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Manali-Leh Highway
Manali-Leh Highway

Manali-Leh Highway

Let us acquaint you with the most magnificent, marvellous, glorious and incredible Manali-Leh Highway. The Highway is definitely going to shock you with its awe-inspiring beauty and the deadliest and most dangerous terrains. Road tripping from Manali to Leh gives you a whole new experience and it is indeed heaven on earth. With snow-capped mountains, cool breeze and distant valleys it gets a lot more exciting to enjoy and explore the incandescent beauty of this region and just get LEHD.

Leh-Manali highway is a 490 km long highway in north India connecting Leh in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The average elevation of Leh-Manali highway is more than 13,000 feet and its highest elevation is 17,480 ft at Tanglang La mountain pass. It is surrounded by high mountain ranges on both sides featuring some breath-taking and phenomenal sand and rock natural formations. This highway is open for a limited time period of the year which is around four and a half months i.e in summer between May or June and in mid-October. It connects Manali valley to Lahaul and Spiti valleys and Zanskar valley in Ladakh. The highway is designed, built and maintained by BRO (Border Roads Organisation).

Without any uncertainty, one needs to have excellent driving skills to drive on the roads as there are many damaged stretches and under maintenance areas. A little rainfall over there triggers a landslide and causes discomfort for the people to cross the roads. As per the authorities (updated on  May 2018), there are about 30 feet of snow stretches that have to be cut around Rohtang Pass and about 10-15 feet is around Beas Nalla only. You should always wait for a couple of weeks after the official opening of the pass as it takes time for the roads to stabilize after all that roadblocks and gravels accumulated over it. So plan your trip accordingly. You also need to obtain permits in order to travel beyond Rohtang or to Rohtang from Manali.


Rohtang Pass Permits: Charges and How to Apply

One of the biggest inconvenience faced by tourists these days is to get Rohtang Pass permit if you are travelling to Ladakh or Spiti from Manali. All these restrictions and permits have been introduced seeing the rampant increase in the pollution levels at Rohtang Pass.

You definitely don’t need any permits if you are travelling the other way round i.e Spiti->Manali or Leh->Manali. Below is the current information on how to get through with Rohtang Pass Permits:

Rohtang Pass Permits for bikes

You need to obtain a permit if you are even travelling on a motorcycle on Rohtang Top. This can be done by taking an undertaking certificate from SDM office in Manali. There is however no fee applicable for motorcycles.

Travel Permits and Tourist Permits

Permits are further categorized into two categories. One applies for travelling until Rohtang Pass and returning to Manali i.e “Permit for Tourism” and the other one is for if you are travelling to the other side i.e Lahaul or Spiti from Manali and this one is called “Permit for Travel”.

For tourism purpose permits, a daily limit of 800 petrol vehicles and 400 Diesel vehicles is in effect. If you are planning to visit Manali and would also like a short visit to Rohtang, you need to get a tourism permit.

No permits are issued for Tuesdays as Rohtang Pass is under maintenance work on this day. This only applies to tourists and not to people who are planning to travel to Spiti or Lahaul. Travellers can travel on Tuesdays as well.

Checkpost at Gulaba

Barriers are set up at Gulaba in a computerized manner for the verification of permits. If you have taken travel permit and change your mind and return back to Manali just after travelling until Rohtang Top you will be charged a fine at the Gulaba Checkpost on your way back and also your vehicle will be blacklisted. Barriers are set up on both sides of the Rohtang Pass to regulate the entry and exit of all the vehicles.

Rohtang Pass Permits Charges

All vehicles are required to pay a sum of ₹500as permit fee and ₹50 as congestion fee so a total of ₹550 per permit is levied on all vehicles. For all the buses and heavy motor vehicles a congestion fee of ₹100 is imposed.so it is ₹600 per permit. All these charges are applicable only on Tourism Permits. For travel permits, you only need to pay a congestion fee of ₹50.

How to obtain Rohtang Pass Permits

There are two ways in which you can get Rohtang Pass Permits one is from SDM Office in Manali and the other one is by applying online for the permit. Don’t forget in both the categories the permit is available of FCFS (First Come First Serve) basis.

Documents Required for Rohtang Pass Permits

You need to have your driving license, registration certificate and pollution under control certificate of your vehicle. One thing to keep at the top your mind is that your vehicle should not be more than 10years old else you will not be granted the permit.

Getting permits for Rohtang Pass from Manali SDM office

You will need to go to the SDM office between 10 a.m-1p.m with the complete set of documents and deposit them. In order to collect the permits, you will have to visit again in between 3-5 p.m.

Getting Rohtang Pass Permits Online

Just follow the link given below to get through with the whole procedure.

Click Here to obtain your permit online.

 

Accommodation types available in accordance with places on Manali-Leh Highway

Accommodation on Manali-Leh highway is definitely a major concern before a traveller embarks upon their adventurous journey. With an exponential increase in the tourism sector in Ladakh, it has been made easy for travellers to find accommodation easily. Below is a breakdown of all the places on Manali-Leh Highway where you can find a place to stay for yourself.

 

•    Manali

Manali, undoubtedly is one of the most loved tourist destinations in our country and you should certainly not have any problem in finding a place to stay here.

•    Gramphoo

Next stop after Manali is Gramphoo and here a road towards Spiti valley splits from the Manali Leh highway. Just right at the bifurcation, you can find a dhaba that provides a bed to crash on for a minimal charge of Rs. 100 to 200.

•    Kokhsar

Khokhsar has HP PWD rest house in and few Dhabas/Chadar tents where you can stay.

•    Sissu

Here you can find both PWD rest house and hotels. The price range of the hotel would vary anywhere between Rs. 500 – 1000.

•    Gondola

Here you can only find a PWD rest house.

•    Tandi

This is where you will find the last petrol pump on Manali Leh highway and for the stay you can find a PWD rest house here.

•    Keylong:

Keylong is one of the major towns on Manali-Leh highway. There is a PWD circuit house, PWD rest house, and many hotels in Keylong. You can easily find a hotel here within any price range.

•    Jispa:

There are three types of stays made available for you which are a PWD rest house, campsites and hotels in Jispa

•    Darcha:

Chadar Tents are available in Darcha.

•    Chandra Taal

Right next to the lake are Dhabas / Chadar tents where you can find a place for your stay for the night.

•    Patseo:

It has PWD rest house

•    Zingzing Bar

Dhaba / Chadar tents are available.

•    Bharatpur

It has Chadar tents

•    Baralacha Pass:

The moment you cross Baralacha Pass, there are a few Dhabas where you can find a bed to crash on for the night.

•    Sarchu

Sarchu has an ample number of campsites available. If the campsite is not within your budget, you can choose to stay at a Dhaba / Chadar tent.

•    Pang 

Pang has Chadar tents available.

•    Upshi

Dhaba / Chadar tents and a few guest houses are available.

•    Leh 

Now in Leh, finding a hotel within any price range is no big task.

 

Checkposts on Manali-Leh Highway

Serial wise list of check-posts on Manali-Leh Highway:

Gulaba->Khoksar->Sarchu(HP Side)->Sarchu(J&K Side)->Upshi.

 

The Five High Altitude Himalayan Passes on the Surreal Manali-Leh Highway

1.    Rohtang La

It is the first high Himalayan Altitude pass and stretches between Marhi to Sissu. It is one of the favourite destinations of tourists and travellers.

Altitude: 3,980 Mtr (13,060 ft)

Best time to visit: Mid May to Mid-November

 

2.    Baralacha La

It is the second highest Himalayan pass and it comes on the stretch of Zing Zing Bar and Bharatpur

Altitude: 5,030 Mtr (16,500 ft)

Best time to visit: Mid May to Mid-November

 

3.    Nakee La

It is the third highest Himalayan pass and stretches between Sarchu and Whisky Nalla

Altitude: 4,739 Mtr (15,547 ft)

Best time to visit: Mid May to Mid-November

 

4.    Lachung La

It is the fourth high Himalayan Altitude pass which comes between the stretch of Whisky Nalla and Pang

Altitude: 5,065 Mtr (16,616 ft)

Best time to visit: Mid May to Mid-November

 

5. Tanglang La

Tanglang La is fifth High Altitude Himalayan Pass on Manali-Leh Highway which comes between the stretch of Debring and Rumtse.

Altitude: 5,328 Mtr (17,480 ft)

Best time to visit: Mid May to Mid-November

 

Beyond all this be an explorer in Manali. Manali has got a lot to show you be it its pristine beauty, numerous trails around Manali, snow-clad mountains, high mountain passes to beautiful landscapes, ancient temples to Mall road, that’s why we call Manali as the Jewel of Kullu Valley.