How to Get Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online in 2024 – 25

by Vargis.Khan

The procedure for applying for a Ladakh Inner Line Permit online was introduced in order to simplify the process for tourists and reduce the paperwork required. While you are still required to go to the DC office in Leh to get your permit stamped, it still is a great way to secure your permits beforehand. In this article, I will run you down the complete process to get a Ladakh permit online.

Back in 2014, the need to get a permit for visiting places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake was scrapped. This was done in order to promote tourism in the region, support the livelihood of the local people, and to also better connect Ladakh with the rest of the country.

But 3 years later, in 2017, ILP had to be reintroduced due to the increasing Chinese incursions in the area. By that time, tourism in Ladakh had increased several folds, and managing everyone in the DC office proved to be difficult. This is when the online portal was launched and people were able to get their Ladakh permits online.

As per the circular issued in 2017, a copy of which I will share further in the article, both Inner Line permit for Indian citizens and Protected area permit for foreign nationals can now be availed online.

Ladakh Permit Online Procedure

The biggest problem with the online procedure is that it is not a complete process. You can get a permit online, pay the related charges and print a copy out but you will still need to visit the DC office to get it stamped. Without the stamp, the permit will not be considered valid.

Update: 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, the need to get the permit stamped at the DC office has been removed temporarily. This was done in order to avoid the gathering of tourists in the DC office and to maintain social distancing.

You now only need to pay the fee online and that is all that is needed. The permit will remain valid without any stamp or signature.

Please note that this update is only for the year 2022 and may get removed later. It may also get continued if the authorities deem it beneficial.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide

How to Get Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online

In order to apply for ILP online, you need to visit the Online Portal and then follow the steps mentioned below. It will ask you for identity proof so please keep your Aadhar card/ Voter ID / Driving License handy. There is no need to register yourself first on the portal. You can directly apply for the permit.

In case the hyperlink above did not work, this is the page you need to visit –

After the webpage loads, you will notice 5 options in a floating tab on the right-hand side of the page. Click on ‘Domestic’.  This is the option for Indian citizens.

Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online


  • It will take you to another page asking you to populate your details.
  • Mention Name, Mobile Number, E-mail address, Gender, and the state you belong to.
  • Click on the ID type drop-down and select the one that you have handy.
  • Fill out your Aadhar card, DL, Passport, or voter ID number.
  • Mention your complete address
  • In the ‘Issue Permit’ field, select ‘Directly’
  • Click in the “Date of Arrival” field and a calendar will fly out. Select your date of arrival in Leh town.
  • Review your dates and the entire information once again.
  • Click on Register.

ladakh inner line permit online

Individual Vs Group

  • A fly-out menu will ask you if you want to do an Individual registration or a group registration.
  • If you are traveling alone, select Individual.
  • In case you were traveling in a group and were applying permit for everyone, select group registration.
  • If you select group registration, on the next page, you will have to enter details of everyone traveling with you and their ID numbers.

group registration for ladakh permits

Route Selection

  • On the next screen, you will be provided a list of places that you want to apply the permit for. You can select the places on basis of your itinerary.
  • My recommendation will be that you select all of them. The charges for permits are based on the number of days and people, not the places. So to ensure that you do not miss out on a place because you did not where it was located, select all of the options you are presented with.
  • In the reference field, verify your name and ID number once again.
  • Please note down Reference ID. Copy-paste it somewhere because you will need it to print your permit later.
  • Select your date of Arrival and Departure.
  • Click on Next
  • A self-declaration pop-up menu will appear with the terms and conditions of the permit. Read carefully, check the I accept box and click on Accept.

ladakh online permit

self declaration

Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Payment

  • On the next page, you will be presented with complete details of your permit and the related cost. Review the details and click on Pay Now at the bottom of the page.
  • It will take you to another page where you can make the online payment.
  • After payment, you will be provided with a receipt that you can take a printout of.
  • Using the Reference ID, you can take a printout of your permit. For this, go back to the homepage and click on the option that reads Print Permit.

route selection

permit charges

Other Tips

If you selected the Group Registration link, you will need to fill out the details of the other travelers on the next page. The total charge that you will pay later will then be for the entire group.

Making an online payment is not mandatory. If you do not wish to pay on the portal, you can still take a print of the permit and make payment at the DC office in Leh.


I hope this information on Ladakh Inner Line Permit online portal was of help. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum, and I will be happy to answer.

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Abhishek August 5, 2022 - 9:09 pm

Hello Vargis Bhai
Once we have applied for ILP and there is a change in itinerary, say arrival date is postponed by a day or two, can we still continue with the permit ?

SC July 20, 2022 - 3:40 am

Hi ,
I am from sri Lanka and I couldnt take Innerline Permit as sri Lankans need to apply it from Ministry of Affairs ,Delhi.But i couldnt find any article on relevant information .I Appreciate if you can let me know any details you know about this

Samiran Bharadwaj August 23, 2021 - 10:49 am

Hi Sir, I have added a few additional places to my iterniary last minute but I already applied for a permit (exclusive of the last-minute additions) now I want to apply for the same but I don’t see on the website to edit the places of visit. What should I do – should I go DM office an apply for a fresh permit?

Amrita July 28, 2021 - 2:35 pm

Thank you for the Jult 2021 update

Vargis.Khan July 29, 2021 - 5:23 am

You are welcome

Aamir sohail July 26, 2021 - 9:22 am

I want know in online.permit shall .i have take permit for my car also

Vargis.Khan July 28, 2021 - 6:26 am

The permit is issued on per person basis, not per vehicle. You can bring your car

Mohan K August 4, 2021 - 8:12 am

Hello sir plz cl ma 6361794388

Shirley Deakin March 2, 2020 - 1:40 pm

I will be joining a tour group for my 1st visit to Ladakh and they will be arrange my ILP. I plan to stay a few extra days as Tso Moriri is not part of the package. How easy is it to extend or do I have to re -apply.

Manisha chorge July 9, 2019 - 11:34 am

what are the permit cost

Vargis.Khan July 9, 2019 - 5:59 pm Reply
Mukesh June 11, 2019 - 9:08 pm

Bhai as per my plan we are reaching Leh by Saturday evening, how can i avail the permit to visit Khardungala & Nubra Velly on Sunday.
Is there any possibility if i take the permit online and send the soft copy to any agent who stamped it? if-yes than please suggest any agent.
any budget hotel who will help us to ready the permit? if-Yes than please suggest any hotel.


Tejaswini May 28, 2019 - 7:01 pm

Hey varghis,
i had a small doubt, my hotel person said that now whole process for getting ILP is online and we dont need to visit DC office for stamping after paying online and getting the printout. Can you confirm if this information is correct or not ?

Vargis.Khan May 30, 2019 - 9:55 am

That is not correct Tejaswini. You will still need to get it stamped.

Abhishek Kumar May 25, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Hi Vargis,

I tried getting ILP online but something happened and I am now not able to apply for the permit. What should we do now?

Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:05 am

You will now have to get it in person Abhishek Bhai

Gajender Verma May 2, 2019 - 7:11 am

Hello Vargis Brother,

Greetings of the day.
I had planned to visit Leh by Zoomcar in June 2019 via Manali. But now i came to know that Zoomcar is only allowed to reach Leh(Is my information correct??). To visit Tso Moriri and Pangong i need to hire a local taxi from there which are very costly and it will also take out the thrill of driving on the roads of that region.

Is it possible to take ILP from manali so that we can visit Tso Moriri and Pangong and than Leh and come back??

Waiting for your response.

Vargis.Khan May 2, 2019 - 5:35 pm

No it is not Gajender Bhai. You cannot take Zoomcar anywhere in Ladakh and don’t risk it as well. There have been incidents of vehicles getting attacked and vandalized because of this.

Gajender Verma May 5, 2019 - 8:55 am

Thanks for your reply Vargis bhai.
One more thing i have Ritz Diesel model, is it suitable to take my car to Leh??
Also it is on the name of my father, so can i get the ILP permit in this case as my father will not be going with me??

Thanks in advance.

Vargis.Khan May 5, 2019 - 1:40 pm

Yes Gajender Bhai. You will get the permit but drive very carefully across the water crossings otherwise the underbelly of your car may get damaged. Low GC of the car will be a problem.

HEMANT KUMAR KARNANI October 13, 2018 - 7:08 pm

We have successfully passed the registration process but at the end when it is asked to pay through debit card, we gave all the details but after putting the otp in the required box …problem is occuring the transaction is not taking place . when i am registering it again from the beginning then it is showing it is already registered . So how to do the payment ?? Pls help

Vargis.Khan October 14, 2018 - 4:52 am

No other option but to now get the permit in person after you reach Leh city.

Ravikanth November 14, 2018 - 10:51 am

Sir can u send me the details how to apply and how long to go to the permit could u tell me the details sir

Vargis.Khan November 14, 2018 - 2:04 pm Reply
ASHISH SHARMA September 23, 2018 - 3:27 pm

Hi vargis, i applied for ILP online and made payment, we will visit Nubra and Pangong but while applying online I marked all the 7 circuits,
I just want to know that will it be a problem??

iamsharun September 11, 2018 - 11:38 am

Hi Vargis,
We are planning for a 4 Day trip at the end of September. Rough plan will be like
Day 1. Land in Leh
Day 2. Explore locations near Leh
Day 3. Explore locations near Nubra Valley
Day 4. Explore locations near Pangong Tso Lake
Could you please share the details of the permits required and the list of places to include in the form?

Vargis.Khan September 11, 2018 - 11:49 am

You just need the innner line permmit that I explained in the post above. Or see the post below. You just need to write either of the villages of Nubra valley and Pangong on the form and that will be enough.

Ben Leow August 21, 2018 - 4:45 pm

I’m from Malaysia and I just submitted the application for the permit at

It did not ask me for my contact details. It only asks for my name, nationality, gender, passport no, visa no, visa type. address, agent and date of arrival.

I have no idea which agent to choose, so I just simply pick one.

After I submit, it says successfully received.

But I have no idea how are they going to contact me. They never asked for my contacts.

When I tried again, it says already submitted.

So what am I suppose to do now?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Prabhjot August 4, 2018 - 7:17 am

Hi Vargis,

I applied the online permit and paid for 2 persons as well.
I got a reference no. of my permit and when i tried to print the permit, there was no details in the form other than the group ID. Could you please confirm if we need to fill that by ourselves and get it stamped in TIC Leh?
Will it work ?

Yogesh Tiwari September 23, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Dear , you are using the wrong reference no. , your reference no. is Direct followed by your id no. for example if your addhar card id no is 71925954XXXX the your reference id id Direct71925954XXXX.
This is also mention in your payment slip which you have recieved in your mail id (named as “PERMIT ID”)after online transaction .

Farhana August 1, 2018 - 2:51 am

Hi, Vargis khan i am citizen of bangladesh if I want to go ladakh then how I can take permission from office. Is there any other form for foreigner to take permission? Please share link where I can take permission for leh. Thanks in advance

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2018 - 3:07 am

Hi Farhana – Bangladeshi citizens are not being issued permits for Ladakh this year. You will have to try getting it from Delhi Home Ministry but most probably will be denied. My advice would be to plan for next year.

Prashant July 25, 2018 - 9:58 am

Hi , i missed getting my ILP reference number for Leh and made the paid online , now it doesnt take me back to print the ILP, is there a way to find the ILP ref number, or to take a printout ! Thanks

Yogender July 15, 2018 - 8:08 pm

Hi vargis,
Actually we are travelling two. Is it for compulsory to fill permit online and make payment at DC office ? cant we fill there only to avoid any error ?

Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 12:36 am

Hi Yogender, Yes you can get the permit at DC office only as well. It is completely your choice.

yogender July 17, 2018 - 7:12 am

thanks bro.

Vargis.Khan July 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm

You are welcome Yogender !!!

Yogender July 15, 2018 - 7:59 pm

hi vargis brother,
Actually we are travelling two. Is it for compulsory to fill permit online and make payment at DC office.? cant we fill our permit there only to avoid any error ?

Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 12:36 am

Hi Yogender, Yes you can get the permit at DC office only as well. It is completely your choice.

Bhooma July 13, 2018 - 5:54 am

Hi, I just applied online for an ILP and I was able to make payment online for the permit. Any idea if I need to go to the TIC to get the permit stamped/verified?

Bhooma July 16, 2018 - 3:34 am

Hi Vargis, please let me know, if you can? Btw, your site is really helpful!

Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 6:09 pm

Hi Bhooma – Sorry I missed replying to your comment. Even if you were able to make payment online, It would be better if you visited the office and got your permit stamped. Better to spend an hour in Leh to get this done rather than getting sent back from the check post.

Bhooma July 17, 2018 - 5:24 am

Hi Varghis, thanks a bunch for replying. Its really amazing that you are putting out all this information!

Would you know if there are any routes that are not covered in the online permit? Specifically Nubra to Pangong (directly) and Pangong to Tsomoriri (again direct?). Or the sectors listed in the online permit are all inclusive?

To be safe, I ticked all of them!

Vargis.Khan July 17, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Hi Bhooma – If you have clicked all of them then you will be fine. Hanle is not in the list. If you want to go that way then you would have to mention it seperately on the form and get it stamped.

Anu Dutt July 8, 2018 - 8:31 am

Hi Vargis
Is there a permit required for driving from Nubra to Pangong via Agam-Shyok-Tangtse? If yes, which route to apply for in the ILP website?

Vargis.Khan July 8, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Hi Anu – There is no permit needed for Shyok route as such. Your regular ILP for Nubra and Pangong will suffice for this route.

Arsh Mankotia July 6, 2018 - 7:22 pm

Hello brother,

Had a lot of clarity about places after going through your blog, still some questions remained. I hope i can get reply from your end for the same.

I am planning to go to Leh from Kargil via Batalik- Dah- Skurbuchan. I understand it requires ILP from DC Kargil. My question is how much time generally it takes? Can one take permission at same day and continue on journey.

Also I checked at your comments that one need to take rented bikes to travel pangong and other inner places. I am traveling by my father’s bike, do i also need to take rented bikes to visit other places then leh?

Thanks in advance


Vargis.Khan July 7, 2018 - 12:45 am

Hi Arsh,

1. Batalik – It depends on how early you can get the permit but same day journey will be a bit tough and long.
2. Bike – Yes you can bring your father’s bike but just carry all the IDs to prove that owner of the bike is your father. No need to rent another bike in Leh then.

Mani July 4, 2018 - 5:54 am

Boss i am mani my payment done for inner line permit I got the collection reciept permit id again should i go to TIC to collect anything or for any signatures while applied and paid through online

Mitul June 28, 2018 - 9:16 am

Hello vargis bhai..first of all hats off to you and your blog..for providing such a wonderful details about route,places and evsmall thing..
Well I m traveling to leh via manali in first week of july with 5 of my friends all on
self owned royal enfield..
I m planning to take the route
manali-rohtang-jispa-sarchu-leh-khardungla-nubra-pangog(via shyok)-leh-kargil-sringar..

Hope its looks ok,I just wanted to knw about leh permit..which places shall I mention for going to
Leh to nubra via khardungla
Nubra to pangog via shyok
Pangog to leh.

We might visit turtuk or Tso moriri..but not sure as of dont hav much holidays left for us..

Will start from manali on 5th July 2018 and end at sringar on 14th july 2018

Please do let me

Thank advance

Vargis.Khan June 28, 2018 - 2:48 pm

Hi Mitul – Just get the permits for Nubra valley and Pangong Tso and that will work for Shyok route as well. The permit for Nubra will covver Turtuk as well so you can cover that too if you had time.

Mitul June 29, 2018 - 5:10 am

Thank you..vargis bhai.

Vargis.Khan June 29, 2018 - 2:27 pm

You are welcome Bhai !!!

Vargis.Khan June 24, 2018 - 4:06 am

Below is an update on permits this year.

1. Permits to Domestic travellers are now being given from Permit Office, TIC ( Tourist Information Center, near J&K Bank, Main Bazaar). Foreigners still need to go to DC office near Polo Ground.
2. You have to fill the form online only, if you are applying in self. I am not sure about the process if you want to apply through an agent.
3. Take printout of the online permit and carry copies along with you. One each for Nubra, Pangong, Tso morriri and Hanle.
4. And yes permits are being given for Chushul, Tsagala, Loma,Hanle. They will sign and stamp your printouts and will take the required payments as mentioned in the portal.
5. For Hanle, You will have to further go to DC office. Take a copy of the permit that you received from TIC and DC office will keep a copy and will further stamp your permit ” permission to visit Hanle”. That would make your permit process complete.
6. Keep at least 3 copies of Hanle permit along with you while traveling.

Vijayanthi June 25, 2018 - 6:03 pm

Greetings from Sri Lanka
We are 2 groups of Sri Lankan’s traveling to India in July and September, planning on visiting Leh, the online application form for the Inner Line Permit doesn’t have the option to enter Sri Lanka under Nationality. Please could you advise how one can get the permit?

Thanks in advance.

Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 8:29 pm

Inner Line Permit is only for Indians.Foreign national are to obtain Protected Area Permit. Please see the link below.

Zarina June 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm

I have registered for the inline permit but something went wrong with my browser. Now when I apply again it says, already registered and I don’t know my reference number. How to get the permit now?

Vargis.Khan June 22, 2018 - 2:56 pm

You will have to get it in person after you reach Leh, no other way.

imran khan June 22, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Or u can get it by any other person name from ur group and u can add ur name on it like a group member i did this n its work

Zarina June 22, 2018 - 3:14 pm

I tried that, But we are two and I have added her name as well so it’s not accepting that as well 🙁

Vargis.Khan June 22, 2018 - 3:28 pm

Then let it be. You would anyways have to go to the DC office in Leh to make the payment and get your permit stamped. Get it there only. The online portal is only for filling the form and taking a print out.

Zarina June 22, 2018 - 3:32 pm

That is helpful. Thank you Imran and Vargis 🙂

Vargis.Khan June 22, 2018 - 6:35 pm

You are welcome !!!

imran khan June 22, 2018 - 7:22 pm

our pleasure to help you, best of luck for your journey…

Zarina June 23, 2018 - 9:39 am

Thank you

Vargis.Khan June 22, 2018 - 3:28 pm

Thanks Imran for this tip.

Zarina June 23, 2018 - 9:40 am

Your page is really helpful. I am sure a lot of people benefit from it. Thank you and keep the good work going!!

Vargis.Khan June 23, 2018 - 3:07 pm

Thank you for your kind words Zarina. I appreciate it. Do let me know how your trip went after you return.

Pradeep June 7, 2018 - 4:54 pm

Hi Mr. Vargis
I have one question. We are 02 families visiting Leh on 12 Jun 18. Does each and every member has to stand in que and get registered for inner area in Leh…?

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2018 - 11:09 pm

Hello Mr. Pradeep, No one person can get the permit on everyone’s behalf. No need for everyone to go. Names would have to be mentioned on the same permit anyways.

Pratik Andharia June 6, 2018 - 4:56 pm


We have planned to our Leh trip from 16 Aug to 22 Aug 18. Our route will starting from Manali.

My confusion is, how will we get inner line permit from Samurai. As our route first place will Samurai. And than Nubra Vally-leh-Pancong lake.

As per online permit process, we have to pay fee offline at Leh.

Is there any other option to payment of permit fee or print out of online permit is valid upto Leh.

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Hi Pratik,

Permits at Samurai? I did not get that.

There is no way to get the permits without reaching Leh. You will have to first get there to make the payment and get your permits signed / stamped.

Tenzin Tsering May 29, 2018 - 9:25 am

My name is Tenzin and I’m from Bir himachal so just I wanted to ask or want some favors from you.
So I’m riding a solo from hp to JnK state and I got 2nd June “beyond rothang permit” so is it necessary to fixed a date like other people do or plan something because I want to explore JnK from leh to most of the places where we tourists are allowed mostly I have time for it, so need some advice

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 6:21 pm

Tenzin – I am not sure what your question is. For Ladakh ILP, yes you will have to mention the dates that you need the permit for.

imran khan May 23, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Vergis can u tell me if we reach manali on Tuesday can we get the permit for Wednesday as u said that on every Tuesday rohtang is closed so they work on office or they were also shut on Tuesdays.

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Rohtang Pass is closed on Tuesday but the DM office is open so yes, you can get the permits.

imran khan May 23, 2018 - 1:56 pm

Thank you Janab for clearing my doubts.

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 2:06 pm

You are welcome brother

Subhendu Kayal May 30, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Vargis ji , for visiting Dah,Hanoo villages need ILP ? As I want to visit the places directly from Kargil . Can I do it ?

imran khan May 23, 2018 - 9:06 am

Hi vargis, we r planning to visit ladakh via manali route, two year before we have to get the permit from manali for cross the gulaba still that same thing is there we need any permit for gulaba check point or we can pass that without any permit

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Hi Imran – Yes that is the Rohtang permit which you still need to get. See the post below please.

Pruthvi Shankar sira June 13, 2018 - 7:38 am

Hello Mr. Vargis,

We will be making a circuit trip, DL-Jammu-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Manali-Delhi, so do we still need to get the Rohtang permit if we are travelling to Manali from Leh.?

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 4:07 pm

Hi Pruthvi – No, rohtang permit is not required for coming to Manali from Leh.

Ashwath May 22, 2018 - 2:11 pm

we need your help in revieing on our itinerary. Below is our tentative date and places of visit.

26th may- Delhi-Patnitop
27th Patnitop-Srinager
28th Srinagar-Drass-Kargil
29th Kargil-Leh
30th Spare day for ILP and visit local places in Leh
31th Leh-Khardungla-Diskit
1st June Diskit-Hunder-Leh
2nd Leh-Changla-Lukung-Spangmik
3rd Spangmik-Pangong-Leh
4th Leh-Chumatang-Hanle
5th Hanle-Karzok
6th Karzok-Leh
7th Leh-Pang-Sarchu
8th Sarchu-Keylong-Manali
9th Manali-Delhi

It would be most helpful if you give your suggestion on our itinerary.

Waiting for your reply.

Girish Prabhu May 22, 2018 - 4:49 am

Dear Vargis Your blog and the comments from others are very informative. My question is whether the Inner line permit is issued by DC or DM office on Saturdays and Sundays ? The reason is I am reaching Leh on a Saturday and I plan to get the ILP in person rather than online.
Keep up the good work and god bless.
Dr Girish

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Thank you Dr. Prabhu. I am afraid you will not get the permit on Sunday. You may get it on Saturday provided that you reach the office early and it is not a holiday.

Ashwath May 21, 2018 - 7:23 am

Hi Vargis,

We are planning our journey from Delhi on 24th May and our route is Delhi-Patnitop-Jammu-Leh(Visit places near Leh)-Manali-Delhi.

We hire Bikes from Delhi, so will there be any problem in Leh for getting ILP for rented bikes?
And also mention what kind of problem we may face during ILP and give the solution too.

Thanks in advance

Vargis.Khan May 21, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Bikes rented outside Ladakh are not allowed there. So you can only use your Delhi rented bikes to reach Leh. Once you get there, you will have to leave the Delhi registered bikes parked at the hotel and rent another set of bikes from Leh city itself; for visiting places like Nubra Valley, Pangong etc. There is no solution to this really.

Ashwath May 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

Thanks for the suggestion Vargis.

Also we need your help in revieing on our itinerary. Below is our tentative date and places of visit.

26th may- Delhi-Patnitop
27th Patnitop-Srinager
28th Srinagar-Drass-Kargil
29th Kargil-Leh
30th Spare day for ILP and visit local places in Leh
31th Leh-Khardungla-Diskit
1st June Diskit-Hunder-Leh
2nd Leh-Changla-Lukung-Spangmik
3rd SpangmikPangong-Leh
4th Leh-Chumatang-Hanle
5th Hanle-Karzok
6th Karzok-Leh
7th Leh-Pang-Sarchu
8th Sarchu-Keylong-Manali
9th Manali-Delhi

It would be most helpful if you give your suggestion on our itinerary.

Waiting for your reply.

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 2:11 pm

Your itinerary looks great brother. No change needed.

Jatin Roy May 17, 2018 - 9:04 am

Hi.. We have booked inner line permits for nubra valley an near by areas with the group of 6 people which is starting from 9 june to 16 june. But now we have preponed our plan and will be visiting on 3rd of june. So when I was going for re-registration , It is showing that already registered, so how to do modification in dates? Please suggest me as quick as possible

Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 6:14 pm

You cannot do it, it won’t let you. You will have to go and get the permits in person from DM office Leh now.

Suman Dey May 15, 2018 - 5:48 am

How to apply for marsimik la ilp online. There is no option for Marsimik la in the online form.. Plz suggest

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 4:42 pm

There is no option to apply Marismak La online. You will have to do it in person at DM office Leh.

Dev.N May 8, 2018 - 11:16 am

Hi Vargis,

After reading this I really really got confused. Somewhere I read, most probably in your blog only, that Indian Nationals don’t need permit anymore. So I made a plan like this –
Manali – Keylong – Pang – Tso Moriri – Pangong Tso – Nubra Valley – Leh – Kargil – Padum – Kargil – Srinagar.

Seems like I first have to reach Leh, get the permit and then roam around. I have taken the online form printed. Is there any way to get permit with out getting into Leh. I’m really confused.

Thanks in Advance.

Dev.N May 8, 2018 - 11:39 am

Tso Moriri to Pangong will be via Nyoma Chushul

Vargis.Khan May 8, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Hi Dev – Inner Line Permit was a mandate earlier. It was removed in 2014 and then brought back in 2017. So you may have read it on a post I made in these three years. As of now the permit is a mandate.

Dev.N May 8, 2018 - 6:36 pm

So there is noway to get the permit in Manali to Tso Moriri route??? I have to go to Leh???

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2018 - 2:09 am

Unfortunately no, unless you can find someone in Leh who can get the permits on your behalf and then courier those to you.

And before you ask, I do not have a contact in Leh who could do that 🙂

Dev.N May 9, 2018 - 7:28 am

Even if you have, it will be unfair to ask you. Thanks for all the info. Keep writing. God Bless.

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2018 - 1:58 pm

Thanks Brother.

Pal May 12, 2018 - 7:33 pm

Dear Sir,
I have made mistakes in dates while filling my inner line permit, can the same be discarded and reapplied online ….as we are a group of 19 people there is no issue as to registration restriction as on site.

Vargis.Khan May 12, 2018 - 8:56 pm

I do not think it will let you try to register again but you can try. If it does not work, only other option then would be to obtain the permits in person from DM office Leh

Pal May 13, 2018 - 3:15 am

Thank you Sir.

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2018 - 5:07 am

You are welcome brother !!!

H J May 7, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Varghis Bhai,

if we apply for ILP for 1-2 specific region or all the regions (8 options) as per

is it going to cost differently ? if the cost is same, Y not to apply for the all the options.??

or it is just based on number of days of stay ?

Vargis.Khan May 7, 2018 - 4:44 pm

Himanshu Bhai it is based on number of days and not places. You can apply for all of them but then will have to count days accordingly to cover all

Nikhil shrivastav May 2, 2018 - 9:28 pm

Hello sir
I am planning for a road trip
So can i borrow my friends vehicle for the trip
Is there is a need of him to be present at the same time at the check post as he is not travelling with us. So sir pls kindly help me with the same. As i had came to heard that the car owner needs to be present with the car wherever the check points demands.
And i want to get an idea that can i get the inner line permit by reaching at leh itself. As i am departing from mumbai on 05th of this week.
Pls sir kindly revert me as soon as possible
Thankyou sir

Vargis.Khan May 3, 2018 - 7:09 pm

Hi Nikhil – If you are borrowing a friends bike, then you can use it only to reach Leh. From there, you will have to rent another local bike for visiting places like Nubra and Pangong.

Harry May 2, 2018 - 4:21 pm

Thanks sir

Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 6:28 pm

You are welcome Bhai

Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 6:28 pm

You are welcome Bhai

harry May 2, 2018 - 6:32 am

Hello vargis bhai… have covered each and every corner of leh ladakh in your blog and we need not to go any where.We completely rely on you and your blog…Thanks bhai dil se for such hardwork and dedication to help people like us…….stay blessed and keep writing and motivating people to travel like this….

I want to cover khardungla, diskit,hunder,surmur,panamik,turtuk,pangong lake and tso moriri in my coming leh trip. So while filling inner line permit should I write “khardungla,diskit,hunder,surmur,panamik,turtuk,pangong lake and tso moriri ” as such or should I write some in between places also (which I do not know)so that I do not want face any problem at any check post bcoz someone told me that we need to write each and every stop of our itinerary during filling the form.

Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Thanks Harry Bhai for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

Just write khardungla,diskit,hunder,surmur,panamik,turtuk,pangong lake and tso moriri. This will do.

Harry May 2, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Thanks sir

Sanat Srivastava April 27, 2018 - 7:28 pm

Hi Vargis Bhai, I was wondering if Hanle, Umling La permit is available this year or not?

Vargis.Khan April 30, 2018 - 8:36 pm

Sanat Bhai Umling La is definitely off-limits. Permits for Hanle however are being issued.

Sanat Srivastava April 30, 2018 - 9:14 pm

Got to support the army’s decision! Thanks for the info, bhai!

Vargis.Khan May 1, 2018 - 2:57 pm

You are right Sanat Bhai !!!

SHIV April 24, 2018 - 10:04 am

hi vergis bhai, agr me permit apply karte time no of days na select krke only apni date mention kr du jitne din me udr rhne wala hu or sare rato pr tick krke print nikal lu to koi problem hogi kya???
qki merko smjh nai aa rha no of days kitne select kru isliye date mention nai kri.

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 6:51 pm

Shiv Bhai agar filhal sure nahi ho toh online mat lo. Leh jakar hi le lena. Ye online wala option vaise bhi sirf form bharne ki formality hai. Aapko anyways vahan DC office ki taraf toh jaana padega hi payment karne aur stamp karvane ke liye toh vahin jaake on the spot hi form bhi bhar lena. Isko abhi bharoge toh print out nikalna padega aur phir Leh jaane tak vo print out sambhal kar saath leke ghoomna padega.

SHIV April 25, 2018 - 10:46 am

ok thnx bhai.

Vargis.Khan April 25, 2018 - 2:18 pm

You are welcome Bhai !!!

kailash iyer April 23, 2018 - 4:59 am

Dear Vargis Bhai,
I am amazed at the wonderful work that you are doing. Congrats and I am sure you will be rewarded well for this. I and my wife are taking a road trip to Leh in May. I need your views on our itinerary. We are keen to see traditional Ladakh lifestyle and villages along with the natural and toursity places. We are driving on our Maruti SX4 (Hope this is a good choice). Our tentative itinerary is like this:
6th May- Delhi- Jalandhar/ Ludhiana (We can leave by noon only)
7th May- Ludhiana/ Jalandhar to Patnitop
8th May- Patnitop- Srinagar
9th May- Stay/ Sightseeing in Srinagar
10th May- Srinagar- Kargil
11th May- Kargil- Leh
12th- 18th Leh/ Ladakh
19th May- Reach Manali
20th May- Manali- Delhi
Now the help that I want from you is we have 12th May to 18th May in Ladakh and we need to reach Manali by 19th May. Can you suggest an itinerary where we can see some traditional places/ meet local communities and also see the best of places? I also heard about an Aryan village. I am not sure where it is.
I would be really grateful to you for your support.

Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 3:26 pm

Hello Kailash Bhai,

Thank you for your kind words. You can travel like this but it also depends on whether or not the Manali route is open by your date of travel.

12 – Leh. Rest and arrange permits.
13 – Leh to Turtuk (Nubra valley)
14 – Turtuk to Panamik
15 – Panamik to Pangong via Shyok road
16 – Pangong to Pang
17 – Pang to Jispa
18 – Jispa to Manali
19 – Manali to Delhi
20 – Buffer. Keep this day in buffer because there are permit issues for Shyok route right now. In case you do not get this permit, You will have to come back to Leh from Nubra valley and go to Pangong the next day.

And yes, you can do the trip in SX4 but be careful around water crossing and slushy areas.

kailash iyer April 24, 2018 - 6:40 am

Thank you for the details Vargis bhai.
Turtuk looks really interesting. A huge thanks for this. I read your blogs carefully and saw the detailed map that you have made, It is very useful. I have become your fan :-). I still have a few queries on your suggested route.
1. In your blog ( ) you write that the Agham- Shyok road from Panamik to Pangong is really treacherous. The blog is from 2016. Are the roads still the same? If that is the case, wouldn’t it be better to return to Leh and take the alternative route?
2. Pangong to Pang- do I take the route via Karu or via Chushul/ Mahe/Sumdo/ Thukje?
3. If we don’t go to Tso Moriri, are we missing something great? Or is it the same as Pangong?
4. Is it a good idea to stay at Hermis (either near the Gompa or in the adjoining National Park)- Are there any places to stay inside the park?
5. Are the fuel stations that you have mentioned in your map the only ones even now or have any new stations been added?
Am really excited to go on the trip.

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 7:15 pm

Thanks Kailash Bhai.

1. Towards the end of that page, I have posted a more recent picture of the road. It is not that dangerous anymore.
2. Chushul route you cannot take this year. Permits are not being given.
3. No, not missing something too great.
4. I have not been to the park so cannnot really advise on this.
5. Please take a look at the post below.

KAILASH HARIHARAN IYER May 19, 2018 - 5:30 am

Vargis Bhai, unfortunately I had to postpone my trip. Is July 1st week a good time to travel with the same itinerary? And would it be ok to drive the whole way?

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:34 pm

Hi Kailash Bhai, Yes July is a good time and you can definitely drive all the way.

kailash iyer May 21, 2018 - 3:56 am

Thank you Vargis Bhai. Excited to go.

Vargis.Khan May 21, 2018 - 3:34 pm

You are welcome Bhai !!!

Pruthvi Shankar Sira May 7, 2018 - 9:38 pm

Dear Mr, Vargis Khan,

Hope you’re doing well.

Thank you for all the insight and the detail narrative of each subject one needs to know before planning for their Ladakh trip.

My name is Pruthvi Shankar, from Bengaluru, presently working in Bahrain.
We are 9 cousins & friends, making a circuit road trip via Delhi-J&K-Leh-Manali-Delhi route, from June 15 to 24.

We have made most of our bookings for the accommodations at all our halts, however, you’re mention regarding the uncertainty of inner line permits via shyok & chushul routes took us by surprise, as we have made our plans assuming the inner line permits thro these routes. We will be travelling in 2 Selfi-driven SUVs from Delhi. So could you please throw some light on how we can make the below plan work.

June 18 : Kargil – Leh
19th : Leh – Nubra
20th : Nubra – Pangong tso(Merak)
21st : Merak – Hanle
22nd : Hanle – Sarchu

Since all our bookings are already made could you please confirm the probability of getting the inner line permits for shyok & chushul routes, and feasible alternate routes to follow our plans, if incase the permits are not issued..

Thank you in advance,

Vargis.Khan May 8, 2018 - 6:15 pm

Hello Mr. Sira,

Permits for Shyok road are being issued and it will most probably remain open. Chushul route however is definitely off limits right now. Situation may change by June though as the tourist season gets to its peak.

Pruthvi Shankar Sira May 8, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Thank you for the quick response, if the chushul route remains closed by june too, then which is the best alternate route to reach Hanle from Merak in a day..

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2018 - 2:10 am

You are welcome !!! There is no other route really. You will have to come back to Leh and then reach Hanle via Chumathang.

Pruthvi Shankar sira June 7, 2018 - 6:07 am

Dear Mr. Khan,

I was just wondering if you have got any update on the status of Chushul route, is the permit being issued now, or is it expected to be open anytime soon.

thank you,

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2018 - 11:26 pm

Hello Mr. Sira, Those permits are still not being issued unfortunately.

shashank rawat April 9, 2018 - 5:25 am

Hi Vargis, what kind of permit is this. Like to enter in the state of j&k we need permit or to enter particular area of ladakh we need permit.
and more question.
Month may is good for travel ladakh. and is there need of permission to put tent in trip to ladakh

Vargis.Khan April 9, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Hi Shashank – This permit is needed to travel to inner areas of Ladakh from Leh City. May is good for going to Ladakh and no, you do not need a permit for setting up your tents

Suman Bhattacharjee April 18, 2018 - 8:16 pm

Vargis Sir

We are planing to start from Manali (to Srinagar). In that case can i get the inner line permit from Manali as i can take turn the rout from Pang to TSO Moriri and then Chushul ..??

Suman Bhattacharjee

Vargis.Khan April 18, 2018 - 8:33 pm

No, for Inner Line permit you will have to go to Leh first. You cannot get these in Manali.

Sanjay Pandey April 5, 2018 - 5:36 am

We are group of four. is it possible to obtain inner line permit for group in one go (ladhak Area).

Vargis.Khan April 5, 2018 - 1:56 pm

Yes, you will mention the name of the all the travelers on same application form and get it done in one go while you are in Leh. Online you will have to submit separately but in person it is just one application.

Harsh April 11, 2018 - 6:29 pm

Thank you Bhai for quick reply, really appreciate your dedication for fellow travelers.

With thes changes can you please help me how to plan trip from Nubra to Pangong and then to Tso Moriri. As we are coming from Shrinagar highway and will end trip from Manali. And as suggested by you earlier we planned trip to Hanle as well.

Vargis.Khan April 11, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Chushul route will remain open. The only change will be that if Hanle is not allowed than you will go straight from Pangong to Karzok via Chshul. The stay at Hanle will then have to be taken off the itinerary. That is the only change.

Manish K Jaiswal March 29, 2018 - 1:18 am

Hi Vargis Bhai,

Me and friend are planning to hire bike from Chandigarh. We are planning to take Srinagar – Kargil route to reach Leh. Do we need ILP for this route?


Vargis.Khan March 29, 2018 - 3:33 am

Manish Bhai ILP is required to visit areas in Ladakh, like Nubra, Pangong, and Tso Moriri. No permit is needed to travel on Srinagar Leh or Manali Leh highway.

Harsh March 21, 2018 - 10:31 am

Hi Vargis Bhai,

I would like to thank you for all the detailed information you provide us for a comfortable ride, much appreciate it.

We are a group of 3 riders and planning a trip to Leh through Shrinagar and exit the circuit through Manali to Delhi. Could you please have a look at our itinerary below and suggest if it is doable and provide your valuable suggestions. Also, we want to cover most of the places, so please kindly add if we have missed to cover any place that we should cover.

Day 1 | Haldwani – Delhi
Day 2 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop. About 12-13 Hrs drive
Day 3 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar – Overnight at Srinagar. About 8-9 Hrs drive
Day 4 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Overnight at Kargil. About 8 Hrs drive
Day 5 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh – Overnight at Leh. About 9-10 Hrs drive
Day 6 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits – Overnight at Leh
Day 7 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Overnight at Hunder / Diskit . On the way Khardung La. About 5-6 Hrs drive
Day 8 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh – Overnight at Leh. About 7-9 Hrs drive
Day 9 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake – Overnight at Pangong Tso. About 5-6 Hrs drive
Day 10 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh – Overnight at Leh. About 5-6 Hrs drive
Day 11 | Rest day at Leh – Overnight at Leh
Day 12 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang – Cover Karzok Monastery. Overnight at Karzok. About 7-8 Hrs drive
Day 13 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring– Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu – Overnight at Sarchu About 11-12 Hrs drive
Day 14 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali – About 11-12 Hrs drive
Day 15 | Manali – Delhi – About 13-14 Hrs drive
Day 16 | Delhi – Haldwani

Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 4:39 pm

Hello Harsh Bhai,

Thank you for your kind words. Which month you are traveling in by the way and I am assuming you are bringing your own bikes, correct? I will recommend a journey in the following manner so you can cover maximum.

1. Haldwani to Delhi
2. Delhi to Jammu
3. Jammu to Srinagar
4. Sriangar to Kargil
5. Kargil to Padum (Zanskar Valley)
6. Padum to Kargil
7. Kargil to Leh
8. Leh, rest and arrange permits
9. Leh to Diskit
10. Diskit to Pangong via Shyok road
11. Pangong to Hanle
12. Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri)
13. Karzok to Pang / Sarchu via Tso Kar
14. Pang/Sarchu to Manali
15. Manali to Delhi
16. Delhi to Haldwani

Keep a day as buffer as well if you can.

Harsh March 22, 2018 - 3:51 am

Thabkyou Bhai for your detailed itinerary, we will definitely plan as sufsuggesby you. Yes we are traveling on our own Enfields. We have planned to start trip from 25 May, so will it be good time to travel? And should we expect snow on roads at that time and do we need to take any ascessories that. Thank you for your advice in advance.

Vargis.Khan March 22, 2018 - 6:31 pm

You are welcome Bhai. 25th May is good since you are traveling from Srinagar side. Chances of snow will be less though as it anyways did not snow much this year. You may find some at top of the passes though.

Harsh April 11, 2018 - 6:01 pm

Dear Vargis Bhai,

I need to know if the rumors that Agham Shyok rout and Hanle route is banned for 2018 true?

Please guide us as it will badly hamper the trip plan and we would need your help in replanning the trip itinerary.

Thanks Bhai in advance.

Vargis.Khan April 11, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Harsh Bhai Shyok road will remain open but Hanle and Umling La may not be allowed. More clarity on this will only come in coming few weeks.

Ujjval Joshi March 19, 2018 - 8:28 am

Hi Vargish bhai,
Need to know whether Kaza to Keylong route will be open this year after 25th of May’18. our Tentetive Itenary is below..kindly suggest modification if any. we r 5 friends travelling on bike from Chandigarh.

24th May’18: On bike Start at 11 am from Chandigarh to Narkanda(stay)
25th: Narkanda to Kalpa via sangla, Chitkul.(stay at kalpa)
26th: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako. (stay at Tabo)
27th: Tabo to Kaza. visit Kibber, komick, Lanchang etc. (stay at Kaza)
28th: Kaza to Keylong/jispa..kindly suggest whether we can go upto sarchu same day.
29th: Reach Leh. Rest
30th: leh local. (places whr no ILP is required). Get ILP in morning. (Stay at leh).
31st: Leh-Khardungla-Diskit-Hunder-nubra. (stay at nubra).
1st june’18: Nubra to Pangong Tso.(kindly suggest direct route). (stay at Pangong Tso).
2nd: Pangong to Karu/Leh. Rest
3rd: Leh/Karu to Keylong/jispa. stay.
4th: Reach Manali. Stay.
5th: Reach Chandigarh & get Bike Parceled to Surat.

Above is my tentative itenary. My only concer is whether road from Kaza to Keylong will be operational by that time. bcoz it has snowed less this year so chances r there that it will open by end of may. we have not booked any stay. kindly suggest if we need to book. also we r carrying our own Tent also along with other required accessories as we are going completely unplanned. so it will not be an issue if we have to add some days in between or end. kindly revert with any your valuable experienced suggestions.

Vargis.Khan March 19, 2018 - 5:57 pm

Hi Ujjval Bhai, In all probability the route should be open because there is very little snow this year. The actual opening date however will only be clear by May only. For your itinerary,

24th – Good
25th – Cannot do it. You will have to spend the night at Chitkul only. Even for Chitkul, ensure that you take an early morning start from Narkanda or it may get dark by the time you reach there.
26 – Do not stay at Tabo. Stay at Nako, much more scenic than Tabo.
27 – Do not go towards Kibber Kaumik the same day. you will not be able to cover. Stay at Kaza the day you reach there and plan a ride to these villages the next day. Will eat up your entire day if you cover all of them.
28 – Even Keylong will be a very long ride. The Batal Gramphoo stretch is a nightmare and that small distance will easily eat up your 4-5 hours. Do not attempt Sarchu.
29 – Keylong to Leh you can complete in a day but ensure you start by first light of the day, possibly between 5-6 AM.
30 – OK
31 – Stay at Diskit
1 – Take the Agham Shyok road to reach Pangong. See the link below for route details.

2 – Ok. If you do not find a place at Karu then go to Pang and stay there for the night. Do not come back to Leh.
3 – Ok
4 – Ok
5 – Ok. For transporting motorcycles see the link below.

No need to book anywhere, you will get plenty of choices to chose from and can negotiate a deal on the spot. You must however add more days to your trip. Let me know if you can and I will recommend an itinerary accordingly.

Ujjval Joshi March 22, 2018 - 3:44 am

Thanks a lot….V vl start on 24th may frm Chandigarh…and planning to book a flight to Surat on 7th june early mrng frm Delhi. So u can suggest ur itenary as well. Also let me kno whether it vl be good to return via Srinagar and our bike parcel from jammu. I think it will save our day.

Vargis.Khan March 22, 2018 - 6:36 pm

Ujjval Bhai I will recommend traveling iin the following manner.

24 – Narkanda
25 – Kalpa
26 – Chitkul
27 – Nako
28 – Kaza
29 – Keylong (Long journey)
30 – Leh (Long journey)
31 – Leh
1 – Nubra Valley
2 – Pangong via Shyok road
3 – Leh
4 – Kargil
5 – Srinagar
6 – Jammu

Siva February 16, 2018 - 8:30 am

Hello Vargis bhai!

I have made our final itinerary after going through info given by you in your site. what a site! awsm!!
Pls have a look at my itinerary:-
June 17 Madurai – Delhi (flight)
June 18 Delhi – Leh (flight)
Leh – Magnetic Hills (bike)
June 19 Leh -Khardang La – Nubra Valley – Leh (bike)

June 20 Leh- Pangong Tso (bike)

June 21 Pangong Tso – Leh (bike)
Leh – Srinagar (Bus)
June 22 Srinagar
Srinagar – Amrister (flight)
June 23 Amrister – Wahab
Amrister – Delhi (flight)
June 24 Delhi – Madurai (flight)
please suggest any alteration needed in above itinerary or not.
Thank u and regards………. Siva from madurai, tamilnadu.

Vargis.Khan February 16, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Hello Siva Bhai,

A few changes will be required in your itinerary.

1. You will land on 18th, will need to find hotel, arrange permits and on top of it, you will also be suffering from AMS in all proability. It will be a bit tough to rent a bike on this day and go towards magnetic hill. My suggestion would be that you just arrange your permits and bikes and rest at the hotel, allowing your body time to acclimatize to high altitude.

2. Leh to Nubra Valley to Leh will be a very long journey so ensure that you start from Leh by first light of the day.

3. Srinagar bus starts early in the morning from Leh so you will not be able to board it on 21st, the same day that you are returnign from Pangong. It would have to be done on 22nd and then you will arrive at Sriangar on 23rd

Suman Mallick February 5, 2018 - 11:13 am

Hello Vargis bhai!

I have made our final itinerary after going through info given by you in your site. what a site! awsm!!
Pls have a look at my itinerary:-
Day2- Srinagar- Kargil
Day 3- Kargil – Leh
Day 4 – Leh
Day 5- Leh – Nubra Valley
Day 6- Nubra Valley – Pongong lake (Via Shyok road)
Day 7- Pongong Lake- Leh
Day 8- Leh – Batalik
Day 9 Batalik – Srinagar

Now, first of all, please suggest any alteration needed in above itinerary or not. Next, Please tell me all the places for which i need to take ILP for the given itinerary. I dont want to be sent back from any check post.

Thanks bhai.

Suman Mallick February 5, 2018 - 11:16 am

Forgot to add that my Day 2 starts on 26th May 2018 and am willing to reach Leh by JKSRTC bus or shared taxi.

Vargis.Khan February 5, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Hello Suman – Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

The only problem with the itinerary is,

1. There is no public transport available on Agham Shyok road. You will have to ask around at Nubra Valley and see if you can find a mode of transport. Most probably it will be hitch hiking with someone going that way. If you are not able to find anything, you will have to come back to Leh and go to Pangong the next day.

2. Same thing for Batalik route. There is public transport available here but the frequency is too less.

You will need permits for Nubra, Pangong and Batalik.

Suman Mallick February 7, 2018 - 9:31 am

Thanks bhai. We ‘ll be taking either shared taxi or private one for tour onwards Leh. I hope that’s available from Leh. Can you provide info on how much it costs if we take private taxi from Leh keeping our itinerary in mind? Also, only three places, as u said, I have to mention in form for ILP? No in-between villages? What to write in place of staying? We’ve not finalised any hotels for staying and want to book same after arrival. Pls enlighten.
Thanks once again for your help.

Vargis.Khan February 7, 2018 - 5:01 pm

Do not apply for the permit online Bhai. It is merely a form to fill as you will anyways have to go to DC office for payment and stamping etc. Get it all done only after you reach Leh. On the form you will there, mention the Diskit, Hunder, Pangong and Batalik.

Private taxi costs are quite high in Ladakh. A 2 day journey to Nubra valley easily costs about Rs. 12000 and same applies for Pangong as well. Call Sonam Angdus in Leh at 9469272773. He is a driver and has his own taxi, a known of mine. Let him know you got his number from me and he can give you the exact cost with a discount applied. If it suits you, hire him. He is a good driver and a humble fellow.

No need to book hotels in advance. Just reach there, find a hotel per your liking and negotiate a on the spot deal.

Deven December 27, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Hi Vargis, You really have a very informative blog here. Actually, I am planning to visit in the last week of February, 2018. I just have 4 days so I am taking a flight to Leh and then exploring the surroundings. I don’t want to miss Khardung La and Pangong lake. Is there any way we could do this with some additional places in 4 days. Also, I need some pointers about the bike rentals (preferrably Royal Enfield) in Leh. Thanks,

Deven December 27, 2017 - 3:31 pm

One more question, if I am renting a bike from Leh itself, do I really need an ILP?

Vargis.Khan December 27, 2017 - 4:05 pm

Yes you will need ILP even if renting a bike in Leh itself. The permit is on per person basis and not vehicle. Even if you took a bus, you will still need to get the permit.

Vargis.Khan December 27, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Hi Deven – Take a look at this article, should be of help for a 4 days trip.

There are no bike rentals available in Feb. It is not even safe or suggested to be riding around a motorcycle there with so much snow and freezing temperatures. You will have to rent a private cab.

Atul August 30, 2017 - 9:43 am

Hello khan saahab..

We are 2 friends travelling to ladakh. I’m trying to apply online for permits.. But there is no option to add other persons name. So do we need to apply separately for two peoples?

Vargis.Khan August 31, 2017 - 2:48 pm

Hello Atul – Correct. It needs to be applied seperately for different people, no way to add names. Every person my enter their own ID number. Actually, the online portal right now is just filling out forms, nothing else. You will anyways have to visit the office in Leh to make payment and get it signed / stamped. Just reach there and fill out the form in person.

Vargis.Khan August 31, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Hello Atul Bhai – Correct. It needs to be applied separately for different people, no way to add names. Every person my enter their own ID number. Actually, the online portal right now is just filling out forms, nothing else. You will anyways have to visit the office in Leh to make payment and get it signed / stamped. Just reach there and fill out the form in person.

Siddharth August 12, 2017 - 2:02 pm

hi..we are 11 of us planning to visit Leh via srinagar by car. we will be visiting nubra valley and pangong lake. and we are going back to delhi via manali. Now can you please guide us as to 1. which are the places we have to mention in Leh for the innerline permit and 2. if we are going to delhi via sarchu, rohtang, manali.. should we get permit in that route also. and where do we get the permit for rohtang and manali

Vargis.Khan August 15, 2017 - 5:08 am

Hello, It depends on how long your plan is. Just mention the places below and it will pretty much cover both Nubra and Pangong.

Khardung La, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, Panamik, Spangmik, Man, Merak

No permit needed for Leh to Manali journey.

Anil July 16, 2017 - 8:33 am

hi I have planned for aug 29 till sept 1st . Will be reaching there by fight. Please let me know when can I apply for and for how many day I have to apply for. We are around 3 people. Also if someone can suggest where to go except pangong as it would be the first time:-)

Akashdeep July 16, 2017 - 10:09 am

Anil…3-4 days in Ladakh is too scant. I don’t think you can go anywhere else except Pangong and a local sightseeing of Leh. You can do a day trip to Nubra but be sure to leave Leh by max 5.30 AM in the morning.

Vargis.Khan July 16, 2017 - 8:31 pm

Anil – What Akashdeep said stands true. You can apply for the permits on the day you land in Leh, and then do a day trip to both Nubra and Pangong. Going all that way just for 3 days doesn’t make sense really. Either add more days or plan your trip for a later time.

Satish July 13, 2017 - 9:17 am

Hi Vargis Sir,
So do we need to pay at SDM office after applying online?
And its open Monday to Friday only ?
And can I Travel from Nubra to Pangong directly ? Or I will have to come to Leh for Petrol I will travel on bike pls. Guide

Prithvi July 13, 2017 - 9:25 am

I am just back from Ladakh trip and I think now I am in better place to answer regarding the permit issues. The online thing doesn’t help much as it only the form filling thing that you can do online. The queue is for verification and it still remain the same either you do online or offline.My only suggestion is to try to get the permit early in the morning when the queue is less. Also, the permit is now given next to the tourist info centre in the main bazaar.

nischal July 13, 2017 - 11:30 am


Is TIC office open on Saturday?

Prithvi July 13, 2017 - 11:48 am


Dipika R August 25, 2017 - 5:15 am

Hi prithvi,
Is chushul route possible to reach tso moriri from pangong..? It’s not mentioned in the online list.. we are planning to go by September end.

Vargis.Khan August 28, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Chushul permits are not on the online portal. For that you will have to visit the DM office in person in Leh.

Vargis.Khan July 13, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information Prithvi Bhai

Prithvi July 13, 2017 - 9:28 am

And regarding nubra to pangong direct, yes you can do that if get your fuel filled at diskit in nubra.Also carry additional fuel in cans as all bikers do

Akashdeep Banerjee June 25, 2017 - 9:07 pm

Hello Vargis,

I have a confusion on dates. For the first step, there’s a date of entering and you say there’s details of dates to be given in the second step as well. So, for example, if I enter Leh on 1st July but venture out for permit oriented areas on 3rd July and plan to come back to Leh on 9th July then what should I put on the first and second pages.
Also, is there a time span restriction (like 1 week max) for permit duration in the website.

Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 12:18 am

Hello Akashdeep, Enter dates when you plan to go towards restricted areas. There is no ILP required for Leh so you can skip those days. Permits are valid for 3 weeks from the issue date.

Akashdeep Banerjee June 26, 2017 - 5:36 am


Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 6:37 pm

You are welcome

Chandrajit Rudra (@ChandrajitRudra) June 14, 2017 - 12:43 pm

I got shocked that probably I closed the Tab for payment until this article reconfirmed that there was no option for payment yet!!

Vargis.Khan June 14, 2017 - 5:14 pm

No there is no option to pay online yet. That would have to be done after you reach Leh.

shyamsundar ganji June 13, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Hi sir.I am Shyamsundar, I sent request on online to get ILP,confusion regarding where our plan stay at hundar for night,shall I mention 2 days or 1 day in nubra online they ask how many days is to stay in respective Ares like nubra,pengong,moriri.

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2017 - 3:22 pm

It depends on your itinerary Shyam Bhai. How long are you planning to stay there?

shyamsundar ganji June 13, 2017 - 3:57 pm

Day 1-leh to Hinder (stayed in hinder)
Day 2-hunder to leh
Shall I enter 2 days or 1 day for Nubra valley on online ILP?

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2017 - 5:02 pm

Enter 2 days

shyamsundar ganji June 14, 2017 - 1:42 am

Thanks brother

Vargis.Khan June 14, 2017 - 2:59 am

You are welcome Bro !!!

Prithviraj K June 12, 2017 - 12:49 pm

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for this blog. I tried to get the permit with my Aadhar card number and had same issues that you have mentioned. I have to get it through my passport or DL again :D.. We will be entering Leh via Srinagar highway and were planning to directly visit Zanskar valley enroute Kargil and then Leh. Do we need the permit to visit either Zanskar or Kargil? Please shed some light on it!

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 9:40 pm

Hi Prithviraj, Thank you for your appreciating words brother. No permit needed for either Zanskar or Kargil. Do let me know how the online permit thing worked while you reached Leh, it will be good to get some clarification that I can add here to help others.

Akshay Kumbhar July 8, 2017 - 6:06 am

Hey Prithvi were you able to make the payment upon reaching leh or you got permit from there only?

gaurav June 7, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Hi vargis, First thanks for the info that you have provided in your blog, it helped me a lot in planning my trip.

The query that i have is that what are the various permits that I will required and which one can be applied online. and if I am travelling on july 1st when should i apply,
I am travellling from delhi to manali to leh. after reaching leh I will be travelling to kargil, Nubra velly, Pangong

Vargis.Khan June 7, 2017 - 7:44 pm

Hi Gaurav – If you are traveling via Manali, then the first permit you need is to cross over Rohtang. After reaching Leh, you will then need to obtain Inner line permit to visit Nubra Valley and Pangong.

gaurav June 8, 2017 - 4:01 pm

thanks Vargis, for crossover permit do I have to make advance arrangement or I will get it when I reach there

Vargis.Khan June 9, 2017 - 3:31 am

You can get it from Manali SDM office upon your arrival or online as well.

Neha June 5, 2017 - 6:03 pm

Hi Vargis, i filled in the online permit however it gave no option to add the names of other people in the group. Does each person need to fill in this form separately? Any idea? Thanks

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 4:08 am

Hi Neha – Yes, every individual have to submit it with their IDs because even at the time of getting the permits in Leh, everyone was required to submit a copy of their ID proofs.

Parth khushu June 5, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Do J&k residents need a inner line permit?

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 4:05 am

No required for J&K residents and children under 12 years of age.


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