Permit for Rohtang Pass – Updates 2017


A couple of years back, the permit for Rohtang Pass was enforced by NGT for any vehicles traveling on Manali to Rohtang Pass road. Ever since there has been so much confusion on the application of this permit and to add to the misery, rules changes almost every year. In this article today, I will try to brief about the new updates and caveats related to the permit for Rohtang Pass in 2017. This will help you be updated on the new process and make your journey to Rohtang pass or beyond, a bit hassle free 🙂 🙂

Have you applied permit for Rohtang Pass?

Have you applied permit for Rohtang Pass?

Recent Updates on Permit for Rohtang Pass

  • This season, about 25 electric buses will ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. This will certainly help those tourists who cannot drive their own vehicles due to restricted number of vehicles allowed by NGT on a per day basis.
  • A permit for Rohtang Pass is required to travel on the road from Manali to Rohtang Pass. On a daily basis, the permit for Rohtang Pass is restricted to only 800 petrol and 400 diesel vehicles to travel to Rohtang Pass.
  • The permit for Rohtang Pass is available on first come, first serve basis.
  • In order to apply for the permit, you need to show a valid photo ID proof, Valid Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate and Vehicle Registration Date (Age of vehicle not to be more than 10 yrs).
  • This year as well permit for Rohtang Pass will be available online as per the last couple of years. You can apply them from 12:00 PM to 24:00 AM on the official website of Kullu administration. This permit will not be available for Tuesdays as Rohtang Pass is closed for maintenance on Tuesdays for tourism activities. Permit for Rohtang Pass can only be applied for two days from the current date. You can read more at: How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online.
  • There is a congestion charge of Rs 50 and permit fee of Rs 500 applicable for any vehicle passing Gulaba check post. Heavy vehicles and buses have to pay Rs 100 as congestion charges.
  • The permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass to Ladakh or Spiti – Lahaul Valley will also be available online this year for the convenience of such tourists. This is a good news for all those adventure junkies who suffer the pain in planning each year.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations of vehicles on the permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass. Also, this permit for Rohtang Pass is only required in case you are traveling from Manali to Rohtang Pass direction. It is not required if you travel from other direction, that is, from Khoksar to Manali over Rohtang Pass.
  • Please note that this year, a more mature technology based barrier system will be set up at the checkpoints of Gulaba & Khoksar. Those of you who may not know, Gulaba is about 20 KMs from Manali and 31 KMs before Rohtang Pass. Khoksar is a small settlement on the northern side of Rohtang Pass in Lahaul Valley. The distance between Khoksar – Gramphu – Rohtang pass is about 19 KMs. Gramphu is about 4 KMs from Khoksar. It is the point where road to Spiti valley bifurcates on right from Manali – Leh Highway
  • The new system will stop the misuse of the permit for Rohtang Pass. It will ensure that in case you have applied the permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass, the permit gets automatically verified at the Khoksar checkpoint. Data between the two checkpoints will be in sync to catch the misuse of the permit for Rohtang Pass. Hence, if you applied permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass and want to return from Rohtang Pass, then you will be caught at Gulaba checkpoint as there is no exit recorded at Khoksar for such a permit. Hence, you will have to apply the permit for Rohtang Pass only in such a case, capped to vehicle restrictions every day.
  • Vehicles which will not comply with the guidelines of Rohtang Pass permit and found misusing it will be blacklisted.
  • Taxi union is working out to appeal that the barrier should be shifted to Marhi from Gulaba due to congestion at Gulaba while Marhi provides more space to park the vehicles.
  • Please note, in case you could not get the permit for Rohtang Pass online, you can always apply them at SDM office in Manali. Rohtang Pass permits are also available on Sunday as well. This will helps 1000s of tourists who reaches Manali on Saturday or Sunday morning but then used to wait for an extra day to get the permit on Monday to travel to Leh – Ladakh or Spiti Valley.
  • Commercial activities are already banned in this area by the NGT order. An eco-friendly market of 20 shops has been set up at Marhi out of which five will be open this year.


I am sure that the above article will help you answer many questions about the permit for Rohtang Pass. In case you have any further doubts or questions about traveling to Rohtang pass, feel free to share it under the comments section of this article or as a travel question in our Travel Q & A section. We can discuss more on your upcoming travel plans for Rohtang Pass and beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh – Ladakh, Lahaul or Spiti Valley 🙂

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  1. Will 20 May be a safe bet to start from Delhi for a ride to Leh via Manali? Will the high mountain passes open by then?

  2. HI dheeraj,

    Will rohtang pass be open on 17th may. Is the news of electric bus for tourist going from manali to rohtang pass confirmed. From where and how can we get this bus to travel to rohtang pass? what are the timings for onward and return journey from manali to rohtang & vice versa?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Manvender,

      Currently, as well buses run on route to Rohtang Pass. Many things will be made clear when Rohtang Pass will be thrown open, till then everything is uncertain. HPTDC runs the services for tourists.

      By 17th May, Rohtang Pass will be open but mostly they do not allow tourist for first few weeks. Stay tuned here on DoW to get the updates.

  3. Dr Hemant Datye on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all, I am amazed at the information available on this site. I hope there are many more Dheeraj replicated, for other tourist destinations!

    I am reaching Manali on 13 June 2017, A Tuesday, where I will be picked up by a driver with Leh registration Innova from Leh. As per your information place here , no Rohtang permits are issued on Tuesday. If I get a permit on previous day, can I pass Rohtang on 13 June , on my way to Jispa? All my bookings of LAdakh are based on my reaching Jispa on 13 June night. Please let me know the solution to this problem if Rohtang is completely closed for LEh traffic on Tuesday?

    • Thank you, Dr. Hemant wish I could travel to other parts of the country too till the time clones are in movies 😉

      The permit for Rohtang Pass not issued on Tuesday is the permit where people want to travel just to Rohtang Pass for tourism purpose. The permit you will need is to go beyond Rohtang Pass not just to Rohtang Pass. On the permit beyond Rohtang Pass, this Tuesday restriction is is not applicable.

      Short answer is: Don’t worry about it in case you going beyond Rohtang Pass.

  4. So Dheeraj, what i collect from here is that if I have to visit Rohtang Pass by my private diesel SUV which I am doing on 19th May this year, I can try my luck online and try to get the permit 2 days in advance and not before that. Is that correct. If it is already sold out, I can get it issued from SDM office Manali. Does the SDM office have spare passes to be issued. Do they issue all 400 passes online or keep some permits for SDM office to issue. Does SDM office have a separate lot of permits over and above the 400 numbers.
    Thanks for your answer.

    • Hi Sunil,

      1. Yes, you are right. You have to try your luck two days before at 12 PM. With taxi union guys fighting for diesel quota, I really doubt you may get it.
      2. If the permit is sold out, you will not get the permit in SDM office as well. SDM office issue permit in case quota is not filled up and if someone is not aware of online facility.

  5. Gulaba is about about 20 kms from Manali and not 32 KMs as mentioned in the above post. It must be Marhi that you are referring to. Marhi is about 35 KMs from Manali and 16 KMs before Rohtang Pass. Thanks for all the info and updates. You guys are the best.

  6. Thanks Dheeraj sir for sharing useful information.
    I am reaching Manali on 18 June night and planning to leave Manali on 19 June early morning (6am) on bike so how many days before I need apply for rohtang pass permit online for my Travel, and if I fail to get online permit what is the official timings to get it offline

    • Permit are only available two days in advance. Time to get the permit in person is at 10 AM when office of SDM opens up in Manali. There will be long queue in June for sure.

  7. manir hossain on

    how can I get permission from Bangladesh to visit Srinagar kargil leh Manali shimla?I also want to visit nurbra valley pangong turtuk. tell me details about procedure

    • Manir, you need to get permits from DC office in Leh. As per some of the folks of your countries, since last couple of years you do not need permits from MHA rather you guys can also apply now permit in LEh DC office.

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