Ladakh Inner Line Permit (ILP) Implemented Again

by Vargis.Khan

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

Revised Charges:

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.

How to obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh

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.

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Projit December 4, 2019 - 6:45 pm

I am planning for the Ladakh trip on April 10, 2020.

1. Please let me know if the below plan is feasible to follow that time? If not feasible then please suggest me by modifying the plan.

D1 Delhi To Leh
D2 Leh to Kargil
D3 Kargil to Leh via Batalik
D4 Leh to Nubra Valley
D5 Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso
D6 Pangong Tso to Hanle
D7 Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri)
D8 Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar

2. Please let me know about the environment & safety features specially after the article 370 revocation on 2019.

Vargis.Khan December 5, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Yes the plan is doable. Removal of Article 370 had no impact in Ladakh. It is same as before there.

Projit December 5, 2019 - 4:19 pm

Thank you Mr. Khan. I was worried if some routes are closed like Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso or Pangong Tso to Hanle during Mid of April. Thanks for your reply.

Vargis.Khan December 5, 2019 - 8:44 pm

Internal roads in Ladakh will be all open in April.

Projit January 8, 2020 - 8:11 am

Mr Khan,
Please could you let me know about the actual & realistic travel time (hired car) for below as I don’t feel that from google I can have actual idea.

Leh to Kargil
Kargil to Leh via Batalik
Leh to Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso to Hanle
Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri)
Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar

Vargis.Khan January 12, 2020 - 2:34 pm

Hello Projit,

Leh to Kargil – 6-7 hours
Kargil to Leh via Batalik – 8-9 hours
Leh to Nubra Valley – 6 hours
Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso – 6-7 hours
Pangong Tso to Hanle – 7-8 hours
Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) 8 hours
Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar 8 hours

mihir August 28, 2018 - 5:49 am

Hi Vargis, since me and my friend visitng for 11 days but will be visiting Khardungla and Changla on two different days so i should take permit for 2 day only right ? ( Local sightseing will be done during other days)

Vargis.Khan August 28, 2018 - 12:16 pm

Hi Mihir – You do not need a permit for visiting Khardung La and Chang La. Permit is needed if you are going beyond and in that case, just take it for the entire duration of the trip excluding the days in Leh.

mihir August 29, 2018 - 4:08 am

Great then ! Thanks a lot 🙂 can u suggest some not so touristy places nearby Leh ? wildlife, lakes etc ?

Vargis.Khan August 29, 2018 - 8:13 am

Sorry, let me correct myself here. You do not need a permit for Khardung La but will need one for Chang La. The check is actually before the pass. Since you are going towards end of season so there won’t be much crowd anywhere anyways.

mihir August 30, 2018 - 2:45 am

Sure. Thankyou once again. Next time would be sharing experience..leaving for Leh tonight 🙂

Vargis.Khan August 30, 2018 - 12:22 pm

All the best brother. Have a great trip !!!

Spandan Ray Choudhury February 21, 2018 - 9:57 am

I found your information over ILP is good for a first time traveler to Leh-Laddakh. On the behalf of our bikers group I want to know few things as mentioned below-

1) Only person need the permit or there will be separate permit for bike as well??

2) We are plannig to start from Manali and then- Hemis-Tsomoriri- Pangong-Leh-Nubra-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-jammu & back. Is this plan feasible ?

3) Are bikes allowed inside the villages of Hemis national park? If not then what will be the suitable are for parking?

4) Owner name of few bikes are different from the riders name, will it be an issue while traveling in Leh Laddakh?

5) We have a group of 06 people(Adults) who are planning to visit and duration will be 10-12 days within Laddakh then what will be total price for ILP? As I will not stay every day in Pangong, Tsomoriri, Nubra Valley.

6)Is there any way to get advance permit? If yes then what will be the procedure?

Waiting for your kind response


Vargis.Khan February 21, 2018 - 5:06 pm


1. ILP is on per person basis, not vehicle. No permits needed for vehicles.
2. If you are starating from Manali then you will have to get a permit for your vehicle from Manali DM office to cross Rohang. Are you going to Leh first or heading straight to Tso Moriri?
3. I have not been to Hemis so do not have information in this regard. Sorry.
4. Yes it will be.
5. See the link below for details on charges and procedure of obtainining ILP.

Spandan Ray Choudhury February 23, 2018 - 10:17 am

Dear Mr. Khan,

Thank you for your response.

Please let me know the below-

1) What will be the solution for “No. 04 ” point.

2) We are planning to go Hemis (2N) first then Tsomoriri (1N) , after that Pangong (1N) & then proceed towards Leh. It will save no of days.


Vargis.Khan February 23, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Mr. Choudhury,

1. Do the motorcycles belong to family members or friends? Or rented?
2. You will have to go to Leh first because for visiting rest of the places, you need Inner Line Permit which will be issued from DM office in Leh.

iwazz February 8, 2018 - 8:01 am

How to get ILP on Saturday?
I arrived to LEH on Saturday and Go to Nubra valley on Sunday
ILP office open on Saturday or Sunday?

Vargis.Khan February 9, 2018 - 2:49 pm

It will be hard to get the permits on Saturday. Best to call a hotel or travel agent in leh and ask them to arrange the permits for you. That way when you reach there on Saturday, you can just collect it from the travel agent or hotel

Farhana Yasmin January 15, 2018 - 12:29 pm

I am from Bangladesh. Do I need this permit?
If so, how and from where can i get this? What documents are needed for that? How long it will take to get this? Is there any charges for?
We are 3.
Thank you.

Vargis.Khan January 15, 2018 - 7:05 pm

No, Inner Line Permit is only for Indians. Foreign nationals are required to obtain a Protected Area Permit. See the article below on details about how to obtain it.

Farhana Yadmin January 15, 2018 - 7:28 pm

Thank you. Think it is not easy to get PAP from Delhi.

Vargis.Khan January 16, 2018 - 4:58 pm

You cannot really get it from Delhi. The easiest way around this is to contact a travel agent in leh and get it done. It has to be sponsored by a travel agent and arranged in a group of 2-3 people. PAP cannot be issued for solo travelers.

Parth Khushu June 9, 2017 - 9:03 am

Do residents of J&K require this permit?

Vargis.Khan June 9, 2017 - 2:28 pm

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

monika roy May 24, 2017 - 11:32 am

This is very helpful. Can you kindly help advise if the same procedure is followed for foreign nationals too – we are a group of 7 with 2 foreigners planning to travel in Sep’2017. Thanks in advance.

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Hi Monika – For foreign nationals, you will have to obtain an Protected Area Permit, not ILP. Please take a look at the posts below for more details.

Nikesh May 1, 2017 - 7:29 am

Thanks for the detailed info!

I have a doubt though. Would ILP be required for Tso Moriri if am visiting from Chandigarh-Pang-TsoMoriri and not via Pangong Tso-Chushul


Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 2:42 am

Yes Nikesh.You will need ILP if you straight to Tso Moriri from Pang. Without the permit, you can only go as far as Mahe where at the check post, you will be stopped and asked for ILP.

Nikesh May 3, 2017 - 1:18 pm

Thank you for the prompt response 🙂

Vargis.Khan May 4, 2017 - 3:14 am

You are welcome brother !!!

vistet April 30, 2017 - 8:37 am

I was actually relieved when I heard this. The permit process forces tourists to have at least one acclimatization night in Leh , and makes it impossible to plan several nights at 4000+ from Manali in the beginning of a trip. This will probably save a couple lives every year.

Vargis.Khan April 30, 2017 - 1:30 pm

That is a valid point of view too Vistet


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