The traffic jams at Manali to Rohtang Pass road has infused the HP Govt. to take a confusing bullish step and ban non – HP vehicles to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road 😥 … I am not sure why this decision has been made because even the HP vehicles (taxis and locales) are equally responsible for creating the traffic jams on Manali – Rohtang Pass road as compared to non-HP vehicles. IMHO, taxi drivers who ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road are much careless when it comes to breaking queues and block the traffic coming from other sides to create jams. I know there are many people who go from plains and do the same things but again in my personal opinion this is the lapse of people being uncivilized rather than HP or non-HP vehicles.
I guess this will definitely impact the travelers influx rather tourists, who prefer to go for an adventure drive to Rohtang Pass rather than seeing the dirt and slush over there in tourist season. If at all they wanted to solve the issue of traffic chaos at Manali – Rohtang Pass road, they must regulate the traffic going beyond Rohtang that is towards Leh – Ladakh and Keylong and start the bus services rather allowing private taxis to Rohtang Pass, or even limit the number of private taxis to the amount of parking space which the administration boasts off. This would have been much better choice rather restricting entry of non-HP vehicles on the Manali – Rohtang Pass road. But, again this will affect the local livelihood, which would not help GOVT. in their own interests.
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.
The permit ( for Keylong and Leh) is now being issued from the Himachal tourism office at Manali, Mall road near Nehru Park and congestion charges of Rs.100/- per vehicle has to be paid. Forms are available at tourism office. Also, Permits can be obtained from Green Tax Barrier when you enter the Manali town and pay fees there.
Documents Required for the permits of Manali – Rohtang Pass Road
You need to present them of your driving license and vehicle registration papers/certificate or tell them the vehicle registration number only. To get the permits in advance through some travel agent or hotel staff, you can send fax or scanned copy of the driving license and tell them the vehicle registration number.
Fees/Charges for the permits of Manali – Rohtang Pass Road
I guess there is no fees or charges for the permits. Of course in case you get them issued through some hotel/travel agent then they may charge you for their own services.
Finally, following is the summary of the steps enforced which may help you plan your journey accordingly, especially for the people going to Leh – Ladakh.
- Restricted the entries of non-HP registered LMVs on Manali – Rohtang Pass road which includes cars not bikes.
- If you are going to Keylong or Leh – Ladakh from Manali in non-HP registered vehicle (be it private or taxi) then you need to get a permit issued from SDM office in Manali to travel on Manali – Rohtang Pass road.
- If you are coming from Keylong side or Kaza side, then you do not need any permit to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road even if you have a non-HP registered vehicle. Permit is required only if you are going from Manali side towards Rohtang Pass.Strange but true :)…
- Restricted the entries of trucks on Manali – Rohtang Pass road from 6.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Update 6th June 2013
Bikes were exempted from the permits because in last 2 years none of the readers who are bikers on the blog reported any issue. But, bikers also need permits as per the latest updates in 2013 by Shriram in the forum here.
This year 2013 onward there are traffic time regulations on Manali – Rohtang Pass road, hence, do read the article for more details linked here: Manali – Rohtang Pass Road | Timings and One Way Traffic Regulations
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Manali, June 26 2011
Waking up to the plight of tourists trapped in traffic jams on the Manali-Marhi-Rohtang stretch highlighted in these columns, the district administration has decided to close down Rohtang Pass for out-of-state vehicles from tomorrow and restricting the entry of trucks from 6 pm to 6 am.
Though hoteliers, taxi operators and travel agents have hailed the decision, Leh, Spiti and Keylong-bound tourists state that the decision is discriminatory.
According to the tourists, they pay green tax, but are not allowed to visit the place of their choice. “It is the duty of the hoteliers and the Tourism Department to provide parking and make the stay hassle free,” commented Harish Shah, a tourist from Delhi.
Kullu DC BM Nanta, after convening a meeting of the BRO, police and hoteliers, decided that only non-HP vehicles to the Rohtang Pass would be allowed to ply beyond Kothi to ease up traffic problem on the Gulaba-Marhi-Rohtang stretch.
Nanta said the Leh or Keylong-bound private vehicles would have to take permits from SDM, Manali. “This will ease up traffic congestion and make tourists stay comfortable,” he added. A high-level police team under IG (Central Range) JR Thakur and SP Kullu Abhishek Dular today inspected the traffic regulation between Manali and Rohtang. The team found the condition of Marhi-Rohtang stretch in poor condition. Dular said about 60 policemen had been deployed to regulate traffic. “We have enough parking lots at the Rohtang Pass, Beas Nala and Marhi,” he claimed.
To completely plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway, check the travel guide for Manali – Leh Highway on the below link: Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway