As of 8th July 2015, All motorcyclist need to obtain a permit to cross Rohtang pass to get to Lahaul & Ladakh. To obtain the permit, one needs to fill out a form along with a photocopy of the registration certificate of the motorcycle, drivers licence and PUC certificate and submit them to the SDM office on Mall Road Manali. The SDM office is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The permit is given free of cost.
Ladakh being a sensitive region, Inner line Permits or ILP are required for visiting certain areas. Permits are issued from The District Magistrate Office in Leh at a nominal fee and can be obtained in a days time. The DC office timing is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, however forms need to be submitted before 3:00 pm. For permits, a self attested photocopy of identity proof is required.
As of 2014, Indian nationals do not require permits to visit the following regions. ID proof such as Driving Licence/PAN card/Aadhar card/Voter ID will be required to be shown at various check posts.
- KHALTSE SUB DIVISION : Khaltse, Domkhar, Skrubuchan,Hanu,Biama, Dha.
- NYOMA SUB DIVISION : Karu, Chang La, Dubruk, Tangtse, Lukung, Spangmik, Manmerak (Pangong Tso), Upshi, Chumathang, Mahe,Puga, Tsomoriri, Karzok,Loma bend.
- NUBRA SUBDIVISION : Khardung La, Khalsar, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, Panamik.
Foreign nationals are not allowed beyond Spangmik (Pangong tso Region) & Mahe in Changtang region. No permits are required for Zanskar and Suru valley. Indian Nationals require permits to visit places such as Chushul, Hanle, Chumur and other small lakes of the Changthang region. While applying for permits in Changthang, do mention all the villages en route so that one is not sent back from any check post.