What will definitely be called as a disappointing news for people wanting to travel to Ladakh, authorities have decided to implement Inner line permit for Ladakh again on immediate basis for Indian citizens. For last couple of days, tourists are already being sent back from several Army check posts to Leh, asking them to obtain ILP first. While the exact reason for this move is unknown, you would now be required to obtain a Ladakh Inner Line Permit from DC office Leh before proceeding towards any other areas like Nubra Valley or Pangong Tso. Charges too for ILP were revised by quite a margin.
Also read: How to obtain Inner Line permit for Ladakh
The restriction of ILP was removed back in May 2014 for several popular tourists destinations. This was done in order to boost tourist movement in several areas around the border; to connect these better to the country after Chinese incursions. This decision came as a relief because the fuss of going to Dc office, filling out the paperwork was gone completely. Now the same restriction is being bought in again for all the places that are considered earlier as part of Inner line.
Places that you would need to obtain Ladakh Inner Line Permit for:
If any of the below listed places are part of your Ladakh itinerary, then you would need to go to DM office Leh and obtain an ILP first.
- All of Nubra Valley : Khardung La, Khardung, Khalsar, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, Sumur, Takashi, Panamik and Warshi
- Pangong Tso : Chang La, Durbuk, Tangtse and Spangmik
- Changthang Valley : Man, Merak, Chushul, Loma, Koyul, Hanle, Nyoma, Mahe, Sumdo
- Phobrang and Marsimak La
- Leh to Tso Moriri: Chumathang, Mahe, Sumdo, Karzok (Tso Moriri)
- Leh to Batalik: Khalsi, Damkhar, Skurbuchan, Dargoo, Hanoo, Dah, Batalik
- Tangyar Trek : Leh – Saboo – Diggar La – Tangyar (Nubra Valley)
- Agham Shyok Route
- Wari La
Places that you do not need ILP for:
- Sightseeing with Leh City: Leh Palace, Shanti Stoopa, Shey Palace, Hemis etc
- Zanskar Valley: Sankoo, Panikhar, Parkachik, Rangdum, Padum
- Suru Valley: Phey, Nimmoo, Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru, Mulbekh
- Places on Srinagar Leh Highway
- Places on Manali Leh Highway
In order to obtain a Ladakh Inner Line permit, you will be paying the following;
- Wildlife Protection fee: Rs. 20 per person per day
- Environmental Fee: Rs. 400 per person
- Red Cross Donation: Rs. 100 per person
So for example, if 2 people are visiting Ladakh for 5 days covering Nubra and Pangong, they will pay a total of Rs. 800 towards environmental fee, Rs. 200 towards Red Cross donation and a total of Rs. 200 as wildlife protection fee (20 x 2 x 5).
Where to Obtain Ladakh Inner Line Permit From:
The permits are issued at DC office, Leh. You can collect the application from at the DC office, or stationery shops in Leh or even from your hotel. Though the DC office is open from 9.00 AM till 5.00 PM, you must submit your ILP application form before 3 PM.
Please visit the link below for complete details on obtaining ILP for Ladakh. Further details like how to fill up the form, documents you would have to provide etc are explained here along with a copy of the application form in case you would like to take a print out.
I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer.