All you need to know about Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

All you need to know about Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit


 Leh Ladakh lies in a sensitive zone as it shares a border with China and Pakistan. Only part of the area was opened for tourism in 1974 and the no of tourists traveled that year to the region was merely 527 (mostly foreigners) whereas by 2015 -2016 the opened area for tourism increased and the stats too have grown to 2-3 Lakh per year. Some of the opened tourist areas fall into the Inner line zone which means one needs a special permit to visit them. So, here in this post, we will be sharing all about Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit, zones under it, documents required for Indians and foreigners and Protected Area Permits.


What is a Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit?

Firstly, Inner Line Zones are the restricted areas where civilians are permitted only for a limited duration. And Inner Line Permit (ILP) or simply Permit is an Indian government stamped document issued to the Indian Citizens from outside the state, to enter the inner line permit zone. These are issued to check and note the movement in the restricted areas.

Tso Moriri Lake : Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

In Leh Ladakh, for visiting the tourist places near LOC (Line of Control), Pakistan and LAC (Line of Actual Control), China border, one requires the Inner Line Permit. It was first implemented in 2012, then waived off in 2016 and now reimplemented in 2017.


Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit is not required for Jammu & Kashmir residents and children below 12 years of age. But do carry ID Proof along.

Areas that require Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

    • Pangong Tso (Chang La, Durbuk, Tangtse, and Spangmik)
    • The whole of Nubra Valley (Khardung La, Diskit, Hunder, TurTuk, Sumur, Ranamik, Warshi)
    • Leh to Tso Moriri (Chumathang, Mahe, Sundo, Tso Moriri)
    • Leh to Loma Bond (Leh, Chumathang, Mahe, Nyoma, Loma Bond)
    • ChangThang Valley
    • Chushul, Hanle
    • Phobrang & Marsimik La
    • Leh to Batalik
    • Dah & Hanu Village
    • Tangyar Trek (From Leh- Saboo – Tangyar)
    • Wari la
    • Merak


Inner Line Permits are not required for Sightseeing in Leh, Zanskar Valley, Suru Valley, Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway

Near KhardungLa @18380 feet: Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit
Near Khardungla

Procedure for Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

The Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit can be collected by visiting DC office located in the Leh market opposite J&K bank between 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, through hotel agent or online which is introduced recently in the year 2017.

Visiting DC office

Before visiting the DC office, collect the permit form from the stationery shop located just outside the office. Fill the form and submit it at the counter along with ID proof copies of all the people traveling and revised charges. The following documents can work as your Identity proofs: Driving License, Election Card, Aadhar card, Passport and Pan Card.

The Revised Charges per Person is:

  • Rs 400 as Environmental Fee &
  • Rs 20/day as Wildlife Protection Fee


DC Office Timings: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm on all 7 days; Lunch Time: 2:00 -3:00 pm. The whole process takes almost an hour. Rest it will depend on the rush.

Ensure to submit all these documents before 3:00 pm to take the next day permit. After collecting the signed Permit, get at least 15 or more photocopies done of the same, from the same stationary shop located outside the DC office.  Minimum 2- 3 copies will be required in each region for submission at the check posts en route.

Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit
Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

Through Hotel or Agent

In case of your tight schedule, you can check with the hotel or their agents to get the inner line permits collected for you. They will charge a small commission fee of Rs. 200- Rs.500/-(do negotiate) and for more assurance do hand them an authorization letter.

Hunder in Nubra Valley: Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit
Hunder in Nubra Valley

Online Permit

From 2017, tourists can apply online too for the Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permits at At the bottom of this web page, there is a purple circle mentioning apply for a permit. Click and it will take you to the window, where you can submit all the required details. After this, you can select the route. One needs to be really careful while selecting the route as there are no options to change it. After selecting the route take the print of the document. Carry this document with yourself and submit them with the fee at DC office, Leh. Do read all the steps carefully before filling up the form.


The online module is still not completely functional. One still needs to visit the DC office and stand in queue for submitting a fee. So, according to us, the offline process is much better, today.

Validity of the Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

The Inner Line permit is valid for 3 weeks for Indian Nationals. And, there is no limit on the number of time you enter the place in the valid period but ensure to have the photocopies of the permit for submission at check posts.

Also, read Leh Ladakh road trip Itinerary 


Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Foreigners

The Foreign nationals are issued PAP or RAP instead of Inner Line Permit. They must carry a Passport, valid visa, and his/her photograph while traveling to the Leh Ladakh. The permit can be applied by the foreigners online at; offline at DC office or through government registered tour operator in a group of two by paying the nominal fee. If the person is single, travel agents can help them in getting a permit. The Protected area permit is valid only for 7 days.

The foreign nationals traveling from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Myanmar require PAP or RAP, approved only by the Ministry of Home Affairs to visit the inner line areas of Leh Ladakh, because of security reasons. One can also check the other PAP related questions here at the Ministry of Home Affairs website and the link is

Apart from this, if you are traveling to Leh via Manali, you need a permit to cross Rohtang Pass. So read all about the Rohtang pass permit here.

All You Need to Know About Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit

We hope this article will answer all the questions related to Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit and Protected area permits. If you still have any question please feel free to type it down in the comment section below.

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38 thoughts on “All you need to know about Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit”

  • This is really useful information when heading towards Ladakh. When we were in Sikkim and were heading to Nathula on the Indo China Border, a similar permit was required. For us the formalities were taken care of by the driver of the vehicle that we had hired. These requirements are really good to know so that you are not in for a surprise when you get there.

  • Thank you for this informative post. Good to know that it’s still easier to apply offline than online. I hope they can fix this soon though, becaus online could be so much easier! You have beautiful Pictures !

  • I have come across many articles that describe the beauty of Leh and all the experiences in Ladakh! But this is a first where such a useful topic is elaborated upon! This is great information! And so useful! Bookmarking this for future reference:) thanks so much for putting it all together for your readers:)

  • This is a very informative post on the permits which I will definitely useful should I go though, I honestly don’t understand why there is a need for it though and think it is no surprise visitor numbers are so low as it will just put people off

  • It is good to mentioned this. Still many people are clueless about inner line permit in Ladakh. In my case my agent helped me get it. Loved the way you have mentioned all the details. It is really useful for a first time traveler.

  • Had never heard of this place but the scenery is beautiful. I think what’s nice about requiring permits is that places are less crowded and better enjoyed with limited people. There’s places in the U.S I’ve wanted to go to that I haven’t been able to visit (like Havasu Falls) because they require permits well ahead of time. Though it’s not ideal, I think it’s the best way to protect a place. Glad you got to enjoy the beauty of Leh Ladakh.

  • This is an incredibly informative article. Finding information on how to get permit is often very hard. I had no idea nowadays the permit can also be obtained online, but if the fee payment is still offline then the online application does not make any sense.

  • Wow, it sounds like a complicated procedure to visit this area – especially if you’re not sure about the route you want to take – but from the photos you’ve shown it looks like it’s worth it! The scenery and landscapes are amazing, so it’s not surprising it’s opening up to tourism!

  • Thanks for sharing about the Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit – I can understand the need for permits in such sensitive areas. It was nice to have a breakdown of the areas which require you have it, and those which you don’t, so thankyou for the info. Also appreciate the DC Office Timings and tip to submit documents before 3:00 pm to take the next day permit. Nice to know that the hotel can collect it for you and that tourists can now apply online – definitely helps!

  • I’ve never heard of the Inner Line Permit or this region in the world but you did a great job detailing all that you need to do to get permission to visit.

  • I’ve learned so much about Ladakh from your posts! I feel ready to take on any type of trip here. Thanks for letting me know you need a permit to access some places here! It’s also great knowing a hotel can help with this!

  • The photos of Leh Ladakh are absolutely beautiful and I think I want to add it to my to go to list but all of this LOC (Line of Control) and LAC (Line of Actual Control), Inner Line Permit etc sounds so complicated. Good thing you created a post like this to help people sort everything out

  • This is going to be extremely helpful Suruchi. I have seen everyone write about the beauty of the place but no one stretches on important parts of the trip plan like how to obtain the permit, what documents will be needed. I am saving it for future reference.

  • Having a proper permit is one thing one should be very cautious about when visiting the sensitive areas bordering with China, Tibet and Pak in Ladakh. This we realized only after denying entry to Hanle because our tour agent forgot to explicitly mention it in the list of places. I m sure this post will clear a lot of confusion encountered by people who visit Ladakh for the first time.

  • I think this is an interesting area to visit. Thanks for sharing information on how to secure permits. definitely helpful for us tourists who may want to go there. So this place has 2 borders, Pakistan and China, did I understand it correctly?

  • It is important to have necessary permits, documents, etc. that are needed when going to such places. You have done well by putting all in this capsule. Great pics too.

  • very nice article about the Leh Ladakh inner line permit very useful information provided to us and explained in detailed all points are appropriate, you have a great knowledge found what I was looking for, Thank you for this share very helpful.