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In a very welcoming news from Kullu administration today, “Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit” has been enabled for season 2018-19 on the main website of Kullu Administration. Now, everyone including tourists can apply for Rohtang Pass permit online at either official website of Kullu administration or using the newly launched Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App by Kullu administration. If you are new to it, you can read more about the process on how to apply for Rohtang Pass permit online. Hence, finally today, the Manali – Leh Highway has been officially open for 2018-19 to travel beyond Rohtang Pass for all type of vehicles including private tourist vehicles.

A few years back, NGT had enforced the permit for all vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass from Manali side for tourism purposes and all vehicles require a permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh – Ladakh, and Lahaul – Spiti Valley. The permit for Rohtang Pass visit has certain limitations on the number of vehicles the permit is issued while no restriction is applicable for vehicles going beyond Rohtang Pass. Hence, there are two categories of the permits for Rohtang Pass, one just for visiting Rohtang Pass and the other one is to go beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh – Ladakh or Lahaul – Spiti Valley.

Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit 2018 Available Now !!

Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App 2018

Starting 2018-19 season, now tourists traveling to Rohtang Pass can apply for Rohtang Pass permit and Beyond Rohtang Pass permit using the newly launched mobile apps by Kullu administration. The Rohtang Pass Permit mobile app is available on both Android Play Store as well as iOS App Store.

  • Rohtang Pass permit app is available for both Android and iOS devices/mobiles.
  • You can check the validity of your Rohtang Pass permit or Beyond Rohtang Pass permit on Rohtang Pass mobile app by scanning the barcode on the permit or entering the permit number.
  • You can check the status of the Rohtang Pass permit by entering the vehicle number and date of journey. The permit is displayed on the mobile app and you can download the permit as a pdf to take the printout.
  • People applying for just Rohtang Pass Permit to travel just to Rohtang Pass and not beyond it, they have an option to check the availability of the Rohtang Pass Permit in the mobile app. As there is a cap on the number of Diesel and Petrol vehicles to travel to Rohtang Pass in a day, you can check if there is any permit available for the desired date of travel or not use the Rohtang Pass mobile app.
  • The Rohtang Pass permit can only be applied between 12 Noon to 12 Midnight and it cannot be applied in any other time window.
  • Once the Rohtang Pass permit is issued, it cannot be canceled. Hence, please be careful in the applying the Rohtang Pass permit with correct dates and other details, so that you do not waste the permit for anyone else. There is an extreme scarcity of Rohtang Pass permit, so please be responsible towards other tourists as well.
  • Please note that only two permits per mobile device or IP address is allowed. So, if you are using the shared Internet like office or college or cyber cafe Internet, the possibility will be someone else would have applied for the permit and you will either see an error or quota full as the message. Hence, apply from a mobile or PC with an Internet connection that you think others won’t have used to apply for Rohtang Pass permit.
  • You can send in your queries at dc-kul-hp@nic.in for further doubts on Rohtang Pass permit and issue with the mobile app or Kullu Administration website.

Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App

Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App

Important Points for Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit 2018-19
  • Congestion fee or permit for Beyond Rohtang Pass can only be applied a week in advance of travel date.
  • You must provide correct information about the vehicle and other documents when applying for Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit else you will not be allowed to cross Gulaba checkpost.
  • The permit is required for all type of vehicles including motorbikes at Rs 50. Heavy vehicles need to pay Rs 100 as congestion charges.
  • The Beyond Rohtang Pass permit can only be applied twice for one vehicle in a week.
  • You must carry the print out of the Beyond Rohtang Pass permit after applying it online.
  • You must note that Beyond Rohtang Pass permit is required only for vehicles traveling in the direction from Manali to Rohtang Pass. Any vehicles coming from Leh to Manali or Kaza to Manali do not need any permit for Rohtang Pass.

Pro Tip: If you are doing a self drive to Zanskar Valley, then make sure to read the article 40 Must Have Things to Carry on a Self Drive Trip to Zanskar Valley

Conclusion

I am sure this article will help you with all your questions on Rohtang Pass permit and Beyond Rohtang Pass permit. The Rohtang Pass Mobile app is a great and welcoming move by the Kullu administration and much appreciated. It is going to help so many people every year who are applying for Rohtang Pass permit. I am really thankful to them for easing out the process with this new Mobile app. In case, you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to post them either in the comments section of this article below or in the “Ask a Travel Question” section of the website. You can also take guidance from other travel experts in DoW Community.

A big THANK YOU to Anupam Mahanta bhai for his continuous contribution in DoW Community Group in Facebook where he shared the above permit circular with all of us.

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In today’s article I am going to talk about some tips on mobile phone connectivity in Zanskar Valley. Unlike Ladakh and Spiti Valley, Zanskar Valley has a fairly limited set of places to visit and a fixed route to follow to reach Padum, so far. It is much simpler to explain and cover this topic on phone connectivity in Zanskar Valley as compared to Ladakh and Spiti Valley which have a wide range of places to visit and sleep overnight. In general, you should be less bothered about phone connectivity in Zanskar Valley if you are carrying the right phone connection with you. We will look into the details about it in the article which will answer the simple question “How is the mobile phone connectivity in Zanskar Valley

In today’s lifestyle, it is very hard to accept that you will not be able to connect with your family or friends in the outer world or on social media … However, while visiting the places like Zanskar Valley, Ladakh or Spiti Valley in the Himalayas, you must understand that it is completely possible to stay disconnected with the world. I am sure, tips mentioned in this articles below will set your expectations and make you aware of some do’s and don’ts when planning a trip to Zanskar Valley.

Asking about Mobile Phone Connectivity in Zanskar Valley
Tips on Mobile Phone Connectivity in Zanskar Valley

As you might have read in the article of most common itinerary of Zanskar Valley, you need to travel to Zanskar Valley from either Srinagar – Kargil – Padum route or Leh – Kargil – Padum route. I have already talked about phone connectivity on Srinagar – Kargil – Leh Highway in the other article, so I will be mainly focusing on Suru and Zanskar Valley in this article, primarily Kargil – Suru Valley – Zanskar Valley region. Please read them carefully before planning your trip to Zanskar Valley.

1. Only post-paid mobile connections work in Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley falls under the jurisdiction of Jammu & Kashmir, hence only postpaid connections of outside state works in Zanskar Valley or Suru Valley. Hence, you must carry a postpaid SIM card from your home or else your phone is going to be dead in the whole trip of Zanskar Valley.

2. Connection works in limited areas only

Once you leave Kargil, soon the mobile connection will die and for the next 200 odd KMs throughout Kargil – Padum road, you will only get the mobile connection back about 15-20 KMs before Padum town of Zanskar Valley. You will be out of network for about 8-9 Hrs of drive between Kargil – Padum. Once you reach Padum, the postpaid mobile connection will work only in the vicinity. Once you leave Padum and go beyond a certain range, you lose the phone connectivity again.

Pro Tip: If you are doing a self drive to Zanskar Valley, then make sure to read the article 40 Must Have Things to Carry on a Self Drive Trip to Zanskar Valley

3. Keep your family and friends informed whenever possible

As you now understand that majority of the route on Kargil to Padum will not have any signal, it is always better to inform the family about your plan and whereabouts before leaving Kargil and Padum respectively. It is always better to inform them upon reaching Kargil and Padum too. I know you might feel that you are on a relaxing trip and not to report things to your family about anything and everything. However, PLEASE believe me when I say you MUST do it because bad time never comes knocking the door. I have been personally involved or have known enough untoward incidents while running this blog where merely known locations of the loved ones could have resulted in some different circumstances … Over information is always much better than no information in places like Ladakh, Spiti Valley and Zanskar Valley.

The Roadless Roads of Zanskar Valley

4. Use satellite phones only in an emergency

Some remote villages in Zanskar and Suru Valley does have satellite phones available at Rs 2/minute for STD/ISD to make a call in case of emergency. However, please do not exploit them. Keep them only for an emergency and not to call your girl to say how much you love her .. Who knows that abusing such life-saving emergency facilities may cost a life in real emergencies and you could be the one to suffer too one day. Hence, never use such facilities for personal use.

5. Only BSNL / MTNL Connection Works

In Padum or nearby Padum, only BSNL or MTNL postpaid connection works and hence, it is important that you carry such connection only. Sometimes you will find that only the SMS is working and that will be your chance to at least send your well-being message and co-ordinates to your loved ones. Having said all that, the connectivity and reach has improved in last few years and improving every year.

You should always carry your own water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !!

6. Data connectivity in Zanskar Valley

Data connectivity in Zanskar Valley is mostly limited to 2G/GPRS that too in Padum and Kargil. Most of the time the Internet will be of some meaning to you in the night only. The 3G connectivity is rarely experienced and of course, do not match up speeds you are used to in cities :)… Otherwise, you can use WIFI connections which available in hotels or cyber cafes or guest houses in Padum / Kargil. Sending messages through WhatsApp will work mostly and may prove to be effective than even SMS and calls. You might not be able to transfer pictures BUT for sure you will be able to pass the messages or communicate most of the time even when the connection is too slow to even load google properly ;)…

Zanskar River with an amazing backdrop

7. Always carry a couple of power banks to charge your mobile

Electricity in Zanskar Valley may be erratic and in case you are sleeping overnight at Rangdum or camping near Pensi La pass or Drang Drung glacier or any other remote place, power banks may come in handy not to restore the power of your phone but to enable them to take more pictures and videos too. I wonder how much more I use my iPhone camera now than my DSLR camera only because of ease of use, flexibility, feature and even transfer/share of pictures in instant. So, it is not just talking time or SMS that I require battery power on my phone. Hence, while traveling to remote places in the Himalayas like Ladakh, Zanskar Valley or Spiti Valley, it is always wise to carry a good power bank of 20000 mAH.

8. Never plan for connectivity in Zanskar Valley

You should never plan a trip to Zanskar Valley on relying on mobile connectivity. Be it your office call or calling for help to plan the next day or to get connected with hotel or taxi guy, the connectivity in Zanskar Valley should never be trusted. If you have something important, then complete that work and then go on the trip to Zanskar Valley.

9. Be proactive and disciplined

Be ready to be proactive & disciplined because at times in remote places the mobile connectivity tower will work just in the morning working hours and or when there is light. So, make the best use of connectivity you get any time in the day at any remote place to connect with your family and friends.

10. Have patience

Last but not the least, have patience within yourself and consider you are back in an era of landlines with poor connections, either calls not making through or dropping off or takes 100s of attempts to make a call. Be ready to have some missed call alert messages once you return :)… Hence, tell your family and friends too before leaving for a Zanskar Valley trip because they may also face the same issues, so nothing to worry about, it is usual in general.

Drang Drung Glacier – A Closer View

Conclusion

I hope the above tips on mobile phone connectivity in Zanskar Valley will help you plan your trip in a better and expected way without many surprises. In case you still have any questions or suggestions or need any help in planning your trip to Zanskar Valley? If yes, please feel free to post them either in the comments section of this article below or in “Ask a Travel Question” section of the website. You can also take guidance from other travel experts in DoW Community | Itinerary Advice forum for Ladakh & Zanskar Valley and discuss your upcoming travel plans for Zanskar Valley

If you like the article, please feel free to share it with any of your family or friends who are planning a trip to Zanskar Valley. In the next article of the series, I am going to talk about some more interesting tips on traveling to Zanskar Valley.

All picture credits goes to Sharada Hande who was kind enough to share these pictures with us in DoW Travel Community Facebook group. Do you want to feature your images in our articles too?? Feel free to join our Facebook group and share them to get featured.

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