Until now, an Inner line permit, was required for Indian citizens to visit certain areas in Ladakh; that were closer to Indo-China border. However as per the recent circular published by DM Office in Leh; the restriction for Inner line permits for Indian Citizens was removed; effective 1st May 2014
UPDATE: Please note that ILP has been reintroduced effective year 2017. Please read How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh to get details regarding getting the permit.
No Inner Line Permits For Indian Citizens
Places where Indian citizens can visit without an Inner Line Permit as stated in the circular are,
- Pangong Tso, Man, Merak : No ILP required to visit Pangong Tso, until the village of Merak.
- Nubra Valley : No ILP required to cross Khardung La and enter Nubra Valley. It is covering Sumur and until Panamik on one side of the valley and Diskit, Hunder, Thoise, Changmar, Bukdang and Turtuk on the other.
- Tso Moriri : No ILP required to visit Tso Moriri, via Chumthang route, that Leh – Upshi, Kumdok, Kere, Chumthang, Mahe, Sumdo and Karzok.
- Nyoma, Loma Bend : Further on the chumthang route, you can continue till Loma Bend through Nyoma without obtaining an ILP.
- Tangyar [Trekking] : You can trek on this route without an ILP now. [Leh – Sabhoo – Digger La – Khungru Gompa – Tangyar]
- Dah and Hanu Villages : This is the Khaltse, Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Hanudo, Biama, Dha route
Foreigners will still need to obtain a Protected Area Permit to visit all of the above mentioned areas. Circular only allows Indian Nationals to visit these places on basis of a valid identity card.
Earlier you were to obtain the Inner Line Permit and produce it at ITBP and Indian Army Check posts. Now a valid Identity card issued by the-government of India will suffice;. This will include your Passport, Driving license, Voter id card or Aadhar card.
Please note that you still need to get ILP for areas like Hanle, Chushul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur and Marisimik La. These areas are still restricted for Indian Nationals as well.
Here is a copy of the circular.
Considering all the recent Chinese incursions in the area; I think it is a good move on government’s part to ensure more civilian movement in the region. The more tourist movement and more the locals here will feel themselves attached to the country. It will also help them to earn a better livelihood. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.