be operational. That services starts from early May sometime.

Vargis.Khan April 2, 2019 - 10:57 pm

Yes it should be open by then Akash

PALLAVI KISHORE March 31, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Hello Vargis,
I intend to go from Manali to Keylong or Kaza by government or private bus so I will be crossing Rohtang Pass. Do I need a permit to cross Rohtang Pass or is it needed only if I am travelling by my own vehicle? So the permit is actually for my vehicle and not for me?
Thanks, Pallavi

Vargis.Khan March 31, 2019 - 3:27 pm

Hi Pallavi – Correct. Rohtang Permit is on per vehicle basis and not per person. If you go by Bus then you do not need the permit.

PK April 2, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Thank you

Vargis.Khan April 2, 2019 - 10:55 pm

You are welcome

Naresh.chand March 31, 2019 - 10:43 am

Sir rohatang pass 10 april tak khul jyega

Vargis.Khan March 31, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Nahi Naresh Bhai

surya thakur March 17, 2019 - 6:54 am

bhai manali leh hiway kn khulega

Vargis.Khan March 17, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Bhai May last week se pehle toh nahi khulega

Mahesh March 2, 2019 - 8:01 pm

Hello bro,what is the expected time for opening both the routes to leh?

Vargis.Khan March 3, 2019 - 6:18 am

Bhai as of now,

Srinagar Leh – Early May
Manali Leh – Late May

Sundaram John Bosco April 20, 2019 - 8:51 pm

Dear Vargis,
Thanks so much for the very useful information posted in your website. I am planning trip to Leh from Delhi via Rohtang pass on 29-April in Motorcycle. Will the pass be open by this date and will I get ‘Permit for travel purpose’ please? If not open, can I still travel by alternate routes like Shimla->Rampur->Nako->Tabo->Kaza->Keylong. Your expert advice will be very much appreciated please.

Vargis.Khan April 20, 2019 - 9:10 pm

Hi Sundaram, Rohtang Pass will open by May 1st week, Manali Leh highway by May end and Kaza to Keylong by June 1st week.
So no, you cannot travel on either of the routes you mentioned.

Aditya Salunke February 5, 2019 - 12:47 pm

You are like angel for people travelling to Laddak. all people appreciate your efforts. its really awesome to see the levels of details you have provided on all the topucs…Fantastic!!!

Vargis.Khan February 5, 2019 - 8:37 pm

Thank you for your kind words Aditya

Rohtang Pass Status 2019 - Vargis Khan February 4, 2019 - 12:49 am

[…] If you are planning a trip to Rohtang Pass in next few days, then please read through How to Plan a Trip to Rohtang Pass. This should give you an idea on some of the important things to keep in mind while planning the trip. Another important aspect of the trip will be the permit for which, I will recommend taking a look at How to Apply for Rohtang Pass Permit? […]

Imas October 29, 2018 - 10:50 am

Hello Vargis,

Thanks a lot for your information. I have the following doubts please help me to resolve

1) Can I come back on the same day If I use the bike to visit rohtang pass? If yes what pass should I need to get?
2) Do you have any agent contact who can get me the Permit for my bike?
3) will they provide bike permit with proof soft copy

Vargis.Khan October 29, 2018 - 1:53 pm

1. Yes. Tourist Permit
2. No, Sorry
3. I am sorry I don’t understand. Do you mean a soft copy of the permit?

vijay December 25, 2018 - 6:19 am

Hello Vargis ji,
Regarding the 1st question, Incase you get the Travel Permit and went to Rohtang pass and decide not to go forward and come back to Manali again. what will happen?

Vargis.Khan December 26, 2018 - 2:53 am

Hello Vijay Ji – You will get fined in that case. If you take a Rohtang travel permit, an entry must be made on both sides of the pass and you will get fined if you came back the same day from Rohtang top.

AMIT YADAV October 12, 2018 - 6:58 pm

i want to go to rohtang pass in my own car. do i need to take rohtang pass permit or special rohtang pass permit for my car.?

Vargis.Khan October 13, 2018 - 1:52 am

Take the special permit one.

GALAXY GARG October 28, 2018 - 6:23 pm

What is the difference between special pass and normal pass?

Vargis.Khan October 29, 2018 - 1:46 am

special – private vehicles
normal – commercial vehicles

It doesn’t matter though, not that seriously applied. You can obtain either.

GALAXY GARG October 28, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Actually I am travelling by my personal car and have already got rohtang pass permit(for tourism) on 02/11/2018.
Is it fine or do I have to apply special permit for private vehicle?
Please tell me the difference between both the permits.

Vargis.Khan October 29, 2018 - 1:45 am

It donsn’t matter really. You can take either but preferably opt for special permit. that is the one for private vehicles.

MOHIT CHAWLA October 11, 2018 - 6:28 am



Vargis.Khan October 11, 2018 - 7:02 am

Hello Mr. Chawla – You do not need any permit for Rohtang if you are coming from Leh to Manali. Permit is only required if you approach the pass from Manali side.

MOHIT CHAWLA October 11, 2018 - 7:33 am

Thankyoy so much for the help

Nayan September 23, 2018 - 9:50 pm

Hello sarvis…Actually our college is on a tour on manali rohtang and jasol this october ….So how can we get permit for rohtang….and will rohtang remain open on October second week and are the climatic conditions safe thr??

Amish September 23, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Hi Vargis,

I am planning to Spiti Valley on next coming weekend from Delhi via Shimla and return via Kunzum – rohtang pass – Manali – delhi. So is it good time and do I need permit if I come back in this way?

Shubham Bhardwaj September 10, 2018 - 6:17 am

Hi Varghis,

I will be travelling to Ladakh via Manali. Please help me with some information.

1. What all permits required other than Rohtang permot.

2. Do I need to carry original bike papers as I have all in mu digital wallet.

3. Do I need to book hotels in advance?

4. Are roads open during this time?

Vargis.Khan September 10, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Hi Shubham,

1. You will need Inner Line Permits in Ladakh. See this post.

2. Carrying originals will be better definitely.
3. If you are going now in Sep or Oct then no you don’t.
4. Yes

Bibhudatta Mishra September 1, 2018 - 11:15 am

Hi Vargis,
I have already got beyond rohtang pass online permit. Do I still need to visit DC office in Manali, or I can straight away proceed towards Rohtang pass and produce the permit at Gulaba gate?

Vargis.Khan September 2, 2018 - 9:07 am

You can head straight Bibhudatta. No need to go to DC Office.

Vishnu August 24, 2018 - 7:20 am

Hi bro
If my route is shimla-spiti-gramphu and then to leh,is beyond rhotang permit required?

Vargis.Khan September 2, 2018 - 9:15 am

No Vishnu Bhai

Basudev August 20, 2018 - 10:30 am

Dear Vargis,

I have already connected with you earlier and thanks for your help until now. I have a query on the Permits. In case I travel to Leh directly from Chandratal Lake, do I need to get Permit? if yes then from where? Manali? And also, do one need to get permit to visit Khardungla.

Also need suggestion if one can get online permit, how many days in advance and what all permits.

Appreciate your help!


Vargis.Khan September 2, 2018 - 9:16 am

Hi Basudev – You don’t need Rohtang permit if you travel from Chandratal to Leh directly. There is no permit needed as well for traveling until Khardung La.

Subhash Lamba August 6, 2018 - 10:46 am

We are planing to visit manali in december this year around 20-25 date, we are travelling from our own vehicles, so when we’ll reach manali, can we hire some cab or taxi which already has a permit for visiting rohtang pass? if yes then how much do they usually charge?

Vargis.Khan August 6, 2018 - 3:10 pm

You cannot travel to Rohtang Pass in December. It will be closed.

Dhruvin Kapadia August 26, 2018 - 5:57 am

what about November?? 10-15

Ankit July 29, 2018 - 11:23 am

I need a permit for Beyond Rohatng to reah to Leh. But website is not working is there any other option of getting a permit without wasting a day in Manali??

Ankit Rastogi

Vargis.Khan July 29, 2018 - 10:10 pm

1. You could try contacting a travel agent
2. Try contacting a hotel in Manali. If they agree to arrange the permit for you then book your night stay with them. They will of course charge you additional for it.

Abhishek Pathak July 21, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Dear Vargis, I have a HP registered vehicle.. When I am trying to apply for online Rohtang Permit, the pop-up says, Green Permit not required for Himachal Registered vehicles.. But from ur posts, it seems that even Himachal registered vehicles need permit to cross Rohtang for going to Leh… Can u please provide some clarity on this.. What’s the rule position for Himachal Registered vehicles?

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Are you applying for Rohtang Permit or Green Tax?

A friend of mine has a HP registered car. using his car number, I just tried applying for Rohtang Permit and it worked; took me to the page where payment is supposed to be made.

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:31 pm

To clarify, Green tax is not needed for HP registered vehicles but Rohtang Permit they need to get.

Abhishek Pathak July 22, 2018 - 9:24 am

Correct.. But I thought that Rohtang Permit is only for people going to Rohtang and coming back from there only.. For people going to Leh, only Green Permit is to be taken.. I think I am a bit confused

Vargis.Khan July 22, 2018 - 7:02 pm

Green Tax – Everyone pays this while entering Manali except for vehicles registered in HP
Rohtang Tourist Permit – If you just want to go to Rohtang and come back the same day
Beyond Rohtang Permit – If you want to cross over Rohtang and go towards Spiti or Ladakh

I hope that clarifies

souritya das July 29, 2021 - 10:16 pm

So do I need to pay Green Tax if I travel from Leh to Manali?

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2021 - 5:18 am

No, not required

PraveenPraveenp July 13, 2018 - 3:53 am

Hi vargis, we r 4 people planning to travel leh from manali on 16th sept. We are planning to book a taxi from manali to leh (one way). Does such taxi already have these permit or we will have to arrange for it. And how much will they charge for journey along with the permit if they do so.
If you have any contacts please share.

Vargis.Khan July 13, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Hi Praveen – I do not have any contact but the drivers usually arrange this permit themselves because the vehicle is registered in their name. Just make sure that you have that conversation with the driver and set the expectation.

Abhishek Pathak July 21, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Dear Vargis, I have a HP registered vehicle.. When I am trying to apply for online Rohtang Permit, the pop-up says, Green Permit not required for Himachal Registered vehicles.. But from ur posts, it seems that even Himachal registered vehicles need permit to cross Rohtang for going to Leh… Can u please provide some clarity on this.. What’s the rule position for Himachal Registered vehicles?

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Are you applying for Rohtang Permit or Green Tax?

A friend of mine has a HP registered car. using his car number, I just tried applying for Rohtang Permit and it worked; took me to the page where payment is supposed to be made.

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:31 pm

To clarify, Green tax is not needed for HP registered vehicles but Rohtang Permit they need to get.

Shiva Prasad Reddy July 9, 2018 - 5:22 am

Hi Vargis,
I am travelling to leh via: Delhi-Chandigarh-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Chandigarh-Delhi.
should i need to take permit from crossing rohtang pass, if im crossing from leh towards manali

Vargis.Khan July 10, 2018 - 3:51 am

Hi Shiva – No you do not need Rohtang Permit if you are coming from Leh to Manali.

aman deep g July 2, 2018 - 5:24 pm

since my car is more than 10 years old, i would not be able to travel via manali to leh. so, can u please suggest is the way through Srinagar towards Leh safe Nowdays seeing the situation there or should we consider some alternative transport

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:19 pm

No the Srinagar route is OK to go to Leh. Lot of people are already traveling on it, you will not be the only tourist there.

aman deep g July 2, 2018 - 5:15 pm

are more than 10 years old petrol cars allowed to go from manali to leh

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 5:16 pm

No they are not. You will not get a permit to cross Rohtang Pass from Manali.

aman deep g July 2, 2018 - 5:09 pm

is 10 years old ban for petrol cars also? i have a Toyota Corolla petrol 2004 model. will i be permitted to travel beyond rohtang to leh?

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Yes the 10 year rule applies for petrol vehicles as well. You will not get the permit for a 2004 model car.

aman deep g July 2, 2018 - 5:19 pm

thanks Mr Vargis, that was helpful as i was unable to get this info from anywhere else.
But another query, please suggest whether it is safe to go through srinagar route towards leh seeing the present situations?

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 5:23 pm

You are welcome. When you are you planning to go? Kashmir right now is getting beaten down with non-stop rains and it is a flood alert over there.

aman deep g July 2, 2018 - 5:26 pm

we were planning to go on 5th july this month

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 5:34 pm

Bhai In terms of all the unrest in Kashmir, it is OK to go to be honest. Situation there remains like this always and people still visit nonetheless.

In terms of weather however, I would advise you to not head there. Flood alert in Jhelum is still on and even the Jammu – Srinagar highway is experiencing landslides. Best would be to delay your trip by a couple of weeks.

On a side note though, going to Ladakh in a Sedan and that too a 2004 model? I would not really advise that even if the weather was OK.

Pritam June 26, 2018 - 6:38 pm

Hello Vargis: While travelling to Leh from Manali – in addition to Beyond Rohtang Permit , is it mandatory to pay off Green Tax charges also for vehicles which are HP & non-HP registered or only the former permit is enough to show at Gulaba check-post. Any leads on this would be highly appreciated.


Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 1:21 am

Hi Pritam – The green tax would have to be paid as you enter Manali and then you will obtain the Rohtang permit. So yes, you will have to pay both these charges.

Subhadip Banerjee June 26, 2018 - 9:43 am

Hello Vargis,

It’s really a nice place to get our queries clarified by an expert. We (5 people)are going to Leh, for which we have to take Beyond Rothang Permit. While applying I hadn’t opted for leh(Basically by default it was Udaipur). So as a result a permit has been raised for Udaipur for that Our Vehicle. Can we revert it or update the location.
It will be very helpful if you can show us some light.

Thanks in advance

Vargis.Khan June 26, 2018 - 12:39 pm

It doesn’t matter Subhadip. Once you cross the check post at Gulaba, no one cares where you are headed.

rahul yadav June 25, 2018 - 11:35 am

hello khan sir i m trying to book rohtang tourism permit for my private car innova but since two days the website is not working error comes connection timed out plzz help me

Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 2:14 pm

The only way out is then to get the permit in person if the website is not working Rahul.

Navdeep June 22, 2018 - 4:40 am

Hi vargis, I applied beyond rohtang permit on 20th june,2018 for 24th june,2018. Till when the permit will be issued?
Also if I’m checking permit status, they are saying no such permit exists. What should i do?

Samar June 20, 2018 - 6:49 am

There is a bit of confusion. Can you clarify Vargis Bhai-

1) I am quoting from your write up –

Rohtang Pass Permits for Bikes / Motorcycles
As I mentioned above, motorcycles are not exempt from this rule. If traveling on motorcycle, you will need to obtain an undertaking certificate from SDM office in Manali. There is however no fee applicable for motorcycles.

Rohtang Pass Permit Charges
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.

Please clarify about FEES/Charges related with Motorcycles only for BOTH Rohtang and Beyond Rohtang Permit.

2) This 10 year old Vehicle restriction rule is applicable for Motorcycles as well ?

3) If the answer to 2 is yes then is there any alternative way to cross Rohtang ? ( Not via Kaza )

Will be of great help

Vargis.Khan June 20, 2018 - 3:11 pm

Samar Bhai,

1. Permits are required for motorcycles as well but they don’t charge Rs. 500 for it. Bikes are just needed to pay the small congestion fee.
2. Yes the 10 year rule is applicable for motorcycles as well. If you want to go to Ladakh, then why not go via Srinagar and return via Manali? This rule is not applicable if you are coming from Leh to Manali. Another alternative would be Dalhousie – Sach Pass – Udaipur – Keylong route.

Samar June 21, 2018 - 7:45 am

Thank you Vargis Bhai..This 10 year vehicle rule is a headache. I was asking if there any other bypass from Manali for crossing Rohtang. Anyways, Out of your informative posts about permits, I made a post for FB travelling groups I own and a part of. If you are on facebook, please give me the honour of making you a member. My ID on FB is – Sufis.Discovering India. Thank you

Vargis.Khan June 21, 2018 - 3:23 pm

Samar Bhai I am there on FB but not really that active, just have an ID for the sake of it. And yes, I agree. This 10 year rule is definitely a headache.

Ashish June 17, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Hellow , i want to ask you that i want to go leh ladakh so please help me out that i have applied for beyond rohtang permit , but i have one doubt that do i need that rohtang permit as well or beyond rohtang permit is enough ?? And one more thing do i need green environmental permit also ?? Please help me out i am so confused..

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 1:59 pm

No. If you are going to Leh than you only need beyond Rohtang Permit.

Prabin June 16, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Hello I am planning to leh on Jun 17 I got congestion slip but the dl driving license number I put was wrong so is it will be a problem

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:17 pm

No. As long as the vehicles number is correct, it will be OK.

Prant Gaurav June 16, 2018 - 7:39 am

Hello Vargis sir we are not getting online passes for bike to Rohtang trip,could we get it from window in a single day

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:20 pm

Hi Prant, No one can guarantee it brother but you can try.

rahul October 3, 2018 - 3:54 am

There is no process for bike permit for rohtang pass, If you are taking Bike to rohtang pass, You have to stay for one day at-least .

Gaurav Singh June 15, 2018 - 2:24 am

H Vargis, i am planing to visit chandat tal lake on 21, do i need to get both the permits i.e the rohtang pass and beyond rohtang pass as i want to enjoy rohtang also

Gaurav Singh June 15, 2018 - 2:26 am

one more question, can i obtain 2 passes for beyond on 20 and 21 as to and fro

Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Why do you need 2 passes? If you are going on 20th then you just need 1 permit for that day. No permit is required for coming back on 21st.

Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Hi Gaurav, No you just need Beyond Rohtang permit for going to the pass and then crossing it over.

Jawahar Lal GOYAL June 14, 2018 - 6:46 am

Vargis, for applying for rohtang Pas tourism pass for our personal vehicle should we apply with driving license of the driver or the driving license of the owner of the vehicle who is coming with us with his own Honda petrol car. Secondly We are Five persons including driver. Are five persons allowed. We will visit Rohtang pass on 22nd June 2018. Please help.

Vargis.Khan June 14, 2018 - 1:45 pm


1. Yes 5 people are allowed.
2. Apply for permit with DL of the owner of the car.

Jawahar Lal GOYAL June 15, 2018 - 6:30 am

Thanks Vargis

Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 2:53 pm

You are welcome !!!

Vikas Malik June 13, 2018 - 7:41 am

Hello There,
We are 4 friends planned a trip from Haryana-Manali-Rohtang-Leh-Nubra-Pangnong-Magnetic Hill.
We are leaving haryana on 18 June. We have personal car ETIOS of diesel.
1.As 19 June is Tuesday, We have to cross rohtang on 20 june. Which permit we should apply and when we can apply(date& time).As website is not showing dates 19,20… today. It is showing till 18.
2- Is diesel Etios(2013 model) is Ok to enjoy this trip?
3- By which time in morning we should leave hotel on 20june to enjoy rohtang and then cross it and make our way to leh?
4-Suggest us best places to stay overnight on Leh Manali Highway.
5-How much fuel we should carry from manali to reach Leh?

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 4:05 pm

1. Permits may already be sold out for 20th. Try for 21st and see if that works. No other way.
2. Yes Etios will be fine but low ground clearance could be a problem at water crossings.
3. Leave as early as you can to avoid traffic at Rohtang
4. Do Manali to Jispa, Jispa to Pang and Pang to Leh
5. Get a tankful done at Manali, then Tandi and you will be OK.

sachin June 11, 2018 - 7:45 am

Hi sir ,

Concern is that we are planning to visit to rohtang on 1st july. We have booked our own traveller which is a Taxi /commercial number .We want to obtain permit for traveller as the traveller is booked from delhi.So let me know how should i get this.Visit is only for 1 time i e to and fro.Kindly let me know about the procedure so that we can easily visit there .Would be great if i can get your contact number .

Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 6:09 pm

Sachin – You will have to apply for Rohtang tourist permit and the procedure is the same that I explained above in the article.

Nishant Sharma June 12, 2018 - 4:03 am

Hi Vargis,
I m willing to visit rohtang this month along with my family planned for 22nd june. I have my own private car. (Baleno)
So pls confirm that as their are 2 options given to obtaing the rohtang paas. Do i have to select the 1st option, Rohtang paas permit ? Or do i have to select the 2nd optn Special rohtang paas permit ? I have a cnfusn bw these 2.
Pls advice as i have to book 6 days prior of my visit.
Promt reply waited.

Nishant sharma

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Hi Nishant – Apply for Special Rohtang permit. They have introduced these for private vehicles and made the usual Rohtang permit for taxis.

Nishant Sharma June 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Allright. Thanks vargis.
Also can u pls tell at what time does the window for this rohtang special permit paas opens & closes ?

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2018 - 4:07 pm

It is the same time frame as for other permits Nishant. Only the names are different, rest all same rules apply.

Tanjot Singh June 10, 2018 - 11:50 am

Sir i applied for beyond rohtang pass permit .
Permit date is 14/6/2018.
But on my permit slip there is mention that conjestion charges slip to go to udaipur , but i have to go to leh.
Please tell me what to do ?
Will i be allowed to go to leh on 14/6/18.

Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 3:28 pm

Once you cross Rohtang, no one is going to ask which way you are headed so you are OK.

hitesh khatwani June 8, 2018 - 12:24 pm

i want bus tickets for Rohtang of 14th june or 15th june but online it’s showing “”Either Window for Applying Permit is Closed or Quota Finished”” then how to get tickets

Vargis.Khan June 9, 2018 - 2:09 pm

You can buy the ticket in person after reaching Manali.

Shahid khan June 17, 2018 - 9:21 pm

Hi vargis. by mistake i applied a permit of special rohtang pass but i have to go to beyond rohtang (leh).what should i do plzz tell me . tell me the total expenses in between rohtang to leh with my own car with 7 travellers

Hemraj Dhruw June 7, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Hi Mr. Khan.
We are a couple of college students planning to reach Kaza via Manali around 4th august, 2018. We will be travelling to kaza from manali by public transport (bus).My queries are.- 1 Firstly does it require rohtang pass permit if we travel by state transport bus? 2 if yes, how can we get it prior to our journey? 3 We have been searching many fixed departure dates tour packages, but they don’t match with our schedule, so sightseeing in kaza and near by can be done on our own, like on the spot type? Please suggest. 4 regarding the taxi services in kaza to reach nearby places, can it be done?

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2018 - 11:12 pm

1. No, the permit is needed for a vehicle, not per person. If by Bus then there is no need for any permit.
2. No need for any tour packages. Just reach Kaza by Bus and rent a bike there for local sightseeing.
3. For renting bike or taxi in Kaza, please contact Jamaica at 9418200183. In case you are not able to reach him, then leave a message on watsapp and he will call back.

Chayan Sharma June 7, 2018 - 6:31 am

Hi Vargis,
I wanted to ask one thing. we will be going to leh from manaIi on bike and I have printed permits for beyond rohtang but by mistake I have put the location Udaipur instead of Leh while filling up the form. Will that be a problem?

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2018 - 11:26 pm

Hi Chayan, It doesn’t matter. Once you have crossed over Rohtang pass, no one is going to ask which way you are headed.

Asif Ali June 7, 2018 - 3:50 am

I am planning to visit rohtang pass on 17 june
Bro website open nahi ho rahi hai plz help me

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2018 - 11:29 pm

Kaun si website open nahi ho rahi bhai? Maine try kiya abhi toh khul gayi

Abhinav Singh Rathore June 6, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Hey Varghis, i am going for Delhi – Manali – Rohtang – Spiti (5days) trip tomorrow but i don’t have a Rohtang pass permit so i wanted to know that if i get a Beyond Rohtang pass permit will they allow me to stop at Rohtang pass top and enjoy there for few hours and then travel to Spiti later in the day ?

Pls reply asap 🙂

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:01 pm

Yes, if you have a beyond Rohtang permit than you can stop anywhere on the route for as long as you like.

mohamed rafiq June 6, 2018 - 11:38 am

Hi vargis,

It is really a great help reading your blog. Kindly put some light on my below quires.
i am planning to hire a self drive vehicle from delhi to ladakh from 14th july 2018.

1. is it safe to take a private self driven vehicle.
2. the route map is something like this: delhi-jammu-srinagar-kargil-leh-manali-chandigarh-delhi.

please revert back back with your valuable inputs.

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:02 pm

Hi Rafiq, Safe in terms of what? If you are asking in terms of the road then it will depend on your own driving experience, specially in hilly areas.

Vikram Dogra June 5, 2018 - 7:36 am

Hello Dear Varghis,

Thanks already for so many insights about Himalayan Kindom.

I have following queries, if you may throw some light on and suggest accordingly.
A) Will be in Manali from 20th to 24th June’18 with my wife and 8 years old son.
Is it advisable to do Rohtang pass on a bike with both of them…?
I am an experienced rider but just wanted to know if people do it often…actually concerned for the kid.
Riding the bike to Rohtang is always THE THING TO DO & will save us from getting stuck in the traffic.

B) I will have my elite i20 petrol (2017 model) at my disposal. Should I drive it to Rohtang instead.
Should I get Special Rohtang pass permit or the regular Rohtang permit..?


Vargis.Khan June 5, 2018 - 9:10 pm

Hello Vikram – I will not recommend traveling to Rohtang with three people on a motorcycle. Yes, a motorcycle will save you from the hassle of traffic jams but with your son on it, I will still recommend that you bring your car along. It is my opinion though. If you still want to ride a motorcycle, then I will suggest that you rent a 500CC Enfield. Do not go for a Thunderbird or Himalayan.

Vikram Dogra June 7, 2018 - 4:46 am

Thanks for the suggestion dear Vargis !

One more thing, will i20 Elite Petrol be good enough for a trip to Rohtang Pass..?
I mean the gradient and the road conditions (read pot holes etc.)


Vargis.Khan June 7, 2018 - 11:27 pm

You are welcome Vikram. Yes, I20 will be fine for visiting Rohtang. The local taxi drivers there all use Alto actually.

Vikram Dogra June 18, 2018 - 4:03 am

Thanks a ton dear Vargis !

You are the best !

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Thank you for your kind words Vikram Bhai.

ANKIT SHARMA May 31, 2018 - 3:32 am

Hi vargis i an planning to visit rohtang i have to know these things 1. I am driving on personal car,do i need special rohtang permit or rohtang permt 2. Tell me permit validity i mean how many days permit is valid mean if i take permit of 6 june then how many days it valid from permit date.

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:17 pm

Hi Ankit – For private vehicles, take the special Rohtang permit please. Permit is valid only for the date that it is issued for, just one day.

Lavish May 28, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Hi. Is there any restriction on bikes that they can’t come back from rohtang on same day? Also, how much time will it take to get a permit for bike only till Rohtang pass. Please help as I am planning a trip in 1st week of July and reaching on sunday.

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:18 pm

If you take a beyond Rohtang permit, then yes, you cannot come back on same day. If you are just visiting Rohtang, then take the normal Rohtang tourist permit.

Nitin Kamboj May 28, 2018 - 2:40 am

regarding the beyond rohtang pass i plan to visit kaza and then start for leh from there the next day without crossing rohtang pass again.
But the permit asks for a location to travel should i enter leh or kaza or do i need to take 2 permits for 2 different days ??

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:20 pm

It doesn’t matter, you can mention either of it. Once you have crossed Rohtang Pass, no one is going to ask you about the permit. If you are going to Kaza first then mention Kaza

hardeep May 27, 2018 - 8:16 am

hello Vargis, huge thanx to ellaborate about the place in such a neat and clean manner…. I want to visit to spiti from delhi in my personal car…. May i know which month is best suitable for it. I mean, less crowd and low or no direct sunlight,abd must be snowfall available during driving!!!!! And could we setup camp anywhere for some time spend? ?? Advance thanx buddy. !!

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:21 pm

Hi Hardeep, September would probably best with the things that you mentioned. Or maybe early June.

Sunil Gagneja May 25, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Hi vargis,
If I take Rohtang pass permit online for personal vehicle then still I have to obtain the SDM office permit

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:22 pm

Hi Sunil, that Rohtang Permit and SDM permit are the same thing.

Rakesh Kumar May 25, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Hi Vargis:)

I was reading your blogs.. its very much informative

Can you suggest me I am planning to do full circuit of Spiti Valley from Delhi.. First time riding so long
My questions are:
1. I am entering from manali.. Only beyond rohtang pass will work? Do i have to apply for Green tax also?
2. I am on my FZS V.2.0 – 2014 Model – Will it be fine on this?
3. Will I find snow in Kaza?
4. What about bike mechanic – If required? is it available in all places?
5. Any precaution you suggest for a first time rider? This is important please
6. Any estimate expense you think total will come from delhi including fuel and accommodation?

Rakesh Kumar May 25, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Sorry i forgot to mention the dates its 1-9 June 2018

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:25 pm

Hi Rakesh,

Sorry about late response. I guess you are already on your way by now but in case you are not then,

1. Green tax will be paid right when you enter Manali. Permit needed is only bedyong Rohtang one.
2. Yes
3. No
4. Yes but only at places like Shimla, Reckong Peo, Kaza etc.
5. Just ride carefully and slowly. Roads are going to be bad in early season specially between Manali and Kaza
6. Take a look at this article.

Dhananjay May 24, 2018 - 7:10 pm

Hey, are there some timings if we want to cross Rohtang pass for travel purpose? Is it safe to cross Rohtang at night?

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 8:34 pm

No it is not safe to cross Rohtang Pass at night and you may also be stopped at the check post.

Manavi May 24, 2018 - 10:17 am

Hi Varghis,

Kindly clarify if we can travel to Rohtang in 2007 Wagon R. Is it allowed as the age of the vehicle is more than 10 years.
Also , I will be travelling with my 2 years old kid, hope there are no age restrictions for the kids?

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Hi Manavi, You will not get the permit if the vehicle is older than 10 years so no, you cannot bring it to Ladakh. No issues bringing your kid but keep an eye out for any signs of discomfort. If the child acts a bit irritated, then it could be because of high altitude in which case, you should start to climb down to Manali immediately.

Sunil May 24, 2018 - 7:31 am

Hi Vargis …really impressed with the way you have explained the information on your blogs and guiding the tourist in the right direction..all the thumbs up for your great work..I have certain questions if you can answer pl:
1. Is it safe to take personal Non-HP registered vehicle at Rohtang and what are the rohtang road conditions as i m planning for 31st May.
2. In case of private vehicle shall i take Rohtang Permit or Special Rohtang Permit (Permits to Visit Rohtang Pass for Private Vehicle Only) or both will go for private vehicles.

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Hello Sunil,

Thank you for your kind words.

1. Yes it is safe as long as you have obtained the Rohtang Permit
2. Take the special Rohtang Pass permit please.

Abhishek Naidu May 22, 2018 - 8:36 pm

Dear Vargis, All information provided in various blogs here are very useful. Me (23) and my brother (18) are planning for a road trip to spiti valley starting from Manali. 1. My brother doesn’t have driving license yet. So is there any restriction on permit allocation because of him having no driving license? 2. I had been to manali earlier, but this will be our first road trip. If we hire a bike from manali, will we be able to have round trip? (manali-kaza-shimla) or we will have to return bike at manali itself? 3. Since this is our first road trip, which route will you suggest? We are planning to start from delhi on 10th june and return by 20th.

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Hi Abhishek,

You will not get a motorcycle without a permanent DL so you will have to keep your brother as a pillion rider. If you rented from Manali, then you will have to return the bikes in Manali itself. If you return at Shimla, they will charge you about Rs. 10000 to Rs. 15000

Abhishek Naidu May 24, 2018 - 6:50 pm

Thank you Vargis. So may I rent a motorcycle based on my permanent DL? Brother being pillion rider is allowed throughout the ride?

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 8:35 pm

Hi Abhishek – Yes to both your questions.

Parul May 22, 2018 - 7:25 am

1. Which permit do I apply
Rohtan pass permit or special rohtan permit on the site admis…..
2. If I take a local taxi from manali to rohtan do I still need a permit.

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 1:33 pm

1. Rohtang Permit
2. Yes. You can however talk to the taxi driver and ask him to arrange the permit. He will charge you extra for it though.

Parul May 22, 2018 - 7:20 am

I am planning to visit rohtan pass on 25 or 26 may.
1. Which pass should I apply
Rohtan pass or special rohtang pass??
2. If I take a local taxi from manali to rohtan do I still need a permit
3. If no then are these taxis available.

Prashant Giri May 20, 2018 - 7:29 pm

Hi Vargis. What a fantastic blog/website yours is. It should literally be made official site for seeking information about Lahaul/spiti. Keep up the good work. I need your advice on this. We are two brothers, planning to travel Chandigarh – Shimla – Kaza – the various passes – Manali – Chandigarh. From 9 june to 17 june. Hoping to have kunzum pass open by then .My first question is that is it safe for just two of us to travel ? Or should there be a group just in case there is some emergency ? Should we take a car or a bike with us ? We would have preferred bikes but being just two in the group deter us from doing it, besides the fact that we don’t really want to travel with all those gears and bags and equipments. A car seems more comforting just in case there is a breakdown. Thirdly how busy are the roads aafter reaching spiti valley ? Would there be some help available in case of car breakdown or a medical emergency ?

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:42 pm

Hi Prashant Bhai,

Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

1. The routes are all open already so you are good to go.
2. It is quite safe to go for two people. Lot of people even do it solo.
3. It really depends on which car you have. If you are talking about a SUV with high ground clearance then yes, it will be more comfortable for the trip. Both bikes and cars have their own pros and cons and it really boils down to your own preference.
4. Not much of tourist traffic brother. You are traveling early in the season so it will be even less. But yes, local shared taxis do ply on the route so in case of a breakdown, you still have a hope to get get help.

Sachin May 20, 2018 - 10:17 am

Varghis bhai we are planning to visit Leh from shimla lahaul spiti route and starting from delhi on 25th May…. is the route will be open for Leh??? and is this the right time to travel?? we have also not done any booking so far… will we get the accomodation on the fly there? do you have any itinerary to help for delhi-shimla-keylong-Leh-Kargil- Srinagar-Delhi.
Thanks for the wonderful post and you support help lot of people to plan their travel better.

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:27 pm

Sachin Bhai hopefully it will be officially open in next couple of days. Unofficially people have already started to travel on it anyways. How many days are you planning for and how are you traveling?

Priyaz Mishra May 20, 2018 - 8:31 am

First and foremost, great work Varghis. Your blog is very informative when it comes to a Leh-Ladakh trip. I am planning a visit in June and have a slight confusion. If I obtain the permit for Rohtang pass and beyond by paying the congestion fee ( Rs. 550 in total ), do I still have to obtain the SDM permission to pass the Keylong checkpost or would the online permit be enough?

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:44 pm

Hello Priyaz – Thank you for your kind words. You do not need any other permission. The online beyond Rohtang permit will be enough.

aakash mittal May 18, 2018 - 1:53 pm

hello vargis such a wonderful job..highly appriciable njust tell me 1 thing if i am leaving for manali on 10th of june and want to just visit the rohtang pass and back to when i have to apply for a permit..i am confused becoz i saw that permit site now which is showing that no permits available for next 6-7 days
so plzz tell ,me the actual position of that matter…and i am visiting there by a tourist vehicle sp plzz consider myn problem reply..thank u in advance

ARSHIT MITTAL May 18, 2018 - 2:33 pm Reply
Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Thannks Arshit

Praveen May 19, 2018 - 10:20 am

Dear Vargis, I have taken the permit for Beyond Rohtang which is Rs 50 congestion fees, however a bit confused. Do I also need to take the Manali Entry Green Tax?

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:08 pm

Hi Praveen Bhai – Yes the Manali Entry green tax will still have to be paid as you enter Manali

aakash mittal May 19, 2018 - 1:33 am

in this link also permit is not available it is showing that permit either permit window closed or quota finished…i dont want to came back from manali without visiting rohtang

Sach May 19, 2018 - 12:50 pm

Varghis bhai we are planning to visit Leh from shimla lahaul spiti route and starting from delhi on 25th May…. is the route will be open for Leh??? and is this the right time to travel?? we have also not done any booking so far… will we get the accomodation on the fly there? do you have any itinerary to help for delhi-shimla-keylong-Leh-Kargil- Srinagar-Delhi.

Thanks for the wonderful post and you support help lot of people to plan their travel better.


Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:06 pm

Sachin Bhai hopefully it will be officially open in next couple of days. Unofficially people have already started to travel on it anyways. How many days are you planning for and how are you traveling?

ARSHIT MITTAL May 16, 2018 - 3:20 pm

sir,special rohtang permit jo inki site pai new option
ayi hai,iska kya matlab hai?

Gaurav May 16, 2018 - 2:13 pm

Dear Vargis,

Thanks for your great work. Just wanted to know do we required permit pass if we are traveling through public transport ?

Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 3:17 pm

Hello Gaurav – No permit is required if you are traveling by public transport. It is issued on per vehicle basis, not per person.

Nitin May 17, 2018 - 4:06 am

Hello Vargis,

Could you please telltme.Can I get Rohtang permit for 19 May?

Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 6:30 pm

For until Marhi yes you can get the permit.

Rahul May 13, 2018 - 7:10 am

Hi Vargis, highly appreciate your help. I am in same confusion state. I am starting tomorrow (14 may ) from Delhi to leh. Any new information on Rohtang status ?

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 6:02 pm

Hi Rahul – It is not yet open for tourists to cross over.

Suryansh May 8, 2018 - 10:57 am

hey, thanks for such a lovely and informative blog, very generous of you 🙂
sorry to bug you, but my group has been planning to drive the circuit initiating from manali. so, like yesterday i encountered that vehicles are not allowed to pass on Tuesday and as my luck goes our holidays and plan schedules Tuesday to be the day of passing rohtang. so basically what is my situation here will i be able to cross rohtang or i have to go via kalpa. Also if i can, is online permit available for beyond rohtang as the site doesn’t really provide any significant information regarding this.

Vargis.Khan May 8, 2018 - 6:03 pm

Hi Suryansh – No you cannot cross Rohtang over on Tuesday. Beyond Rohtang permit is not yet available online because the pass is not yet open.

Shivang May 3, 2018 - 6:52 pm

I want to travel from Manali to Rohtang Pass from bike and return on the same day to it possible to do so?

Vargis.Khan May 3, 2018 - 7:10 pm

Yes it is

Dilip singh May 2, 2018 - 8:16 am

Hi Vargis,

What a beautiful work you’ve done on the arranging the details for the Leh Trip! Cheers to you.

Just wanted to know, how many days before we would require to obtain Rohtang Pass Permit.

We’re planning to Leave Delhi on June 22nd.

Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 2:08 pm

Thanks Dilip Bhai. If you apply online, then you can get the permit 2 days before your trip to the pass.

swadesh May 3, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Dear Sir,

We will be going to leh from manali during 1st week of June. Please help, which pass I should apply. There are 4 kind of passes available in the site, viz. Rohtang Pass permit, special rohtang pass permit, beyond rohtang pass (online application link not available) and Manali entry (green tax). Please suggest, which all i should apply.


Vargis.Khan May 3, 2018 - 5:49 pm

Hi Swadesh – You need to get beyond Rohtang Permit. It may not be available online yet because the pass is not open.

swadesh May 4, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Sir, thank you for your reply. Also, I am taking my own bike which is registered outside HP, what all passes/ permission do i need to take? please help. For beyond rohtang pass, i dont think, there is any online links available. What is the alternet method to get the passes?

Vargis.Khan May 4, 2018 - 1:27 pm

The only other alternative is to get it in person while you are in Manali

Rajit chaudhary May 1, 2018 - 7:24 pm

I will go to ladakh in 6 may from srinagar leh higway. And in return from manali to leh highway in 13 may can we do this? Can i issued any kind of permit please suggest me

Vargis.Khan May 1, 2018 - 8:29 pm

No permit is needed if you are coming towards Manali but Manali Leh highway will probably not open by 13th

Alok May 18, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Hello vargis
Plss tell me can i get permit for 26may

Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 1:12 pm

For until Marhi, yes you can.

Anand Agarwal April 30, 2018 - 9:53 am

Dear Sir,

Very good website Vargisji. Lots of useful information. Have this questions in mind about visit to Rohtang pass. We are visiting Manali on 18th May and planning to visit Rohtang pass on 19th or 20th.

1. We would like to see good snow for our kids to play. I have read in the blogs that the snowfall was very less this year. So is it enough that we visit Rohtang pass for a day trip. Or shall we go till Keylong and stay there for a night.
2. We will be travelling to Manali in a Taxi having Punjab registration. Can we go to Rohtang/Keylong in our car after obtaining online permit? I am worried that HP taxis will create some problem.

Thanks in advance!

Vargis.Khan April 30, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Hello Mr. Aggarwal,

1. If you want to see plenty of snow than I will recommend that you go to Keylong for a day and return the next.
2. Yes, there is word that Manali Taxi Union is creating problem this year. You may be asked to rent a local cab from Manali itself for the purpose.

Vinod Alva April 26, 2018 - 7:07 pm

Hi Vargis,

I was enquiring outstation cab service from NCR to Rohtang Pass, they mentioned that taxi union in Manali/Rohtang will not allow their cab and we need to hire local taxi. Is that true?

Secondly, if I plan to get there using self drive rental cab (with DL registration), will they create similar trouble?
I know this happens in Leh. Is it true in Rohtang pass? Please confirm.


Vargis.Khan April 27, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Hi Vinod – I have so far not heard this about Manali but I will not be surprised if it gets true this year. Much like Leh, Taxi mafia may become a reality in Manali as well. Right now they are fighting amongst themselves; taxi and bike rental unions; and who will rob the tourists more.

Vargis.Khan April 27, 2018 - 1:33 pm

In tourists season, they charge Rs. 15k to Rs. 20k for a visit to Rohtang, can you believe it?

Dr.YUDHVIR SINGH April 22, 2018 - 4:44 pm

I HAVE FORD ECOSPORT 1500CC . IN MY SEARCH about ideal vehicle no one mentioned about ecosport . Is this car is good for leh laddakh and spiti tour or have to arrange another one for tour.
Kindly suggest .
Dr yudhvir singh

Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 7:04 pm

Dr. Singh – Ford Ecosport is definitely capable of doing the trip. A lot of people are going to Ladakh in cars like Maruti Celerio and other hatchbacks. Ecosport has far greater GC and better engine power so yes, you can definitely bring it to Ladakh.

Vijendra April 22, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Dear sir ,

Thanks a lot for sharing all the info . After reading this I guess ,(1) SDM office is open on Sundays and permits can be issued on Sunday also . (2)Even if I rent a bike from Manali with HP Registration No. , I will still need to get a permit to go to spiti (3) Permit can be arranged by the bike rental agency in Manali .

Sir , did I get the points right ?

Thanks n regards

Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 4:17 pm

You got this Vijendra Bhai, all 3 points are correct.

Vijendra April 23, 2018 - 2:54 am

SIR Thanks a tonne 🙂 🙂

Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 3:27 pm

You are welcome Bhai !!!

Arun AM April 18, 2018 - 10:58 am

Hai. I am Arun from Kerala, we r 4, planning to drive in XUV 500 (diesel ) to Leh via Manali, and come back via Srinagar. Let me know the procedure from Manali to leh .can we go any tourist spot on the way. Any special permission need for this. Pls explain.

Vargis.Khan April 18, 2018 - 4:55 pm Reply
Vaseem Ali AchikkulaM April 15, 2018 - 12:21 pm

Sir. Thankyou soo much for your great piece of information. Me and my girlfriend is planning to visit manali on 19th of may 2018.check in on 19th and and i have a return bus to delhi at 6 in the evening. So iam planning on a bike trip ( rented enfield from manali) to rohtang pass on 20th morning and reach back by 6 to get the bus. Is this plan possible ??. Will it work out?
And about the pass. I should get a tourism permit for bike. But since the office opens at 11.00am. I should be getting a day previous right ? Also can you please tell me the fare and procedures for a rented motorcycle permit

Vargis.Khan April 15, 2018 - 9:08 pm

Yes the pass will be open by that date. Contact Parvez Khan in Manali @ 93186 46559. He rents out motorcycles there. Give my reference and he will give you a bike at a reasonable enough rate. He will keep your permit ready as well so you will not have to worry about it.

Vaseem Ali AchikkulaM April 24, 2018 - 2:56 pm

thankyou soo much sir. ill be needing him for sure.

btw sir, i heard that a rule has come , that if you are visiting rohtang pass,bikes arent given tourist pass as the bikes are not allowed to return before 24/12 hours. ie, the bike trip to rohtang for half a day is not possible. i was planning to rent a bike in the morning , visit rohtang and then return back to manali by evening so as to get the bus by 6 pm. if you are to visit rohtang on a bike, then i should be staying at any place after rohtand (keylock) . is this correct ??

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 6:35 pm

I haven’t heard of any such rule Bhai but talk to Parvez. He is a local form Manali and would now if any such regulation exists.

Yash Jain April 12, 2018 - 10:41 am

Hai Vargis..
Hope Your doing good..!
1) I have heard even after having permit you have to pay extra while entering at rothang
2) I want to return same day then what kind of pass should i take?
3) Does any other kind of tax should i have to pay if my vehicle is NON-HP

Vargis.Khan April 12, 2018 - 12:23 pm

Hi Yash,

1. No other charges
2. Take tourist permit please
3. The only other fee that you pay is the green taxi while entering Manali.

Prakash Pai April 12, 2018 - 5:30 am

Dear Vargis Bhai,

I am in manali from 5th to 8th May,2018(4 nights). 5th (Sat), 6th (Sun), 7th (Mon) and 8th (Tuesday).
I want to visit Rohtang Pass. I have been following your blogs and find it very informative. I want to understand the following:

1) If i travel on VISITOR PERMIT to travel only upto Rohtang Pass from Manali and back, then what is the permit required? I will be hiring a taxi from Chandigarh. WiIl they help me in obtaining the permit? Once the permit is obtained, can I reach Rohtang Pass in the same vehicle or I should obtain the vehicle from the taxi union people?? If it is from the union, then how much they charge per person to visit Rohtang Pass? I am sure there will be huge crowd to enter and Tuesday will be closed.

2) To avoid the above, if i travel from Manali and halt at Jispa for a night, then should I take a TRAVEL PERMIT? If I halt at Jispa, can i travel to Rohtang Pass and enjoy the various snow activities there like skiing, snow scooter, mountain bike etc at Rohtang and halt for 1 night at Jispa?? Next day I can return back to Manali. If this is the case, can i avoid the crowd to Rohtang Pass ??? Also can i travel to Jispa on 8th Tuesday and still enjoy the snow activites in Rohtang??

Please clarify.

Vargis.Khan April 12, 2018 - 12:33 pm

Prakash Bhai, If you want to travel till Rohtang top then take the travel permit, stay at Keylong or Jispa and return to Masnali the next day. Traveling on tourist permit, you will only go till snow point and not Rohtang top. Chandigarh rented taxis willl nnot be able to help you with permits unless you rent one from Manali and pay him extra.

Shubham Sangwan April 5, 2018 - 4:12 am

When rohtang will open for tourists this year.
We are planning to visit on 25 April .
And another question whether tempo traveler diesel are allowed to go there and can get permit?

Vargis.Khan April 5, 2018 - 1:56 pm

It will open next week sometime for all type of vehicles.

Amit Arora March 10, 2018 - 12:06 pm


Excellent blog, of great help to people, great efforts by you sir. Hats off to you

Sir, I am planning to visit manali from delhi by delhi number cab from 16 may to 21 may 2018. Do we need any permit for manali entry, or is any type of tax payable. If yes, can it be paid while entering manali or do we need to pay it online.

Also please guide, what is the general status of taxis availability in manali for rohtang pass, can the same be booked online 2 days in advance, or is it difficult to find the taxis.

Vargis.Khan March 12, 2018 - 8:34 pm

Hello Amit Bhai – Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it truly.

The fee while entering Manali will have to be paid on the spot, you do not have to pay it in advance. Taxis in Manali are easily available for Rohtang. You do not have to book those in advance.

Amit Arora March 13, 2018 - 3:53 am

Dear sir

Thanks a lot for your reply and information

Really, your blog and efforts are of great help to novices like me.

Great selfless effort sir. Highly appreciable…

Vargis.Khan March 13, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Thank you Amit Bhai. I really appreciate your kind words.

Mani iyer February 27, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Hello sir I have heard that only CNG and electrical vehicles are allowed to go to Rotang pass is this true?

Mani Iyer February 27, 2018 - 6:16 pm

I will be taking a car with Chandigarh registration ,my travel agent said that this car will not be allowed as it is diesel driven
Mani iyer

Vargis.Khan February 27, 2018 - 6:36 pm

Not true. He is just trying to get you to leave your vehicle and rent a taxi with him. All you need is a permit to go to Rohtang and you are free to bring your car even if it is Diesel run.

Vargis.Khan February 27, 2018 - 6:35 pm

No such rule in place. As long as you have the permit, you can bring any car.

Amitesh January 23, 2018 - 6:46 pm

Hi Vargis
Really nice article.
I just wanted to know that is it possible to take permit and visit rohtang pass in mid march 2018. As i saw couple of videos of march ppl going there. Will rohtang pass will be open in march. Can i get permit during that time?

Vargis.Khan January 23, 2018 - 8:06 pm

Hi Amitesh – It all depends on the weather really. Rohtang Pass may open by late March if there is now snow at all; otherwise usually it opens by April. The videos you saw could be the snow point which is not really the Rohtang top all the way.

Rocky rajput January 31, 2018 - 3:56 am

Hello sir
1 Q. ham 3 friends manali to leh ja rhe he to permit ka kitna rs. Lgega .
Hmare paas parsnal bike he 8 day ka tour he .
2 Q. Hme kon se month me jana shi rhega .

Vargis.Khan January 31, 2018 - 5:07 pm

Hello Rocky – July ya September mein kabhi bhi chale jao, dono hi months theek hai agar Manali ki taraf se jana hai toh. Aap kaun se permit ka charge puchh rahe ho? Rohtang wale ka maine uper mention kiya hua hai article mein, iske alawa Leh pahunch kar aapko Inner Line permit bhi lena padega magar

Bipin Maheshwari January 4, 2018 - 5:56 am

Hello Sir,

1. My question is can I come back from rohtang to manali on the same day on my permit?

I have heard and seen some online blog saying we can’t come back to manali from

rohtang on the same day on two wheeler. There are some penalties if we come back on

the same day on bike is it true??

2. If it is the case then, If I take beyond Rohtang permit and go till khoksar and come back same day without stay. Is that within the rules or I need to stay for a night atleast.

3. and If I take beyond Rohtang permit, Am I allowed to stay at rohtang top for 2-3 hours or we just have to travel straight.

Vargis.Khan January 4, 2018 - 8:08 pm

Hello Bipin Bhai,

This is because people started misusing “Travel Permits” for just visiting Rohtang Pass. The tourist permit doesnt allow you to go all the way to the top by your vehicle however by Travel permit, you can cross all the way to the other end. If this is how you want to plan, then I will suggest you plan for 2 days. Take a “Travel Permit”, cross Rohtang, stay at Keylong or even better, camp at Jispa and return to Rohtang the next day.

With a travel permit, you can take as many breaks as needed and spend as much time as you want to.

Bipin Maheshwari January 13, 2018 - 10:25 am

Thank you very much Vargis Sir for your reply.

I am travelling with my wife and planning to stay at khoksar or sissu and come back to manali next day with “Travel Permit”.

I think that will be within the rules of the permit.

Vargis.Khan January 14, 2018 - 10:54 pm

Absolutely Bipin Bhai. That will be within the rules.

Bipin Maheshwari January 18, 2018 - 6:39 am

Thank you sir,

I have seen

on their website that no vehicles are allowed on tuesday as rohtang is closed.

Is it for travel permit holders as well??

Can I travel beyond rohtang on bike on tuesday to avoid traffic jams on travel permit?

Vargis.Khan January 18, 2018 - 5:05 pm

No that is not applicable for travel permit holders. Rohtang remains closed on Tuesdays only for people wanting to just visit the pass. For people wanting to cross it over, there is no restriction of Tuesdays.

Bipin Maheshwari January 19, 2018 - 5:21 am

Thank you sir,

Really Appreciated your work of helping people..

Great job..

Vargis.Khan January 19, 2018 - 1:52 pm

You are welcome Bhai

Khan zeeshan December 10, 2017 - 4:53 am

If someone crossing Rohtang pass without any vehicle/ planning trip by foot do they need to obtain permit

Vargis.Khan December 18, 2017 - 3:39 pm

Permit is needed for vehicles, not person. So no, you do not need a permit if you are planning on walking 50 odd kilometers to Rohtang Top.

kranthi kumar December 22, 2017 - 6:55 pm

do they allow to rohtang pass in january and february?
how much it costs for diesel vehicle for rohtang pass?
thanks in advance 4 ur wonderful blog…..

Vargis.Khan December 25, 2017 - 3:37 pm

Rohtang Pass remains closed in Jan and Feb Kranthi, you will only be able to go as far as snow point.

Rahul sharma December 4, 2017 - 10:32 am

Vargis bhai personal kisi bhi bike ka permit mil jayega kya online or offline at manali.

It is possible to reach keylong if we start travelling from manali at 04:00pm.

Vargis.Khan December 4, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Rahul Bhai Permit kisi bhi bike ke liye mil jaayega, bas aapki bike 10 saal ya usse zyada purani nahi honi chahiye. Manali se 4 baje nikle toh Keylong bilkul nahi pahunch paoge. Rohtang tak hi andhera ho jaayega, Keylong pahunchte pahunchte toh raat ke 11-12 baj jaayenge aaram se

1ty November 16, 2017 - 10:51 am

hi sir i want to know about refund process. bcz i booked rohtang permit in june-july month (money deducted from my account) but permit not issued. when i contact with them they call they ll refund my money but now it’s too late even season also off. now they also ignored my mails too & no such refund information provided on their website. so please tell me the process of refund if you know. thnx in advance

Vargis.Khan November 16, 2017 - 2:19 pm

There is no set procedure for refund. You would have to contact the authorities again and continue following up until you get the refund.

vikram pradhan November 8, 2017 - 8:16 am

which is the best way to travel to solang valley from manali?Do we have to book car or there are other transport also?what will be the cost?

Vargis.Khan November 13, 2017 - 4:59 pm

You can book a private cab which will be the best choice. Other transport can be shared cabs running locally but do not depend on those.

vikram pradhan November 15, 2017 - 3:12 am

On what basis do they charge??per day basis or per trip??if either of these two is possible then how much do they cost approx for per km??Let for eg: from manali bus depot to solang valley??
thanks in advance for providing the above information

Vargis.Khan November 15, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Charges for permit or charges for taxi?

vikram pradhan November 16, 2017 - 4:11 pm

charges for taxi…like do they charge overrated?like from manali bus stand to solang valley by a private booked taxi??and what will be the charge if i take shared cabs running locally?

Vargis.Khan November 16, 2017 - 5:55 pm

It depends really. Ideally the charges are between Rs. 2500 to Rs. 5000 per day for a private taxi but in peak tourist season, they even charge as much as Rs. 12000 – Rs. 15000 for a trip to Rohtang Pass. It depends on your negotiation skills. I am not really sure about the shared cabs and how much they charge, sorry.

vikram pradhan November 8, 2017 - 8:03 am

Hello, Vargis..I am thinking to travel with my girlfriend. Can i book hotel after reaching manali without any issue?as we are not married yet!!
Is getting hotel for couples issue there?

Vargis.Khan November 13, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Hello Vikram – That will not be a problem at all. You do not necessarily have to be married to stay at a hotel in Manali. No one will even ask you anything about it.

vikram pradhan November 15, 2017 - 3:01 am

thanks a lot!!

Vargis.Khan November 15, 2017 - 1:33 pm

You are welcome

Tejus November 6, 2017 - 12:42 pm

Just a Little Query Because no one seems to cover it.
Do we also need permit for Bicycle or Cycles to cross rohtang to get to leh ?

Vargis.Khan November 6, 2017 - 3:51 pm

No permit is needed if you are traveling to Rohtang on a bicycle. These are only needed for vehicles running on petrol or Diesel. The idea is to control the number of these vehicles, reduce the emission levels and preserve the Rohtang eco.

ashish September 26, 2017 - 11:20 am

Hi Vargis,

Information provided is really helpful and i planned my trip accordingly..I am planning to visit manali on 30th sep and chandartal lake on 1st oct (one night stay) and back to manali on 2nd oct.
Having some doubts:
1)Are non-hp taxis allowed to visit rohtang pass and beyond(chandartal lake) with valid permits
2)Are non-hp personal cars allowed to visit rohtang paas and beyond with valid permits

also temperature in chandartal is in -ve at night on 1st and 2nd oct,so is it advisable to spend a night there..

Thnx in advance..

Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 2:57 pm

Hi Ashish – Anwer to both your questions is a yes. As long as you have all the valid documents and permits, you are free to take the non-HP vehicle. Yes, right now temperature at Chandratal dips drastically at nights but you will be provided with proper bedding to keep you warm at the camps, nothing to worry about. Look for Jamaica’s camps at Chandratal and stay with him. Give my reference and he will take good care of you at a discounted price.

vipul raj September 26, 2017 - 9:31 am

hello brother,
agr hame sirf Lahul-Spiti tk hi jana hai or same day return hona hai to koun sa permit lena hoga? or uska charge kya hai??

Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 2:58 pm

Hello Vipul Bhai – Spiti take aap same day jaakar vaapis nahi aa sakte. Same day trip sirf Rohtang Pass tak ki hi banti hai. Uske aage jaana hai toh 2 din minimum chahiye honge. Permit aapko sirf Rohtang wala hi lena hai jo maine is article mein bataya

vishal sharma September 23, 2017 - 5:31 pm

Hello Vargis,

Thanks for such a nice info. I have some doubts. It would be really helpful if you could clear them.

1. Can we go by private car to rohtang with valid permit?
2.On the following website .There are 2 options one for Rohtang Pass Permit and other Special Rohtang Pass Permit (Permits to Visit Rohtang Pass for Private Vehicle Only) which one should i apply for if going with private car.
3. Another thing that i came to know that one can only go till Marhi which is 16 km prior after that non-hp number vehicle is not allowed.

Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:39 pm

Hello Vishal,

1. Yes you can
2. Apply for the beyond Rohtang permit please
3. This is correct. you will only be allowed until snow point near Marhi

Mallikarjune B M September 22, 2017 - 8:20 am

Hi Vargis Khan, I have trip plan between, 1st Nov 2017 to 5th Nov 2017, Dehli -> Manali -> Chandratal. Pls advice your opinion on these times. Its good to visit or not.

Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:56 pm

Hello Mallikarjune – You cannot go to Chandratal on November 1st. Both the lake and Kunzum Pass will be closed and chances are that Rohtang Pass will be closed as well.

Ashish August 26, 2017 - 6:01 pm

Hello vargis bhai

Iam travelling to leh in first week of september by bus. Do I have to take permit for rohtang pass and all. Or do I have to only take ILP for places like nubra wbich is a must. And thanks for such a wonderful website of yours. Simply genius and excellent.

Vargis.Khan August 28, 2017 - 2:22 pm

Hello Ashish Bhai – Thank you for your encouraging words. Rohtang Permit is for vehicles, not person so since you are in a bus, no need of that permit. You will only need to obtain ILP for Nubra etc once you arrive in Leh.

Prem Chand July 27, 2017 - 12:39 pm

hi vargis,
i have some quarries regarding my trip from del to kaza (09 Aug to 14 Aug)
1) can you please tell me the timing of passing traffic through rohtang.
2) current road condition of rohtang to kaza.
3) chandartal road condition if we go from batal.
4) current weather of kaza
5) road condition of pin national park from kaza .

thanks in advance
prem 🙂

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 8:12 pm

Hi Prem,

1. You will have to start early from Manali if you want to make it to Kaza before dark. There won’t be any traffic restrictions involved in the morning.
2. Bad
3. Bad
4. Moderate temperature during day, cold at nights
5. Average, mix of good and bad

Hashim August 7, 2017 - 7:09 am

Hi vargis,
I am planing for a manali-leh trip with 15 days. How can I check rohtang pass is open or not on after September 8.

Vargis.Khan August 7, 2017 - 2:34 pm

Hi Hashim – It will definitely be open. Rohtang closes sometime by late October or early November. In September entire Manali Leh route remains open.

prem chand July 27, 2017 - 12:08 pm

hi vargis,

can you please tell me what is the timing of rohtang pass if we go beyond rohtang toward spiti.

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 8:14 pm

Start in the morning and there won’t be any traffic restrictions you need to bother about. Traffic from Manali is allowed in the morning.

Priya July 11, 2017 - 7:01 am

Hi , thank you for sharing the information. we are going to Leh in bike from Chandigarh. please suggest us which route is better Srinagar or Manali and also few suggestions on campsites or homestay on the way to Leh as we have not booked any accommodation.

We have only a weeks time so best itinerary which you would recommend please.

Vargis.Khan July 11, 2017 - 4:29 pm

You should actually cover both routes. Go via Srinagar and return via Manali or vice versa. How many days do you have for the trip exactly?

Priya July 12, 2017 - 8:50 am

We are starting from Chandigarh Friday afternoon and back to Chandigarh on 22nd afternoon. So we have 9 days altogther.

Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 8:05 pm

And you are traveling by your own Car, correct? Not public transport?

Priya July 12, 2017 - 8:06 pm

We are going by Bike ..

Vargis.Khan July 13, 2017 - 2:08 pm

You can travel in the following manner.

1. Chandigarh to Srinagar (Long ride so ensure that you get an really early start)
2. Srinagar to Kargil
3. Kargil to Leh
4. Leh (Rest and arrange permits)
5. Leh to Diskit, Nubra Valley
6. Diskit to Pangong via Shyok road
7. Pangong to Pang / Sarchu
8. Pang/Sarchu to Manali
9. Manali to Chandigarh

Jhankar June 25, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Hi vargis
Thanks a lot for sharing the information. I a planning to visit spiti in 1st week of july along with my husband. Since it is the starting of moonsoon, which route do you recommend to travel? Also we are having 9 days to visit this place. Please suggest N itinerary for the Same. Since we are
Planning to travel via bus, do we need to take Any permits?


Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 12:07 am

Hello Jhankar , Rain wouldnt really be that big a problem since you are traveling by Bus. For your journey, I would recommend reading through the following post. Should give you an idea about how to plan your trip.

Rahul June 21, 2017 - 7:17 pm

Are there any sort of restrictions ( like the number of permits issued for visiting Rohtang) for permits being issued for travelling “beyond Rohtang ” ?
What i mean is unlike the first one this is easily available right ? I mean I don’t have to have to be ready at midnight before 2 days as the slot opens worrying that there are limited permits? I can easily get the “beyond Rohtang” one right?

Vargis.Khan June 22, 2017 - 4:21 am Reply
vignesh June 15, 2017 - 5:15 am

Great work Bro, i have planned my entire trip only with the help of your posts.
I will be traveling from delhi – manali – leh and back in the same way through Zoom car. do i have to get the green tax also online along with travel permit?

Vargis.Khan June 15, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Hi Vignesh – Thank you for your kind words brothers. I am glad that the information was of use.

When you enter Manali, there is a fee that you will pay which I believe covers the green tax. Then you will need to get the permits for Rohtang as I described above. Nothing else, this is pretty much it.

Virendra Patel June 13, 2017 - 5:45 am

What’s the minimum age required for child to visit rohtang pass?

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2017 - 2:31 pm

No such restriction in place

Hardik Chaudhary June 10, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Hi Vargis Brother.
i am coming on 24th june by my own car, i am planning to hire bike , so i have to take the permit for rohtang pass for bike?
and if i plan to go beyond rohtang like keylong so same day return is possible , i mean is there any restriction that we cant come back same day.
and if i cant get permit online then it can be easily get from SDM office, or i have to wait in the line for 3-4 hrs?

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 7:12 pm

Hi Hardik – Yes you will need permits for rented motorcycles as well. Best to check with the rental agency if this is something they can keep arranged beforehand. Returning same day from Keylong can be a problem. A big problem actually because the authorities decided to restrict the number of vehicles crossing Rohtang only due to people taking the cross-over permit for visiting Rohtang. Since there was no limit for cross over permit but a daily limit for visiting permits, people started to misuse it. For getting permits at SDM office, you will have to submit documents before 1 PM and then go back and collect permits between 3–5 so yes, it will be a time consuming process.

Yugawatar Sharma June 7, 2017 - 11:19 am

HI vargisbhai..meri kuch query h..
1.hum 12 log 2 taxi me 12 june ko manali pehuchenge..kya rohtang k liye hme local taxi hire krni chahiye..agr haan to kya cost padegi.
2.kya non himachal taxi ko rohtang permit mil jaega.
3.kya 13 or 14 june ko rohtang open rhega..
Awaiting ur response..thnxx

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Hello Yugawater Bhai,

1. Aapki marzi hai, karna chaho toh agar, aisa koi rule hai toh nahi vaise
2. Vaise toh 3 – 4 hazaar se zyada nahi lagta par suna hai aajkal 10 se 12 hazaar tak maang rahe hain taxi drivers.
3. Permit aapko lena padega
4. 13 ko Tuesday hai toh band rahega, 14 ko khula rahega

Shailesh goyal June 7, 2017 - 2:08 am

Hy! I am shailesh goyal
I have one question?
Dose rohtang is open today at 7/6/2017

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2017 - 5:32 am

Yes it is open on all days except Tuesdays.

Harkaran June 6, 2017 - 6:26 pm

I have some questions

im traveling to manali to leh.
1.How much time it will take?
2. what things i have to carry while traveling to Rohtang pass and leh?
3.can we travel to Rohtang pass on the way to leh? I mean like can we stop at Rohtang and then move towards leh.

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 7:47 pm

Hi Harkaran, How are you traveling? Rohtang Pass top is on the way to Leh from Manali so you will have to cross that.

Rahul Verma June 4, 2017 - 3:13 am

Hello Vargis Bhai,
I need some suggestion on this-
1. Can we still apply for beyond rohtang permit from SDM office apart from online?
2. Do we need to take permit for more than one days if we are returning within three days?
3. How can we check the availability of the permit for going beyond rohtang as there is restriction on that too?

Vargis.Khan June 4, 2017 - 4:58 am

Hello Rahul Bhai

1. Yes
2. Permit is not needed for number of days. It is only a one time thing to cross over or visit Rohtang.
3. There is no way to check that. The online website is not reliable in this matter.

Jasin Rasheed May 31, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Hi Vargis. Thanks for your detailed explainations. Its really helpful. I just want to confirm below understanding

If you are travelling to Spiti from Manali in Self drive car like Zoom car or Myles – Non HP. You have to pay only congestion charge online and can be bought in advance of 2 days from journey.

Regarding Green tax of 300 rupees while entering Manali. Below link shows validity of 7 days. So if i come back to manali from Spiti after 7th day. Do i need to pay again 300 rupees for entering Manali ? Is it correct understanding.

Vargis.Khan May 31, 2017 - 1:24 pm

Hi Jasin – Quite honestly, I have entered Manali a few times from other side of Rohtang Pass and have never paid this entering fee. They only collect it if you enter Manali from Mandi side.

Vishal May 30, 2017 - 2:51 pm

I have issue two time on 30 may 2017 but after payment tocken is not give and they show application error .is that amount refundable.

Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 5:32 pm

I think it should get reversed. Did you pay by credit card?

Vishal May 30, 2017 - 5:50 pm

I make the payment by ATM card

Vargis.Khan May 31, 2017 - 2:16 am

If it hasnt been reversed already, I doubt that it will.

NAVEEN GIFT May 29, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Hi Khan Bhai!

Back again with a new set of questions (Please take time and answer all of them with patience):
Before that little info:
– I will not be taking my personal bike as I had planned earlier. I will go to Manali and rent a 500cc RE
– Will begin to Leh on 14th June

Now questions follow:
1. We both will start our journey from Manali on 14th June at 5AM on Manali-Leh Route. Can we reach there early and wait at the checkpost until 6AM?

2. We are going to Leh through Manali – Kothi – Marhi – Keylong – jispa – ‘ETC’ – Leh route.
So I will be needing a BEYOND ROHTANG PERMIT worth 50 INR. Now will I be able to visit Rohtang pass also with this permit? (SINCE ROHTANG PASS IS ON THE SAME ROUTE)

3. Is there any limit of vehicles per day for BEYOND ROHTANG PASS?

4. People who take ROHTANG PASS PERMIT and people with BEYONG ROHTANG permit, both travel on the same route right? or is there a different one at Rohtang or some point?

5. Are there any chances of the route to be opened by 14th June?

Awaiting your quickest reply!….

Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 12:59 am

Hi Naveen Bhai,

1. Yes you can
2. You will be crossing Rohtang Pass. will reach the top and descend towards Keylong. It is the same road.
3. There have been talks of restricting the number of vehicles crossing as well but nothing confirmed yet.
4. No it is the same road.
5. It should open around June 7th.

jay May 29, 2017 - 8:41 am

hi, i am tracking this website and it always says either booking closed or not available. can you explain, how to beat this situation for required permission for 1st June, failing which for 2nd June? thanks. Jay

Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 12:43 am

I wish I had an explanation around it but I really do not. The only thing I can think of is the local taxi union, securing these permits for themselves before anybody even had a chance to get this. Are you just visiting Rohtang or crossing over towards Ladakh or Spiti?

Riya May 28, 2017 - 3:06 am

Hi sir,
I want to know do we need to apply for permit to vising rothang pass if we taking local taxi from snow point?

Vargis.Khan May 28, 2017 - 5:11 am

No you do not Riya. The taxi driver will take care of it himself

Arun singh May 26, 2017 - 7:04 am

Sir I want to know
We r 5 people we want to go for manali to Rohtang pass with a bike. How it charge & how much time it take to make a permit we r going on 6 June

Vargis.Khan May 28, 2017 - 1:51 am

As of now, there are no charges for motorcycles. You will need to submit your documents at SDM office Manali before 1 and collector permit between 3 to 5 PM.

Jyoti Prakash Bhattacharjee May 25, 2017 - 7:01 am

Hello Virgis
Out here you definitely have created a wealth of knowledge and practical guide for mountain lovers. I wish to do manali to leh (+usual pangong and numbra) then come back via spiti and shimla. I will be driving from Mumbai in my Bolero ZLX. Tell me without rushing really how much time would I need 🙂

I was on a Limca record run in 2013 to reach Leh from Kanyakumari (XUV @62.20hrs its broken now by 20 minutes though LOL) Last leg was driven i.e. from Manali to Leh during night (14 hrs) and missed the beauty of the drive.
Now I am planning a Photography trip ….

Vargis.Khan May 25, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Hello Jyoti – I envy you for being able to do Kanyakumari to Leh, wish I could do that journey myself some day.

Let me know how much time do you have in hand (excluding the journey from Mumbai to Manali and back) and I can suggest an itinerary.

Pulkit Tyagi May 17, 2017 - 7:54 am

Hello Vargis Bhai
I wanted to ask that we are planning to go to Rohtang in some days. Problem we have 5 seater car and we are 4 adults and 2 kids. Will we be stopped at check post ? Even if we have advance online permit.

Thanks in advance

Vargis.Khan May 17, 2017 - 8:21 pm

Hello Pulkit Bhai – The rule is according to the seating capacity of the vehicle and if the capacity is more than 5, then the congestion charges go up. But since you are in a 5 seater car and have two kids, I do not think it will create any problem.

Pulkit Tyagi May 19, 2017 - 11:13 am

Thanks a lot Vargis Bhai

Vargis.Khan May 19, 2017 - 2:27 pm

You are welcome Bhai. Do let me know how it went when you were visiting so I could add this information to help others.

Nishant Kumar May 15, 2017 - 7:07 am

Hi Vargi,

Do we still need permit if we are hiring taxi for Leh which is having Leh Number Registration

Nishant Kumar

Vargis.Khan May 16, 2017 - 1:38 am

Hi Nishant – If you are hiring a taxi, then it is up to the driver to arrange for passes. You do not have to worry about it.

Mazharudeen September 21, 2017 - 8:24 pm

Hello Brother,
Do We need the permit for bikes rented in Leh when we are crossing rohtang from Leh?
Is there any other route to reach manali other than crossing rohtang pass?

Vargis.Khan September 21, 2017 - 8:42 pm

Hello Brother – No permit is needed if you are coming from Leh to Manali. It is only required when you approach Rohtang Pass from Manali.

Mazharudeen September 22, 2017 - 9:21 am

Thanks bhai!
One more query .. We are planning to reach leh by flight and return to delhi by bus since the return flights from leh are bit costly.
Now my question is We will rent bikes from leh to reach manali. Can we drop the bikes at manali as a one way trip? Do you know any rough estimation of bike rent if am looking for RE 350cc for 5days?

Looking forward for your response☺️

Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Mazhar Bhai – Depending on the bike you rent, daily rent will be around Rs. 1500 per day. Your biggest expense will be the transportation cost that they will charge you for leaving bikes at Manali. It will be around Rs. 15000 extra, apart from the daily rent.

anushree sah May 13, 2017 - 3:12 am

Hey hi Vargis.. thanks for the info. Super helpful.
Just a quick question on the kind of vehicle.
We are planning to hire innova so just wanted to check on that. I heard from some people that car should have a personal no. And innova is not appropriate

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2017 - 3:24 am

Hi Anushree – I am a little confused. You are hiring Innova to just visit Rohtang or go to Spiti / Leh? Are you planning to hire a self drive or a taxi from Manali?

hirdesh kumar sharma May 8, 2017 - 12:03 pm

Bhai leh manali highway status me koi update ni ayi last 1 week se ??

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:58 am

Nahi Bhai .. Abhi tak expected date of opening May 25th hi hai

NAVEEN GIFT May 4, 2017 - 5:19 pm


The 10 year old limit is for only 4 wheelers right?
For bikes they should not be older than 15 years?
Please correct if I am wrong.


Vargis.Khan May 5, 2017 - 12:46 am

Hi Naveen – Yes, the limit for motorcycles is 15 years.

NAVEEN GIFT May 5, 2017 - 3:51 am

Hi Vargis

Thats great. Now my bike is manufactured in 2002.
On my RC the date of registration is written as 05/2003 – please note this
And the registration is valid upto 2018.
So will I be able to get a permit for my vehicle beyond rohtang pass?


Vargis.Khan May 6, 2017 - 12:31 am

You should be able to Naveen.

NAVEEN GIFT May 6, 2017 - 12:43 am

Do you know of someone who can arrange a permit for me there?

seema October 3, 2018 - 3:50 am

good one

Vargis.Khan May 6, 2017 - 1:17 pm

I am sorry but I do not really have a contact in Manali. Your best bet would be to contact a hotel there, ask if they can arrange your permit and if they say yes, check in with them for your night stay in Manali

NAVEEN GIFT May 6, 2017 - 5:13 pm

Okay sure will do!

Will get back if I have any more doubts.

Vargis.Khan May 8, 2017 - 1:42 am

Anytime brother

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