Inner Line Permit in Leh (Ladakh) is required to visit the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Most of the places in Ladakh region are close to the International Borders with China and Pakistan, and authorities wants to keep track the record of tourists traveling over there.

So, ILP is simply a document with all your details and places where you planning to visit. It’s important that you carry one and keep it close.

However, for Local Sightseeing in Leh you don’t need an ILP. But, to visit Nubra, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri you will have to take the permission from authorities.

Get Inner Line Permit in Leh from DC office

How to get Inner line permit for Leh ladakh

Based on my recent solo bike Ladakh expedition, here is everything I know about how to get ILP from Leh DC office, including details of the procedure and office locations.

Places for which you need Inner Line Permit

Before we start with the procedure, let’s go through the list of places for which you need ILP in Leh and places you don’t!

Permit Required

  • Pangong TSO
  • Hanle
  • Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk (They were not issuing ILP for Tyakshi)
  • Sumur, Panamik
  • Batalik
  • Marisimik La
  • Wari La
  • Turtuk
  • Tso Moriri
  • Chushul

Permit NOT Required

  • Leh local Sightseeing
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Suru Valley
  • Places on Leh Manali Highway
  • Places on Leh-Srinagar Highway

How to get ILP Form

ILP form is available in most of the Photocopy/Xerox Shops near DC office.

All you need is a xerox copy of ID Proof of all the tourists including you.

For example, if you are a group of 10 people then you need to fill the details of 10 people and submit the IDs of all of them.

Important – ILP is not required for children less than 12 Years of age.

DC office Leh issues ILP only between 10 AM to 3 PM. So, you better visit early to avoid any delay due to crowd. You can cross-check the timing and cost details from Leh official district website.

What to fill in the Form?

Inner Line Permit in Leh Ladakh

You need to fill the details about yourself, father’s name, permanent address, phone number and the Hotel/Homestay/Guesthouse name you are staying in Leh.

You need to fill the details of Places for which the ILP is being applied for.

At last, mention the starting and ending date of your permit. If you are getting permits for 5 days (mention date) then you can visit all the mentioned places in those 5 days easily.

In case you plan to visit North East in near future, here is how to get ILP for North East states.

Fee and charges for Inner Line Permit in Leh

Red Cross + Environmental Fee: 400 INR per person

Wild Life Protection fee: 20 INR per day

Total Cost of Leh ILP: If you are getting permits for 5 days then you have to pay 20×5 = 100 + 400 INR, which comes to the total of 500 INR per person.

Validity of Inner Line Permit 

You can get the permit for maximum 7 Day. After that, you will have to get ILP again. You can travel only between the mentioned date (mentioned by You) in the ILP document.

So, ensure the dates mentioned are well-thought of.

We have a group, Do we all need to visit DC office for Permit?

No! If you are with a group, then one person can visit DC office for ILP and collect the ILP document of all the group members.

Leh ILP for International Travelers

ILP for international travelers is similar to Indian travelers. The only add-on is that you need to attach the copy of Passport along with other documents.

Important: Make sure you make at least 10 photocopies/xerox copies after getting ILP from DC office Leh. It’s important as you will need to submit each copies before entering in the mentioned areas at Army checkpoints.

This was all from my side about getting Inner Line Permit in Leh-Ladakh to do with your expedition. Have any questions I didn’t answer above? Leave them in the comment section below.

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