How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online

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One of the most wanted question in past 5-6 months we have been hearing so much was “How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online“? Well, in September end, the good news had finally arrived that Himachal Govt. has enabled the online distribution of Rohtang Pass Permit both for visiting Rohtang Pass for tourism purpose as well as going beyond Rohtang Pass to Lahaul & Spiti or Leh – Ladakh. Hence, now tourists can seek online permits to visit Rohtang Pass (about 52 KMs from Manali) 7 days in advance of their travel. You can read about why there permits and what was the process earlier in more details at: Rohtang Pass Rules & Restriction of Vehicles – Demystified

Rohtang Pass permits are now available on Sunday as well. In a very welcome and beneficial step for Tourists landing in Manali mostly on Saturday, Manali administration has allowed issuing of permits for people traveling beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh – Ladakh or Lahaul-Spiti Valley, even 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. You can read more details at the link: Rohtang Pass permits available on Sunday as well

How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online
How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online

Online Permits for Rohtang Pass

1. You can get the permits to Rohtang Pass online from the link: Apply permit for Rohtang (For Tourism Purpose), this type of Rohtang Pass permit is issued to tourist for tourism purpose to visit Rohtang Pass only. This Permit is issued on daily basis and is issued as per the daily quota of 400 Diesel vehicles and 600 Petrol vehicles. This include state transport buses, private cars and taxis.

2. You can get the online permits to travel beyond Rohtang Pass from the link: Apply permit for travel across Rohtang (For Travel Purpose), this type of permit is issued to vehicles to travel beyond Rohtang. This Permit is issued on daily basis WITHOUT any quota. Please NOTE that a penalty will be imposed on defaulters who are visiting just Rohtang Pass and returning back from there on these permits to go beyond Rohtang Pass.

Once, you apply for the permits, it will be confirmed within a week and a tourist can show an SMS sent by the authorities at the Gulaba barrier. However, till date, I doubt this has been applied and there is some manual process in it.

Him-Aanchal Taxi Operators Union and Luxury Coach Association at Manali were managing the fixed daily quota of 325 diesel and 400 petrol vehicles. Rohtang Pass permits for rest 75 diesel and 200 petrol vehicles were provided by the Tourism Department, which included permits for state transport and private buses as well. Hence, now we can book the online permits for Rohtang Pass in advance, things will become much smoother and hassle free for the visit to Rohtang Pass or is it? Let’s look at some of the caveats 😉

Rohtang Pass Online Permits Caveats

Though the efforts have been made to make the process of visiting Rohtang Pass hassle free and have control over environment as well by controlling the number of vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass, I still noticed following caveats which you shall be prepared while applying for these online permits to Rohtang Pass.

  • During the summer season time the caps of vehicles have been defined as (1) 500 commercial vehicles from Manali, (2) 100 commercial and 100 private vehicles from the remaining parts of the state and (3) 300 outside Himachal vehicles can visit Rohtang Pass. I am not sure if the system in itself has the capability to handle it or it will be done manually.
  • It is confusing very much or shall I say shocking that, whenever you see Permits Day count for Diesel vehicles, all 400 vehicles are always shown for all advance 7 days 😯 😯 … This means it becomes almost impossible to get the permit in case you have Diesel vehicles. Not, sure who are booking them and how but if it is online, at least I should see them some time of the day. May be will try in midnight and see in case the system still shows all 400 for 8th day occupied. Try your luck or raise a complaint to authorities.
  • AFAIK, all vehicles were banned for visiting Rohtang Pass for just tourism after August grace period given by NGT got expired. In between there was a ruling on banning the two wheelers or bikes too to Rohtang Pass. I am sure then there might be a change and quota has been applied back again. However, when you look at the permit form for Rohtang Pass permits, you will not see any option for Bikes while in the other form Bikes are present in Vehicle Type option. It is a mystery yet to be resolved. May be bike permits are available offline only OR are bikes still banned to go to Rohtang Pass for tourism purpose.

Do you know the answer to these caveats? If yes, then request you to please share as it will be mighty helpful for all other travelers too interested to make a trip to Manali – Rohtang Pass.

Conclusion

I am sure, in time to come, this move of online permits for Rohtang Pass from Himachal govt. will surely going to help many many travelers interested to visit Manali – Rohtang Pass and above all those who are traveling beyond Rohtang Pass to Lahaul and Spiti Valley or Leh – Ladakh as a part of their annual adventure trip. However, there are still some gaps or caveats that authorities may need to address as mentioned above so that the actual benefit of this process is provided to all and not exploited just by few organizations or agencies.

In the end, Rohtang Pass is one of the major attraction near Manali to be visited but there are many more places too in around Manali which are worth a visit. You can check our comprehensive Delhi to Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Travel Guide that will give you all the details for visiting this beautiful Manali town and Rohtang Pass visit.

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  1. Hi,

    I heard from some people that rohatang pass remain closed from Jan-May ?

    Is it true ? we are planning to visit in March… if pass remains closed then there is no point to visit manali..

    pls suggest, Thanks !!

    • Yes, Rohtang Pass closes in winters and again gets open in summers when the snow is cleared. Well, it depends if you want to go to enjoy snow in March, then you will be able to get to the snow points of Marhi or Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass from Manali. You can enjoy snow activities there.

  2. Hello Deeraj,

    First of all a big Thank you to your and your team.

    The informative blogs by you are wonderful and of a great help for everyone visiting Manali.

    I am visiting on 16Dec 2017. Could you please confirm if Rontang would be open and available for visit.

    I am travelling with my family so fo not want to miss this existing play.

    Appreciate all your assistance in this matter.

    Regards,
    Manjeet V.

    • Thank you for the warm words of appreciation Manjeet, glad to read and hear them !! 🙂

      Rohtang Pass is going to officially close in a week or so. Hence, it will not be open during that time of the year. You will be allowed to visit the safest possible point towards Rohtang Pass either at Gulaba or Marhi.

  3. Hello

    At what time can we book the passes? It shows for me that passes are available but not available during some time.

    Can we directly go to Rohtang and book from there?

    TIA

  4. Do HP registered vehicles also require a permit to go beyond Rohtang?

    To be more specific, I was thinking of renting a bike (HP one) from Manali and traveling to Spiti solo during September…

    Thanks in advance!

  5. I think you can apply beyond rohtang permit online but to pay one need to be physically present
    I am planning to do in last week of Aug ,confused abt where to pay the amount,
    is it enroute ?
    I am planning to start from Delhi on 25th Night , reach Manali on 26th and rest
    27th early morning start for Rohtang so where can i pay the amount?

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go to Manali in August from Delhi. I have two options either to take bus from Delhi to Manali or by booking a taxi. If I booked a car from Delhi(Delhi registerd vehicle) can I use that car for local sightseeing in Manali and is it possible to go to rohthang pass on that car. What are the required permits need to be taken for sightseeing and upto rohthang pass.
    Note : we will reach to Manali on sunday. As Tuesday rohthang pass visit is not available we have to see it on Monday.
    And also suggest me if I take bus from Delhi to Manali, how the taxi charges for local sightseeing and rohthang pass(permissions will be taken care by driver or we have to take permission)
    Pls help me.

    • I will recommend to travel to Manali by Volvo from Delhi of HRTC or HPTDC. Then to travel to Rohtang Pass hire the local vehicle and he will take care of the Rohtang Pass permit.

  7. basil abraham on

    brother, we are planned a trip kerala-delhi-chandigarh-manali-leh from sep 30th to oct 8th. we are thinking to take a rented bike from manali. how what all permits i have to take?. how it take online? how much time will take from manali to leh?. please help us with answers.

    • Basil,

      You have to take Beyond Rohtang Pass Rs 50 permit to travel from Manali to Leh which is available online at the link shared int he article. Once you reach Ladakh, Inner Line Permits are again required from this year (April 2017) for Indians and they can be applied online. Use the link: Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online. Once applied, take the print out and pay the fee at Tourist Info Center in Leh or DC Office in Leh.

        • Yes, if you are going just up to Rohtang Pass then you have to take Rohtang Pass permit of Rs 500 which is restricted to 1200 per day with 400 petrol and 800 diesel vehicles.

        • basil abraham on

          do we required permits for bikes?
          because in the website just shown as cars &jeeps, MUV, bus & HUVs. thats y im asking

        • Check for Beyond Rohtang Pass permit, the bike is also an option in that permit. If you want a permit only up to Rohtang Pass, I still believe bike should require the permit. Either you can select Cars and Jeep as option or apply it in person in Manali at SDM office.

  8. Hello,

    I am planning for a ride on 8th of juld from delhi-manali-rohtang pass- Chandratal.

    When should i apply to get the permit at the earliest? And what’s the road condition after manali ?

  9. Suraj Singh on

    HI,

    i am trying to book Rohtang permit for coming Sunday(25-06-17) however the earliest available date is 29-06-17. As per my understanding the online booking window open 2 days prior only.

    Example:If i wish to go tomorrow or day after tomorrow then only system will allow me book the permit today.

    Pl let me know other alternative for coming sunday.

    Also if i fill the online pass for beyond rohtang pass and travel to rohtang pass only and come back on the same day so will need i to pay any extra fee or will i face any issue.

    Regards
    Suraj

    • HI Suraj,

      The permit window opens at 12 PM and in case if you are trying after 12 PM, then well, permits are sold out for Rohtang PAss. Now, coming to Beyond Rohtang Pass permit, if you come back from Rohtang Pass taking Beyond Rohtang Pass permit, your vehicle will be banned and you may face a heavy fine for abusing the system. However, you can go over and sleep at Sissu after crossing Khoksar and then come back to Manali next day.

  10. Pranshu Bansal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are total 8 peoples planning to travel o bike on last week of June. I have some confusion regarding Beyond Rohtang permit.

    We have to book permit individually or a single person can book for whole group.

    As in permit form,they are asking for vehicle details and No. of travellers also. So there is a bit of confusion.

    Please guide me for the same.

    Regards,
    Pranshu Bansal

  11. Saurabh Khattar on

    Hi 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.

  12. dharmender kumar on

    deeraj sharma ji hello,
    i am planning to go to leh via manali in the last of june by my own scriopio . can you tell me some thing about road condition and where i should stay while going.
    thanks

  13. Vishwas Bhushan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the info. I am travelling towards Leh from Manali. I have booked a self drive car from Chandigarh. I understand the ban on self driven cars, I would be parking this at Leh and take a rented bike for ladhak sight seeing. I am concerned about rhotang pass permit. ‘beyond rhotang pass’ permits also seem to available for booking only two days prior. And the web says it opens at 12 in the noon. But at 12 it will open and say none available for booking. So how do I get the permit. Can I get it from the local hotel people the previous day if not online? I will be reaching Manali on 21st June night. And would be leaving towards sarchu on 23rd early morning. I would be hiring the car only on 21st noon from Chandigarh, I wyd get the car details only on 21st. So how do i go about it. And what exactly is pollution under control cert? Would this be available with all car documents? Please suggest. Should be of great help. Thanks.

    • Hey Vishwas,

      Till now there has been not much trouble of getting the Beyond Rohtang Pass permit by anyone. So, check on 20th and 21st to get the permit for 22nd when you travel from Manali to Keylong. You should be able to get it.

  14. Rahul Parvatikar on

    Hi Dheeraj, We are taking 6 bullets from Banglore(we transfer our bikes by train till Delhi). What all permit I need to get at Manali? Is there any online facility for that? How much of my time will be wasted in Manali for permits?

    I read in one of your comments that self driven vehicles are not allowed for site seeing in Laddakh. I have no information on this. Kindly let me know.

    • Hey Rahul,

      You can apply online for “Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit – Rs 50” two days before your travel date. No time will be wasted in it. I think you are confused by some statement, self-driven rental cars or bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. Private bikes or cars do not have any issues at all.

  15. Pradeep Chopra on

    Dheeraj can I go till keylong only by obtaining beyond rohtang pass permit…. And come back to manali?

    • Yes Pradeep you can do that and that is what Beyond Rohtang Pass permit is meant for. If you do not want to go all the way to Keylong, you can also go to Sissu

  16. Sir . i m planning leh trip on 14 june. i want to know that can i take my personal car to leh. and from leh to pangong…..which places can i visit on leh in line permit. and please tell me the average staying cost in leh and nearby places for 6 persons..so that i can prepare budjet according to that. please advise any low budget itinerary..thnk u

  17. Naman Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I have two queries :

    1) what is “PUC issued by” and “PUC valid till” field in rohtaang online permit process?

    2) What is the condition of road connecting Nubra and Pangong? Is it good ?

    3) What places we can cover on the way from Nubra to leh and Pangong to leh?

    • That is Pollution Under Control Certificate details. Road from Nubra to Pangong tso is OK OK with some bad patches but manageable as per this year’s reports. It is more or less the journey between these places. Pangong Tso to Leh, you may cover Hemis, Thicksey and Shey depending on time at hand.

  18. Shubham Garg on

    Sir can I have ur Contact no. please…,,,, Sir I am from Punjab. I want to go to Rohtang in my personal car on 19june 2017…,,, So, How can I goo.plz give me ur contact no.

    • Shubham, you are planning just to go to Rohtang Pass or further? If just for Rohtang Pass, you need Rohtang Pass permit only which is available two days in advance. But, in general very difficult to get it as 1000s of people try it. Best is to plan a stay overnight at Sissu and get the Beyond Rohtang Pass permit.

  19. sumit sharma on

    Sir i am unable to get pass iam unable to get the procedure can you give your contact no plz

    • Which permits are you applying for? Beyond Rohtang Pass or just Rohtang Pass. Latter is very difficult to get in 10-12 minutes as 1000s of people try it. Best is to plan a stay overnight at Sissu and get the Beyond Rohtang Pass permit.

  20. Sarjeet Singh on

    Dheeraj ji Please tell that will Manali to Leh highway will be open on 08/June/2017 and i will go on 09/June/2017and if open it will be safe to go.

  21. Sarjeet Singh on

    Dheeraj ji Please tell that going to Leh- Laddakh from Srinagar side it will be safe my friend tell me that it will be safe.

  22. Sarjeet Singh on

    Dheeraj ji may I know that do we need any Permit from Srinagar side to Leh-Laddakh trip or any kind of Charges we have to pay Like Entry fee or loke Green tax. Please tell if any charges.

  23. hi evryone

    we are planing to go to leh from delhi (from manali side) by bike.
    do we need to get permit for bikes also???

  24. Naman Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We ll be taking self drive car to manali on 10th and then towards leh on 11th. Then how can I register for online permit now if I don’t have vehicle registration no as of now.

    • You cannot register Naman until you have the vehicle details. You must have vehicle details to get the permit. Also, I hope you are aware of the fact that outside self drive vehicles are not allowed for sightseeing in LAdakh

      • Naman Gupta on

        Thanks a ton Dheeraj. Also based on the limited number of days we have prepared this itenarary . Can u pls provide Ur valuable modifications. We are taking self drive car from noida.

        9 June – Leaving for manali in the evening around 7
        10 June – Reach manali, cross rohtaang pass and stay in jispa ( Need suggestion)
        11 June – Jispa to leh , overnite in leh
        12 June – leh local and inner line permits
        13 june – Leh to Pangong and return to leh by taking rented car from leh itself
        14 June – Leh to Nubra valley by rented bikes and stay overnight
        15 June – Nubra to leh (let me know what places we can cover on the way back)
        16 June – Leh to Sarchu
        17 June – Sarchu to manali
        18 June – Manali to Delhi ( We have to reach Delhi by nite)

        Also, can we modify like this:
        13 June – Leh to Nubra by rented bikes, stay overnight
        14 june – Nubra to Pangong , stay overnight ( I have heard road from Nubra to Pangong is not good, need suggestion)
        15 June – Pangong to Leh

        • This is what I will suggest:

          11 June – Jispa to leh , overnite in leh
          12 June – leh local and inner line permits
          13 june – Leh to Nubra
          14 June – Nubra to Pangong Tso
          15 June – Pangong Tso to Leh
          16 June – Leh to Sarchu
          17 June – Sarchu to manali
          18 June – Manali to Delhi ( We have to reach Delhi by nite)

          Apart from that, the day you will reach Jispa will be tough and the next day will also be tough. High chances of falling sick due to AMS on reaching Leh as your body may not be able recover with fatigue caused in last couple of days.

        • Naman Gupta on

          Thanks Dheeraj. Actually we want to save one day on the way to leh so that we can cover local leh,Nubra and panging.

          1) Is there any other way we can re planned this itenarary considering that we will stay in manali first then jispa then leh.

          2) Or can we do this thing on the way back. Like leh to jispa and stay overnight and then jispa to noida directly?
          Appreciate ur help

  25. Hii DHEERAJ SHARMA

    Your blog is very interesting and responsive
    I need to know that we are planning to leh via manali in mid june nearly 18 or 19, is it ok according to roads and weather , so when i came to know about the permit i found there are two permits
    1) Rohtang pass permit
    2) Rohtang beyond permit
    so i need to take both permits to travel from manali to leh or only Rohtang beyond permit is enough and will i get leh inline permit in advance or i can take it leh only.

    Is any other way to travel from manali to leh to avoid rohtang permit except srinagar route

    In this link you said now online permit in not available for Rohtang beyond permit http://devilonwheels.com/india/road-status-conditions/manali-leh-highway-status-2017-2018-t5233.html but on offical site i am only able to book permit is Rohtang beyond permit http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu, Confused so please guide me

    • Shubham, you just need to take one permit to go to Leh from Manali which is Beyond Rohtang Pass permit. You can easily take it online by filling the form and paying the fee online. You also have to get Inner Line Permit once you reach Leh. Currently, Inner Line Permit is available online but the payment of fee is not available, so there is doubts or open question how one will pay the fee. Best is to apply it on reaching Leh.

      Regarding the link you are talking about, it Beyond Rohtang Pass permit has been started this year only a couple of weeks back.

  26. Sunirmshafi on

    The article does not list the type of Vehicle – two wheelers etc. does this permit apply for two wheelers as well?

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        1.In case if it’s a rented bike then do we need to take the permit, or ll that be arranged by them.
        2.Can we apply for permits on Tuesdays.came to know that rohthang la ll be closed for maintainance on all Tuesday’s.

        Sherin S

        • Yes Sherin, in the case of a rented bike too you need a permit. To go beyond Rohtang Pass, you can apply permit for Tuesdays too.

  27. Sarjeet Singh on

    Dear Dheeraj ji can you please tell me when will be the Manali to Leh Highway will be open.

  28. Sir, Yesterday I applied for (Rohtang Pass) permit online. All procedure accurately done by me & 550 rs payment also deducted from mine a/c. But in last step Print not comes. Now plz tell me in how many days my amount ll be return in my a/c or any other procedure for returning that wrong deducting amount. Plz guide

    • do we need to enter vehicle details also while booking for Rohtang online pass? I thought if I book the permit and ten book any cab accordingly? is it possible

      • Yes Prabhat, you will have to provide the vehicle details because the permit is for a vehicle not for the person. If you are booking the taxi or cab, the driver will have to arrange the permit. You are spared in such a case 🙂

  29. Sarjeet Singh on

    Dheeraj Ji, May I know that can I take our Temporary Number Land Rover Discovery Car from Manali to Leh Tour. Please Suggest.

  30. Sambhav Bellani on

    Hi DOW team,

    We are planning a trip using 1 of your itinerary for Spiti and Kaza. We’ll enter from Rampur and exit from Rohtang Pass. We’ll hire a self driven diesel SUV. Do we need a permit to enter Manali from Rohtang Pass?

    • Since you will enter from Shimla side and exit from Manali side while traveling in the direction from Kaza to Manali, you do not need any permit for it. The Rohtang Pass permit is required in opposite direction.

    • Parvez, if you plan from srinagar to Ladakh to Manali, then in that case, you need inner line permit for Ladakh only. If you go in other direction that is from Manali to Ladakh, then you also have to get Rohtang Pass permit in addition to inner line permits in Ladakh

      • I might b riding solo, say around first week of May (Srinagar- Manali). Do u think it’s right time? Do you have anyone who will be riding at same time as me?

  31. Hetal Dedhia on

    Hii
    Sir we have booking for keylong on 25th may..doi require to issue permit for keylong n from where. .if online pls send link n what is required for same.vlb hiring vehicles.

    • Yes Hetal, you will need Rohtang Pass permit to cross Rohtang Pass from Manali side. Right now the online availability of permit to cross Rohtang Pass is not there, hoping it will be available once the Rohtang Pass is declared open for tourists. You can apply for the permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass in DC office in Leh.

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