Permits in Ladakh are not required for Indian Tourists from May 2014

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Finally, there is good news midst all the confusing rules being laid with respect to outside bikes and all !!

Yes, you read the title correctly that “As an Indian National or Indian Tourist, you do not necessarily need to require Inner Line Permits in Ladakh starting from 1st May 2014 in order to visit common sightseeing places which lie in the restricted areas in Ladakh” …

Update: April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
  • The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
  • You can download the permit form and application letter at the link: Inner Line Permit Form and Application Letter
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 along with a copy of a self declaration form: Link of Ladakh Self Declaration Form for Indians, when and where asked from you and that will just acts as permit for you 🙂 🙂 … You need to make copies of this self declaration form and submit them at the checkposts.

Earlier (that is before 1st May 2014), in order to visit all these places like Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley, etc.. Indian Tourists or Indian Nationals required to apply for Inner Line Permits and foreign nationals needed to apply for Protected Area Permits (PAPs). This copy of Inner Line Permit was used to be submitted at ITBP/Army check-posts and they allow you to pass through. Now with this rule or circular in place and effect from 1st May 2014, Indian Tourists will not require any permits or ILPs rather they can just present their valid Photo ID Nationality Proof. However, the rules for foreign nationals still remains same as earlier. That is, all foreign nationals must apply for Protect Area Permits (PAP) in a group of two or more through a registered travel agent in Leh in order to visit the restricted areas in Ladakh of Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Dah – Hanu Villages.

IMHO, this will immensely help Indian Tourists interested to visit these common sightseeing places in Ladakh in terms of saving money as well as avoiding any hassles and wastage of time / day in applying these permits. In turn, this will also ensure a boost to tourism sector in Ladakh in one way or the other because for a newbie, the process of Inner Line Permits was some kind of puzzle always and most of the tourists ended up paying for such a trivial process to some agent in between. Now, with this rule in place for no inner line permits are required for Indians, those who are short on time can have a day saved for them which can be utilized for sightseeing in around Leh as full day or just relax in Leh without any worry of Inner Line Permits for Ladakh.

Wait, Some Very Important Points to Remember / Take Care
  • 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.
  • Hence, if you need to visit non-touristy places in Ladakh like Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, Loma, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors then you need to apply for inner line permits using the same process as it used to be. For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here.
  • Please note that acclimatization is still required and equally necessary. So, just don’t feel that if permits are not required then you have the liberty of not acclimatizing yourself and hitting the road to Khardung La the day you land in Leh or Tso Moriri from Manali side.
  • You should not visit Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh on the way because even though permits are not required for Tso Moriri now BUT your body will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude of Tso Moriri lake (4500 Mtrs) in thin air so early in the trip. It may cause some really ugly AMS issues for you with least help around or even in distance, if the need arise. Highly not recommended unless you come acclimatized for 4500+ Mtrs.

Update: Circular Copy sent for uploading to NIC site on 24th April 2014 which confirms this good news 🙂 🙂

Circular for No Permits in Ladakh for Indian Tourists starting May 2014

Circular for No Permits in Ladakh for Indian Tourists starting May 2014

Here is the copy of this circular for your reference:

Circular for No Permits in Ladakh for Indian Tourists starting May 2014

Circular for No Permits in Ladakh for Indian Tourists starting May 2014

Circular for No Permits in Ladakh for Indian Tourists starting May 2014

Circular for No Permits in Ladakh for Indian Tourists starting May 2014

Circular for Permits in Ladakh not Required for Indian Tourists from May 2014

Circular for Permits in Ladakh not required for Indian Tourists from May 2014

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404 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I plan to visit Leh in a car provided to me by my company for my personal use with white number plates. RC is my company’s name. Can there be any problems if I go beyond Leh e.g to Nubra valley on this car?

    Documents I can carry:
    1. Proof that I am an employee of the company on whose name car is registered
    2. Declaration from my company that car is allotted to me for personal use and is not for commercial use

    Also a few sites still mention ILP are required for Nubra and Pangong. Is this correct? Visited both in 2014 without any ILPs. Is there any recent change in the rule?

    • Hi Anoop,

      As long as you can prove that you work for the company, it should be OK. These documents will suffice. And yes, since April 2017, ILP and environment fee are reintroduced again as mentioned in the article above too.

      • Thanks Dheeraj..

        – Any idea how much time it could take to deposit money at TIC Leh? Hoping that not more than couple of hours in the morning and we can leave for Diskit on the same day. Any contacts who can do this for me in advance?

        – I am planning to go with my Family (wife and 5 year old daughter) on my 2014 Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel which has covered 44,000 kms so far. Route is Jaipur to Leh and back via Srinagar starting 1st July.
        I plan to cover Leh-Diskit-Hunder-Panamik-Leh on my Punto and then take local cab for Leh-Pangong-Leh.
        Me and my cousin did the same route in 2014 on a Maruti Estilo which gives me good confidence. Do you foresee any issues / any comments?

        • Hi Anopp,

          When you will fill the online form, it will tell you the fee which you need to submit. In order to get in advance, you can also connect with info@offbeatescapes.com

          Also, I Will not recommend going over to Nubra Valley without at least one complete day of rest and acclimatization in Leh especially with family.

          You can do both Nubra Valley and PAngong tso from Leh on your car. Just be cautious and careful, drive slow on dirt tracks or roads with pebbles/stones to avoid puncture.

  2. Nirmit Kansal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to rent a bike from Chandigarh for leh Ladakh via srinagar then coming back to chandigarh via Manali. There is some news going on that the manali bike association will not allow rented commercial bikes from outside states.
    Can you please help me and confirm if I can take the rented bike from chandigarh and complete the trip as I have planned? Please let me know if the rented bike from chandigarh will create any issue in the travel path.
    Awaiting your reply.

    thanks,

    • Yes Nirmit, no Ladakh bike can cross Sarchu post and allowed in HP and no HP bike is allowed in Ladakh to enter. There is too much tensions going on and I will not recommend taking the rented bike to Ladakh unless things settle down.

      • Nirmit Kansal on

        thank you for your valuable reply.

        If the rented bike from Chandigarh is the white number plate and we say that this bike belongs to a friend of ours. Can this help in tackling the situation there ??

        • No Nirmit, in case you are caught up, they check the RC of the bike and it has to be in the name of you or any family member with whom you can prove the relationship by showing a valid GOVT ID. It is done specifically to curb these kinds of workarounds 😉

  3. Prasun Mondal on

    hi,

    Dheeraj ji,

    i am planning the following , will it be possible ?
    day 1 leh
    day 2 Leh – Nubra (stay)
    Day 3 Nubra to Pangong ( stay) – is this possible via the khalsar shyok )
    DAy 4 PAngong to Hanle ( via Chusul) ( places to mention for permit online mode)
    day 5 hanle to Tso moriri to sarchu ( stay )
    DAy 6 Sarchu to Manali.
    or
    we can do the following also

    day 1 leh
    day 2 Leh – Nubra (stay)
    Day 3 Nubra to Pangong ( stay) – is this possible via the khalsar shyok )
    DAy 4 PAngong to Hanle ( via Chusul)
    day 5 hanle to Tso moriri to leh
    DAy 6 rest / buffer
    day 7 return flight from leh.

    regarding ILPs , we can apply online but for hanle via chushul there is no option !

    your feedback is highly appreciated.

    • Prasun, in your second plan, better use Day 6 for rest or sham valley trip on Day 2. This will help you acclimatize a bit more. Then follow rest and take flight on Day 7. You can apply for hanle permits at DC office in Leh or in person at Tourist info center.

  4. Aniket Thakur on

    hello Mr. Dheeraj,
    I want to visit Ladakh this early August and want to camp there i am carrying my tent myself but i need to get government permission for that can I apply for that online? If not where to contact I will be going from Manali-Leh route and how much time it will take the whole process of permission.

  5. Wachirawit Ueajirawanit on

    I will go Tso moriri from Manali it possible sir ? or I have to reach Leh first

  6. akash shah on

    sir,

    i am planning to go to leh ladakh in 16th june from ahmedabad(gujarat) alone.
    my bike is on my mothers name….will there any problems?

        • Akash Shah on

          If I take proper papers which make sure them that I am son of her…does it works.

          Sir there are two possibilities.
          (1) If I take proper papers which make sure them that I am son of her

          (2) I can change name on TV book. But I can’t get rc book because it take 1-2 months to reach. I only get the paper on which it suggest that this bike is on my name

        • Yes, it works for sure. If you have a passport it will work and also since surname will match that will work too. No need to change the name of the book.

  7. Sir..
    what is the process for getting ILPs for hanle? is it okay i download this form and mention all places that im planning to visit??

    • Kaushick, yes, download the form mention all the places, go to DC office in Leh, pay the environment and permit fees and get it stamped by DC office. Once done, get the 10-12 copies of that permit to submit on various checkposts to the places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Hanle etc..

  8. Ayush karanwal on

    Hi dheeraj ,
    Can we get inner line permit in one day ?
    Just wanted to know iif this will be time consuming
    Thanks

    • Yes, it is a trivial process. Just have your documents ready and pre-prepared by downloading the above form. Just go there, submit the fees and get the permit signed. Then on the way back make 10-12 copies of it. It will not take more than couple of hrs at max.

  9. Saket Kaura on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are 2 couples traveling Delhi – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – day trips to Nubra and Pangong Tso – Leh – Sarchu – Manali – Delhi. We start on 6 June to reach Jammu. We come back to Delhi on 19 June. We are traveling in an Innova. Please advice us which route you suggest frm Kargil i.e. Normal highway via magnetic hill or the route through Batalik. Batalik route might require ILP, which we will organise. Pls suggest assuming we are not planning another trip soon 🙂

    Thanks

    • You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      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

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

      • Saket Kaura on

        Thanks a lot Dheeraj. Based on your suggested blogs we have already palnned our trip. Now we are only debating which is a better route to take for a first time traveler to Leh assuming we are not planning any other trip to Leh soon.

        1) Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Leh
        or
        2) Kargil – Batalik – Dah – Skurbuchan – Leh

        Thanks

  10. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for helping me in other pages, now I have booked my tickets and have my itinerary.
    I arrive in Leh on Aug 9th (2017) and leave on Aug 19th. I will be renting a bike from LEH.
    Will I need to get inner line permits as I will be visiting Pangong TSo , Tso moriri etc… If yes then where should I apply for them? Can i apply online or only after reaching Leh?

    • Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

  11. Dheeraj,

    Hi! I am an avid follower of your website and have taken numerous advice from it! My 3 friends and I are scheduled to land in Leh on 13th May and to depart for our home on 20th May.

    Now we had an entire trip planned with Nubra Valley, Turtuk and Pangong in our plan. We reached out to Thinles of Botho guesthouse, someone who came highly recommended in tripadvisor.

    Everything was on schedule when suddenly I learned today from Thinles that Leh is now currently not giving Permits to tourists from SAARC countries 🙁 This is so sudden and I saw no news of this anywhere! Now, do you have any suggestions for us as to what to say to the DC office once we reach Leh? We want to try again for the permit.

    Lastly, if we don’t get the permit at all, can you suggest an itinerary from 13th May to 20th May? Our flight reaches on 13th May so we’ll take that day rest and we depart 20th May in the morning so basically, 14th May to 19th May an itinerary of places without requiring permit and must visit would be really helpful 🙂

    Sami

      • Dheeraj,

        I did check that website and there is a FAQ PDF there as well where it mentions some countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan requires permission from the Home Ministry. There is no mention of Bangladesh in that document.

        Hopefully we can show this once we reach Leh and try and get the permit 🙂

        Thank you for the very quick reply as always!

        • Yes Samy, also try to apply for Online Permit and you may get it. There was another person who posted in the forum that Bangladeshi citizen require only Protected Area Permit now and the option comes while filling up the online form. Please check it.

  12. Sir…do we require inner line permits to visit places like nubra valley,khardung la,tso moriri? whats the recent announcement about sir?

    • Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again (those who missed before)

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).

      • What about Visiting the area of Batalik village and the road that takes to the villages Dha and Goma Hanu ? Are they excluded from present ILP requirement of 2017?

        India loves red tape and bureaucracy. Three cheers to it.

      • Dheeraj,

        I heard that in order to travel from kargil to leh via batalik and dha hanu, we need to take inner line permit (ILP) from kargil for batalik and ILP from leh for dha hanu. As I will be travelling from srinagar to leh via kargil-batalik-dha hanu-leh , I can arrange ILP for batalik from kargil DC office (as heard again, plz correct me if I am wrong), But my confusion, annoying, worry is how can I arrange ILP from leh to visit dhan hanu before I actually travel there (to leh) as I dnt have any plans of returning back as I have further plans to visit manali. Please help !

        • Deepak, people who travel in the direction from Leh to Kargil to Srinagar via Batalik route gets the permit from Leh and those who travel from Kargil to Leh gets the permit from Kargil DC office. So, you can get it from Kargil DC office and you should be good. Also, you can visit Dah hanu without going from Batalik and without needing any permit in case traveling from Kargil to Leh.

        • Yeah Dheeraj, I understand completely what you said. But in my case I want to visit both places i.e., Batalik from kargil (ILP from kargil ) and head directly from there to dha hanu (as I will have ILP only for batalik, as ILP for dha hanu will be issued in Leh) as well and further to leh. So how about obtaining permit for dha hanu in this case is my confusion. I don’t want to return to kargil again from batalik and travel on Fotula and go to dha hanu and take back same route and get to leh. ( Or will kargil DC office issues dha hanu permit as well for one way travellers ? )

          Hope I am very much clear in making you understand what I want to convey.

        • You can just write both Batalik, Dah, Hanu on the form when applying for permits at Kargil DC office. The Dah Hanu, permits are restored this year only and still there is no official statement on permits but just on environment fee. However, people are applying for the permit and paying the environment fee as it used to happen before 2014. So, I believe you will not have any issues with it if you just write Dah Hanu, Batalik while applying permit at Kargil office.

        • Thank you Dheeraj. Thanks for update. We people can travel worry free because of people like you helping the enthusiasts all the way. Really appreciate and wonder how you reserve time for DoW.

  13. rupesh taunk on

    hi dheeraj ji
    we have 27 members on 27 seater bus to planned, to visit leh on 1 june from jammu srinager kargil, leh 3 days , 2 days nubra, 1day pangong ,1) can we direct go to sarchu from pangong. 2) on this day all roads will opened or not. 3) today i know that this year inner line permit is compulsory for indian as well as foreigners also. and fee are approx 1000 to 1100 for indian , is it true or not plz confirm . 4) leh to manali road are open or not on 9 june from pangong to sarchu & 10 june sarchu to manali.

    • Hi Rupesh,

      This year there is too much of snowfall and Manali – Leh is expected to open by the second week of June. Plying heavy vehicle on it may not be conducive, so better postpone the trip by couple of weeks.

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again (those who missed before)

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only). For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

  14. Hi Dheeraj

    We are three friends and we are planning for Leh this June, last week most likely. We plan to go manali by bus and then hire 2 Bullets from there and then drive all the way to Leh. Also we plan to drive Kargil from Leh and then back to Leh.

    I wanted to check with you :
    1. what all locations you would advise in Leh or near Leh to visit.
    2. Moreover, we plan to do sleepover in tent is that possible in that region? I mean we putting our own trek tent.
    3. How is your opinion on Leh -> Kargil -> Leh
    4. We are 3 guys and will be renting 2 bikes, so pillion will also be there. is that ok and what challenges we should expect with pillion.

    Thanks
    Andy

  15. Dear Dheeraj!

    Firstly, your site has been such an amazing place in help planning our Leh trip!

    I am from Bangladesh and was hoping to take a peek at Nubra Valley and visit Pangong Lake. Is ILP something that Bangladeshi’s still require in 2017 to visit these places? If so, what is the current procedure for this?

    I am sorry if this question has been already answered but I couldn’t find it anywhere and hence asked here 🙁

    • Sami, Bangladesh citizen need special permit from MHA Delhi to visit Inner Line areas of LAdakh and for the last 5 years or so, I haven’t come across anyone who got that permission or may be they never cared to share up here 🙂 … So, ILP is only applicable for Indian Citizens, Protected Area Permit PAP is valid for Foreigners. Permit for citizens of Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh 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.

  16. smita kariwadekar on

    Hi Dhiraj..need your expert opinion/ views/suggestions for ladakh sight seeing itinerary in august 2017, I am planning to do stok kangri in the first week of august. the dates are 5th aug to 14th august for the trek from leh to leh. i want to club this with ladakh sight seeing, especially from the perspective that if i do some sight seeing before the trek, it will help me acclimatize better. at the same time, i do not want to tire myself by doing all the sight seeing before the trek. So in short, I feel that i should split the sight seeing into two parts viz before and after the trek. Considering this scenario, could you please suggest me some good itinerary. Since, will be in ladakh around 15th august, would also love to spend 15th aug at either leh war memorial or karlgil. Please share your views on the best possible itinerary so that i could cover all major sight seeing places in ladakh.

    • smita kariwadekar on

      btw, sorry I have posted my queries on a wrong thread. hope thats fine for you to reply 🙂

        • Smita Kariwadekar on

          Yes..Thanks a ton for the valuable piece of input you have shared. Shall modify the itinerary considering the same..Thanks again.
          Btw..Any suggestions on some good n economical places to stay? I will scout for the information in your other blogs anyway..But just in case if I miss on any good inputs, would like to hear from you. Sorry if it’s too much of a trouble..:) TIA

        • 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

    • Hi Smita,

      I feel you should first do a local sightseeing around Leh and Sham Valley including Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Magnetic Hills on the second day.Then start the trek and after the trek you may travel to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. How many days before 5th and after 14th you have for sightseeing in Ladakh.

      • Smita Kariwadekar on

        Thanks Dhiraj for your prompt reply. Posting below the tentative plan we have chalked out as of now. Please share your views on the same.
        Tentative plan
        29th our respective places to Srinagar via Flight
        29th stay in srinagar near dal lake
        30th July Srinagar to Kargil via road
        31st Kargil to Leh
        1st Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungala and stay overnight at Nubra valley
        2nd Nubra to Pangong via Shyok route and stay overnight at Pangong
        3rd Pangong to Tsomoriri via Chushul route and stay overnight at Tsomoriri
        4th Tsomoriri to Leh and stay overnight at Leh
        5th is reporting day for Trek in Leh City
        For us it is rest day
        If we want we can spend one day in Leh also after reaching Leh from Kargil and come back from Tsomoriri to Leh on 5th Aug and report straight for the trek

        Thanks in advance. 🙂

        • Hi Smita,

          You will be tired with the above journey without much rest day. Also, it is highly recommended that you do acclimatization in Leh for one day before making journey to Khardung La and beyond. Better follow it else it might end up scaring you with AMS and jeopardising the entire trip including trek. Better skip Tso Moriri part and visit Nubra and Pangong Tso only after one day rest in Leh.

  17. Sumit kumar Kabra on

    Dheeraj ji
    One tour operators gave me this itenery & quoted 29k for 2 ppl without leh stay. plz tell is this a good bargain & correct itenery

    Pick up from airport 2 day local sightseeing 3day nubra 4day back to leh 5day pangong 6day back to leh 7day local sightseeing magnetic hill/ gurduwara pathar sahid/ sangam, zanskar confluence and 8day departure to airport

  18. Sumit kumar Kabra on

    Dear Dheeraj as written earlier I have planned my visit to leh going first time. Wd reach leh on 19thapril morning and wd depart on 26th april.
    Kindly give me itenery for the tour which all places to visit. I wd be hitting a bike in leh so do & don’ts for it too.

    Thx

    • Hi Sumit,

      Bike ride will only be possible for local places around Leh and may be up to Lamayuru/Sham Valley which ever you will opt for. This is because the conditions of high mountain passes are very slippery and army do not allow bikes to ply on those roads as any mishap can be fatal at that altitude. So, please avoid at any cost. You can roam around Leh.

      I am suggesting a plan below of 6 days. You can add Turtuk in it while in Nubra Valley as a day trip from Deskit since you have 7 days in hand.

      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 Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — 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

      • Sumit kumar Kabra on

        Thx Dheeraj for information. I have seen pics ppl traveling to khardung la on bike so we can also go on bike, if not reasons plz.

        Sd we opt for share taxi for other places if not why.
        Asking u as it’s our first visit to laddakh.

        Thx

        • Hi Sumit,

          It is not that bikes are not allowed to be taken to Khardung La. What I am trying to tell you is, that during the winter months when snow is present on roads and hard ice makes it very slippery conditions at high altitude passes like Khardung La and Chang La, army does not allow people to take bikes for the safety of the riders. Once the summers comes in and black ice is not present on the road, then bikes start plying on such routes. Hence, in April you can only use bikes for local sightseeing around Leh or up to Sham valley for your own safety.

          Again getting a shared taxi could be difficult due to lack of number of tourists in off season of April. In case you find people who are tourists you can go ahead and share the taxi with them. However, in local taxi you will just do destination to destination without any stops in between where you would have liked to stop the car and take few pictures.

  19. i would like to share my story about bike rental in Leh too.

    we got cheated by the rental company.

    i want to share my experience i hope this won’t happen to other travelers.

  20. i just back from kashmir & Ladakh trip. For non-indian, you can get the permit at any travel agent. DC office no longer issue the permit. Only travel agent can help.

    Few things need highlight here:

    1) Each travel agent give you different price. So, pls do survey to get better price. i found some ask for around 1000 rupee. The lowest i found is 650 rupee including processing fee.

    2) if you travel alone, a bit difficult to apply the permit. most of the travel agent refuse to do because they may be have less customer and you the only one apply the permit. So, you have to put more afford do survey around Leh. i travelled with 2 friends, so a bit easy to apply the permit.

    3) You only have 7 days permit

    we were planning to go to Nubrah valley, but after we reached check point, the officer took our permit and not allow us to go to nubrah valley due to heavy snow. We only managed to go up to Khardung La. Only taxi and car can go to Nubrah valley if heavy snow. we rented a bike.

    • yeeenn, thank you so much for the valuable updates. These will be very useful to all other planning the trip to Ladakh. I am surprised to come to know that DC office is no longer issuing the permits. Did you go to DC office and someone in DC office confirmed or did anyone else tell you about the same?

      • Hi, Thanks for respond. Yes we went to DC office. They told us, they no longer issue the permit and then we went to tourism office near post office in Leh to validate, the answer is the same.

        You only can get the inner line permit from travel agent. Pls do survey 1st. Each travel agent give you different price. This is very important.

        i would like to share my Ladakh experience here. There’s many good and bad stories. Can you tell me which platform should i write to share to public or readers here?

  21. Iam a bike riding freak now posted in Delhi, this september begining i planned a trip to Leh via srinagar, and started by evening 5 pm from my delhi home, and reached srinagar by 9 am, but due to curfew the road was blocked till evening 5, then i reached sonamarg for night halt and started to early morning to leh and reached by 2pm in Leh, thought of going further a bit and halted for night halt in a tented accomodation, and started early morning and reached non stop to delhi by early morning.

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