Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

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Leh – Ladakh journey (especially by road) is quite an experience in anybody’s life who loves to travel and I feel one must visit Leh – Ladakh at least once in his / her lifetime. The mesmerizing beauty offered by mother nature in this region is simply jaw dropping and takes your soul away within minutes. Although, it has been quite a time since return from my Ladakh journey, I feel only my body has managed to arrive back and soul still explores that breathtaking vistas in my dreams. Surely, there is no other place like Ladakh in the world !!!

Being on the International borders, one need Inner Line permits to visit various inner line areas of the Ladakh region. The DC office is located in Leh town which issues the inner line permits to tourists visiting the different regions of Ladakh district and once you have the permits you can then move on with the further exploration of this cold desert. Given below are some facts or information you may like to know about inner line permits for Leh – Ladakh…

Update: May 2014 = No Permits Required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals
  • In the recent circular published by DM in Leh, it has been stated that Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists DO NOT need any inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region any more starting from 1st May 2014 in order to visit the restricted places: “Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley (up to Panamik), Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only)
  • As an Indian Tourist or Indian Nationals, now you can just present your valid Photo ID Nationality Proof (Driving License, Indian Passport, Aadhar Card, PAN Card, etc..) at the ITBP/Army check-posts, when and where asked from you and that will just acts as permit for you :) :)
  • Please note that being an Indian or domestic tourist, you STILL NEED to apply for Inner Line Permits in order to visit places like: Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors.

Detailed info. on this news and updates along with official circular, can be found at the link: No Permits Required for Indian Tourists in Ladakh

Information for Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permits

  • Inner line permits are required to visit places like Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moirri Lake, Dah – Hanu Villages,Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors.
  • 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, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Dah Hanu, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Wari La, Turtuk for Indian Tourists
  • Inner line permits are issued from DC office in Leh town and you need to fill the application form to get the approval for your permits.
  • Timing of the Leh DC office are 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM (as told to us by clerk there but not confirmed as we didn’t saw it in written) but they generally do not accept applications after 3 PM I guess, so go there before 2 PM. Leh DC office is closed on Sundays and other national Holidays, hence plan the journey accordingly such that your exploration day does not start with Sunday. Having said that, I have heard that DC office is sometimes open on Sunday for half day as well but I will say don’t count on it.
  • If somehow you gets late and plan to reach/visit Leh DC office late afternoon (like after 1 PM), don’t do so because its is highly unlikely that you will get it that day. Rather try to catch some travel agent or talk to your Hotel staff to get you the required permits. They will very likely arrange these permits for you. Always try to reach the Leh DC office by 10 AM to experience a hassle free process for getting permits.
  • The permits costs you Rs 20 per day per person There is a fees of Rs 10 which is charged per tourist one time towards Red Cross Fund. Update 2012: There is special fee for students, guess one time Rs 20 only and you need to show/attach the i-card I think with the permit copy. Also, as a part of environment fee, a you might at charged Rs. 200 per person (one time) starting from 2012. (Thanks “A Jeet” below in comments, for providing updates)
  • You need to have photocopies of valid nationality proof’s Photo-IDs (Passport, Driving License, Voters ID, PAN card etc.) which proves your identity. Although the photocopies were not checked for attestation for us but I feel one should not take any chance with it and get them attested before venturing to Ladakh.
  • You may apply the permits for your entire group but you need to attach an attested photocopy of photo-id cards (nationality proof) for each member in the group and make sure to fill the required details of all group members in the permit application form.
  • Anyone who has yours or your group’s photocopies of valid nationality proof’s Photo-IDs, he / she can get these permits for you as well. Usually, the hotels in the Leh town does provide this facility if you are OK with sharing the photocopies of your nationality proof’s Photo-IDs with them either via email or fax.
  • The permit approval process may take 0.5-3 hours and hence its always nice that you reach early morning at the Leh DC office. Sometimes, when there is a rush of tourists, the permits are issued in two batches viz. morning and evening. Hence, try to be in for early morning batch so that you have some time to partially head towards one of the destinations of your plan or do it at ease and consider Leh local sightseeing as side option for the day.
  • The application forms required to apply for the inner line permits are mostly available at the Photostat shops near by (one is just behind Leh office). You can also download the inner line permit application form for Leh – Ladakh from the following download link as well: Leh - Ladakh Inner Line Permit Application Form. Usually, the form remains same so filling the attached form at home and completing the documentation including required photo copies can save a lot of trouble running to-fro from Photostat shops.
  • In the application form, for each member you need to mention the name with parent/guardian name, complete permanent address, name of all the places you need to visit and the specific dates or date range for which you want these permits. At the last in copy information section, you may mention the hotel name plus address, you stayed or are staying in Leh.
  • For your reference, you can also download the sample completely filled application form which was approved for us from the following download link: Leh - Ladakh Inner Line Permit Sample Application Form
  • You need to list all major villages / towns en-route your journey in Ladakh district Writing Nubra Valley will cover the Panamik, Sumur, Diskit, Hunder etc as after North Pullu there is no check post for Nubra Valley but if you need to visit Turtuk then you should explicitly mention Turtuk even if clerk/(or any travel agent) at the office says not to do so. There were many people who were sent back due to the same error following the clerk’s or travel agent’s advice. So, mention Turtuk explicitly if you want to visit that place.
  • 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 on your Leh – Ladakh trip. Make sure you write all the places that you have mentioned in application form. Both application form and this request letter should be in SYNC with each other for places and dates. For your reference you can download the sample request application from the following download link: Leh - Ladakh ILP Sample Request Application LetterUpdate 2013: The download link has been updated with template application letter where you just need to fill in the required details in pre-formatted template available at above link for download which eases out the job.
  • Once, you are done filling the application form and writing the request application to accompany it, you make two – three photocopies of the entire set consisting Application Form, Approval Request Application Letter, Photo – IDs of all the members requesting for the permits.
  • Once, the photocopies of the required set of documents are ready then you need to submit them at the DC office along with the original copies of the form and request application. The clerk will ask you to deposit the fees for required permits (amount will depend on number of days and number of member in the group) + red cross fund fees (Rs 10 per member) + Environment Fess (Rs 200 per member).
  • Once the fees is deposited, clerk may either ask you to get the signed approval from ADC room yourself if rush is low or he/she will place your documents in the ongoing batch for further approval. Of course, in latter case you will need to wait for the approved permits to arrive which usually takes sometime about 1-3 Hrs.
  • Once, you get the stamped approved permits you need to again rush back towards Photostat shop to make photocopies of the approved permits. These photocopies of the approved permits are submitted at every check post that comes up on the way to your sightseeing destinations in Ladakh region. Hence, you should make at least 10 copies of them if you are staying longer enough in this heaven.
  • 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.
  • Although not required but you may carry the passport size photographs as well. In fact I believe, on all your trips you should carry the passport sized photographs with you as none knows when you need one.

Permits for Hanle and Changthang or Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri

If you are interested in Changthang including Hanle area or going to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso then consider that it is always better that you get the permits for Changthang yourself not through any travel agent or hotel member. The hotel or travel agents fool the tourist about these places and if they do not write any one of the checkpost you will be sent back.

ILP for Hanle & this route is issued subject to the present political or border situation but they are in any case issued by Leh DC only and in most cases the Hanle permit is issued if you go yourself in person.

In order to get the permits for Hanle and Changthang or to go to Tso Moriri via Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – 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 (for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri) and Hanle (if plan to visit Hanle too)

Permits for inner Changthang are issued only to Indian Nationals not for foreign tourists.

I will suggest that do not believe on what travel agents say because many of them don’t even know about the places of Changthang Valley and they fool tourists rather travelers interested in that part of Ladakh by giving some baseless statements. It is always better to get the inner line permits for Changthang including Hanle yourself.

Update: 2013: Even after getting the permits of this route, don’t consider 100% that you will be allowed to travel as army guys sent back many tourists since 2011 even having permits based on the actual present situation there. So, unless you pass Chusul or Loma from other side there is no guarantee that you will traverse that route.

Also, photography equipment are not allowed beyond Loma towards Hanle. So, in case you have cameras then please pack them in bags and refrain yourself from taking pictures en-route of sensitive areas.

Best or Quick Approach to get Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permits

Best way to approach processing of Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permits is to first download the application form from the link in the article. Completely fill the form and attach the photo copies of the photo ID nationality proofs with it for all members in the group. Write a request application letter addressing Leh – Ladakh DC showing your intent to visit the desired places and request the issuing of inner line permits to you for the desired duration. If you are in group you can write the names of all the members on the group and attach copies of their photo id nationality proofs. Staple the bundle including completely filled inner line permit application form, request application letter you will write for approval and the photo copies of photo id nationality proofs from home only.

Then, once you reach Leh go to Leh DC office and submit the bundle along with the required fees. Get the permit signed from the ADC office if asked or wait for your turn to get them processed in batch and you are done. On the way back to hotel or sightseeing ahead, get 8-10 photocopies of the permits issued to you. You need to submit these photo copies of the permits at the check posts while going to Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri etc. This will save a lot of time for you up in Leh as there you will need to keep running up and down to photo copy shop for one thing or the other. Even to get the inner line permit form, you will need to go to nearest Photocopy shop and all this will surely kill time over there.

I am sure this would save a lot of time and fatigue for you. Although highly unlikely, the worst case scenario would be that DC office changes the attached format of the inner line permit application form and refuse to take up the old version of it. :cry: Even in that case, you will just need to fill the new form and attach the documents with it before submission.

Update: 2013: Process has been slightly changed. Now you need not visit the ADC/DC office in permit. You can get the stamped permit in that room on the left side only after paying the required fees itself unless there is some special case in which you can request directly to ADC/DC after seeking permissions.

Conclusion

In the end, I hope the above article provides you some helpful information and I look forward for your thoughts or inputs or suggestions the inner line permits of Leh – Ladakh. Please leave your comments below if you have further questions / queries, I will try to be back with an answer as soon as possible.

Again at the end, to download the application form for Leh – Ladakh inner line permit you can click the following download link : Leh - Ladakh Inner Line Permit Application Form

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557 Comments

  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are thinking of visiting Dah and Hanu villages on our way to Leh coming from Kargil. Is there anyway we can obtain the Inner Line Permit prior to arriving in Leh as I understand that foreigners need to have permit to visit Dahhanu. Thank you.

  2. Thanks a lot for this post. Really appreciate your efforts in putting such a wide range and exhaustive information for the benefits of tourists like his. Me and my wife are planning for Leh-Ladakh complete tour by road on our 500 CC bullet for about 10-15 days(leaving from Delhi), in September last week through the October first week. Will it be good time to visit the place w.r.t. weather and road conditions. Any any other advice to us.

    • Manoj, September is a very good time to visit Ladakh but most of the hotels starts to close by end of it and cold on Manali – Leh Highway and Lakes in Ladakh gets nippier. So, go prepared. Also, you will have limited options of stay too late in September, so will advice if possible try to wrap the trip in September only.

  3. hi dheeraj,
    kudos for so putting together so much information.
    a doubt about the pangong tso to tso moriri route. is it possible to travel to man-merak-chushul and to mahe directly via mirpal tso (route indicated in google map, of course army permitting) instead of the tsaga-loma-nyoma mahe route.
    thanks in advance,
    biju.

    • Biju, both these routes first needs permit and then your luck if army will allow you to pass through or not from Chusul checkpost which in general they deny. Then the Mirpal Tso route if quite risky affair so instead choose the Tsaga La route if you get the permits and allowed by the army to cross Chusul. Else you need to come back the same route again.

  4. Hi Dheeraj,

    Following is our schedule for ladakh, need some help from you for permit:

    26th July – DAY 1
    Arrive at srinagar
    Stay – Srinagar

    27th July – DAY 2
    Route: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass or Kargil
    Stay- drass/kargil

    28th July – DAY 3
    Route: drass – kargil – Lamayuru
    Stay – Lamayuru

    29th July – DAY 4
    Route: Lamayuru – leh (Alchi & Sham valley)
    Stay – Leh

    30th July – DAY 5
    Leh site seeing
    Stay – Leh

    31st July – DAY 6
    Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – turkut
    Stay – Turtuk

    1st August – DAY 7
    Turtuk – Hunder – Diskit – Sumur – Panamik
    Stay – Diskit

    2nd August – Day 8
    Hunder – Diskit – – Sumur – Khardung La – leh
    Stay – Leh

    3rd August – Day 9
    Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
    Stay – Pangong

    4th August – Day 10
    Pangong Tso Lake – tsomoriri
    Remote Route Changthang (Merak – Chusul – Nyoma)
    Stay – Tsomoriri

    5th August – Day 11
    Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Sarchu/Jispa
    Stay – Sarchu/Jispa

    6th August – Day 12
    Sarchu/Jispa – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    Stay – Manali

    I do not have to take Inner line permits for any of the places mentioned above except for Tso moriri via changthang so the places to be included in the permit are :
    Spangmik (Pangong Tso) – Man (9 KMs) – Merak (12 KMs)– Khaltse (4 KMs) – Chusul (24 KMs) – Tsaga La (33 KMs) – Tsaga Village (20 KMs) – Loma (23 KMs) – Nyoma (22 KMs) – Mahe (25 KMs) – Sumdo (10 KMs) – Tso Moriri / Korzok (53 KMs) = 235 KMs
    do this route come under Changthang region? Hanle is not on this route?
    What about ILP for tso kar?
    we have booked tempo traveller, is the permit needed for the vehicle aslo, should I mention it in the form?

    Have I missed anything?

    • Hi Priyanka,

      Instead of Lamayuru, stay at Alchi if you want to break the journey between Srinagar – Leh in 3 days. Secondly, don’t go to Panamik from Turtuk rather stay at Deskit or Hunder. Cover Sumur – Panamik as you return to Leh from Deskit – Hunder. You should avoid the direct route to Pangong Tso to Tso Morrii via Chusul because first it needs permits, second even if the permits are there then as well Army can send you back. Mostly they do so. Hence, better save one day either by skipping Turtuk or doing Srinagar – Leh in 2 days. Use that saved day in doing Tso Moriri from Leh by first going back to Leh from Pangong Tso.

      You do not need any permit for Tso Kar lake.

      In case you still wish to cover this route which can jeopardize the chances of visitng Tso Moriri in case army sends you back from Chusul, then yes, you need to mention these places on the ILP form. Hanle is 50 KM diversion from Loma.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you very much for guiding me.
        I have kept 2 days spare at the end in manali, incase we need a day we can use that one if the army sends us back
        Is it safe to go to Tso Moriri by the remote route? The only problem is at the check post, right?

        Regards,
        Priyanka

        • Priyanka, not sure what you mean by safe here. As far as road is concerned there are no gorges there, flat grounds with dirt track type of roads and bumps in between. Apart from that major risk is since no one travel there rather very very less people travel that remote route, so any help if required will not be available around there.

      • neeraj Singh shekhawat on

        Hi dheeraj! I am planning for a leh ladakh trip on 03.09.2014. As we have discussed and finalised this trip today itself, I will need some of your expert advice. Weare planning to leave on 02.09.14 from Mumbai by car and planning to reach srinagar on p4.09.2014. Beyind that I need your advice. We plan to reach Delhi on 11.09.2014.

  5. Hey Dheeraj,
    I’m planning a trip to Ladakh for the first two weeks of this october. I’m planning on visiting Leh and surroundings and Tso Moriri as well as Pangong Tso. I want to reach Leh by plane and maybe leave via the route to manali and visiting the lakes on the way. Do you think it is possible at this time of the year? Should I plan all in advance or can I be spontaneous (book once there accordingly to weather) without exploding my budget? Will I be abble to find some none luxury accommodation near the lakes? And do I need to fill the applications as a non Indian tourist in 2014?

  6. Ashish Jain on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Firt thanx for giving such good informations & help everybody.
    We are visting shreenagar to leh & our programme is reaching srinagar at 3 pm on 27 June.
    Hire a car 7 leave for Baltal.
    on 28 June we go for Amarnath Darshan by pittu 7 try to come bake by night. Night Stay in sonmarg.
    On 29th early morning leave for LEH.
    And our return ticket from srinagar ia on 05 July 2014 at 2 pm.
    Pls suggest us in between programme.
    Also help us in hire A car (A/c or Non A/c (for 6 persons)from srinagar to srinagar with a driver who show us the leh properly.
    Thanx

  7. amit parui on

    hi Dheeraj ! how r u ? give me 5 days itineray plan for leh ladak, i want to travelling by road from baltal/sonmarg, after darshan of baba amarnath. i have return railway ticket from jammu tawai, pls give me urs advice, thanks

    • 5 days travel to Leh? Mode of Transport? It will take 2 days to reach Leh from Sonamarg usually. 2 days to come back and one day further to Jammu. So, that completes the 5 days brother.

  8. Chetan Bhardwaj on

    HI Dheeraj, We are planing to Leh Ladakh in mid of June(i.e Next month). Just want to confirm if Hired vehicles(Bikes on rent from Delhi) are allowed to be taken to places like Hunder/Sumur/Khandurg La/Tso morri/Pangong..I have heard that to few places only your own vehicles(On riders name)are allowed from Leh.Else we need to hire it from Leh itself. Would be great if you can provide some clarity on the sameThanks. Cheers!!

    • Hi Chetan,

      Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      Since, this is the first time rule is getting implemented no one is sure what will happen or what will not. I personally feel larger groups will be targetted more than smaller groups or individuals.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      Sorry I was on trip to Chansal Pass – Pabbar Valley to celebrate DoW Community’s first B’day and hence could not reply earlier ;)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi we would be in Leh with bikes from Manali in July end. I am just curious if we can take the bikes and our back up vehicle (tourist vehicle) to Khardungla which is just about 40kms from leh. please advise. Also if you could let me know can we do Leh-Pangong and back in 2 days i.e 1 to go to Pangong and 2nd to return to Leh

        • Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

          To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

          Since, this is the first time rule is getting implemented no one is sure what will happen or what will not. I personally feel larger groups will be targetted more than smaller groups or individuals.

          For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

          Else you can take the bikes and if backup vehicle is private number, no issues then. Also, 2 day pangong tso trip can be done.

  9. amit parui on

    hi ! dheeraj on 4 july 2014 my 2 friends got permission for ammarnath yatra,1 more friend got permission on 5 july2014, i personaly got permission on 6 july 2014. so we alltogether allow for ammarnath yatra on 4 july ? pls give me urs advice.

  10. We plan to follow following route:
    Tso Moriri – Tso Kyagar – Sumdo -Puga Hotsprings – Tso Kar – Debring – Taglang La – Rumste – Upshi – Karu – Leh

    Do I need ILP to visit Tso kar and other places on this route?

    • Shrusti, Inner Line Permits are not required in Ladakh for any of the tourist places and traditional routes to them anymore. Tso Kar anyways never required a permit. So, short answer is “No permits are required”

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  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    Very useful and informative article.Thumbs up to you…

    I will reach ladakh around 8.30 morning saturday on May 24, 2014. There is a “copy for information & necessary action” field. Since i would be directly going to DC office to get the permit and plan to book the hotel after getting permit, therefore may i leave that blank since i wont be having info regarding hotel stay at that time??? Is it compulsory or optional???

    regards

    Mahesh

  13. Dear Dheeraj,

    Do we need to self attest the copies of the photo id proof or a formal attestation is required?

    Thanks in advance, Shaheen.

  14. Hi Dheeraj,
    Me and my friends are planning to go to Leh this June. Unfortunately we had to cut short our plan by a day, hence have to make changes. Initially our plan was:
    Leh-Nubra
    Nubra-leh
    Leh-Pangong
    Pangong-leh
    Leh-tso moriri
    Tso moriri-leh
    Since we had to cut short by one day, I was thinking to take the route directly from Pangong to Tso Moriri so that we can compensate for the lost day and still cover all. So I wanted to know whether the DC is issuing the inner line permits for Pangong to Tso Moriri via Chushul this year. If not, what are the routes that can be taken from Nubra Valley to Pangong instead of coming back to Leh? We really want to cover all so considering all options. Could you please guide us on this?

    • Abhijit, permit will be issued or not will totally be based upon the situations during your visit. Even if the permit is issued, there is no guarantee that you will be able to pass through as it depends if army will allow you to cross Chusul or not. This might screw up your Tso Moriri plan. Best you can do is that you make a day trip to Pangong Tso. Second best I will suggest that you leave from Hunder or Diskit in Nubra and take the Wari La route to reach Pangong Tso lake the same day instead of coming back to Leh from Nubra. The only issue with Wari La is that it is a desolated route and only few people take it. Hence, in case of any emergency you will be on your own with help in far distance.

      • Thanks a lot Dheeraj! Seems like the Pangong-Tso Moriri route is a risk considering our time limit. Otherwise it looked like a beautiful route(maybe best left for a longer trip). I guess we’ll have to consider the other two options. Thanks again!

  15. Dheeraj Bhai
    Kaise hai aap
    Again this year planning for Ladakh Once again
    any new places you have found kindly notify
    Sectors will be covered will are
    suru-Zanskar
    Nubra
    Pangong- tso mori – tso kar
    hanle

    • Sir ekdum baidya… we had this discussion last night !! I will suggest to add Kyon Tso Lakes. I did that last year and that route is fabulous from Hanle to Jyon Ts 1 and Kyon Tso 2 then to Thitzarbo La and further into Nidar – Nyoma route.

  16. Rakesh Adroja on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Wonderful articles and really nice website with great help to traveller.
    We are group of 16 and will start from manali in july. we all decided to stay in personal tent in SARCHU and PANGONG LAKE. I heard that people are not permitted to any one with private tent in sarchu. Can you please suggest some idea regading private tent.

    Thanks,
    Rakesh

    • Hello Rakesh,

      I doubt if that is true. There is no such restriction. Locals to create ruckus sometimes but it is freeland and do not come under any wetland reserve when compared to Pangong Tso Lake or Tso Moriri or Chandratal. Hence, at Sarchu it is fine to pitch the camps. If someone creates issues, try to calm him down with little tip, if required at all. Also, regarding camping at Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri, you are not allowed at the banks but can pitch on the lands of locals which is away from the shores. Ask homestays and tip them to use their land. They will help you with food and safety measures too.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  17. Do you have the : Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Application Form for international travellers ? ANd also it will be great to have application letter form for international travellers as well.

    Thank you

    • Giang, it has not been put up here because all foreigners have to go through registered travel agent only to get the Inner Line Permits in Ladakh. So, even if I arrange it and make it available, you will not be able to post it unless there are at least two of you and someone registered travel agent applies for it.

      • Hi Dheeraj
        Thanks for your reply, is it possible to have a travel agent just apply for the permit and then we ( a group of 3 ) do the rest by our own , like just hire a taxi and do homestay instead of going with tour ?

        Regards

        • Yes, yes, completely possible for you. No worries. You can also check with your taxi driver if he can get the process done for you. You do not need to take any other service from them. Just apply the permits through the agent and rest can be managed on your own.

  18. Anup Gangras on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    We the four people (2 Family ) planning to visit Leh in the mid of June or July. We are planning to come from Nagpur to Delhi to Manali to Leh.
    Please guide us about taxi hire charges from Manali to Leh as well as where we can stay during the journey?

    Thanks in advance..

  19. HI Is it possible for you to help me with an affordable and a trustworthy guest house and a guide please

  20. Hi Dheeraj,
    i am planning to go by bike from delhi to leh. how many days it will take to reach leh? can we reach there by 3 days drive??? ..plz help me

  21. Hi Dheeraj,
    I will be in leh by tomorrow. Could you please help me with routes and places which I can visit in next one week. Also please suggest me the routes need to be mentioned in ILP form.
    Thanks!!
    Kumar

    • Kumar, you should rest for couple of days in Leh. Then based on your health conditions, make a 2 day visit to Nubra Valley and a day visit to Pangong Tso. In between visit Sham Valley and region around Leh.

      • Hi Dheeraj

        I am travelling with my family (2+2) to leh from 6th apr to 11 apr. could u provide itinery? I am considering stay at panorama & one overnight at numra valley> pls. suggest>

        • Pankaj, only 5 days? Check something like below:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
          — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
          — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
          — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
          — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
          — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
          — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
          — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
           
          Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
          — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
          — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
          — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
          — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
          — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour OR Fly back home
          — Overnight at Leh
          — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
          — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

        • HI Dheeraj,

          I am going with th esuggested itinery.

          pls. let me know what stuff, medicines, clothes etc. I need to carry?

  22. Poonam Tanwani on

    Hi Dheeraj, can i have your contact number. We are travelling in June 2014. Shanti Guest house is charging 1200/per day for double bed room. is it worth paying ? Also want to know how much do local cabs charge for local sight seeing/day for full day from 9am to evening 8pm. also, do i need to book the cabs in advance or can book as we reach there. if advance booking needs to be done, can i get the contact number of local travel agent or cab person

  23. ripan chy on

    Hi, I’m Ripan from Bangladesh.
    I’d like to know which points/spots are restricted for non-Indians so that we can plan accordingly.
    besides that, can you add any more point for we Bangladeshis for visiting these region?
    Thanks in advance

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  25. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks a lot for providing such an informative blog. I am planning to travel from Mumbai-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi-Mumbai sometime in June 2014. I want to explore both Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali routes. I am travelling with my son of 7 years old. Guess he can cope up and the time i had chosen is ok. I can spent upto 14 days. Pls suggest an iterinery for me. I had visited Srinagar twice so not interested in Srinagar.
    regards
    Supreed

    • Hello Supreed,

      Good that you have chosen to go via Srinagar. Going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a lot for your prompt response. Really appreciate you in this regard, spending your valuable in helping others. Thanks a lot once again.

        I got few more queries…

        1) Is it OK to take my 7 year old son in this trip.(He had travelled with me to Kashmir , North East etc before)

        2) I am planning the trip some time in June. Is it OK?

        3) Are taxis available at Kargil , as you mentioned I can take Ladakh registered vehicle from Kargil and visit few places on the way. Or Ladakh registered vehicles available at Srinagar.

        4) How much do the taxi charge from Leh to Manali?

        regards

        Supreed

        • Hello Supreed,

          Thanks dear !!

          1. It is fine to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age. It can happen to anyone of any age. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. If you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

          2. Yes, June is pretty much fine. Please do check: Best Time to Travel Ladakh & Zanskar Valley

          3. Yes, it is very much feasible that you get the Ladakh taxi in Srinagar itself. Get in touch with the drivers recommended in the DoW Community at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali

          4. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

          Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Dear Deeraj,
          Thanks again…I am just preparing my iterinery, and its like opening the pandora box of doubts, so decided to trouble you with few more questions :-)
          1) Is it OK to travel from Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake stay there. The next day go to Tso Moriri stay there and the next day travel to Manali.
          My Iternery is as given below pls comment.

          Day -1 Saturday 6.00 AM Mumbai 11 AM Srinagar

          Day -1 Saturday 1 PM Srinagar 4 PM Sonmarg (Stay)

          Day -2 Sunday 7.00 AM Sonmarg 3 PM Kargil (Stay)

          Day -3 Monday 7.00 AM Kargil 3 PM Alchi (Stay)
          Day -4 Tuesday 7.00 AM Alchi 11 AM Leh (Stay)
          Day -5 Wednesday 7.00 AM Local/ Permit etc 3 PM Leh (Stay)
          Day -6 Local Leh (Stay)
          Day -7 Friday 7.00 AM Leh 1 PM Nubra Valley (Stay-Diksit)
          Day -8 7 AM Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake (Stay)
          Day -10 7.00 AM Pangong Lake 5 PM Tso Moriri (Stay)
          Day -11 7.00 AM Tso Moriri Manali (Stay- Sarchu)
          Day -12 7.00 AM Sarchu 5 PM Manali (Stay- Sarchu)
          Day -13 7.00 AM Manali 5 PM Delhi (Stay- Sarchu)
          Day -14 Delhi Mumbai

          I had put three days local in Leh, Is it too much since I am already planning to stay at Alchi for a day?

          People are talking of Zanskar valley. Is it worth visiting and is it possible to include that in these given number of days?

          Thank you
          regards
          Supreed

        • Hello Supreed,

          You can follow the below itinerary to keep it more relaxed as well as enjoy to the core rather running around the places.

          Day -1 Saturday 6.00 AM Mumbai 11 AM Srinagar
          Day -1 Saturday 1 PM Srinagar 4 PM Sonamarg (Stay)
          Day -2 Sonamarg – Kargil
          Day -3 Kargil – Leh
          Day -4 Leh Local + Permits & Rest for the day to acclimatize
          Day -5 Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
          Day -6 Nubra Valley – Leh
          Day -7 Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso
          Day -8 Pangong Tso – Leh
          Day -10 Leh – Tso Moriri
          Day -11 Tso Moriri – Sarchu
          Day -12 Sarchu – Manali
          Day -13 Manali – Delhi
          Day -14 Delhi Mumbai

          I will suggest you that you leave out Zanskar Valley, I know it is quite beautiful BUT need at least 4-5 days to make an enjoyable journey.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Dear Dheeraj,

          Thanks a lot…I will follow the same.

          regards
          Supreed

  26. Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly, thanks for all this information. This website has been very helpful. We are planning to head to Ladakh this Wednesday. We are planning on going to Nubra and then back to Leh. Then to Pangong Tso and from Pangong to Tso Moriri and then to Pang. You mentioned that for Pangong to Tso Moriri, we’ll need to mention: (Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma). Could you please let me know what towns / places we’ll need to mention for Nubra and to Pangong Tso? And also, are there any towns that we need to mention for Tso Moriri to Pang? Thanks a ton!

    -Vikram

  27. Hi Dhiraj,
    I chanced upon this page and many thanks to you for writing it! While we will reach the office late, at least now we will have all the required docs and forms with us!

    • Thanks a lot Ritu!! just removed that line you suggested so and also updated the comment from you, so that all is cleaned up in this matter :) … Thanks for bringing up to my notice. VERY VALID point :)

  28. Hello Dhiraj,
    Your blog was extremely useful for my recent trip to Leh and nearby places. Specially this article of getting permits. Thanks for attaching the form and sample letter. All were really helpful. Thanks a lot for everything.

  29. Hello Dhiraj,
    Your blog was extremely useful for our recent trip to Leh and nearby places. Specially this one of getting of permits. The documents attached helped me get the permits quickly and saved a lot of our time there. Thanks a lot for everything!!

    • Thanks Prashant for posting the feedback and glad to know that DoW proved useful for your Ladakh trip. If possible, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale Or your reviews of the property where you stayed or dhabhas/restaurants you ate food on your trip…

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  30. Hello Dheeraj,

    Your blog was extremely helpful for our recent trip to Leh. The procedure and the documents attached for the permit were all helpful.And they saved a lot of our valuable time there. Thanks a lot for everythig.

  31. thnx for the info, actually we are planning to reach there by 1st or 2nd week of sep2013 via manali on bikes, is that ideal time to go there????

  32. hey dheeraj,thnx for sharing info and want to know that we r planning a trip to heaven(ladakh) via manali on bikes in 1st or 2nd week of sep 2013, is that the time acc to u ideal for the trip?

  33. Guys,

    Go up directly to the DC office for the ILP. I got a 12 days permit instead of the regular 7. One of the man on the counter said for Indian they ca give you 2 weeks.

  34. Swaraj Singh on

    Dear Dheeraj Ji,

    Thanks a ton friend……….

    your information is very very useful.

    thanks a lot again

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