Ladakh Travel Guide – All About Inner Line Permits

ILP’s are important, without ILP’s you get to see only one third of the Ladakh Valley. The rest of the Ladakh is possible only when you have Inner Line Permits with you, which simply means a written permission from the District Authorities (Leh Deputy Commissioner).

ILP’s are important from security point of view and it is one of the ways to generate revenues on the lines of Green Tax in Himachal Pradesh.

One requires ILP to visit following places in and around Leh City.

Inner Line Permits Leh Ladakh Pangong Tso

FAQs about ILP’s

  1. What is an ILP and why do I need it?
    An Inner Line Permit is  an official document that enables you to travel in the restricted areas close to the International Border. You need it because of National Security purposes.
  2. I am an Indian Citizen, do I need it?
    Yes, Indian citizens are also required to obtain ILP from the authorities. 
  3. How much does it cost?
    Few years ago, it used to cost only INR 20. However, the times have changed now and you may need to spend anything between 100-200 to obtain an ILP. 
  4. Where from do I get an ILP?
    ILP’s are issued by the district authorities which could be a DC (Leh) or SDM (Kargil for Zanskar-Suru Valleys). DC Office in Leh and SDM Office in Kargil are located in the center of the towns. 
  5. What is the best way to get an ILP?
    The best way to obtain an ILP is asking your hotel guy to get one for you. Every hotleier has contacts with agents who get ILP’s issued. They will charge you some, usually INR 50 per ILP. 
  6. Do I need to mention names of every place I want to visit on a separate ILP form?
    No! Mention name of all the places in one form only. Write down names of all the members in the group on the same form. 
  7. What all do I documents are required to get an ILP?
    A photo identity proof (DL/Passport) and a photograph (sometimes). It is advisable to get attested photocopies from your home itself. 
  8. Should I visit on my own or ask the hotel guy?
    After a back breaking journey, you wouldn’t be in a position to go through all the formalities. Ask the hotel guy in the morning itself, ILP’s are not issued after 12 Noon.  
  9. What is the validity of an ILP?
    An ILP remains valid for as long as 10-15 days.  It is advisable to stick to the guidelines mentioned in your ILP.
  10.  Will they check ILP during the journey?
    For every place mentioned above in this guide, there will be a check point where you will be asked to your ILP. One person from the group can go and show the ILP.
  11. Where from do I get an ILP?
    Every stationary shop in Leh  keeps ILP with them. Photocopy guys also keep these forms. You can ask your hotel guy in advance to get forms for you.
    Download Sample from here [This form is an Old Form, just for reference] 
For Foreign Nationals:
  • A copy of your passport and money is required that’s all. 
  • The validity of the ILP will be 7-10 days. Plan your travel accordingly.

TheOKTravel Tips:

  • The first thing you should do in Leh is to ask your hotel guy to get ILPs for you.
  • Do not leave the city on the very next day. Keep a day or two for acclimatization  Leh is at 3500 meters and the places you want to visit are as high as 5500 meters. Relax, acclimatize  keep travelling!

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