Rohtang Pass

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Weather:

Time Required: 3 to 4 hours

Timings:

May - November

Entry Fee:

Free
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Rohtang Pass, Manali Overview

When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to the vista point of Rohtang Pass is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometres from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 metres, the way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck. A peculiar fact behind the name of the place is that it was named so because a number of people working in CBRE died whilst trying to cross this treacherous stretch. Owing to its splendid natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favourite among the community of film directors. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here. 

To just curl up on your seat in the car as it begins to chill with every increasing metre on the altitude scale and gaze outside at the mesmerizing beauty of nature is absolute bliss. Rohtang pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes and views. The magnificence of the white landscape and sonorous silence is a mesmerising thing worth experiencing.

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Due to heavy snowfall in winters, the pass remains closed from November to May. As it opens its doors to welcome tourists on 1st June 2019, Rohtang remains flocked with excited visitors from all over the country and abroad until October as it shuts again. It is said to be the only pass in the country to be covered by snow throughout the year.

Open Date 2019 - 1 June 2019

Tourist Permit

This permit is the taxis and vehicles going to Rohtang Pass for tourism purposes, valid for a day. Only 800 petrol vehicles and 400 diesel vehicles are allowed entry to the pass daily. The vehicles aren't allowed on Tuesday, as Rohtang Pass is closed for maintenance each Tuesday. 

Permit Time Frame:
10:00 AM (200 Diesel and 400 Petrol)
4:00 PM (200 Diesel and 400 Petrol)

Documents Required (In Printed Form):
Valid ID Proof
Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate
Vehicle Registration Date

Permit Fees:
Car & Jeep - INR 500 + INR 50 as congestion charge
MUVs - INR 500 + INR 50 as congestion charge
Buses & HMV - INR 500 + INR 100 as congestion charge

Special Permit

This permit is for the private vehicle only, valid for a day. Only 60 petrol vehicles and 40 diesel vehicles are allowed entry to the pass daily. The vehicles aren't allowed on Tuesday, as Rohtang Pass is closed for maintenance each Tuesday. 

Documents Required (In Printed Form):
Valid ID Proof
Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate
Vehicle Registration Date
Proof of Hotel Booking

Permit Fees:
Car & Jeep - INR 500 + INR 50 as congestion charge
MUVs - INR 500 + INR 50 as congestion charge
Buses & HMV - INR 500 + INR 100 as congestion charge


Rohtang Pass is near ideal for trekkers. The trails here are challenging and marked by glaciers, around water falls, pointed peaks, a breathtaking view of the surrounding and chilling cold. The 117 km long Manali- Lahaul pass is one of the most sought after treks, with sulphur springs, Bhrigu lake and a challenging path. The other famous treks are - from Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake, Batal to Rohtang and Jalori pass.

An experience of the snow can never be complete without a sledge ride, which involves sliding through the snow in a wooden toboggan. Another thrilling activity that can be pursued at Rohtang Pass would be mountain biking where you ride your mountain bikes off the regular course and into the lesser taken routes. It can get a bit rough, so you must take care in case you are planning on pursuing this activity. You can try your hand at skiing and tyre drop at the Rohtang Pass as well, where again you slide down a slope of snow whilst using the appropriate equipment. Gear for all of these activities is available for reasonable rent, so do not miss out on this opportunity. Also, photography enthusiasts and nature lovers can never have enough of this place.

The Rohtang Road Tunnel is expected to be operational in 2019, enabling only the tourist traffic to the pass. The vehicle north of Rohtang Pass will stop coming here. This tunnel is expected to reduce the travel time - while currently, it takes 4 to 6 hours to reach and descend from Rohtang Pass, with the use of the tunnel it will only take about 30 minutes.

1. Take a day off for Rohtang. Leave for Rohtang early in the morning, as there are hundreds of others local tourist cabs visiting the pass and the narrow lanes gets jammed with traffic quickly, leaving one to walk up to the main spot.
2. Considering the difficult road, high altitude and low temperature of the area, Rohtang is best visited in daylight.
3. Carry woollens and snacks, if possible pack a thermos of hot tea or coffee too. It would be the most useful up there.
4. When renting snow clothes, compare the prices with those fixed by the government.
5. Take care of your health, altitude sickness is common here.

HRTC and HPTDC run deluxe AC and Non-Ac buses connecting the valley with north India. NH21 connects the city to Chandigarh and Delhi. Despite being a long journey, tourists enjoy the trip as they drive through the beautiful landscape with river Beas flowing on one side of the road. Those travelling by car also make it a point to pass by Bhuntar and generally, stay over while going to or from Kullu- Manali. People also bike their way to the Pass but try this only if you are confident that you will be able to navigate the terrain.

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Rohtang Pass Reviews

20 hours ago by Sinorita Naskar

I had visited Rohtang Pass when I went for a trip to Himachal Pradesh with my family. It was a two hour drive from Manali. One can actually feel the dip in the temperature as one ascends high up the altitude. It was very windy at one particular level making it super chilly, but as we moved upwards, it was less windy and the weather became more bearable. This was the only place which was snow covered among all the places in HP that we visited, and so was my favourite! We spent a few hours here enjoying in the snow. We carried our breakfast as high up only tea and Maggi stalls are available. It is not necessary to rent garments and snow boots as we easily managed in our own woollens.

7 months ago by Mixed Bag

Awesome place with an altitude of about 4000mts.

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Latest questions by travellers on Rohtang Pass

Can v cover solang valley & rohtang pass in 1 single day?

Answer: It is possible to cover both places in 1 day. However, to get the best out of your visit, it is advisable to spread these places out over two days, as they are best enjoyed during daylight. It is not possible to cover both these places during daytime of 1 day.

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