Thought about a trip to Leh Ladakh recently? Well, from April 2017, the government authorities had made it compulsory to obtain an Inner line permit for Domestic and International travelers visiting some of the protected areas of Ladakh. Acquiring Inner line permit may be a cumbersome task filled with hours of standing in long queue, particularly if your trip coincides with any government holidays (Saturday and Sunday).
However, in a move which makes obtaining the inner line permit easier for Ladakh travelers, the government authorities have recently launched a web portal through which one can apply for inner line permit (ILP) online by paying INR 400 per Person as an environmental fee + 20 rupees per day as an Inner line fee. This rule is effective effect from 1st June 2017.
Inner Line Permit, or ILP, is a travel document issued by the Government of India which allows an Indian and foreigner travelers to travel to a protected area for a limited time period. Obtaining this permit is mandatory for all the citizens who do not belong to Jammu and Kashmir State. Foreigners visiting Ladakh are required to obtain Ladakh Protected Area Permit (PAP) before entering this region. The Inner Line Permit, or ILP, is valid for a period of 3 weeks for Indians, and 1 week for foreigners. It should also be remembered that there is no limit on the number of times you visit a place within the valid period as long as you have the necessary permits with you.
Please noted that the Inner line Permit is not required for visiting all the areas. In fact, it is only required for some areas 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).
Now, it has become easy to apply for inner line permit without visiting any government office. Just visit the newly launched portal and apply here for ILP. The whole process for obtaining the permit has been described below.
It should be noted that there is no option for making the payment online. For making the payment and getting the permits signed or stamped, you will have to take the printout of the online form along with a copy of it and visit the following address:
TIC Office, Opposite J&K Bank
Main Market, Leh