Ladakh Inner Line Permit

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Ladakh Inner Line Permit

Indian nationals require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) o visit some of the protected areas in Ladakh. It is only required for some areas like Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Dah, Hanu Villages, Man, Merak, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Chusul, Hanle, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).

Tourists from China, Pakistan, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong require a special permit from the Home Ministry to visit the region. All foreign nationals require a special permit when going through the Tso Moriri to Pangong Tso lake via Tsagala.

There is also a special permit needed for tourists who are travelling to Ladakh on an official or work visa.

Go2Ladakh will obtain the ILP for you. All we would require is your documents and we can take things from there. For everything else, please carry a valid, government-issued photo ID proof and address proof, and photocopies of these documents.

Ladakh is a frontier region and has a strategic significance to India. Although you do not need any special permit to enter ladakh but some areas of ladakh is still not open for tourist and sometimes even the locals are prohibited to enter these areas mainly the border areas.

Restricted areas:
The area around the north of the main highway passing through zojila, drass, kargil and khaltse is strictly restricted. From khaltse through leh to upshi, the restriction is relaxed, to allow approach to the monasteries and villages on the northern highway such as tia-timosgang, rizong, likir and phyang. The leh-manali road is also open, up to one mile east of its general alignment. 

Restricted area and inner line permit:
some areas primarily opened for tourism since 1994 by the government. But to visit these areas you have to acquire the inner line permit. These permits are easy to obtain, often takes not more than half-a-day to arrange one. This can be obtained from the deputy commissioner’s office, leh only through registered travel agents, at a nominal fee. There are some condition to this permits. Individual tourist are not granted the permit , you need to be at least in a group of two or more. Each permit allows you for not more than 7 days in any particular restricted area. You need a copy of your passport or copy of your ID card such as adhaar or voter card.

the places that needs inner line permit are-nubra valley fom khardongla pass, changthang for the pangong,tsomoriri and tsokar lakes in nyoma area, sham valley from khaltser bridge along the Indus up to dha hanu. Permission to enter other restricted area can be obtained from ministry of home affairs, government of india, lok nayak bhawan, khan market, new delhi.

Control check points:
All foreign tourist are required to register while entering ladakh. While coming by road at various control checkpoint you will be asked for your passport. These control checkpoints are mainly at minamarg, drass, kargil, khalste, rumtse, serchu, mahey bridge etc. at these control checkpoints you have to provide your passport and visa validity  and domestic tourist have to provide their ID card only. While travelling by air you have to provide this documents at the arrival lounge of airport. Within ladakh particularly on the routes that need special permit you have to furnish a copy of your inner line permits at the control checkpoints. It is wise to carry sufficient photocopies of the innerline permits while travelling in these restricted areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Do I need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Ladakh?

Ans.Indian tourists should carry an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit some regions of Ladakh. All foreign nationals require a special permit from the Home Ministry to visit the Ladakh region.

Q2. How can I get an Inner Line Permit for Ladakh?

Ans.You can obtain the ILP online. Pay an Environment fee of INR 300, a Red Cross Fund Fee of INR 100 and an ILP Fee of INR 20 per day per person. You need to provide valid government-issued ID proof like an aadhaar card along with a passport-size photograph. When you book your tour with Go2Ladakh, we get an ILP arranged for you.

Q3. Do domestic and foreign tourists have to report at the control checkpoints in Ladakh?

Ans.Foreign tourists will be asked to show their passports along with visa validity. Whereas, domestic tourists will have to provide their ID card only. The control checkpoints are mainly at Drass, Kargil, Rumtse, Khalste, Sarchu, Mahe Bridge etc.

Q4. Is ILP included in the Ladakh tour package?

Ans.Yes, when you book a tour package, you will also be asked for valid ID proof along with a passport-size photograph. This is done to obtain the ILP by the tour operator on your behalf.

Q5. Which places in Ladakh require an ILP to visit?

Ans.The restricted area that requires an ILP includes Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley, Dah, Hanu Villages, Man, Merak, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Chushul, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Hanle, and more.
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