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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 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 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


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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  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    Your blog has always been my ultimate reference for Ladakh since 3 years ago when I first came to Ladakh.
    Thanks and keep it up!
    I’m not an Indian citizen. When I fill in the online application of ILP/PAP, there is drop down menu where I have to choose my agent. My questions:
    a) Do we (as a foreigner) have to apply PAP through agent?
    b) Normally, how long does it take for a foreigner to get their printed PAP stamped at the DC office? Is it open everyday or only on working days (Monday- friday)?

    Thanks Dheeraj.

    • Hello Frem,

      1. Yes, foreigners have to go through travel agent only.
      2. Just couple of hrs unless you are not from special/neighbouring country like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc for whom PAP is given from MHA, New Delhi.
      3. You should also be able to get it upon reaching Ladakh.

  2. Hi Dheeraj ,

    We are travelling to Ladakh this month end.
    We ll be taking chusul route to reach hanle from pangong.

    Is that route now permitted ? Do you have any info on that ?

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