Rohtang pass is the connecting link between Kullu district and Lahaul Spiti and the only place during summers where you can find snow. I get lot of queries where people ask me that “How to rent bikes for Rohtang Pass” during May and June.
So today I thought of writing an entire article on this topic. Nearly 90% of people who visit Manali keeps Rohtang pass on top of their wish list because it’s the only place in May and June where you can find snow.
During peak season if you are planning a trip to pass then I would suggest bike to be the best option for reaching up there. During the month of May and June small taxi charges 7000 Rs for Rohtang pass and vehicles like Innova charges around 14000 which is far too much.
I know that this amount is too much but what to do its the real situation. So the only option you are left with is renting a bike for Rohtang pass from Manali or Bhuntar with Rohtang pass permit. Why I am suggesting you guys to rent bike is because it will cost you around 1300 per day only or maximum 1500 per day.
Do we Need Rohtang pass permit for bikes?
The most frequent question which I received last year in my mail was that “Do we need a Rohtang Pass permit for bikes” so I thought of writing an article on How to get a Rohtang pass permit for bikes.
Its been years since I am writing articles on Himachal pradesh, Manali and other unexplored places. The main thing that I can conclude is that 70% of tourist visiting Manali visit this place in search of snow. When entire nation’s mercury level are at rise this lovely hill station in Himachal pradesh can make you feel chills in your spine.
As I mentioned earlier that NGT has regulated that only 600 petrol and 400 Diesel vehicles will be allotted to visit Rohtang pass and beyond.
Important thing: Only cars are allowed to visit Rohtang pass and return on same day whereas bikes are not allowed to visit Rohtang pass and return on same day.
So if you are planning to visit Rohtang pass from Manali in your own or rented bike then make sure you don’t return from Rohtang pass on same day otherwise you will be imposed with a fine of 5000 Rs.
So If you are planning to visit Rohtang pass in your bike than you just need to take out a permit of Beyond Rohtang. Now the thing is that when you will visit Rohtang pass you have to keep one thing in mind that now you can’t return from Rohtang pass to Manali at same day.
So now what are the options?
- The option are that now you need to head toward Khoksar a place 30 km from the pass. Here you can book a camp online or instead find a camp on arrival. After spending a night you can return back to Manali.
This is the easiest way for the bike riders to visit Rohtang pass.
How to Rent bikes for Rohtang Pass
So if you are planning a trip to Rohtang pass and confused with above procedure and don’t have time for above things then I am sharing a contact of Thakur bhai who rents bike in Manali as well as in Bhuntar for Rohtang pass with permits. This is one of the most trusted person I know in Manali. So can feel free to contact him in any case either you need bike or you just want to clear out few things which you don’t know.
Thakur Bhai – 8988265439
Advantages of taking Bikes
- During the months of May and June, crowd in Manali increases exponentially causing long traffic jams from Kullu to Manali. So if you are planning a trip to Rohtang pass in a car then it will take you around 7-8 hours minimum or the entire day for just covering 50km till Rohtang pass. So my suggestion to you guys is to rent a bike from Manali and then plan to visit Rohtang pass.
- The biggest advantage of taking bike is that it saves your money as well it saves you from long hectic traffic jams
What is Rohtang pass permit?
It all started in 2015 when National Green Tribunal surveyed the glaciers of Rohtang pass that had slight soot formation and hence concluded that they need to limit the vehicles visiting Rohtang pass. And later NGT limited the number of vehicles to 1000 per day.
These 1000 vehicles included 600 petrol vehicles and 400 diesel vehicles including bikes. The step was criticized by some peoples and at same time praised by few organization.
The main critication of the step was done by the taxi union Manali. They did everything from strikes to filing their petition in Supreme court to change the decision.
But the message was clear from the NGT that “Nature first”.
Hence it has become necessary for every vehicle to have Rohtang pass permit before crossing Gulaba check post.
Online permit for bikes
No Vehicles are allowed on TUESDAY as the day is marked for maintenance of the Pass. Congestion Fees can only be paid for next 6 days from the current date. Printout is compulsory for all permissions. • Vehicles having wrong information on CONGESTION FEES SLIP as compared to valid proofs will not be allowed to cross the barrier. • In a week (Tuesday to Monday) only 2 permits can be obtained for each vehicle.
You can get your permit from Rohtang pass permit for bikes
My Trip to Rohtang pass
I planned a small trip to Rohtang pass this year. Where I came to know about all the rules and regulations about the NGT regarding the ecosystem. I am too concern for the ecosystem but the thing was that I was too eager to travel and visit Rohtang pass. I have been traveling to Manali since my childhood and believe me its is one of my favorite destination after Kasol.
In Bhuntar I once made a great friend Thakur Bhai- 8988265439 who helped me in every aspect from bike renting to tent renting and believe me guys you can’t get a better guide than this person for Leh ladakh, Spiti or any other place in Himachal pradesh. So if you are planning a trip to Leh Ladakh or anywhere just give him a call and just tell him to plan an itenary he will also do that.
This year when I first landed in Bhuntar my first concern was to get a bike and this time I just needed a Himalayan. Himalayan is a bike from Royal enfield that is believed to be the best off road bike till now in the budget of under 2 lakh.
So as I told you earlier my first and last option for renting bike in Bhuntar is always Thakur Bhai. I just gave him a call and within few minutes he arrived at the place with white color Himalayan bike.
Later when I told him about the plan to visit the pass, at that time he described me everything in detail. I was really sad that I just had 2 days and now if i waited for one more day for the permit it would be very difficult for me to return back on time. But as I said that this man has solution for everything. I don’t know he just called somebody and arranged a permit for the bike. So this was all about my experience.
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This online permit system have some pros and some cons but still it is better than the old system of getting permits from SDM office waiting in huge cues. Some may criticize the decision of NGT of limiting the number of vehicles visiting pass but still it is a great move to preserve our nature.
So if you are confused with how to rent bikes for Rohtang pass then I have given you a full proof solution to your problem.