In the most welcoming news in 2021, Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permits are not required for domestic tourists to travel anywhere in Ladakh including Hanle, Umling La Pass, Marsimik La, or even Demchok or Chumur. You only need to pay the environment/green/ecology fee and carry a receipt of the payment. 

Video: Step-by-Step Guide: Pay Leh Ladakh Environment Fee Online | Apply Leh Ladakh Permits Online

Do I need any permits in Ladakh in 2024?

Indians do not need any permits anymore in Ladakh for regular sightseeing. You just need to pay the Ladakh Environment Fee on the website and carry the receipt of it. Here is the link where you need to pay it: 

Current Ladakh environment fees are broken down as follows: 

  1. Environment Fee = Rs 400 one time per year
  2. Wildlife Fee/Something = Rs 20 per day per person
  3. Red Cross Fund Fee = Rs 50 one time per year but optional. You don’t need to pay if you don’t want to pay this fee.

DO NOT confuse the environment fee receipt with the Ladakh inner line permit. You just need to carry the fee payment receipt, hard copy, or soft copy. This receipt may be checked at some checkposts. Hence, people are confusing it with the permit. But this is just verification that you have paid the Ladakh environment fees.

Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permits History

In June 2017, Ladakh Inner Line Permits were made available online from the official website of the Leh Ladakh administration. It was a piece of very welcoming news for all the people planning their trip to Leh Ladakh. This step helped all those tourists who travel to Ladakh during holidays and found the Leh DC office closed during those days to get the permits to travel to tourist spots.

Tourists can apply for the Leh Ladakh permits online, choose a tour operator to pay the fee, and get their copies of the Ladakh permit online. This step has eased the process and eliminated the hassles of procuring these permits in advance. Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permits are available online for both domestic tourists as well as foreigners.

Back in 2014, the concept of Inner Line Permits for domestic Indian tourists was waived. It meant all Indians traveling to the Inner Line region of Ladakh, including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri, were exempted from the need for Inner Line permits. Domestic tourists just require a self-declaration form when visiting these places, and that will act as a permit for them.


The decision was reverted back in 2017 to the original requirements of having permits. In April 2017, authorities in Leh Ladakh reverted the decision and re-introduced the Environment Fee of Rs 300, the Red Cross Fund fee of Rs 100, and Inner Line Permits for domestic tourists as well. Now all tourists, foreigners, and Indians, visiting the Inner Line region of Leh Ladakh need these permits to visit Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri. 

Foreigners need a Protected Area Permit to visit tourist places in Ladakh which is different from Inner Line Permits needed by domestic tourists.

What are the permits required for Leh Ladakh trip?

Process for Ladakh Environment Fee Online or Ladakh Inner Line Permits Online

In this article, let’s look at the step-by-step process to obtain Ladakh Inner Line permits online or in advance of your Ladakh trip. This will help you a lot in planning the trip to Ladakh smoothly. I will also discuss in detail the manual steps required to apply for the inner line permits.

Ladakh Inner Line Permits (ILP) are required for Indian Tourists, but foreigners require Ladakh Protected Area Permits (PAP). Tourists need these permits in Ladakh to visit the inner line places 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).

You do not need any permits to travel on Manali Leh Highway or Srinagar Leh Highway or Zanskar Valley.

The permits for Hanle and direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri from Chusul can only be applied manually or in person at Leh DC office.

These permits are not required for residents of J&K state and children below the age of 12 years. They can visit the inner line region in Ladakh by showing/carrying a valid Photo Id proof.

Both Protected Area Permits (PAP) and Inner Line Permits (ILP) are available online from the official website of Leh administration. All tourists can go through the website to obtain the inner line permits.

You need to pay an Environment fee of Rs 300, Red Cross Fund fee of Rs 100, and an inner line permit fee of Rs 20 per day per person to get these permits. You need to provide a valid photo ID proof to apply for these Inner Line Permits in Ladakh. You can pay the fee for the Inner Line Permits when you choose the option of the tour operator and pay them the required fee after applying for the permit.

Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online
Ladakh Inner Line Permits Online Circular
Video – How to get Ladakh inner line permits online?

Step-by-Step Process to Apply for Online Ladakh Permits / Online Ladakh Environment Fee

Below steps need to be followed to apply for the permits

  1. Click on the “Apply for Permits -> Domestic Clients” button on the center bottom of the screen. It will take you to the first step of providing the details of the Domestic Tourist applying for the permits.
  2. On this page, you need to enter your details including Name, State, Gender, Id Type, Id Number, and Home Address.
  3. Apart from that, you need to choose if you are applying directly or through an agent. You should choose to apply directly because with the agent option; you have to get in touch with the agent to get your permit processed.
  4. Lastly, you need to enter the Arrival Date when you are arriving in Leh and start exploring inner line areas of Ladakh. Then, you click on Submit.
  5. When you click on submit, it will take you to the screen with two options “Click here to issue an individual permit” and “Click here to issue group permit.”
  6. If you are applying for the permit alone, you need to click on the Individual permit option else if you are in a group, choose the group option and add details of other users on the next screen.
  7. Once, choose the respective option (and fill group details in case of group option), you will go to the next screen where you need to select among the circuits which you plan to visit in Ladakh, and a reference number will be present on the page.
  8. PLEASE NOTE the reference number and save it somewhere as it will be required to Print the permit whenever you need it.
  9. Select the required circuits as per your itinerary of the Ladakh trip. As you cannot reissue the permits, so choose all the circuits at once when applying for the permits. The below table will help you select the relevant circuits based on your Leh Ladakh trip plan.
  10. Finally, enter the Start Date and End date of the permit which will define the total fee for your permits.
  11. Click on Apply for Permits button which will take you to the confirmation page that tells you about the selected circuit details with dates of the permits.
  12. You need to click on the Proceed button to generate your permit. Print a few copies of this permit. Download the sample online permit for reference purposes only.
  13. The permit has your total inner line permit fee that includes Environment fee (Rs 300 per person one time), Red cross fund fee (Rs 100 per person one time), and wildlife fee (Rs 20 per person per day).
  14. You can choose to click on the Pay Now option to pay the permit fee online using a Credit or Debit Card via Jammu & Kashmir Bank online portal. You can pay the Permit Fees online using all major Credit/Debit cards and Net Banking of all major banks.
    On successful payment processing, a receipt will be generated; each transaction you can identify by a unique identifier known as Collection ID. The payer is required to take printouts of Permit Receipt and Easy Collect Transaction Receipt. SMS and Email will be sent to payer confirming receipt of payment.
  15. However, you have to visit the Leh DC Office or Tourist Information Center for verification of your permits and get them stamped. So, if you do not want to pay online, then visit the Leh DC office or Leh TIC office. And there, you can pay the permit fee while getting the verification done for your permits.
  16. You can use the reference number to reprint your permit from the Homepage menu options again.
  17. You cannot apply online for Hanle permits and Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri direct route. Either you have to follow the manual process defined below and apply for those permits in person at Leh DC office. Or you can also take these printouts to Leh DC office, and they will be able to put Hanle permit stamp on these online permits too.

Step 1 – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Application

Step 1 - Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Application

Step 2 – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Application

Step 2 - Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Application

Step 3 – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Application

Step 3 - Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online Application

ILP – Online Permit

ILP - Online Permit

Pay Online for Ladakh Inner Line Permit

Pay Online for Ladakh Inner Line Permit

Ladakh Inner Line Permits Circuits – What to choose

1Khalsi, Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Hanu, Baima, Dha in Khalsi Sub-Division.Select this one Dah Hanu
2Khardong, Khalsar, Trith up to Warsi and Yarma Gonbo, Disket, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi in Nubra Sub-Division.Select this one for Nubra Valley including Turtuk, Tyakshi
3Upshi, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.Select this one for Tso Moriri
4Upshi, Dipling, Puga, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.Select this one for Tso Moriri and Tso Kar
5Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-merag(Pangong Lake) in Nyoma Sub-Division.Select this one for Pangong Tso
6Upshi, Chumathang, Mahe, Loma Bend in Nyoma Division.Select this one for going to Loma
7Leh-Kharu-Changla-Durbuk-Tangtse-Lukung-Spangmik-Man Merak (pangong) upto Chushul and Loma Bend.Select this one for Chusul & Loma Bend
8Tangtse-Kargyam-Sato, Barma, Chushul.Select this one for Chusul

Pro Travel Tip: Apply for Ladakh Inner Line Permits online when your date is finalized. As the process now is online, the photo ID card number gets stored in the database and same proof cannot be used for next 15 days to get the permits. So, if you change the permit date after applying, you need to use a different ID for it else system will not allow it. 
The entire inner liner permit area is divided into 8 regions and you have to select the desired ones very carefully. Better get the region information first and then apply for it.

Step by Step Process for Ladakh Environment Fee or Inner Line Permits in Person / Offline at Leh DC Office

If you are planning to apply for these permits in person or offline, then you can apply them at Tourist Information Center (TIC) Office, Opposite J&K Bank, Main Market, Leh or you can also apply for Inner Line Permits at Leh DC Office.

The TIC office is open on all working days (Monday to Saturday) from 09:00 AM to 07.00 PM. The timing of the Leh DC office is 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM (as told to us by the clerk there but not confirmed as I didn’t see it written), but they generally do not accept applications after 3 PM, I guess. So, you should reach the Leh DC office before 2 PM. Best will be to reach at around 10.15 AM to find the least rush and much hassle-free process.

The stories of Srinagar Leh Highway
The stories of Srinagar Leh Highway
Is Leh DC office open on Saturday and Sunday?

Leh DC office is closed on Sundays and other national holidays. Hence, you should plan your Leh Ladakh trip such that your Leh local sightseeing day does not start with Sunday or a holiday. Having said that, I have heard that DC office is sometimes open on Sunday for half-day as well but I will say don’t count on it. If that is the case, best it to apply the Ladakh inner line permits online or get the arranged in advance through some travel agent.

Manual or Offline permit application is required mainly for Hanle or Chusul routes. Rest for regular tourist destinations you can apply online

Below are some steps that you can follow for applying for Ladakh Inner Line Permits in person at the DC office in Leh.

  • You need to fill the permit application form to get the approval for your inner line permits. So, carry a pen with you, if filling directly in Leh DC office.
  • The permits cost you Rs 300 for environment fee, Rs 20 per day per person for the permit. There is a fee of Rs 100 which is charged per tourist one time towards the Red Cross Fund. There is a special fee for the students, which is one time only Rs 20. You need to show/attach the i-card, I think, with the permit copy.
  • You need to have photocopies of a valid nationality Photo-ID proof (Passport, Driving License, Aadhar, Voters ID, PAN card, etc.) which proves your identity. Although the photocopies were not checked for attestation for us, I feel one should not take any chance with it and get them attested before venturing to Leh Ladakh.
  • You can apply the permits for your entire group, but you need to attach the photocopy of photo-id cards (nationality proof) for each member in the group and make sure to fill the required details of all group members in the permit application form.
  • Anyone who has yours or your group’s photocopies of valid Photo-IDs, he/she can get the inner line permits on your behalf as well. Usually, the hotels in the Leh town does provide this facility if you are OK with sharing the photocopies of your nationality proof’s Photo-IDs with them either via Email or Fax.
  • The permit approval process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Hence it’s always nice that you reach early morning at the Leh DC office. Sometimes, when there is a rush of tourists, the permits are issued in two batches viz. morning and evening. Hence, try to be in for early morning batch so that you have some time to partially head towards one of the destinations of your plan or do it at ease and consider Leh local sightseeing as a side option for the day.
  • The application forms required to apply for the inner line permits are mostly available at the Photostat shops nearby (one is just behind Leh DC office). You can also download the inner line permit application form for Leh – Ladakh from the following download link as well: Inner Line Permit Form and Application Letter (Page 2).
  • Usually, the form remains the same so filling the attached form at home and completing the documentation including required photocopies can save a lot of trouble running to-fro from Photostat shops.
  • In the application form, for each member, you need to mention the name with parent/guardian name, complete permanent address, the name of all the places you need to visit, and the specific dates or date range for which you want these permits. At last, in the copy information section, you may mention the hotel name plus address you stayed or are staying in Leh.
  • You need to write Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri to cover all three major tourist spots in Ladakh. Writing Nubra Valley covers all the places in Nubra Valley, including Khardung La and Turtuk. However, writing Turtuk as well will not harm.
  • Besides permit application form, you need to write a request application letter addressing DC of Leh – Ladakh district for the approval of your permits.
  • In the inner line permit application, you need to express your interest in visiting the places you wish to travel along with the dates you would be visiting these places on your Leh – Ladakh trip.
  • Both the application form and this request letter should be in sync with each other for places, names, and dates. You can download the unfilled request application from the following download link: Inner Line Permit Form and Application Letter (Page 3).
  • Once, you complete filling the permit application form and writing the request application to accompany it, you make two-three photocopies of the entire set consisting of Application Form, Approval Request Application Letter, Photo – IDs of all the members requesting for the permits.
  • When the photocopies of the required set of documents are ready then you need to submit them at the DC office along with the original copies of the form and request application.
  • The clerk will ask you to deposit the fees for required permits (amount will depend on the number of days and number of members in the group) + red cross fund fees (Rs 10 per member) + Environment Fess (Rs 400 per member).
  • Once you deposit the fee, the clerk will put the stamp on the permits. In a few instances or special cases, the clerk may ask you to either get signed approval from the ADC room yourself, or he/she will place your documents in the ongoing batch for further approval. Of course, in the latter case, you will need to wait for the approved permits to arrive which usually takes some time about 1-3 Hrs.
  • Once, you get the stamped approved permits you need to go back to the photostat shop again to make photocopies of the approved permits.
  • These photocopies of the approved permits are submitted at every check post that comes up on the way to your sightseeing destinations in Ladakh, including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri. Hence, you should make at least ten copies of them if you are staying long enough in this heaven.
  • The the validity of the inner line permits is three weeks for Indians and one week for foreigners. However, there is no limit on the number of times you enter a place in the valid period provided you have the permits with you for that place.
  • Although not required; you may carry the passport size photographs as well. I believe, on all your trips, you should carry the passport-sized photographs with you as none knows when you need one. Did you check my comprehensive list of things to carry on a Ladakh trip?
Shanti Stupa - Glittering in the evening
Hanle Village – The Hidden Gems of Ladakh

Inner Line Permits for Hanle

Yes, you can get the permit to travel to Hanle village by applying them to the DC office in Leh. There will be an additional stamp that they will put on the permit copies that will authorize you to travel to Hanle beyond the Loma check-post. Otherwise, the army will send you back from the Loma check-post.

Inner Line Permits for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri direct route from Chusul

Yes, you can get the permit to travel on the direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri that passes through Chusul village. The permit can only be applied in person at Leh DC office.

There will be an additional stamp that they will put on the permit copies that will authorize you to travel beyond Chusul check-post. Otherwise, the army will send you back from Chusul or Man Merak village check-post.

Inner Line Permits for Umling La Pass

No permit is available for traveling to Umling La pass and civilians are not allowed to travel to Umling La Pass. Some people traveled to it in the past

In 2017, BRO has built and opened the world’s highest road over Umlingla pass or Umling La connecting Chisumle and Demchok villages. Umling La pass is at an altitude of 5,883 Mtrs or 19,300 Feet. It is about 105 KMs from Hanle Village and about 235 KMs from Leh.

Other important things about permits for Hanle & Chusul

In order to get the permits for Hanle and Changthang or to travel from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri directly via Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma route, you need to mention all the places on the route so that you are not sent back from any check-post. These places are Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma (for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri) and Hanle (if plan to visit Hanle too). The permits for inner Changthang & Hanle are issued only to Indian Nationals, not for foreign tourists.

Permits for Hanle & Chusul route are always issued subject to the present political or border situation. Sometimes, Leh DC office may not even issue the permits for Hanle and Chusul route. 

Even after getting the permits for Hanle and Chusul route with the extra stamp, do not consider it as 100% approval that you will be allowed to these places. Army guys have sent back many tourists since 2011, even having permits based on the actual political and border security situation. So, unless you pass the Chusul check-post or Loma check-post to the other side, there is no guarantee that you will not be returned in between on these routes.

One more thing that sometimes photography equipment is not allowed beyond Loma towards Hanle. So, in case you have cameras, then please pack them in bags and refrain yourself from taking pictures on the route of sensitive areas in Ladakh.

Here are the sample permits issued and stamped by the Tourist Information Center

Notice the stamp for Hanle permit at top & Pangong - Chusul Route
Notice the stamp for Hanle permit at top & Pangong – Chusul Route 
Nubra Valley Permit Stamp
Nubra Valley Permit Stamp
Tso Moriri Permit Stamp
Tso Moriri Permit Stamp

Best or Quick Approach to get Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permits

The best way to approach the processing of Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permits is to first download the application form. Completely fill the form and attach the photocopies of the photo ID nationality proofs with it for all members of the group.

Write a request application letter addressing Leh Ladakh DC expressing your intent to visit the desired places and request the issuing of inner line permits to you for the desired duration. If you are in a group, you can write the names of all the members on the group and attach copies of their photo id nationality proofs.

Staple the bundle including completely filled inner line permit application form, request application letter you will write for approval and the photocopies of photo id nationality proofs from home only.

Then, once you reach Leh, go to Leh DC office and submit the bundle along with the required fees. Get the permit stamped from the Leh DC Office. In case of permits for Hanle and Chusul, make sure you get the required stamps for these places. Otherwise, you will be sent back by the army from the midway.

On the way back to the hotel or sightseeing ahead, get 8-10 photocopies of the permits issued to you. You need to submit these photocopies of the permits at the check posts while going to Nubra, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Hanle, etc.

This will save a lot of time and energy for you in Leh. Otherwise, you will need to keep running up and down to photocopy shop for one thing or the other. Even to get the inner line permit form, you will need to go to the nearest photocopy shop, and all this will surely kill time and exert you in Leh.

Although highly unlikely, the worst-case scenario would be that the DC office changes the attached format of the inner line permit application form and refuse to take up the old version of it. 😥 Even, in that case, you will just need to fill the new form and attach the documents with it before submission.

Shanti Stupa - Glittering in the evening
Shanti Stupa – Glittering in the evening


I hope this article will help you get the required details on applying for the Inner Line Permits for Ladakh online as well as in person. As Ladakh Inner Line Permits are available online now, it will save a lot of hassles of moving around in Leh in the first few days from one shop to another to DC office.

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You are also not required to worry about any holidays or odd timings of reaching Leh and then applying for the permits in person at Leh DC office.

In case you find this article useful, feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a trip to Ladakh in this season. And if you have any further questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Leh Ladakh, please post them in the comments section of this article below.

Again at the end, to download the application form for Leh – Ladakh inner line permit you can click the following download link Ladakh Inner Line Permit Form and Application Letter


I am Dheeraj Sharma - a traveler, techie, and Himalayan lover. Since 2009, I have been helping thousands of travelers every year plan memorable & budget-friendly trips to the Himalayas - Smartly, Safely, and responsibly.


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  2. Aamir Wisal on

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  3. arshad farooqui on

    hi Mate,
    I just wanna ask you mate from where i can got the permit.
    Can we apply online is there any link for that if possible please provide it to me

  4. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am a solo female traveler from Malaysia. Is it allowed to be in all those restricted area by myself alone without hiring any tour agency? Will this be approved by the goverment?

    Appreciate your advice.


    • Rina, you need to get the protected area permit through travel agency only being a foreigner but then you do not need to travel with them. It is just for the permits you need the agency.

  5. Mitul Sarkar on

    Thank you for the detailed guidance. Unfortunately, I had entered my name twice and try as I might, could not find a way to edit it. So I had to abort the attempt to get ILP online. I cannot even try again because my ID number is “already registered”. Any suggestions on what to do in such a scenario?


    Hi Dheeraj 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??
    And what Wii be the next step at DC office


    Hi Dheeraj we’ll be visiting leh from 25 to 30 sep. And our route will be Leh to Nubra to Pangong to Leh.
    Which route I have to select while applying online for ILP.
    And after applying online would I still have to visit DC office??

    • Ashish, you can pay the fee as well as apply the permit both online now. As mentioned in the article above, you have to select 2,5

      Once you pay the fee and take the printout, visit the Tourist Info Center in Leh and get the permit stamped from them after showing the receipts.

  8. Hi Dheeraj,
    Is Pan card acceptable as ID for applying for ILP?


  9. Tania Banerjee on

    Hello Dheeraj, this forum has helped me a lot when I was planning my Ladakh trip. I got probably two friends for life and awesome travel partners from this forum itself. I am very much thankful. But, I am a freelancer and I write and take pictures for a living. Most of the pictures clicked by me are copyright protected. The cover photo that you are using is clicked by me. I uploaded it when I posted my query for travel partners. I would appreciate if you can credit it to me. My name is Tania Banerjee. Thanks.

    • Has been duly noted and added as well Tania. The picture was used from DoW Media Library only as there was no description, we override the description. However, we have duly added your credit.

      • Tania Banerjee on

        Thank you very much! Much appreciated. Also, thanks for the awesome information you provide here. Keep up the good work!

  10. Rahul Vijay on

    Hi, the ILP are now being issued online and the process is completely online. Anyone can apply and make payment online and then submit this receipt at dc office for verification

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

    • Suman, you will have to apply it manually by filling up form available at photostat shop near LEh DC office and then submit that form in person by writing Marsimik La on top of it with other destinations. Many of the sensitive areas like Marsimik La, Umling La, Hanle, Chusul route have been closed this year. Some are permanent closed, some they are issuing permits on off basis and in some case even after permits, checkposts at these places are not allowing to pass through.

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    From your experience of traveling in Ladakh, can you advise on road conditions and the possibility of snow on the roads and snowfall while traveling to Leh from Shrinagar and Leh to Manali. It will help us to prepare ourselves better for the trip. We are planning the trip in last week of May 2018 from Delhi via Shrinagar route and aim to complete the circuit through Manali.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Harsh, last week of May this year sounds reasonable to travel from Srinagar to Ladakh to Manali. Manali Leh road should open by the first week of June when you will reach that leg of the tour after covering Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh. So, I believe it should be fine to travel Regarding snowfall, it may or may not happen, it depends on the weather. Sometimes, especially on Manali – Leh, snowfall does happen in May or June.

  13. Vinay Kumar on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Hope you are doing well. I have two questions regarding the permit.

    Me and my friend are planning to cover Umlingla Pass near Hanle, and we have requested one of our friend in Leh to arrange the permits and mail it to us as we don’t want to go Leh and waste two more days. Do you think this will work ? or we have to be physically present in Leh to obtain the permits ? Second question is which all places should be mentioned on the permit to ride through Hanle region easily ?

    • I will not recommend travel to Hanle without getting acclimatized in Leh. To visit Hanle, you need to write Loma, Hanle, Photi La, Umlingla Pass

  14. vishal nanda on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Me and 03 of my friends will be traveling first time to Leh from 19th – 26th Aug 2017. We will be arriving leh on 19th Aug at 1200 hrs via Flight and will stay for acclimatization till 20th. However, we will be exploring the local market and do the nearby sightseeing on these 02 days. but for that we require Rented RE’s (02) Two riders and 02 Pillions. Note: Weight of per pillion is 90-95 Kgs. (both doesn’t know riding)

    Our Tour Plan is as follows:

    i. 21st Early Mrng (EM) i.e. 0600 Hrs we will head towards Nubra or Diskit and want to return to Leh on the same day (If possible)
    a) If we go to Nubra, can we come back on same day 21st, or shud we go to Deskit only and then return to Leh.
    (b) stay at Hunder and then proceed to pangong on 22nd early mrng . How much time will it take to reach pangong via leh -karu – changla)

    ii. 22nd EM vl move from Leh (or hunder, as mentioned above) – Karu- Chang La – Pangong Tso . Overnight Stay at Pangong

    iii. Return leh on 23rd by evening, hand over the bikes to lessor.

    iv. head to kargil via bus on 24th mrng so that we can reach srinagar by 25th..

    v. explore srinagar on25th & 26th

    Our return Flight is from Srinagar on 26th Aug 2017 at 1600 Hrs (Dept. tym) Need to be airport by 1400 Hrs and heard that travel time from leh – Srinagar is almost 12-14 Hrs and a night Hault at Kargil. Can we manage to reach srinagar airport on 26th before 1400Hrs if we leave on 25th Mrng.

    Vishal Nanda

    • Vishal, I will recommend that you go to Nubra and stay for one night there and then next morning move to Pangong Tso directly from Nubra Valley. Then come back to Leh from Pangong Tso. This is the most recommended option or else drop Srinagar plan for sightseeing. Leh – Srinagar is around 13-16 Hrs depending on breaks nd traffic.

  15. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your response.

    Another query.

    We will travel Ladakh with a local experienced driver in his Xylo. Do we need to obtain inner Line permit / pay tax for him also?

  16. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    2 queries.

    1. What is the difference between obtaining Inner Line Permit directly and through agent?

    2. I will visit restricted places on the first 6 days of Leh visit. After this, I will be at Leh for 3 more days for visiting Lamayuru / local sight seeing etc. What should be time span for my Inner Line Permit?


  17. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are Indian citizen, resides at Kolkata and have planned to visit Ladakh hiring local taxi and experienced driver. Time is first week of September, and the route is Manali to Leh. Return by flight.

    Queries are:

    1. Do we need to have Inner Line Permit to visit places like Khardungla, Nubra, Pangong, Tsomoriri & Hanle?

    2. What is the procedure of getting the same – it will be great help if you can tell us the updated procedure of 2017.

    3. Can we get it from my home town through mail/website link, or I need to visit Leh Administration office physically for this?

    4. We are a team of 2 persons. Do we need 2 separate Permit or 1 single permit will be OK for both of us.

    5. What is the cost for the permit?


  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    Permits require if we travel from srinagar to leh manali on personal bike or car?

    • No permit required in this case for Rohtang Pass and on this route. However, if you want to visit places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, you will need to get inner line permits.

  19. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for such an informative guide for travelers. We are two couples, who have planned a bike trip around Leh from July 21- 28. It is the very first time for us in Leh Ladakh and also first time for long bike rides. We fall in the age group 30-35 and are physically fit without any serious ailments. Despite thorough planning with help of DOW, I am a bit apprehensive about certain aspects of the trip. The itinerary we plan to follow is given below: We are flying into Leh from Delhi.

    Day 1: Reach Leh in morning and Acclimatize, Hire bikes
    Day 2: Ride to Alchi and back. Rest
    Day 3: Leh to Nubra via Khardungla. Overnight at Hunder.
    Day 4: Nubra to Pangong (Need best route and Fuel options). Overnight in Pangong
    Day 5: Pangong to Leh
    Day 6: Leh (Tso Moriri Maybe)
    Day 7: Leh (Tso Moriri Maybe)
    Day 8: Flight out of Leh

    1. What is the best route from Nubra to Pangong for normal bikes and will we have enough fuel to last Leh – Nubra-Pangong- Leh if we carry extra fuel with us?

    2. We have Day 6 and 7 in hand and were wondering if Leh -Tso Moriri- Leh would be possible or too tight?

    Thanks so much


    • Hello Juhi,

      I will recommend taking the traditional route from Leh to Changla to Pangong Tso rather taking the direct route to Pangong tso from Nubra which is quite tough and there is no help available in case of any breakdown. Since, you will be on rented bike, chances of breakdown is fair. This will mean dropping the Tso Moriri and either use day as rest or do a three day trip to Nubra Valley and visit Turtuk village in Nubra Valley.

  20. Ankur Rawat on

    Namaskaar Deepak Bhai
    This is Ankur from Agra. Me and my friend are planning to go to ladakh on 15th of this month on bike from Delhi. Initially evrything was cleared that we should go manali first thn via jispa–> sarchu finally leh but while doing homework for this trip I stuck in a delimma that what to do and how to do. Actually i have only 9 days + 1 extra day for the whole trip and i want to explore almost all the main places like Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso Lake, of ladakh region(please correct me and add that place, if any major sight left mentioning by me). I whole heartedly request you to please make a balanced plan for me as this is going to be my first road trip to leh-ladakh. I choose manali as a starting point because i heard that it saves almost two days in comparison to srinagar – leh route plus i have a free accomodation and food facility at manali too. You are also requested to please enlighten the issue of permit & documents required for the whole trip from New Delhi upto destination going to set by you and what is the procedure of aquiring the same and from where. Please it is once again requested dear elder brother to guide me
    Sorry in advance for making you bother
    I hope you will reply soon

    A lots of love and blessings from me for your generous and very helpfull guidance in advance sir ji

  21. Hi Dheeraj,

    Just a clarification please,

    Is any permit needed for going to Tso Moriri from Tso Kar lake? We are planning to go there in our way from Manali to Leh, so we can’t apply for any permit before because, as far as I uderstood, they can only be issued in Leh.

    Maybe the permit for Tso Moriri only applies for the route from Pangong?


      • Hi Dheeraj,

        I really appreciate your advise.

        So, could we just go to Tsokar Lake instead? I undestand that no permit is needed for that, right? BTW we are riding Manali motorbikes. Are they allowed there?
        We know that they are banned in Tso Moriri, but not sure if this also happens in Tso Kar.

        Our plan is visiting Batal, Chandratal lake and Kaza before Tso Kar lake, distributed as follows:

        Manali – Chandratal – Batal
        Batal – Kaza
        Kaza- Batal
        Batal – Keylong
        Keylong – Sarchu
        Sarchu – Tso Kar lake
        Tso Kar lake – Sarchu

        Is this AMS friendly? 😀

        Thank you a lot

        • Hello Carletes,

          Technically, they should not be taken to Tso Kar but you can always say that you are just moving to Manali – Leh and took a short detour in worst case if at all confronted. Probability is very very less. Spend a night at Chandratal after coming back from Kaza instead of Batal. It will prep you for a sleep at Sarchu. If you sleep well at Sarchu, there will not be any issue with Tso Kar as well.

  22. Amol Chavan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I have applied for inner line permits online but for payment there was not any options available. After I applying online for permit where should we have to pay environment charges and all. Do I still have to go to office of District Magistrate.

  23. Hi,

    I plan to visit Leh in a car provided to me by my company for my personal use with white number plates. RC is my company’s name. Can there be any problems if I go beyond Leh e.g to Nubra valley on this car?

    Documents I can carry:
    1. Proof that I am an employee of the company on whose name car is registered
    2. Declaration from my company that car is allotted to me for personal use and is not for commercial use

    Also a few sites still mention ILP are required for Nubra and Pangong. Is this correct? Visited both in 2014 without any ILPs. Is there any recent change in the rule?

    • Hi Anoop,

      As long as you can prove that you work for the company, it should be OK. These documents will suffice. And yes, since April 2017, ILP and environment fee are reintroduced again as mentioned in the article above too.

      • Thanks Dheeraj..

        – Any idea how much time it could take to deposit money at TIC Leh? Hoping that not more than couple of hours in the morning and we can leave for Diskit on the same day. Any contacts who can do this for me in advance?

        – I am planning to go with my Family (wife and 5 year old daughter) on my 2014 Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel which has covered 44,000 kms so far. Route is Jaipur to Leh and back via Srinagar starting 1st July.
        I plan to cover Leh-Diskit-Hunder-Panamik-Leh on my Punto and then take local cab for Leh-Pangong-Leh.
        Me and my cousin did the same route in 2014 on a Maruti Estilo which gives me good confidence. Do you foresee any issues / any comments?

        • Hi Anopp,

          When you will fill the online form, it will tell you the fee which you need to submit. In order to get in advance, you can also connect with

          Also, I Will not recommend going over to Nubra Valley without at least one complete day of rest and acclimatization in Leh especially with family.

          You can do both Nubra Valley and PAngong tso from Leh on your car. Just be cautious and careful, drive slow on dirt tracks or roads with pebbles/stones to avoid puncture.

  24. Nirmit Kansal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to rent a bike from Chandigarh for leh Ladakh via srinagar then coming back to chandigarh via Manali. There is some news going on that the manali bike association will not allow rented commercial bikes from outside states.
    Can you please help me and confirm if I can take the rented bike from chandigarh and complete the trip as I have planned? Please let me know if the rented bike from chandigarh will create any issue in the travel path.
    Awaiting your reply.


    • Yes Nirmit, no Ladakh bike can cross Sarchu post and allowed in HP and no HP bike is allowed in Ladakh to enter. There is too much tensions going on and I will not recommend taking the rented bike to Ladakh unless things settle down.

      • Nirmit Kansal on

        thank you for your valuable reply.

        If the rented bike from Chandigarh is the white number plate and we say that this bike belongs to a friend of ours. Can this help in tackling the situation there ??

        • No Nirmit, in case you are caught up, they check the RC of the bike and it has to be in the name of you or any family member with whom you can prove the relationship by showing a valid GOVT ID. It is done specifically to curb these kinds of workarounds 😉

  25. Prasun Mondal on


    Dheeraj ji,

    i am planning the following , will it be possible ?
    day 1 leh
    day 2 Leh – Nubra (stay)
    Day 3 Nubra to Pangong ( stay) – is this possible via the khalsar shyok )
    DAy 4 PAngong to Hanle ( via Chusul) ( places to mention for permit online mode)
    day 5 hanle to Tso moriri to sarchu ( stay )
    DAy 6 Sarchu to Manali.
    we can do the following also

    day 1 leh
    day 2 Leh – Nubra (stay)
    Day 3 Nubra to Pangong ( stay) – is this possible via the khalsar shyok )
    DAy 4 PAngong to Hanle ( via Chusul)
    day 5 hanle to Tso moriri to leh
    DAy 6 rest / buffer
    day 7 return flight from leh.

    regarding ILPs , we can apply online but for hanle via chushul there is no option !

    your feedback is highly appreciated.

    • Prasun, in your second plan, better use Day 6 for rest or sham valley trip on Day 2. This will help you acclimatize a bit more. Then follow rest and take flight on Day 7. You can apply for hanle permits at DC office in Leh or in person at Tourist info center.

  26. Hello Dhiraj..
    We hv planned ladakh trip from 7 to 17 September 2017 starting from srinagar n ending at manali. We have planned to travel by our own bikes n planned to cover places like pangong tso moriri hundar khardung la etc.. So please tell me is it fine to travel by our own bikes in leh ladak considering the current taxi n bike mafia scenario? And can we get permits for all the places at the same time for 12 days?

    • Yes Atul, there is no issue at all by traveling on private bikes. Do not be afraid, they are good and helping people and just want people to respect the rules they have laid to curb outsiders commercial people minting money from their resources or opportunities. Private bikes or cars do not have any issues right from the start except just one ugly incident that happened.

      YEs, you can apply the permits once for all days you are in Ladakh.

  27. Aniket Thakur on

    hello Mr. Dheeraj,
    I want to visit Ladakh this early August and want to camp there i am carrying my tent myself but i need to get government permission for that can I apply for that online? If not where to contact I will be going from Manali-Leh route and how much time it will take the whole process of permission.

  28. Hey dheeraj!
    First of all thanks for all the information, its really helpful.
    I just wanted to know if the inner line permit for an Indian citizen is issued on driving license also or only on passport?

  29. Wachirawit Ueajirawanit on

    I will go Tso moriri from Manali it possible sir ? or I have to reach Leh first

  30. akash shah on


    i am planning to go to leh ladakh in 16th june from ahmedabad(gujarat) alone.
    my bike is on my mothers name….will there any problems?

      • Akash Shah on

        If I take proper papers which make sure them that I am son of her…does it works.

        • Akash Shah on

          If I take proper papers which make sure them that I am son of her…does it works.

          Sir there are two possibilities.
          (1) If I take proper papers which make sure them that I am son of her

          (2) I can change name on TV book. But I can’t get rc book because it take 1-2 months to reach. I only get the paper on which it suggest that this bike is on my name

        • Yes, it works for sure. If you have a passport it will work and also since surname will match that will work too. No need to change the name of the book.

  31. Sir..
    what is the process for getting ILPs for hanle? is it okay i download this form and mention all places that im planning to visit??

    • Kaushick, yes, download the form mention all the places, go to DC office in Leh, pay the environment and permit fees and get it stamped by DC office. Once done, get the 10-12 copies of that permit to submit on various checkposts to the places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Hanle etc..

  32. sai swaroop on

    Our itinerary is
    13-08-2017 Manali to Sarchu
    14-08-2017 Sarchu – Pang – Leh
    15-08-2017 Leh- Khardung La – Nubra
    16-08-2017 Nubra- Shyok- Pangong Tso
    17-08-2017 Pangong Tso – chusul – TSo moriri lake
    18-08-2017 TsoMoriri to Sarchu
    18-08-2017 Sarchu- Manali

    Can you please Let me know how many permissions would i require and the charges for the permissions

    • Hey Sai, you need Rohtang Pass permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass. And once in Leh, you will need Inner Line Permit from DC OFfice in Leh.

      Also, your plan is too too ambitious and I will not suggest such a plan. There is no rest day in Leh, then you are directly sleeping at Sarchu from Manali which will cause AMS issues.

      • sai swaroop on

        Yes sir according to your blog i have read that we need to have some bookings in LEH to get the permit for Rohtang pass, but we dont have bookings. What we have to do now?

      • Sunirmshafi on

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for your very informative posts. However I am a bit confused as the article states that Indian Nationals do not require inner line permits. To summarize my questions

        1) My itinerary involves the Manali – Leh Highway. Via 4 motorbikes. Where do I get the Rohtang Pass permit? Can it be acquired online before travel? We will hit Rohtang on 30th June if the weather is all ok and the roads open. Is there any pre- requisiste such as hotel bookings etc to get this pass? What is the charge for the pass? And should we expect any kind of hindrance at rohtang of not securing this pass. Sorry for a lot of questions, but we are travelling from the UAE and have all the flights etc booked as of now for a journey to start on 30th june from Manali. Appreciate any help or direction

        2) we will stay at jispa, then sarchu and then at rumtse after which we will directly head to pangong tso. Read in your article that you need inner line permits which we need to get from LEH DC. Being Indian nationals, does it apply to us as well? Do we need to first head to Leh DC get the required permit and then head back to pangong tso?

        • Sunirmshafi on

          Dear Dheeraj

          Appreciate the response and have been waiting for the same. The requirements of the permit is now quite clear. As for my plan, I saw that you’ve mentioned that it is not recommended. Can you shed some light and provide your recommendations? We would be riding via bikes.. any help would be appreciated

          Day 1 : Manali – Jispa , halt at Jispa
          Day 2 : Jispa – Sarchu, halt at sarchu
          Day 3 : Sarchu – LEH, halt at LEH
          Day 4 : Rest in LEH
          Day 5 : LEH – Pangong . Halt at Pangong
          Day 6 : Pangong – LEH, halt at LEH
          Day 7 : Visit Khardungla and return to LEH
          Day 8 : Fly from LeH to Delhi

        • I will suggest following edits:

          Day 1 : Manali – Jispa , halt at Jispa
          Day 2 : Jispa – Leh, leave by 6 AM for sure, halt at Leh
          Day 3 : Leh rest day and acclimatization, permits are now available online.
          Day 4 : Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
          Day 5 : Nubra Valley – Leh
          Day 6 : Leh – Pangong tso
          Day 7 : Pangong tso – Leh
          Day 8 : Fly from LeH to Delhi

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        I’m a Chinese,If I got ILP,Can I visit the restricted places like Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley?

  33. Ayush karanwal on

    Hi dheeraj ,
    Can we get inner line permit in one day ?
    Just wanted to know iif this will be time consuming

    • Yes, it is a trivial process. Just have your documents ready and pre-prepared by downloading the above form. Just go there, submit the fees and get the permit signed. Then on the way back make 10-12 copies of it. It will not take more than couple of hrs at max.

  34. Saket Kaura on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are 2 couples traveling Delhi – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – day trips to Nubra and Pangong Tso – Leh – Sarchu – Manali – Delhi. We start on 6 June to reach Jammu. We come back to Delhi on 19 June. We are traveling in an Innova. Please advice us which route you suggest frm Kargil i.e. Normal highway via magnetic hill or the route through Batalik. Batalik route might require ILP, which we will organise. Pls suggest assuming we are not planning another trip soon 🙂


    • You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

      • Saket Kaura on

        Thanks a lot Dheeraj. Based on your suggested blogs we have already palnned our trip. Now we are only debating which is a better route to take for a first time traveler to Leh assuming we are not planning any other trip to Leh soon.

        1) Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Leh
        2) Kargil – Batalik – Dah – Skurbuchan – Leh


  35. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for helping me in other pages, now I have booked my tickets and have my itinerary.
    I arrive in Leh on Aug 9th (2017) and leave on Aug 19th. I will be renting a bike from LEH.
    Will I need to get inner line permits as I will be visiting Pangong TSo , Tso moriri etc… If yes then where should I apply for them? Can i apply online or only after reaching Leh?

    • Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

  36. Dheeraj,

    Hi! I am an avid follower of your website and have taken numerous advice from it! My 3 friends and I are scheduled to land in Leh on 13th May and to depart for our home on 20th May.

    Now we had an entire trip planned with Nubra Valley, Turtuk and Pangong in our plan. We reached out to Thinles of Botho guesthouse, someone who came highly recommended in tripadvisor.

    Everything was on schedule when suddenly I learned today from Thinles that Leh is now currently not giving Permits to tourists from SAARC countries 🙁 This is so sudden and I saw no news of this anywhere! Now, do you have any suggestions for us as to what to say to the DC office once we reach Leh? We want to try again for the permit.

    Lastly, if we don’t get the permit at all, can you suggest an itinerary from 13th May to 20th May? Our flight reaches on 13th May so we’ll take that day rest and we depart 20th May in the morning so basically, 14th May to 19th May an itinerary of places without requiring permit and must visit would be really helpful 🙂


    • Hi Sami,

      If that is the case, I am not sure if anyone can help out. If they have stopped permits for SARC countries, then I am not sure what is the process. May be you can check it online yourself as Protected Area Permits are now available online:

      • Dheeraj,

        I did check that website and there is a FAQ PDF there as well where it mentions some countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan requires permission from the Home Ministry. There is no mention of Bangladesh in that document.

        Hopefully we can show this once we reach Leh and try and get the permit 🙂

        Thank you for the very quick reply as always!

        • Yes Samy, also try to apply for Online Permit and you may get it. There was another person who posted in the forum that Bangladeshi citizen require only Protected Area Permit now and the option comes while filling up the online form. Please check it.

  37. Hi

    Below is my Itinerary

    Day 1 – Srinagar-Sonamarg-Zoji La-Dras-Kargil

    Day 2 – Kargil-Mulbek-Namika La-Fotu La-Lamayuru-Nimmoo-Leh

    Day 3 – Sighseeing in Leh

    Day 4 – Leh-Khardung La-Sumur-Panamik-Diskit-Hunder

    Day 5 – Diskit/Hunder-Wari La-Chang La-Pangong lake

    Day 6 – Pangong Lake-Man-Merak-Chushul-Tsaka Pass-Hanle

    Day 7 – Hanle-Nyoma-Mahe-Karzok(Tso Moriri)

    Day 8 – Karzok-Tso Kar-More Plains-Sarchu

    Day 9- Sarchu-Baralacha La Pass-Keylong-Rohtang Pass-Manali

    Day 10- Manali-Chandigarh

    Let me know how many permissions would i require and the charges for the permissions

    • This looks good Ketan, you will need a permit for 5-6 days from DC office in Leh for places listed from Day 4 to Day 8. No other permit is required. Just take care of the fuel and ensure there are other vehicles in company to support on these desolated routes.

  38. Kuldeep Singh on

    Hello Sir,
    we are 4 friends plan tour from ambala to leh on 4 bikes as your guideline as
    Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu/Patnitop
    Day 2 | Jammu/Patnitop – Srinagar
    Day 3 | Srinagar – Kargil
    Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
    Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
    Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
    Day 7 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    Day 8 | Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
    Day 9 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
    Day 10 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu
    Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
    Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Pang – Sarchu
    Day 13 | Sarchu – Manali
    Day 14 | Manali – Delhi

    please tell me that which place is given in permit and there is only one permit for all trip

    Thanks & Regards
    Kuldeep Singh

    • Hi Kuldeep,

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

      Only one permit is required.


      • Kuldeep Singh on

        Thanks dheeraj sir
        if we find any problem then we contact to you again
        thanks again

      • Dear Dheeraj bhai,

        As per our itinerary (see below), we will visit Khardung la, Hundar, Turtuk, Panamik, Aghom, Shyok, Tangtse, Spangmik Pangong Tso-Man- Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle-Nyoma and Tso moriri from Leh and then to Manali.
        1.Please suggest what we need to do to get the ILP, and from where we will get it? I downloaded the form, but could not understand where we need to mention the places we intend to visit.

        2.What will be the charge per person? Is the environmental fee Rs 400 needs to be paid one time or for every day of the trip? That will be huge then..

        3. what documents need to be submitted?

        4. Will the drivers will arrange the permit? or we have to do ourselves?

        Please advice in detail.

        Day1 (30/5/17 Tue)- Kolkata to Srinagar morning flight and move to Sonamarg
        Day2 (31/5/17 Wed)- Sonamarg– Kargil/Mulbekh
        Day3 (1/6/17 Thu)- Kargil/Mulbekh – Leh
        Day4 (2/6/17 Fri)- Leh Local sightseeing and permit preparation
        Day5 (3/6/17 Sat)- Leh – Hundar
        Day6 (4/6/17 Sun)- Hundar – Turtuk – Deskit / Hundar-Panamik-Deskit#
        Day7 (5/6/17 Mon)- Deskit – Agom-Shyok – Tangtse #
        Day 8 (6/6/17 Tue)- Tangtse – Spangmik
        Day 9 (7/6/17 Wed)- Spangmik – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle *
        Day 10 (8/6/17 Thu)- Hanle – Niddar Road – Korzok (Tsomoriri)**
        Day 11 (9/6/17 Fri)- Tsomoriri(Korzok) –Tso Kar – Barlach la (Suraj Tal) -Keylong
        Day 12 (10/6/17 Sat)- Keylong – Manali )
        Day 13 (11/6/17 Sun)- Manali – Kulu – Kalka and catch 11:50pm Kalka Mail
        Day 14 (12/6/17 Mon)- Train
        Day 15 (13/6/17 Tue)- Morning 8:00 arrive Kolkata

        If not possible,then * Day 9: Spangmik – Chusul – Saga – Chumathang
        **Day10: Chumathang – Tsomoriri Stay (Korzok)
        # If Tangtse cannot be reached directly from Hundar, then stay only 1N in Hundar…and Hundar to leh on nxt night and then Leh to Tangste.

        • Dear Amit,

          Replies below:
1. Where it is written “Crant Permission to Indian Citize to visit _______________” in that blank you have to mention the name
          2. Environment fee of Rs 400 is one time, permit fee of Rs 20 is per day.
          3. Your valid Photo Id Nationality Proof
          4. They can do so on your behalf, will need all the documents and filled, signed permit form from you guys.
          5. Your plan looks OK but DO NOT venture into the Niddar route alone.

  39. Chirag sankalia on

    Hi Mr dheeraj ji
    My self CHIRAG
    I will be plan leh tour on 15th August arrivals and plan 1st day (16th) – leh sightseeing (17th) – nubra valley-(night stay) (18th) – nubra to leh (19th) – pangong lake return (20th) buy bus tso moriri and night halt (21st) – return to leh buy bus. (22nd) – leh to srinager return. It is possible this plan. Plz suggests me

  40. Sir…do we require inner line permits to visit places like nubra valley,khardung la,tso moriri? whats the recent announcement about sir?

    • Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again (those who missed before)

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).

      • What about Visiting the area of Batalik village and the road that takes to the villages Dha and Goma Hanu ? Are they excluded from present ILP requirement of 2017?

        India loves red tape and bureaucracy. Three cheers to it.

      • Dheeraj,

        I heard that in order to travel from kargil to leh via batalik and dha hanu, we need to take inner line permit (ILP) from kargil for batalik and ILP from leh for dha hanu. As I will be travelling from srinagar to leh via kargil-batalik-dha hanu-leh , I can arrange ILP for batalik from kargil DC office (as heard again, plz correct me if I am wrong), But my confusion, annoying, worry is how can I arrange ILP from leh to visit dhan hanu before I actually travel there (to leh) as I dnt have any plans of returning back as I have further plans to visit manali. Please help !

        • Deepak, people who travel in the direction from Leh to Kargil to Srinagar via Batalik route gets the permit from Leh and those who travel from Kargil to Leh gets the permit from Kargil DC office. So, you can get it from Kargil DC office and you should be good. Also, you can visit Dah hanu without going from Batalik and without needing any permit in case traveling from Kargil to Leh.

        • Yeah Dheeraj, I understand completely what you said. But in my case I want to visit both places i.e., Batalik from kargil (ILP from kargil ) and head directly from there to dha hanu (as I will have ILP only for batalik, as ILP for dha hanu will be issued in Leh) as well and further to leh. So how about obtaining permit for dha hanu in this case is my confusion. I don’t want to return to kargil again from batalik and travel on Fotula and go to dha hanu and take back same route and get to leh. ( Or will kargil DC office issues dha hanu permit as well for one way travellers ? )

          Hope I am very much clear in making you understand what I want to convey.

        • You can just write both Batalik, Dah, Hanu on the form when applying for permits at Kargil DC office. The Dah Hanu, permits are restored this year only and still there is no official statement on permits but just on environment fee. However, people are applying for the permit and paying the environment fee as it used to happen before 2014. So, I believe you will not have any issues with it if you just write Dah Hanu, Batalik while applying permit at Kargil office.

        • Thank you Dheeraj. Thanks for update. We people can travel worry free because of people like you helping the enthusiasts all the way. Really appreciate and wonder how you reserve time for DoW.

  41. rupesh taunk on

    hi dheeraj ji
    we have 27 members on 27 seater bus to planned, to visit leh on 1 june from jammu srinager kargil, leh 3 days , 2 days nubra, 1day pangong ,1) can we direct go to sarchu from pangong. 2) on this day all roads will opened or not. 3) today i know that this year inner line permit is compulsory for indian as well as foreigners also. and fee are approx 1000 to 1100 for indian , is it true or not plz confirm . 4) leh to manali road are open or not on 9 june from pangong to sarchu & 10 june sarchu to manali.

    • Hi Rupesh,

      This year there is too much of snowfall and Manali – Leh is expected to open by the second week of June. Plying heavy vehicle on it may not be conducive, so better postpone the trip by couple of weeks.

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again (those who missed before)

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only). For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

  42. Chandramohan BV on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Read about Leh Innerline Permits are back from DOW. how likely is Leh DC office operating on SUNDAY!.
    we have planned ride in june, where we reach leh on Sat and Sunday is a break day before we start our ride to Nubra valley on Monday. now for Permits, we need to re-plan. can you suggest please.

  43. Arth Patel on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I wanted to know if i can build tents in places like Nubra, pangong, hanle, moriri and jispa! Is it allowed to build our own tents? Or they(locals) won’t allow us? Because we are tight on budget.

  44. Arth Patel on

    Little bit off topic but how can i avoid Taxi union of Leh as i am going there with rented bikes.. is there any way? I’ll ride with 3 other bikes! The bike company where we are hiring said there won’t be an issue.. is it true? As we are students hiring in leh will cost us more!

    • In case you are lucky and not confronted, you may avoid them else if checked, you will have to park the outside rented bike and hire another bike in Leh.

  45. Arth Patel on

    Hi dheeraj , i have some changes in my route so it goes like
    Day 1: Delhi to pathankot
    2: pathankot to Srinagar
    3: Srinagar to kargil
    4: kargil to leh
    5:leh rest /sightseeing
    6:leh to hunder
    7: hunder to pangong
    8: pangong to leh
    9: leh to hanle
    10: hanle to tso morir
    11: tso moriri to sarchu.
    12:sarchu to manali

    Now the things is thay if and only if we don’t need a buffer day i really want to go to Kaza in spiti valley. Do you know how to plan my trip so i can include Kaza in my list? Is there any road goes to kaza from keylong? Or should i start after reaching Manali?

    • Hello Arth, first of all with just one day in hand, it is not possible to visit Kaza. The roads to Kaza from Keylong or Manali are one of the worst roads you may have ever seen. Riding/Traveling on it takes a toll on the body and in one day in any case it is not possible and will mean touching and coming. You may try

      Tso Moriri to Keylong, Keylong to Chandratal, Chandratal to Manali in one day but doing it this way with Kaza does not make any sense to me.

      • Arth Patel on

        Let’s say i have two days after reaching keylong . What do you suggest?

        • Again within two days it won’t make any sense to visit KAza as you will not be able to see much things up there. It is better to visit Chandratal lake in Spiti Valley and come back to Manali in those two days.

  46. Hi Dheeraj

    We are three friends and we are planning for Leh this June, last week most likely. We plan to go manali by bus and then hire 2 Bullets from there and then drive all the way to Leh. Also we plan to drive Kargil from Leh and then back to Leh.

    I wanted to check with you :
    1. what all locations you would advise in Leh or near Leh to visit.
    2. Moreover, we plan to do sleepover in tent is that possible in that region? I mean we putting our own trek tent.
    3. How is your opinion on Leh -> Kargil -> Leh
    4. We are 3 guys and will be renting 2 bikes, so pillion will also be there. is that ok and what challenges we should expect with pillion.