How and Where to obtain an Inner Line Permit for Leh-Ladakh 2018?

Inner Line Permit or ILP is a travel document issued by Government of India. It is required by Indian citizens to visit protected/restricted areas within the country. This permit are valid for a limited period of time. The main purpose of an inner line permit is to monitor the activity of tourists and inflow of people into the region in certain areas that are close to international borders. This is purely undertaken as a security measure.

With effect from 1 June 2017, it is mandatory for Indian Citizens to obtain an Inner Line Permit for visiting certain areas in Leh. Along with the inner line permit fee you are also now required to pay an additional environment fee of Rs 400. The good news is that now you also apply for these permits online. Find out how and where to obtain this Inner Line Permit in the current blog.

If a foreign national or a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) wants to visit the Ladakh region, she/he can do so by obtaining the Protected Area Permit or PAP. PAP is a travel document issued by Government of India to foreign nationals or NRIs who wish to visit the protected or restricted areas in certain states of the country. This permit cannot be obtained directly by an individual or a group. PAP only issued only through a registered travel agent.

Inner Line Permit: An Overview

Required by Indian Citizens residing outside Jammu & Kashmir
Not Required by Residents of Jammu & Kashmir

Children below the age of 12

Foreign Nationals & NRIs  (require a separate Protected Area Permit)

Validity 3 Weeks
Price Environment Fee of INR 400 per Person + Inner line Permit fee INR 20 per day
Mode of submitting Application Offline


Documents Required Self-attested photocopies of Valid Nationality Proof

Valid Photo IDs

Who Needs an Inner Line Permit?

An India Citizen who does not belong to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and wishes to visit the protected or restricted areas of Leh- Ladakh region is required to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP).

Residents of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and children below the age of 12 can enter without a permit and by just displaying their valid Photo ID.

Foreign Nationals visiting the region must obtain the Ladakh Protected Area Permit (PAP) before entering it.

What is the Validity of an Inner Line Permit ?

The Inner Line Permit is effective for a period of 3 weeks for Indians, and 1 week for foreigners. However, there is no limit on the number of times you visit a place within the valid period as long as you carry the necessary permits. If you wish to prolong your stay you have to obtain a new Inner Line Permit.

You cannot use the same permit. The checking and rules are very strict in the region, so, get a new Inner Line Permit before the expiry of the previous one. 

Which areas in Leh-Ladakh Need an Inner Line Permit?

The areas that require an Inner Line Permit include the following –

Digger La
Hanu Villages
Khardung La
Loma Bend
Nubra Valley
Pangong Tso
Tangyar- for trekking only
Tso Moriri
Inner Line Permit

Khardung La pass lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Photography by Kishan Bongale

Not all areas in Leh require an inner line permit. The Inner Line permit is not required if you are visiting any of the following areas –
Zanskar Valley
Suru Valley
Local Sightseeing at Leh
Local places in and around the Leh town
Manali– Leh Highway
Leh- Srinagar Highway

How to Apply for an Inner Line Permit Leh 2018?

The Inner Line Permit can be obtained both online and offline. You can get the permit once you reach Leh or can apply for it online on the government portal. Although you can get an inner line permit online, you still have to get it signed and pay the fee once you are in Leh. The details of both the procedures are given below:

Obtaining the Inner Line Permit Offline:

If you plan on applying for the permits once you reach Leh, you can apply them at the Tourist Information Office (TIC) office.

TIC Office,

Opposite J&K Bank,

Main Market, Leh.

The office is open all working days, except for government holidays.  All applications for inner line permit are accepted between 09:00 AM to 03.00 PM.

Besides this, you also need to write an application addressed to the DC of Leh – Ladakh district for the approval of your Inner Line Permit. Here you need to mention your travel dates along with your interest to visit the places you wish to cover during your Leh- Ladakh trip.

10 Steps for Obtaining the Inner Line Permit Online

Obtaining the Inner Line Permit as become fairly easy and convenient since it was moved to the official government portal. In order to obtain the Inner Line Permit, these are the 10 steps you must follow:

Step 1

Visit the LAHDC Leh website. At the bottom, click on the orangish semicircle titled “Issue”. A menu will appear, here click on “Domestic Clients”.

Step 2

A form will open where you need to fill in your details including Name, State, Address, ID type & ID no. Date of arrival, etc.

Step 3

Under the field “Issue Permit,” select the “Directly’ option. For “Date of Arrival” field, select the date of your arrival in Leh town.

Step 4

Submit the form after reviewing it carefully. Click “OK” once your application has been successfully registered.

Step 5

After this, you will be directed to another page where you will be required to select the areas that you need an Inner Line Permit for.

Step 6

At the bottom of the screen, select your date of arrival and departure in Leh. Click on the apply button for Permit

Step 7

A pop up will appear on the screen notifying you that the circuit has been assigned successfully. Click OK. A new pop “Inserted Successfully” will appear on the screen. Click OK.

Step 8

From here you will be redirected to another page containing the details of your permit. This will have your name, ID number, state of residence and different fee-related details.

Step 9

Take a print out of this permit page.

Step 10

There is no option of online payment for the permit on the website. You need to make the payment once you reach Leh. The permit will be stamped or signed in Leh.  For this carry 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

What Documents to Carry for getting an Inner Line Permit 2018?

You need to carry the following documents for obtaining the Inner Line Permit –

A valid photo ID Original and Self-attested or attested photocopies of Proof of Nationality. This includes Passport,  Voters ID etc.

Note: Aadhar is not a valid Proof of Nationality 

Important Tip: Always carry photocopies of your Inner Line Permits as you might need to submit them at some check posts.

Inner Line Permit for Visiting Leh Ladakh- A Summary

Ladakh Inner Line Permits (ILP) is required by Indian Nationals and Ladakh Protected Area Permits (PAP) is required by foreigners.
These permits are not required for residents of J&K state and children below the age of 12 years. They can visit the protected area region in Ladakh by showing/carrying a valid Photo Id proof.
You need to pay an environment fee of Rs 400 per person and inner line permit fee of Rs 20 per day per person to get these permits.
Inner Line Permits and Protected Area Permits can be obtained online. The permits are available online from the official website of LAHDC Leh.

So. what are you waiting for?  Get online and get started on your Inner Line Permit application to visit the mesmerizing Leh-Ladakh region.

Happy Wayfaring

About the Author

Divya Sarjolta

Divya Sarjolta

Divya Sarjolta is a P.hD in Economics and a Gold Medalist in her Majors. She hails from the beautiful town of Shimla and is a Himachali by birth. She enjoys exploring life to the fullest and has pursued quite a lot of backpacking trips around the country. Two things Divya craves more than anything else is good food and travel. She leads her life on the lines of Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones, “It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” So, explore while you can!