The restrictions of travel to Rohtang Pass has affected the Local Taxi operators and Tourists alike. The National Green Tribunal enforced restrictions on vehicular movement on Rohtang Pass has caused a hue and cry. While the local Taxi and Tour operators fumed in anger, the tourists were most inconvenienced.
To improve the situation, we now have an online system of permits. Still there is confusion about how to get the vehicular permit and how it works. We try to answer the 10 most asked questions about Rohtang Pass permits and regulations. We hope this helps.
#1. What are the restrictions for vehicles travelling to Rohtang Pass and beyond?
The NGT (National Green Tribunal) has put a restriction of 800 petrol and 400 diesel vehicles to go to the Rohtang Pass for tourism purposes every day. The NGT has imposed charges of Rs 500 for all vehicles passing through the eco-sensitive Rohtang Pass area at the time of applying for a permit and a Rs 50 as congestion charges. The BRO carries out maintenance of the Rohtang road on Tuesdays. So vehicles are not permitted to go beyond Gulaba barrier on Tuesdays. There are no restrictions on the number of vehicles travelling ahead of Rohtang Pass. However, one has to obtain an undertaking certificate from SDM Office in Manali for travelling ahead of Rohtang Pass.
#2. How can we get the permit for a non-State Vehicle for visiting Rohtang Pass?
There are 2 kinds of Permits issued. First is for travel till Rohtang Pass (Tourism Purpose). The second permit is for travel beyond Rohtang Pass (Travel Purpose). The online permit is available for travel till Rohtang Pass (for now). This permit is available to tourists 3 days in advance from the date of travel. The online payment can be made through the websites at http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu, http://hpkullu.nic.in and http://himachal.gov.in
Online Permits can only be applied from 12 noon till midnight on the website.
#3. How much time does it take to get a permit from SDM Office for travel ahead of Rohtang Pass?
The working hours of SDM Office (Manali) is between 10 am to 5 pm, except Sunday and Second Saturday of the Month. For the moment, online permits are not available for vehicles travelling ahead of Rohtang Pass. The time it takes to obtain a permit depends on the queue at SDM Office. During peak tourist season, the queue can be in hundreds. Keep at least a day in advance for the permit.
The contact number of SDM Office, Manali : 01902-254100 and 01902-254200.
#4. What documents are required to obtain a permit for travel beyond Rohtang Pass?
An undertaking is issued by SDM Office as a permit to travel beyond Rohtang Pass for Travel Purpose. You will need to show a confirmation voucher or a proof of hotel booking at one of your destinations. Online Hotel Bookings are not considered for the moment. Keep your pollution certificate, vehicle registration certificate and driving license of the driver with you. Your vehicle should not be more than 10-year-old as per from its date of registration.
The Documents need to be deposited between 10 am till 1 pm. After which the permit/undertaking will be issued between 3 pm until 5 pm. The permit needs to be applied at least 1 day prior to the date of travel.
There is no permit/undertaking fee. However, you will have to pay Rs. 50 congestion fee at Gulaba Checkpost on the day of your travel.
#5. Can I get a refund on the Permit fee if I cancel my travel?
There are no refunds. Fee once paid is nonrefundable. For refund, related queries kindly send your queries at email@example.com
#6. What is the Permit Policy for 2 wheels, Motorbikes?
Any two-wheeled motor vehicle is not exempted from the rule. For those travelling in their bikes need to obtain an undertaking from SDM Office. The process is similar to how one obtains a permit for travel beyond Rohtang Pass. There is no fee for bike riders travelling beyond Rohtang Pass.
For Motorbikes beyond 15 years old are not issued permits.
#7. We are travelling in a rented vehicle with All India Permit. Do we need to get a permit?
Yes. A permit is mandatory for all vehicles.
#8. Till what point are the tourist vehicles allowed to ply on Manali-Rohtang Pass road?
Till 17th May 2016, tourist vehicles were allowed till Gulaba Checkpost. From 18th May 2016, tourist vehicles can drive till Marhi (16 km before Rohtang Pass). For visiting Rohtang Pass, you will have to take the private mode of transport (Himachal registered Taxi service) from Marhi.
#9. Are Permits required for those travelling from North of Rohtang Pass down to Manali?
No. If you are travelling from Ladakh, Lahaul, Spiti to Manali (via Rohtang Pass), you don’t need any permits. It is advisable to travel from opposite route to avoid permit issue (i.e Shimla – Spiti, Leh – Manali etc.)
Gulaba Checkpost opens gates for vehicles at 6 am every day (except Tuesdays). Vehicles coming from the other side of Rohtang Pass for Manali are allowed entry from 6 pm till 5 am.
#10. What is the current condition of restrictions for Rohtang Pass this summer?
As per latest update (1st May 2016), all diesel vehicles are banned from visiting Rohtang Pass. Only 400 Petrol vehicles are plying as Taxi service for Rohtang Pass visit. This is subject to scrutiny as per the state website, 800 petrol vehicles and 400 diesel vehicles are permitted for Rohtang Pass.
The tourists have been facing difficulties in getting permits. There have been reports of Taxi Operators over charging for Rohtang Pass Visit. We found the officials at Manali entry checkpoint were also helping tourists in getting permits without having to visit SDM Office. For a charge of Rs. 100 per tourist, one can obtain permits. However, this is an illegal procedure. We hope the administration will look at making the online Permit system work efficiently for travel to Rohtang Pass and beyond.
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