Manali – Rohtang Pass Road | Timings and One Way Traffic Regulations

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In order to regulate or control the traffic at Rohtang Pass which has become quite ugly and famous for its day long traffic jams, every year some new rule is introduced to tackle the same. Every time a new rule comes in, it brings lots of confusion and mess for the tourists and those who mostly suffer are actually interested more in Manali – Leh journey as compared to messy Rohtang Pass. This year again officials have come up with strict norms and penalties for violations of the newly created and confusing rules which do not talk about traffic coming from Keylong or Leh side. You can read below the detailed article on these rules but following is the summary of new rules for traffic at Manali to Rohtang Pass or Manali – Leh Highway

UPDATE from 9th June 2014
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is now being issued at an official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi, from green tax barrier at Chauri-Bihal and Shuru, SDM Office Manali, Tourist information center Manali and in the office of HPTDC. This year the congestion charges of Rs. 50/- per vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars… The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night, after which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 3 AM from Manali to avoid long traffic jams, especially in June, to Rohtang Pass. For Manali to Rohtang Pass, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis (HP Registered) are allowed in the batches per day beyond Gulaba to snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass.

  • Only vehicles for Rohtang Pass will only be allowed to go from Manali to Rohtang Pass from 6 AM to 11 AM After 11 AM, tourists or any taxis or vehicle will not be allowed to go to Rohtang Pass. Only exceptions are emergency vehicles and HRTC buses and vehicles coming from Lahaul or Spiti Valley which should be certified by Khoksar Checkpost
  • Vehicles will only be allowed to come back from Rohtang Pass to Manali after 11 AM to 6 PM only.
  • Vehicles going beyond Rohtang Pass i.e. to Leh – Ladakh or Lahaul + Spiti Valley WILL be allowed from 5 PM to 6 AM
  • NO restrictions are present for Ambulances or vehicles in emergency.
  • Any violations to these rules may lead to seizure of the vehicles too.
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MANALI: Tourists will now have to keep patience to see snow at Rohtang pass this summer season as Manali has drafted strict regulations for vehicles plying on the Manali – Rohtang route. As per the plan, tourists will be able to enjoy the panoramic journey to Rohtang only between 6 am and 12 noon as vehicles before or after this time limit will not be allowed to go towards Rohtang pass.

Representatives of police, administration, Beopar Mandal, hoteliers and taxi union of Manali have now consented to a strict strategy to cope with the fierce traffic jam problem on this route. In peak summer season, vehicles take five to eight hours to cover the 51-km distance between Rohtang and Manali. The problem intensifies in the evening as vehicles from Rohtang leave for Manali and get stuck in the narrow road for hours. According to the new plan, vehicles from Manali can go towards Rohtang between 6 am and 12 noon and come back to Manali only after 12 pm.

“The time table for vehicles and making the route one-way will definitely help reduce traffic problems. This will make the journey more comfortable and fast. It will also reduce accidents and save the precious time of travelers,” Kullu police chief Ashok Kumar said, adding that the restrictions would be lifted for ambulances and vehicles in emergency.

Though people have welcomed the plan, police have warned that those who violate the rule will be penalized by way of seizing their car. Also, 10 pm to 6 am will be zero traffic hours when no vehicles will be allowed on the highway. If tourists reach Manali after noon, they shall have to postpone their Rohtang visit to next day.

Sources said that some taxi operators were reportedly taking tourists to Rohtang early morning and even at midnight, so as to make multiple trips to Rohtang on the same day. Many tourists were complaining that the taxi drivers don’t allow them to enjoy much time at Rohtang pass, saying that they will get stuck in traffic jam. Fixing of timings for cabs and other cars will now allow tourists to spend more time in snow, they said.

Police, tourism department and administration authorities are also planning to take effective steps to stop service providers from duping tourists. Instructions have been issued to adventure sports organizers and snow dress lenders to hang a rate-list in front of their kiosks, sources added.

External Source: Manali-Rohtang road to be one-way this summer

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  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all, many thanks for your articles! They’re great source of information about the region. I appreciate your work!

    I’m planning a trip from Manali through Rohtang Pass to Kaza and further to Shimla.

    I’m concerned if that’s still possible, because I’m going to arrive on Saturday, 27th October in New Delhi, from where I’m going to take a bus to Manali, arriving there on Sunday. Since I need Inner Line Permit to travel to Kaza and beyond, I need to stay in Manali at least one day to get it there. So the earliest possible departure from Manali to Rohtang Pass would be Tuesday, 30th Oct. I have some questions regarding this plan and schedule:

    1) Is it possible to cross Rohtang Pass on Tuesday? I’m confused, as in some sources say, that this day is reserved for road maintenance and no tourists are let through. Is that true or it’s just for these, who visit Rohtang Pass and get back to Manali the same day?

    2) Do you think in general planning departure from Manali as late as 30th Oct isn’t too risky? I read everywhere, that the road is closed from November till May, Is there any specific date when it always gets closed or it’s just about weather conditions, particularly snowfall, that blocks the road, after which authorities close the road? In other words, what do you think are the chances, that the road would be still open at the end of October?

    3) I’ve seen in other article, that you’d mentioned a bus going from Manali to Kaza. I can’t find such itinerary on official website HRTC. Is it possible to book it somehow in advance? Do you think these buses would still be operational at the end of October or private taxi would be a safer bet (or the only choice)?

    I appreciate any advice from you! Thank you in advance 🙂


    • Thank you Artur, I am glad you found the information on my blog useful.

      1. That time gets too late to travel on Manali – Kaza road. It becomes a bit risky. However, as per the last couple of years, the road remains open in November too but definitely with a risk. Mostly the HRTC buses will stop running between Manali to Kaza by end of October. The shared jeeps carrying locals may be running between Manali and Kaza at that time. You can get the Spiti Valley to permit even in Kaza as the inner line starts from Kaza. Tuesday, the road is closed in-season time but as it will be the end of the season, maintenance will be stopped most likely by then and you should be able to travel by local shared jeeps. However, as I said, you can apply for a permit in Kaza too. So, can travel on Monday.

      2. It does become a bit risky but again for the last couple of years have been dry and roads were open in November as well from Manali to Kaza. Rohtang Pass officially gets closed by mid-November now. But, again all depends on the weather. There is a fair chance that this year as well the road from Manali to KAza will be open late October.

      However, it does get quite cold and nippy. I hope that is fine with you.

      3. Bus most likely will be stopped by end of October or you may be lucky as it may get stopped on 30th October only. Local shared jeeps would be running which you can buy per seat in it. I will recommend that you come down from Kinnaur side and avoid coming back from Manali side.

      Let me know in case you need any other info.

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        Thank you very much for your response. Appreciate, that you’ve written in such detail.

        I think in that case I’ll keep fingers crossed for good weather and once in New Delhi I’ll check road status. If it’s going to be open still, I’ll head towards Manali. Otherwise take road to Shimla and go back and forth from this side.

        All the best!

  3. Tejas Chavan on

    Hi Sir we will be traveling from Leh to Manali is there any particular day in week when crossing Rohtang pass is not allowed? I heard that rohtang pass is closed on tuesday is it so?

    • If you are traveling beyond Rohtang Pass, there is no such restriction. The restriction is only for visiting Rohtang Pass from Manali

  4. Hi Sir,

    I want to visit Rohtang Pass through bike on rented. can you please explain in details for rohatang pass tour on bike

    • Vishal, you will need to get the permit online after renting the bike for Rohtang Pass for the next day and then you can visit Rohtang Pass on bike.

      • Thanks for reply.

        i have lots of questions about manali trip management. can you give me your number for more clarification about manali tour planning. if not possible plz call me on my number 9881035642.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Manali in first week of May. Let me know if the Rohtang Pass will be open or not ?
    The second and most important query is that as i was informed that if you are travelling by your own or rented bike then you can not return back to manali on the same day, Is it right? If yes then let me know any work around. As we all know that without Rohtang pass manali trip is incomplete. If possible share your contact no. as well for more information.

    • Rohtang Pass should open by the first week of May. If you can get the Rohtang Pass permit, then you can travel to Rohtang Pass and come back else if you do not get Rohtang Pass permit then you have to take the vehicle to Keylong/Sissu/Jispa, stay overnight and come back the next day.

  6. Hi I am planning for 3rd week month of May to go for rohtang pass, is there pass open in dis month??

  7. Sheethal tharun on

    Sir iam planning to visit manali in 1st week of April… Want to know if I can visit Rotang pass in April 1st week!

    • No Sheethal, in general Rohtang Pass opens for tourists around May first or second week now a days. So, I highly doubt that you will be allowed for go to Rohtang Pass during April first week. It might be allowed for locals to travel but for tourists, you might be allowed only upto Gulaba or at max MArhi

  8. You are sharing tips related to Manali Rohtang pass road timing is helpful to first time visitors, because manually rohtang pass roads opened for specific times so it is necessary to collect detailed information before planning a trip.

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