Travel in India

Waiver of Inner Line Permit to explore Leh for Indian Nationals


Shanti Stupa at Changspa
(Image: flickr/kkoshy)

Earlier Scenario:

Any Indian National, who wanted to explore the fascinating beauty of Leh and parts of it, had to take permission for Inner Line Permit from Office of District Magistrate,Leh. Tourist who wanted to visit places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri had to visit the office on a working day along with photographs and other documents. This has caused a lot of hours surfing sites for clarification and In order for due to border sensitive areas in Ladakh, which are located along the ceasefire line with Pakistan (LOC) and China (LAC), an inner line permit issued by the DC Office in Leh was necessary for the protection of the Indian Nationals.

Changed Scenario:

Latest orders passed by DC office of Leh (Orders copy), Indian nationals no longer need permit to visit areas mentioned in Orders copy. Government issued ID cards eg. Indian Passport, Driving License, Election ID card, PAN card, Aadhar card etc. will be checked and treated as inner line permit for following areas:-

  • Dah and Hanu (Khaltse – Domkhar – Skurbuchan – Hanudo – Biama – Dha route.)
  • Pangong Tso (from Leh to Merak Village.)
  • Tso Moriri (Leh – Chumathang – Mahe – Korzok.)
  • Loma Bend (Leh – Chumathang – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma Bend.)
  • Nubra Valley (Khardung La, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi, Sumur and Panamik.)
  • Tangyar (Leh – Sabhoo – Digger La – Khungru Gompa – Tangyar, only for trekking.)

The foreign nationals shall, however, need to obtain a proper permit from the office of  District Magistrate, Leh on a working day. However, to visit places like Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors, Indian Nationals too require permit.


Happy Travelling!


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