While you are planning your bike trip there will be times where you will need certain permits to travel from one place to another. So it is very important for you to know about these permits while you are having a Ladakh bike trip.
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 for Indian Nationals Inner line permits were not required. But due to recent heavy traffic in leh Ladakh tour, the Ladakh union announced that the Environment Fees of Rs 400 and Inner Line Permits will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with the effect from April 2017. All Indian Nationals and foreign Tourists WILL need to pay environmental fees. You can find the information at Leh official website.
While you are visiting to the beautiful places of Ladakh not all the places require the Inner Line Permit but it is always good to be a bit more cautious. One can get the Inner Line Permit application form easily from the stationary shop behind the Leh DC office. The office is open from 9.00 AM to 03:00 PM and all your applications will be accepted in between these hours only. Once all your documents are approved carry copies of your Inner Line Permits with you as there are chances that you might have to submit them at check posts of the military personnel. 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.
The 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.
Both for Indian Nationals as well as Foreign Nationals there are permits which are required to produce during your road trip to Ladakh trip.
The 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 like:
- Hanu Villages,
- Pangong Tso,
- Tso Moriri,
- Loma Bend,
- Khardung La,
- Nubra Valley,
- Digger La,
- Tangyar (for trekking only).
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 and places on Manali – Leh Highway.
The inner line permit (ILP) rules for Ladakh tourism have been simplified for the Indian nationals. Certain requirements like a valid photo ID and attested photocopies that act as a proof of Nationality (Passport, DL, and Voters ID etc.) are considered as valid for the Indian nationals. For few of the places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri here inner line permits are not required but at times there can be some exceptions. If anyone of you plans to cover a direct Stretch from Tso Moriri to Pangong Tso via Chushul route with a visit to Hanle, then one needs to give detailed information or show you Inner Line permit credentials.
Also, it is important to mention Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Chushul, Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe, Hanle and Tso Moriri in the permit application. Similarly, it is mandatory to apply for an Inner Line Permit, if you are planning to visit Pangong directly from Nubra via Shyok, Darbuk, Tangtse.
For Foreign Nationals:
If you are a foreign national then you must obtain the inner line permits for the areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others. And if they are planning to visit Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector then one should have their inner line permits produce there while checking. If the foreign nationals are travelling from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan then they need to submit their PAP or the Protected Area Permit to visit the above-mentioned places. One can get this permit issued from Leh DC office. This permit is only allowed to a group of four or more foreign nationals and is valid for 7 days.
For few of the places like Suru and Zanskar valleys, inner line permits are not required but there can be exceptions. This permit doesn’t allow them to go beyond Merek Village in the Mahe or Pangong village.
Another important thing which you need to know is that there are two routes for travelling to Leh, one from Manali to Leh and the other is from Srinagar to Leh. If you are travelling from Manali then there are chances that certain check post might ask for your Inner Line Permits. Rohtang pass is one place where you will have to show your permits. One can also get these permits online before reaching Leh.