By Neera Singh
“Visiting Ladakh so the first thing you want to know is how to get ILP -Inner line permits to travel to your dream destination.”
Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens from outside those States to obtain permit for entering into the protected State.
The document is an effort by the government to regulate movement to certain areas located near the international border of India. This is a security measure and it is applicable for certain parts of Leh.
Earlier Inner line permits were not required for Indian Nationals. ILP were required for Foreign National only. But due to recent heavy traffic of tourist in leh Ladakh, the Ladakh union announced that
the environment fees of Rs 600-800 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with the effect from April 2017.
This info is also available on official website of Leh administration. All Indian Nationals and foreign Tourists WILL need to pay environmental fees (Inner line Permits Fees will be different for foreign Nationals)
Inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region is required in order to visit the restricted places.
- Dha- Hanu Villages,
- Batalik Sector
- Hamboting La
- Pangong Tso,
- Tso Moriri,
- Loma Bend,
- Khardung La,
- Nubra Valley,
- Digger La,
- Tangyar (for trekking only).
Kindly look for the permits well before in advance to avoid any kind of delay in trip. Inner Line Permits are not required for Zanskar and Suru Valley No permits are required to visit the local places near Leh town or Leh local sightseeing, places on Srinagar Leh Highway, places on Manali – Leh Highway.
Inner line permits are issued from DC office in Leh town. Timing of the Leh DC office are 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM, however the application forms needs to be submitted before 3 pm.
You have to pay The Inner Line Permit cost as mention in form.
Self attested photocopies of valid nationality proof, Photo-IDs are necessary to procure Inner Line Permits.
Besides permit application form, you need to write a request application letter addressing DC of Leh – Ladakh district for the approval of your permits. In the application,
you need to express your interest to visit the places you wish to travel along with the dates you would be visiting these places in your Leh trip.
Validity of the inner line permits are 3 weeks for Indians and 1 week for foreigners. However, there is no limit on the number of times you enter a place in the valid period provided you have the permits with you for that place.
In order to get the permits for Hanle and Changthang or to go to Tso Moriri via Chusul – Nyoma route from Pangong Tso you need to mention all places enroute so that you are not sent back from any post. These places are: Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma and hanle.