As per the information that I have received from some of my friends traveling to Leh, the routes around Hanle have been temporarily been stopped for tourists due to some bikers trying to force their way to Umling La. But that is for travel beyond Hanle. The route till Hanle, I believe would be open after the seasonal repair is complete. Just keep on checking.
The rest of the routes are okay and pretty fine to travel. I have heard about similar repair going on the Agham- Shyok road and that’s the reason it’s off limits this season.
But if you want to travel to Pangong directly from Nubra, then you can take the Wari La route as it is still on the tourist map for this season.
I’ll let you know if any other information comes my way.
Also, is permit required for travelling to Nubra, Hunder, Diskit, Turtuk and Pangong this year. I had visited the same in 2016 and didn’t needed any permit. And if yes, earlier I heard it could be obtained online but lately they have stopped that also. You need to get it from DC office in leh. Please clear the Air.
Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits is required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been announced in April 2017. 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. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. Fill in Page 2, 3 for Inner Line Permit applicable for Indians, got to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the required fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.
It is better to get the permit from DC office only as even after getting the permit online, you need to visit DC Office or Tourist Information Center Leh to pay the fee.
Yesterday, theres a news that a tourist has been killed by stone pelters as he was travelling to Gulmarg from Srinagar. I dont think its safe to halt in Srinagar or visit Pahalgam (similar incident also occurred there also). Do you suggest we should skip all these areas and head directly to Sonamarg instead.
Also, the permit for Hanle has started issuing. However, Loma Checkpost is not accepting the permit for now. I believe they are waiting for the checkpost to be installed near Hanle for Umling La pass and then only they will start allowing the tourists to travel to Hanle.
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