Rohtang Pass Tourism (Update)

Latest update on Rohtang Pass Tourism

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has now allowed to carry certain non-polluting tourism activities at Rohtang Pass thereby uplifting the imposed ban in May 2016 indicating following –

  • Non-polluting activities include renting of local dresses, photography, paragliding (at Solang and Marhi) and snow-scooters (at Beas Nala Sagu Fall and Gulaba)
  • Also, not more than 50 All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) shall be permitted to run in above mentioned areas subject to verification.

At an elevation of 13,059 feet (3978m), Rohtang Pass is a mountain peak near Manali. It enjoys unparalleled popularity amongst tourists. It lies on the eastern Pir Pinjal range of Himalayas and connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul Valley.

A four member bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar allowed activities like renting of local (Pahari) dresses and photography at Rohtang Pass. It allowed paragliding at Solang Nullah and Marhi and snow-scooters (four stroke) at Beas Nala Sagu Fall, and Gulaba.

In July 2015, NGT imposed a ban on tourism-related activities at Rohtang Pass and its adjoining areas to curtail the damage to ecosystem caused by movement of vehicles and large scale tourism activities, including horse riding, snow biking, paragliding, tyre-tube gaming and snow scooters at Rohtang, Solang and Marhi.

Recently, on May 17th 2016, the Deputy Commissioner, Kullu (Hans Raj Chauhan), formally launched online permit issuance system for Rohtang Pass. Only 1,200 vehicles are allowed to cross Rohtang on a daily basis as per the NGT order. The permits would be available to tourists three days in advance thus saving time and undue hassles.

Read – Online Permit for Rohtang Pass

It’s appreciable that Government is taking stringent actions to save environment and limit receding of the glaciers at Rohtang Pass, however it is equally important that we, individually travel responsibly and take care of every place that we visit.

If you want your kids to relish the beauty of Himalayas, then preserve and conserve today.

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Online Permit for Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is open for tourists and you can now apply online to acquire permit for Rohtang pass. The details are available on Himachal Tourism’s website.In a move by NGT to preserve the ecosystem, the number of vehicles have been limited to 1200 including petrol and diesel.

The permit available for tourism purposes has validity of 24 hours.  The requisite fee to paid to be paid is as follows –

  • For Car / Jeep : Permit Fee – INR 500; Congestion Charges – INR 50
  • For MUV’s : Permit Fee – INR 500; Congestion Charges – INR 50

The payment of fee is applicable to all vehicles visiting Rohtang pass for tourism purpose. This tax is to be paid on daily basis and accordingly the permits are issued based on daily quota defined by National Green Tribunal(NGT).

You will need –

  1. Valid ID Proof
  2. Valid Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate
  3. Vehicle Registration Date (Age of vehicle not to be more than 10 yrs)

With an objective of making it simpler for the tourists, Himachal Tourism has made the status of permits available online. One can also check availability of permits before applying,  here is the link – Availability Status.

Alternatively you can go on –

The daily quota for petrol cars is 800 and for diesel ones it’s just 400.

I’m sure it will be helpful to acquire the permit online and it’s worth a try.

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Traveling to Spiti Valley

Reaching Spiti Valley

“Spiti Valley is the land defined as God’s abode”, this place is as unique and spectacular as it’s name. The wonderland is so beautiful that we decided to dedicate a segment to it on our blog.

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That is just a glimpse of the wonderland, Untraveled Routes will soon be sharing more pictures and all the required travel details 🙂

We, as in me, Ashish (my soulmate) with our 11 months old little love in tow did an epic road trip to Spiti Valley in April 2016. We covered the region in 10 – 11 days by our i10 🙂 and Ashish did the heroic task of driving throughout. I will be gradually sharing all the details right here in this section.

The only way to witness the beauty of this place is by road.The transcendent roads are something you would have never seen or experienced before. These roads are touted as one of the most treacherous and dangerous in the world. The NH 22 will drive you insane for lot of reasons but you’ll love the adrenaline rush and thrill.

There are two main ways to reach –

Kindly continue reading on the mentioned link…. Cheers

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When every ray of Hope dwindled


Mild rays of the Sun playing hide and seek amidst Deodar trees near Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Heavy showers began flooding the city; the rainfall estimates broke record of a decade. The traffic on the national highway (NH 21 leading to Manali) was upsetting but we still hung up our hopes. After 6 hours of crawling through the traffic we got to know that the bridge that connects to Manali had collapsed. And thus on the first night of our trip (13th Aug) we were struggling to figure out options to spend the night forget about reaching our destination. We were conditioned to look for stay options at a place called Mandi.

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Traveling to the Hills ? Don’t let these ruin your Happy Time ……

Hills and Valleys in India enjoy the status of being quite popular vacation destinations throughout the year barring few months. Especially during the months of May and June, you will find people traveling to one or another hill station. Sure the hills provide the needed respite from heat and soothing break. Without a doubt you look forward to the most wonderful time with loved ones and friends and do not wish to ruin your happy mood because of trivial issues. So go on reading….

We have been to Shimla, Manali, Rishikesh, Dalhousie, Kashmir (covering all the places around them) and would like to share our experience highlighting what not to do!!!

You might really want to consider these –

  • Stay away from the Horse rides: Most of the places in and around these hill stations are full of bhaiyas offering horse rides claiming to take you to some Switzerland point for bizarre amount. These points are very well approachable on foot as well, infact you can enjoy the nature more while walking comfortably rather than sitting precariously on these horses. On few patches it is supremely risky to travel by horses. And you don’t want to spend without getting value.
  • Do not travel empty stomach: The route to most of the hill stations goes in circles with lot of twists and turns resulting in motion sickness or some uneasiness (may be not for all) and increased duration of travel (because your vehicle will not be able to cross particular speed). Most people develop some sickness and by the time you reach you are totally exhausted. It is advisable to eat healthy, carry mint chewing gum or medicine to help you out in extreme situations. Take a break every 1.30 to 2 hours, treat yourself with pure oxygen, take deep breaths, and stretch your muscles.

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