Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online

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In a very welcoming news, I will like to share with you all that starting 1st June 2017, Ladakh Inner Line Permits for domestic tourists will be available online. It indeed is a very good news for all the people planning their trips to Leh – Ladakh and are juggling with the GOVT holidays. This will ease out the process and eliminate the need for a middleman to procure these permit in advance.

In April 2017, authorities in Leh – Ladakh re-introduced the environment fee of Rs 400 and Inner Line Permits for domestic tourists as well. Foreigners need a Protected Area Permit which is different from Inner Line Permit needed by domestic tourists. In the year 2014, authorities had relaxed to visit inner line areas of Ladakh including Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso without the need of any Inner Line Permits for domestic tourists.

Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online

In this article, I will share some key points about Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh and how you can apply for them online.

  • Ladakh Inner Line Permits (ILP) are required for Indian Tourists / Nationals (starting again in 2017) and Ladakh Protected Area Permits (PAP) are required for foreigners.
  • One needs to pay an environment fee of Rs 400 and inner line permit fee of Rs 20 per day per person to get these permits.
  • These permits are required in Ladakh in order to visit the inner line places 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).
  • Inner Line Permits will be available online from the official website www.lahdclehpermit.in. All domestic tourists should go through the website to obtain the inner line permits.
  • Protected Area Permits were already available online from the same official website www.lahdclehpermit.in. All foreign tourists should go through the website to obtain the protected area permits.
  • These permits are not required for traveling on Manali – Leh Highway or Srinagar – Leh Highway or Zanskar Valley.
  • These permits are not required for residents of J&K state and children below the age of 12 years. They can visit the protected area region in Ladakh by showing/carrying a valid Photo Id proof.
  • If you are planning to apply for these permits in person, then you can apply them at TIC Office, Opposite J&K Bank, Main Market, Leh. The office is open all working days (Monday to Friday) 09:00 AM to 07.00 PM.
  • You can also read more details on complete inner line permit process used previously at the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. This link also has a copy of permit form and application for you to download. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. As a domestic tourist, you need to fill in Page 2 & 3 for Inner Line Permit. Then, you have to go to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the per person fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.
Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online

Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online

Conclusion

I hope this article will help you with details on Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh as well as Protected Area Permit process. Now, you are also aware of where to apply Inner Line Permits for Ladakh online. Even in the past, it was a trivial process but now at least it will save lot of hassle of moving around in Leh in first few days from one shop to another to DC office. You are also not required to worry about any holidays or odd timings. You also don’t have to worry about permits in case you are doing Spiti Valley and Ladakh trip together and want to visit Tso Moriri while coming from Manali – Leh route. Feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a trip to Leh – Ladakh in this coming season. In case you have any questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Leh – Ladakh, please post them in the comments section of this article OR in “Ask a Travel Question” section of the website.

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115 Comments

  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am coming to Leh on 6th October 2017 which is a friday and on 8th October Monday will go to Nubra. I was not aware of this permit . Please tell me can I get the permit done on Friday. We are a group of 4 adults and 1 child. Also when i was filling up the form online after the 1st page my internet connection dropped now and i could not complete the process of apply. now it say application already exist. Please help and suggest.

    • Yes Sandeep, you can easily get the permit done on Friday assuming you will reach early morning or before 3 PM. You need to use different ID to fill the form again. Same ID cannot be used again.

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    You maintain an excellent blog. Source of very hard to get reliable information. Thanks for that.

    We are Indian national. We are planning to go to Leh from 24th from Manali. But we want to go directly to Pangong without entering Leh.

    Also, can we take DL registered car (No yellow plate) which is also driven by some driver and is not our car to Pangong Tso?

    I checked online permit website there’s the option of applying for a permit without a travel agent. But on the payment page (assuming payment will be required as step#2 or after approval), you first need to select travel agent. So how does this work?

    • Thank you Prayaag. Either you have to arrange the permit in advance OR you have to go to Leh to make the payment and get the permit stampped. Please note it is highly not recommended to travel to Pangong Tso directly as you may fall majorly ill due to non acclimatization.

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for posting this. That would be very helpful.

    I come from Hong Kong and hold a British National (Overseas) passport) with me. I have been told by a Leh travel agent that PAP may not be issued by DC Leh Office for British Nationals (Overseas) passport’s holder and prior permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi is needed. However, having checked with the Ministry of Home Affairs in Hong Kong, they did not mention the prior permission and advised me to apply the PAP directly online.

    I am planning to visit Ladakh alone in mid-October and am quite confused what the appropriate procedures to get the PAP are. Do you have any recommendations for me please ?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Marc,

      Foreigners or NRIs then, all foreign nationals, NRIs having PIOs or OCIs still need Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Inner Line areas of Ladakh including Pangong tso, Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Tso Moriri, Turtuk, Dah Hanu Villages.

      Permit for citizens of Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, and Burma are issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and permits for those people who are on diplomatic or official VISA are issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in Delhi.

  4. Hello buddy,

    I m Dip from Bangladesh, we are 4 members and already confirmed our air tickets to leh. Could you please help us? I need some information badly!

    1) how can we get PAP? Do Bangladeshi allow in leh protected area zone? Please let me know!

    2) we are about to check in at 5 th October. What will be the status of the road? Can we visit khardungla, pangong, nubra?

    Thank you very much! Your blog really helps us a lot! Very informative blog for leh trip!

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Hello Dip,

      From what I know from the fellow members of DoW Community from your country, this year or last year onward, Bangladeshi citizen can apply for PAP just like any other foreigners and no longer need to get permits from MEA.

      The roads within Ladakh remain open all round the year but please ensure that you carry enough cold woolen clothes as it will be quite cold.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  5. Kapil Gera on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    I have read most of your Leh related travels blog today and i must say you are doing a great job.

    I would need few suggestions too.
    We are 2 couples travelling from Delhi to Leh via Manali. Following are my queries:-

    1) When can we take the online beyond Rohtang permit. The same day or few days back. I tried taking it… but it mentions the validity date a same of the booking date. IS there a validity period form the date of booking?

    2) For Ladhakh Inner line permit, where do we make the payment. As i can see that the permit is easy to obtain online, but it doesn’t give you the option of payment. So is there a point/checkpost during our visit where we need to pay?

    3) We would be going to Nubra, Turtuk and Pangong lake, so i have selected the following circuits in Ladhakh Inner line permit :-
    > Khardong, Khalsar, Trith upto Warsi and Yarma Gonbo, Disket, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi in Nubra Sub-Division.
    > Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-merag(Pangong Lake) in Nyoma Sub-Division.
    Hope this should work, OR do we select more regions?

    4) On our way, we are planning to start at 03:00am from Manali and stay overnight at Sarchu. Is this stretch doable in 13-14 hours, OR do we take the halt in Jispa ?

    5) We are travelling in on Mercedes Benz GLA. Lot of people are suggesting not to take the same due to non-availability of mechanics OR parts in case something goes wrong. The car is pretty new, 2015 model with only 20k kms done so far. I am somehow confident on the machine. What is your advise on this?

    I think i may be asking too much details, but looking forward for your assistance on the same.
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Kapil

    • Hello Kapil,
      Thank you. My replies below in the same order:
      1. You can take Rohtang Pass Permit to go beyond it 5 days in advance of your date of travel.
      2. You have to make the payment at either DC office in Leh or at Tourist Info Center in Leh and get the permit copy stamped.
      3. Your selected options will work out.
      4. I will not at all suggest doing it. I will recommend start easy around 7 AM and reach Jispa to spend the night. Next morning start at 6 AM and reach Leh by 5 PM. Sarchu is high altitude and most people suffer with AMS and have trouble spending night especially when traveling from Manali to Leh
      5. The suggestions given are correct as mechanics and parts will surely not available. However, if you are confident and ready to take the calculated risk, you will have to make that call knowing the constraints.
      Regards
      Dheeraj

  6. Hello dheeraj…

    We are 2 friends travelling to ladakh. I’m trying to apply online for permits.. But there is no option to add other persons name. So do we need to applya separately for two peoples?

  7. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I will visit Ladakh on the below dates – with experienced local driver in his Xylo.

    below is the schedule.

    5th Sept : Manali-Keylong
    6th sept : Keylong sight seeing and travel upto Jispa
    7th Sept : Jispa-Leh
    8th Sept : Leh sight Seeing
    9th Sept : Leh-Nubra
    10th Sept : Nubra Sight Seeing
    11th Sept : Nubra-Pangong [Shyok route]
    12th Sept : Pangong-Leh
    13th Sept : Leh-Tsomoriri
    14th Sept : Tsomoriri-Hanle-Leh
    15th Sept : Leh-Lamayuru
    16th Sept : Lamayuru-Leh
    17th Sept : Leh buffer day
    18th Sept : Leh departure by flight

    My queries are:

    1. Do I need to have any permit to cross Rohtang?

    2. I have applied inner line permit for 6 days [2 days for Nubra, 2 days for Pangong, 2 days for Tsomoriri] through online. The website provided me a receipt – now where do I need to submit the money?

    3. The printed receipt is indicating that fee required for this in total is Rs 520 [Red Cross 100+Environment fee 100+Wild Life Fee 120]. Is it the complete amount or do I need to submit more money as fee?

    4. How many copies of this permit I need to keep with me?

    Regards,

    • Answers below:

      1. Yes, you need Beyond Rohtang Pass permit of Rs 50
      2. You are visiting Hanle, you have to apply permit in person at DC office in Leh. Hanle option is not there in the online permit.
      4. Take about 8-10 copies on the permit when it gets stamped from DC office or Tourist Info Center.

      • Bhaskar Roy on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your reply.

        Please let me know:

        1. Where can I get Rohtang pass Permit? Is it available online?

        2. As per plan, I need to cross Rohtang on Tuesday 5th Sept [Manali-Keylong Journey] by 2nd half of the day. Can I manually arrange Rohtang permit on the same day morning?

        3. Which documents will be required to get this permit?

        Regards,

        • Bhaskar Roy on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thank you for your reply.

          Below are some further queries:

          1. I am from Kolkata and will travel Manali-Leh in a local driver’s Xylo. In this situation, who need to arrange Rohtang Pass Permit? Myself or the driver / vehicle owner?

          2. I came to know from your blog that, though no vehicle is allowed on Rohtang on Tuesday for tourism purpose, but one can cross Rohtang on Tuesday and go beyond. We have planned Manali to Keylong journey on Tuesday 5th Sept on basis of this info. Please let us know if there is any update in this rule.

          3. In the entire Manali – Leh – Tsomoriri – Pangong – Nubra – Lamayuru journey [detailed journey plan in my 1st letter – in this thread ] how many permits are required? I know about Rohtang Pass permit and Leh Inner line permit. Please let me know in case any more permit is required for this journey.

          Regards,

        • Inputs below

          1. Driver needs to arrange the permit
          2. The only update is that online website does not allow you to take permit of Tuesday to go Beyond Rohtang Pass. In this situation, if driver can get the permit done from SDM office in Manali in person, that is the only option I see. I would love to know from you about this process if you get to know it. Please update here as well so that it keeps helping others too.
          3. Two permits are required, one Beyond Rohtang Pass permit that has to arranged by the owner of the vehicle crossing Rohtang Pass which in your case is your driver. Second is the Inner Line Permit in Ladakh to visit Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri.

        • Bhaskar Roy on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          I have a plan to visit below places of Ladakh and for this I need to have inner line permit.

          1. Pangong Lake
          2. Tsomoriri
          3. Nubra Valley
          4. Hanle

          Please let me know:

          1. I have a plan to go to Pangong directly from Nubra through Shyok route [obviously with an experienced local driver who is accustomed with this route]. Do I need any special permit to go by this route?

          2. I will reach Leh [from Jispa] on 7th Sept. On Friday I have planned to collect all inner line permit manually from Leh DC office and pay all respective fees. Is there any flaw in this plan? Is DC office remains open on Fridays?

          Regards,

        • Hi Bhaskar,

          1. You need to get permit from DC office to take that route and should be there in person. You will have to mention Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri, Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, Loma, Man, Merak villages names on the permit form.
          2. Yes DC office remains open on Friday.

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    We r 4 persons planning road trip from Delhi in Aug, i came to know that the permit is only issued if the vehicle owner us also in the trip. If my car is registered on my wife name and she is not goin on this trip, will I be getting ILP?

    Thank you!!
    Saket Shukla

    • Saket, you have been given wrong information. Inner Line permits are given for the person, not for the vehicle. So, people who are traveling have to get permit and vehicle is not in question anywhere. It is Rohtang Pass where the permit is given for the vehicle and there also no such restriction is there that your wife needs to travel with you.

  9. Hi this is Kamal,
    We are 6 Bikers starting our Leh trip from Chennai
    4th Aug – Delhi – pathankot / Dalhousie
    5th Aug – pathankot / Dalhousie – Killar
    6th Aug – Killar – Srinagar
    7th Aug – Srinagar – Kargil
    8th Aug – Kargil – Leh
    9th Aug – Rest day
    10th Aug – Leh – nubra valley (hope petrol bunk available)
    11th Aug – Nubra – pangong ( via wari la)
    12th Aug – pangong – Tso moriri( via chuchul)
    13th Aug – Tso moriri – sarchu
    14th Aug – Sarchu – Manali
    15th Aug – Manali – Delhi
    16th Aug – buffer day
    1. Is that I need to change anything?
    2. For ILP wat are all places we need to mention?
    3. Every biker has to register?
    Thank a lot your blog help us a lot checking everyday

    • Hi Kamal,

      Killar to Srinagar is very long and will not recommend. You plan to follow Kishtwar route. Rest your plan looks OK. I will recommend to drop Sach Pass and do it some other time. Use that day to ease out the trip and include Hanle after Pangong Tso to split the trip to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso. You will need permit in Leh – Ladakh. Inner Line Permits are again required from this year (April 2017) for Indians and they can be applied online. Use the link: Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online. Once applied, take the print out and pay the fee at Tourist Info Center in Leh or DC Office in Leh.

      Since, you are taking the direct route and also will visit Hanle, your permit will only be available from DC office.

      • Dear Sir,

        I have register for online permit filled everything but in final printout (Arrival dt, circuit details,depart dt are empty my friends got all the details. pls help me its not allowing me to do again.

  10. I think the headline should reflect that the site is not working as you can not make payment 🙂

    Are there any agents that can help us get permits before we reach Ladhak/Leh?
    We are self driving from Spiti and plan to go to Tso Moriri and then Leh, so we will need the permits stamped and delivered before we start the trip. Also would we get into trouble on a self drive vehicle if we take this path, we will take local taxis once we reach Leh but Tso Moriri and Pangong will be in our route.

    • Naunidh, you can get in touch with info@offbeatescapes.com for getting the permits done in advance. Also, I believe the payment is not made available yet is because of the document verification process including the Photo Id and Nationality proof that is currently manual.

      If you are taking a taxi to Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso, well, better not take it as local drivers will create problems as soon as you reach Tso Moriri or Pangong Tso in outside rented taxi or self drive car.

  11. Ravi Sinha on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    My itinerary for the month of Aug’17 for leh ladakh is as follows: –
    Day 1 Ahmedabad to Leh (By flight)
    > Checkin at Hotel & rest
    > Inner line permit procedure for Hanle
    > visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa
    > Overnight at Leh
    Day 2 Leh – Khardung La – Deskit – Hunder
    > stay overnight at Hunder / Deskit.
    Day 3 Hunder / Diskit – Khardung La – Leh
    > Overnight at Leh
    Day 4 Leh – Pangong Tso Lake
    > Come back to Leh and Overnight at Leh
    Day 5 Stay at Leh
    > Local sight seeing like Magnetic hills, Gurudwara, Prayers wheels, etc
    Day 6 Leh- Hanle via Nyoma
    > stay overnight at Hanle
    Day 7 Hanle- Leh
    > Overnight at Leh
    Day 8 Leh to Ahmedabad (By flight)

    What would be the approx. cost of taxi, if i cover all…?

    • Hi Ravi,

      I will highly recommend that you move your Day 5 to Day 2 to acclimatize more. Then, you should take direct route to Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley on Day 4. Day 5 return to Leh from Pangong Tso. Rest follow as is. Cost of the taxi for above trip should be around 35K

  12. Adith Mohandas on

    Hi,

    We are a group of four, planning a road trip to Leh Ladakh. We are opting Srinagar_Leh Highway to reach Leh and will be coming back via Leh_Manali Highway.

    Journey date: 3.07.2017 to 16.07.2017

    The itinerary is as follows:

    Day 1 Delhi – Pathankot
    Day 2 Pathankot – Srinagar
    Day 3 Srinagar Kargil
    (Srinagar- Sonmarg -Zozi La – Drass – Kargil)
    Day 4 Kargil-Leh (Via Lamayuru)
    Day 5 Reach Leh ( Rest )
    Day 6 Leh – Nubra
    (Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder)
    Day 7 Nubra -Pangong
    (Nubra Valley – Agham Village – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso)
    Day 8 Pangong- Leh
    Day 9 Leh -Tsomoriri
    Day 10 Tsomoriri – Sarchu
    (Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring – MoorePlains)
    Day 11 Sarchu – Manali (Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass)
    Day 12 Rest
    Day 13 Manali – Chandigarh
    Day 14 Chandigarh – Delhi

    I would like to know about the inner line permits that need to be taken in prior before visiting these places.?If it’s possible, could you help me with the availability of petrol stations and accommodations at a reasonable price?
    Also, if you have any suggestions or add-ons for the itinerary, please let me know.

    • Hi Adith,

      Your plan is very well laid and relaxed. Best is to enjoy it like that. Better will be to avoid Shyok route, use your Day 12 to make two day trip to PAngong tso from Leh itself. Regarding the fuel pumps, you are OK and you just need to ensure 550 KMs of travel without fuel pump when you will start from Leh to tso Moriri to Manali route. Rest you will fine the fuel and as soon as fuel pump is found, best is to top the tank up. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

  13. Ravi Sinha on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Adding to my previous query, i want to take bike on rent in Leh? What are the options I have and also which are places i can cover on bike?

    Pl help

    • Hi Ravi,

      Best is to take the bike on rent in Leh for local sightseeing and surrounding places like Sham valley that includes Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Magnetic Hills, etc.. for rest keep traveling with your own car.

  14. Ravi Sinha on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my wife is planning a visit to Leh Ladakh in the month of Aug’17 and planned to go places like Nubra valley, Diksit, Magnetic hill, Pathar sahib gurudwara, Pangong Tso, Hanle. What would be the days should we count on? and whether can online permit works for all?

    Pl guide

    • Hi Ravi,

      If you are planning to fly into Leh and out of Leh, then you will need at least 9 days else add about 5 more days to have a comfortable end to end road trip from Delhi or Chandiigarh. Hanle permits need to be applied in person at DC office in Leh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  15. Hi dheeraj
    I have applied for beyond rothang pass permit today for 3rd july only rs 50 congestion fees is charged for it as I heard there is tax as well so the permit is correct or some issue with it

    Please help out in this I am confused

    Thanks & Regards

  16. Help me out with something please
    I would be visiting Leh from Manali in a couple of days
    Now i see that there 2 types of permits available on the govt website
    1. Visiting Rohtang Pass
    2. Beyond Rohtang
    Now logic says that i need the second one which i see is easily available unlike the first one.
    My question is, should I be getting just the “beyond Rohtang” one or should get both just to be on the safe side?
    Will i be Ok with just the second one?

  17. Ankur Manoria on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I looked at the online site to obtain the permit. After filling all the details it gives the permit and mentions that the fees is 500. I have selected the Direct and not a agent.

    But it does not provides an opportunity to pay that online. Does that mean I need to print this online permit and then submit this at Leh physically and pay the fees and give the ID card xerox? That step is still manual?

    I am bit confused, please help me with it.

    Thanks.

    Best Regards,
    Ankur

  18. Hi Deeraj,

    Having applied ILP online, where should we pay the amount and is the office working on Saturday and Sunday?
    If we are going to Hanle then where should the place be mentioned?

    • You have to make the payment at Tourist Info Center at Leh which remains open till 7 PM. I think the office is open on Saturday as well.

      BTW, since you need permit for Hanle, you have to apply the permit in person and get the permission from DC office in Leh.

      • Hi Deeraj,

        What are the places that is to be written while getting ILP. Since we know that if any place is not mentioned in ILP then it would result in some issues. So can you tell me the places to be mentioned if we are travelling from Leh-Pangong-Hanle-Tso Moriri, Tso Kar?

        • Since, you will be visiting Hanle, the permit has to be applied in person at DC office in Leh. You should write Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Chusul, Tsaga, Loma, Hanle, Nyoma.

  19. rajesh kumar on

    WE are a group of 4 leaving by SWift Hatchback from ludhiana on 23 Jun 2017. We need to return to Ludhiana by the night of 01 Jul 2017. Can u please suggest an itenary.

    • It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days.

      • Rajesh kumar on

        I planned as follows
        23 Ludhiana to sonmarg
        24 sonmarg to leh/lamyuru
        25 leh local
        26 leh to nubra and back
        27leh to pangong and back
        28 leh to tso moriri
        29 tso moriri to sarchu
        30 searching to manali
        01 manali to ludhiana

        Pl suggest any changes if needed

  20. Hi dheeraj
    We are 7 people from delhi with one car ecosport and 3 Thunderbird our visit dates are 2 July

    2nd July manali
    3 rd July jispa
    4 th July karu army base
    5 th pangong tso stay at pangong
    6th karunga la stay at afs thoise
    7th thoise to sarchu
    8th sarchu to manali
    9th manali to delhi

    So the question is we will be needed inner line permit for leh for each person individual or one permit will be required and if we want to apply online how many days advance we can apply

    • I will avoid going to PAngong Tso directly and go to Leh first, take rest and permits and then go to Nubra and then finally Pangong Tso. Otherwise, there is high chance that one of you might fall sick due to AMS.

      You need to get the permit filled for every individual in the group for Inner Line Permit anytime when your journey is fixed. You need Beyond Rohtang Pass permit Rs 50 for each vehicle you are taking beyond Rohtang Pass

  21. Hello Dheeraj,

    We reach Leh on 1st July, which is a Saturday. Will the DC office be open on that day for us to get the permits and pay the environment fees?

  22. Hi dheeraj,
    We are in group of four and are probably arriving on 26 june which is eid I.e. govt holiday and are willing to move for nubra valley on 27th morning . Is it possible for arrange inner line permits from an agent there…If possible pl provide any contact no.s available with you…Also help me if I wish to visit hanle via chushul or chumathang route there is no option available with online system…how to apply?

  23. Naveen Dabas on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Planning to go Leh Via Kaza route
    Day 1 Reckong peo
    Day 2 Kaza
    Day 3 Keylong
    Day 4 Tsmo riri stay at Krzok
    Day 5,6,7 Leh
    Day 8 Nubra via Pangong
    Day 9,10,11 Nubra
    Day 12 Rest Day
    Day 13 start back for delhi via Manali Route
    Plz suggest whether this itinerary will do or I need to make any changes. We r flexible in stay options for 1-2 days
    Moreover I took inner line permit online. So please tell me whether it will work if I go directly to tso moriri from keylong as per my itinerary or I first need to pay the fee at leh.
    Thanks

    • Naveen, Day 8,9,10 should be Nubra Valley and then go to Pangong tso to stay last couple of days in Pangong Tso. Also, since you are coming back via Manali only why not go to Leh directly from Keylong and do Tso Moriri on the return.

      • Thanks lot for your reply.

        since we are traveling from Bangalore,

        as per our plan we will enter Leh after chandratal-pang-tsomoriri lake -pangong lake-nubra valley- OP Baba-Turtuk.

        Can you know anyone who can go and get the permit on behalf of us?

  24. Hey hi Dheeraj,
    Need some clarification about the inner line permits online,
    1) We are a group of five planning to visit leh
    do we have to apply for all five of us
    separately.
    2) We planning to leave kargil early morning
    will it be possible for us to get the permit
    issued once we reach leh on the same day
    Since we are thinking of leaving for nubra
    the next morning

    Thank you

    • 1. Yes, all 5 of you need to have the permits applied.
      2. I doubt it, better get it next day. It is not at all advised to leave for Nubra Valley without much acclimatization in Leh. So, you should spend one night in Leh to avoid AMS issues.

      • Ya we are planning for nubra the next morning…..but without permit we can’t leave…and to collect it and it will very late….so was thinking if we could get it done the previous day’s as soon as we reach leh from kargil….

        • It is difficult to get the same day in the evening. Better get it in advance through a travel agent, who will charge about Rs 200.

  25. Baldevsinh Chauhan on

    Hi Dheeraj
    We are following your common itinerary for Leh as below,
    1) Can you guide us how much days we need to tick for each division and what would be the date of entering the Leh.
    2) Also we have return train from Delhi on 30th June evening, so we might have one spare day, shall we add one more day in Leh or this is fine right now. Please suggest us some undiscovered places.
    3) Also in Nubra valley we wanted to see Turtuk Village so can you suggest how we should schedule our timings for those 2 days. where should we stay at that time.

    16 June – Srinagar
    17 June – Drass
    18 June – Reach Leh
    19 June – Leh
    20 June – Hunder (Nubra Valley) stay overnight
    21 June – Back to Leh
    22 June – Pangong lake (overnight stay)
    23 June – Leh (back from pangong lake)
    24 June – Leh (Rest day & last day)
    25 June – To Tso Moriri via chumathang (stay at Tso Moriri)
    26 June – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring to Sarchu (Overnight at Sarchu)
    27 June – Sarchu to Manali
    28 June – Manali to towards Delhi

    • Here are the replies:

      1. You can mention two days each for Nubra, Pangong – Spangmik, Tso Moriri circuits.
      2. I will suggest to add one day in Nubra to visit Turtuk
      3. Once you reach Hunder, you have an option to do a day trip to Turtuk or spend overnigth in Turtuk and next morning drive back to Leh skipping Panamik/Sumur which does not offer much.

      • Baldevsinh Chauhan on

        Thanks for the information. You are a lifeline for us now… thanks Brother.

        1. Can we go straight to Turtuk from Leh ? Can you recommend any place to stay in Turtuk ? So instead of staying at Hunder we will stay at Turtuk and come back to Leh but we do not want to miss the camel ride too.

        2. Also if we wanted to include Hanle village, can you advise where we can fit this in our itinerary ?

        • You can go to Turtuk from Leh but it is a long drive though doable. Doing Camel ride on the way back from Turtuk to Hunder and then to Leh is possible only if you plan to drive over Khardung La in the night or start from Turtuk very early morning so that you reach before the noon when camels are going.

        • Baldevsinh Chauhan on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          1) Are there any specific timings for the passes or any road we need be aware in our itinerary above, in case it gets closed by evening then we can drive accordingly.

          2) Also hope we do not have to take Rohtang pass permit if we are coming from Leh to Manali ??

        • No Passes have timings unless there is some issue and BRO enforces the timings on that day only if you are going to Ladakh. The only pass that has time restriction is Zojila Pass where traffic is allowed from Sonamarg to Kargil side in the afternoon and from Kargil to Sonamarg side up to 8 AM in morning

  26. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am not sure about the numbers of days in each circuit and I’ve already submitted the application online. Is there any way I can change it or can I to fill a new form in TIC even if I’m already registered online?

      • Thanks Dheeraj!
        There are two of us visiting for 5 days and a possible itinerary is:
        Day 1: Arrive at Leh in the morning. Rest and acclimatization + Visit Leh palace in the evening
        Day 2: Up till Lamayaru covering all the places in between, Magnetic Hill, Moonscape and the Gompas etc. Stay overnight at Lamayaru
        Day 3: To Nubra via Khardung La covering Diskit and Hunder. Stay overnight.
        Day 4: Cover Sumur and Panamik in the morning then to Spangmik via Wari La. Stay overnight in Spangmik.
        Day 5: Cover Chemery, Stakna Thicksey, Shey, Matho and Stok on the way back to Leh. Overnight at Leh
        Day 6: Leave Leh in the morning

        What all circuits should be selected and each for how many days? We also wanted to cover Korzok after Spangmik via Tsaga La and back to Leh via Taglang La. Is it possible to fit it in our itinerary?

        Also, can you please suggest a good taxi driver who would charge reasonably for the entire journey? And should we book accommodation on our own on the spot or pre-book it through the driver? We are skeptical about pre-booking the accommodation as we want to make sure that the place is clean and it fits our budget, but we’re not sure whether we’ll find it due to the season rush.

        • Hi Rishi,

          Some inputs below:

          1. Maybe on Day 2, come back for stay at Alchi. It will help being at lower altitude.
          2. Skip Sumur, Panamik. Also, if other vehicles are going from Shyok village route take the shorter one and avoid Wari La route.
          3. Cover couple of monasteries only not too many while coming back from Pangong Tso.
          4. Avoid packing any other places else it will become more hectic.

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

          For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2017 – 18 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

        • Thanks for the suggestions, Dheeraj! So the modified plan will be:

          Day 1: Arrive at Leh in the morning. Rest and acclimatization + Visit Leh palace in the evening
          Day 2: Up till Lamayaru covering all the places in between, Magnetic Hill, Moonscape and the Gompas etc. Stay overnight in Leh, as it’s closer to Nubra besides being at a lower elevation?
          Day 3: To Nubra via Khardung La covering Diskit and Hunder. Stay overnight. Would we have enough time to cover Sumur and Panamik before we go to Diskit, or is it not possible in morning?
          Day 4: Spangmik via Shyok if possible or Wari La. Stay overnight in Spangmik.
          Day 5: Cover a few Gompas, Hemis, Stackna, Ticksey, Shey on the way back to Leh. Overnight at Leh
          Day 6: Leave Leh in the morning

          Also please tell me which circuits should be selected in the online permit form and for how many days? I’m thinking Id #2 and #5 for 2 days each? Will #1 also need to be selected for Lamayaru on Day 2?

          Id Circuit
          1) Khalsi,Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Hanu, Baima, Dha in Khalsi Sub-Division.

          2) Khan:tong, Khalsar, Trlth upto Warsl and Varma Gonbo, Dlsket. Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang. Tyakshl In Nubra Sub-Division.

          3) Upshl, TsomoRIRl/Korzok In Nyoma Sub-Division.

          4) Upshl, Dlpllng, Puga, TsomoRIRVKorzok In Nyoma Sub-Division.

          5) Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-merag(Pangong Lake) in Nyoma Sub-Division.

          6) Upshi, Chumathan1t Mahe, Loma Bend in Nyoma Division.

  27. Hi Dheeraj,
    I like the way you make visiting Himalayas so Easy.At least over the Web :).
    Last time in 2015 i visited SPITI all alone on my bike, without pre-booking anything, and only relying on ur articles and suggestions. And trust me it was the best Trip till now. Some Times being Random/Nomadic,makes the journey awesome.

    This time though i am planning to Visit Leh with my brother as a pilion, wanted to check, How many days will it take me to get the ILP’s Ready on reaching LEH, if not applied Online. Are there any Travel Agents in Leh which can help me achieve that Quickly after reaching there.

    Also, for the Permits needed to cross rohtang, apart from applying it online. Is it something which can be arranged by the Travel Agents there.

    Which one of above permits is more difficult to achieve. And is it something that can spoil an itinerary, if not arranged properly.

    • I totally agree with you Sawan and that’s where the fun lies, knowing the unknown. ILP process is very trivial and you can easily get it in just a couple of hrs only. No need to arrange it through any agent as well. Since you will be applying Beyond Rohtang Pass permit, it is also easily available.

  28. Ankur Sharma on

    HI DHEERAJ,
    I will be travelling to leh by my own car registered in the name of my father. Will it be allowed by the taxi union there to go to inner parts of leh like nubra valley, pangong and tsomori lake,?
    Also we are a group of 4 people. So we need to get a single person registered for that online or all the 4 persons have to register separately ?
    Also I will be travelling by the following itinerary
    Day 1 – Kargil to Leh
    Day 2 – Leh to hunder ( Nubra Valley)
    Day 3 – Hunder to Pangpong
    Day 4 – Pangpong to Leh
    Day 5 – Leh to tso Moriri
    Day 6 – Tso moriri to Sarchu
    Please let me know what are the circuits we have to tick in the permit for the above mentioned itinerary.

    Please help with the above queries. I will really be very thankful to you.
    and I am a very big fan of your blog. I have been reading your blog since 15 and now finally I have the chance to visit leh.

    • Ankur, there will be no issues with your car as you can easily prove the relationship even with a driving license. You need permit for all people traveling with you as permit is applied per person. Regarding your plan, it would look much better if you rest one day in Leh after reaching from Kargil. You need to tick Pangong – Spangmik, Nubra Valley, Upshi – Chumathang, Tso Moriri ones.

    • Ankur Sharma on

      Thanks a lot for your information Dheeraj.
      Please advice us the places we can visit in between following the above itinerary ( places where we should stop, stay, eat and places worth visiting). I will be following the above itinerary as we are short of time and has to be back to delhi.
      Please tell the names of the places we can visit following the above itinerary.
      Also please give the contact detail of some agents who can arrange a permit in advance for us.
      Thanks a lot for your help Dheeraj Sir.

  29. Hi
    Pls let me know whether ILPs can be obtained from the website now or do we need to visit DC office in person with original I’d proof. I ‘ll be reaching Leh on 13th June 2017 at around 2pm and will be going to Nubra on 14th morning. Will I be able to collect the ILP on 13th say at 3 pm in person if I apply online today.

  30. Hi Dheeraj,

    I was trying to fill up the inner line permit online. However for tsomoriri, there are 3 circuits and from what I know If i simply want to go to tso morir from leh and then head back to Manali I would have to cross Chumathang and Puga while coming towards Sarchu from tso moriri. However both these places are on separate circuits. Should i be ticking all 3 even though I won’t be traveling from pangong directly. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!

    tso moriri related circuits on the online form:
    3 Upshi, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.
    4 Upshi, Dipling, Puga, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.
    6 Upshi, Chumathang, Mahe, Loma Bend in Nyoma Division.

  31. Naman Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    After reaching leh on Monday12 june Night, we are planning to leave early in the morning for Nubra/Pangong lake.

    So if we need to apply permit in person, then we won’t be able to leave for Pangong/Nubra the same day.. right?

    Also let me know if this is feasible and enjoyable, Leave Tuesday morning for Pangong lake, stay at night there, then leave in the morning for Nubra valley and stay there in night and next morning comes to leh.??

    Appreciate your help in both the queries.

    • Nama, in any case you should not do it and rest in Leh so that you do not become sick due to AMS by directly going to Pangong Tso or Nubra. Also, Nubra Valley must be done before Pangong Tso.

  32. Hi,
    Its a great piece of information. Me along with 3 of my friends are planning to visit leh via manali in the 2nd week of june. We were worried about obtaining ILP in leh; but i guess now we can easily obtain an ILP. However, I have a query regarding the same. After applying for ILP online, where shall we get our permit? Will we get a soft copy or do we need to collect it from the D.C’s office? We have some more queries regarding our trip. Hoping for a quick response from you.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Bhumi

    • Bhumi, it provides the option to Print the permit which you can do from the website. However, I feel it is still being worked upon and there are bugs/gaps in it. I will let time pass a bit and see how things get updated on the website. My main concern is that it does not give you an option to Pay the fee too. So, I will wait for it to get mature a bit.

      • Thank you for your reply. Could you please update us on the current weather condition in manali and leh. Is it raining there? And do we need to carry our raincoats? We are reaching manali on 18th of june and will be leaving for leh on 19th june by bike. We even heard that there has been landslides in the manali leh highway. How far is this true?

        • Weather changes in the Himalayas in a matter of days and 18th is a long way to go. Landslides are pretty common in the initial days of opening and can never be avoided in any trip any time of the year. So, be mentally prepared to spare some time with it. Once you cross Baralacha La pass, you enter a rain shadow region where there is not much rain that happens.

  33. Hi Dheeraj

    A great piece of information you have provided. Last year I spent 1 and half crucial day to get these permits from DC office as ‘SAHAB daure per the’ :-)(typical excuse). Can you also please hand hold in application process on website. Few Queries:

    1. Can i deposit the environmental fees (INR 400 /Person) and per human fees(INR 20 per day) online only.

    2. What does Direct and Agent Option means? If I select direct, do I need to visit local office in Leh to collect the permit or everything will be online only.

    Sorry, if I am a bit silly in asking the queries 🙂

    • Seriously Sudeep, what I feel is that the site is still being worked upon and there are bugs/gaps in it. I will let time pass a bit and see how things get updated on the website. My main concern is that it does not give you an option to Pay the fee too. So, I will wait for it to get mature a bit. They should be allowing the payment for Direct as well. As a tourist, you have to apply for the permit as direct only.

  34. Baldevsinh Chauhan on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Thank you for the wonderful information.
    1. So PAP (protective area permit) is only for foreign tourists & ILP (Inner line permits) is for Indian Tourist. please advise.
    2. Do we (Indian tourists) have to take any other permit except ILP ?
    3. Do Indian tourist can travel to all areas with ILP or has to take PAP permit ?

    Right now only PAP is showing on the website link mentioned above, ILP will start from 1st June if i read it right.

    • 1. Yes, as the article says.
      2. Not in Ladakh, only ILP is required.
      3. ILP is applicable for Indians, PAP for foreigners for all the places.

      Yes ILP should start from 1st June. what I feel is that the site is still being worked upon and there are bugs/gaps in it. I will let time pass a bit and see how things get updated on the website. My main concern is that it does not give you an option to Pay the fee too. So, I will wait for it to get mature a bit. They should be allowing the payment for Direct as well. As a tourist, you have to apply for the permit as direct only.

      • Baldevsinh Chauhan on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the prompt feedback. Right now its letting us registered but not going to the payment page.

        • Yes, they have not updated how to make the payment for the permit yet. In coming weeks, I am sure they will come up with some instructions on how to get the payment done and apply for multiple people.

  35. Dear Dheeraj,
    “If you are planning to apply for these permits in person, then you can apply them at TIC Office…”
    Does that mean the online permit site intended for agents only?
    Can you clarify a bit?

    Thank you.

  36. Hi,
    I am a Kashmiri and living in Delhi. I no not have any photo id of J&K state. I have a delhi voters ID or passport. Do I still require this permit?
    Thanks

  37. Poornendu M G on

    Hi,

    I couldn’t find Hanle anywhere in the list to apply for permits. Is it covered under any of these circuits?

    1 Khalsi,Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Hanu, Baima, Dha in Khalsi Sub-Division.

    2 Khardong, Khalsar, Trith upto Warsi and Yarma Gonbo, Disket, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi in Nubra Sub-Division.

    3 Upshi, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.

    4 Upshi, Dipling, Puga, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.

    5 Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-merag(Pangong Lake) in Nyoma Sub-Division.

    6 Upshi, Chumathang, Mahe, Loma Bend in Nyoma Division.

    Regards,
    Poornendu

    • Poornendu, I will say Hanle is not covered under any of these and for Hanle it might be the case that you need to apply the permit in person and online permits are not available for Chusul, Hanle, Tsaga villages.

  38. harkirat154 on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for posting this. I may be mistaken but on the second page of this online form Hanle is not mentioned as part of any of the circuits. Does this mean Hanle is off limits for domestic civilians?

    • Not really, it means either they have not updated the site properly with all scenarios like option for number of people, how to pay the fee, bugs, off tourist places like Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, how to make the payment, etc.. It seems like they have rushed in making it online, sorry but true.

      Let’s wait and see if it gets matured in time to come. Also, else it may be possible they decided to keep those permits applied in person only.

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