FAQs on Manali
Where I can see snow in Manali?
Rohtang pass, 51km from Manali, is the common spot to see snow in summer months. As road to Rohtang pass gets blocked with snow in winter months (December to mid-May), you can see snow at Solang valley, Gulaba, Kothi, even inside the Manali town or at the balcony of your hotel room from December to March.
When I can see snow in Manali?
Snow in Manali is available from November till June. However, availability of snow totally depends on weather conditions and quantity of snowfall during winter months.
What is Rohtang pass permit?
Rohtang permit is required for vehicles going to Rohtang for tourism purpose. Permit is not required for tourists but for all vehicles. Permits are limited and are issued online on first come first serve basis. Vehicles that have no permit would not be allowed to go beyond Gulaba. The permit system is started by Himachal government after directions from National Green Tribunal (NGT) which was concerned about increasing pollution on ecologically fragile Rohtang pass.
How I can get Rohtang permit?
Visit official website of Rohtang Pass Permit here http://rohtangpermits.nic.in/ and fill in the required details, make payment and take printout.
Is Rohtang Permit free?
No, you need to pay Rs 500 permit charges and Rs 50 congestion charges online through payment gateway at the end of the permit booking process.
What do I need to bring?
We do suggest you bring appropriate clothing to fit the season and a day pack to carry extra snacks and water. If coming in rainy season, you can bring portable umbrella or light raincoat (if needed, buy in Manali). Carry sunglasses and sunscreen lotion to avoid sun tanning.
What should I wear?
If you are coming in winters (October to March), bring heavy woollens (inner/sweater/jacket) and good shoes. You may have to walk on snow. Water proof jacket is advisable. If you are coming in September or April, bring light woollens (sweater or jacket), if you are coming in summers (May and June), you may wear anything you want but bring one jacket with you which would be needed while going to Rohtang pass (snow point). If you are coming in Monsoon season (July and August), bring light woollens with portable umbrella or raincoat. Remember, it is always good idea to wear sports shoes on hills. Whatever you wear, it should be comfortable as well.
Even if your forget any of the aforementioned items, there are various shopping sites in Manali where you can get everything on streets.