We Indians are really crazy for exploring foreign countries, indubitably foreign countries are major holiday destinations, but our India is not behind. The beauty of India cannot be described in a word, it is blessed with snow-capped mountains in the Kashmir to the panoramic view of sunrise and sunset in the Kanyakumari. The things which we love in our life are a bit difficult to get, similar is for India there are few places in India where Indians require special Inner permission to visit. Obviously, a question arises in your mind, why it so? It is because the areas which require Inner Line Permit are usually near an international border and some are under high-security zones. Inner line permit is nothing complicated it is just a travel document issued by the Indian Government which allows Indian travelers to visit a highly secured area for a limited period of time. In this post, I am going to talk about the few places in India where an Inner Line Permit is required, so let’s start.

Inner Line PermitSikkim- Undisturbed view of Mt.Kanchenjunga, beautiful lakes, lush greenery, sports activities all combined create a perfect image of the second smallest state of India, Sikkim. The state shares its boundaries with three countries China, Bhutan, and Nepal, therefore, Indian tourist requires Inner line Permit to visit areas like Tsomgo lake, Lachen, Thangu, Chopta, Nathu La, Gurudongmar lake, Yunthang valley, Menmecho lake.

How to get ILP- You can get it by travel agencies, tour operators as well as from Sikkim tourism department.

Necessary documents- For getting inner line permit you must have necessary documents such as Aadhar card or passport or voter’s ID or driving license along with two passport size photographs.

Foreign tourists- Foreigners can get ILP by presenting their passport, two passport size photos, and Indian visa. They also need to have Restricted area Permit/ Protected Area Permit if planning to visit interior part of the state.

Places of Interest- Gangtok, Buddha Park, Tsomgo Lake, Monasteries, Teesta river, Lachen, Zuluk.

Inner Line PermitArunachal Pradesh- It is among one of the most beautiful north-eastern states and it shares its boundary with Bhutan, Myanmar, and China. If you want to explore densely green mountains, picturesque locations and relax in the arms of nature then Arunachal Pradesh is an ideal location to visit during the vacations. If you want to explore Arunachal Pradesh at its best, so are you are required to have an Inner Line Permit which you can get by both Online method as well as offline method.

How to get ILP- You can get it from Government of Arunachal Pradesh or from ILP facilitation centers from Kolkata, Guwahati, New Delhi. You can also get it by tour operators who are registered from Government of the state.

Necessary documents- You need to have any government-issued photo ID. 

Foreign tourists- Foreigners must have Protected Area Permit which they can get at Deputy Resident’s Commissioner office in Kolkata or other major cities of the state.

Places of Interest- Tawang, Itanagar, Roing, Ziro Valley, Pasighat, Along, Dirang, Anini.

Inner Line PermitLadakh- Ladakh is one of the panoramic locations in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. If you are planning a holiday in the mountainous region then Ladakh will be the best choice for you. So what are you waiting for? Plan an adventurous Ladakh bike trip with your friends. You need to have Inner Line Permit to visit Ladakh as it shares its boundary with Pakstan and China.

How to get ILP- You can get ILP at Deputy Commissioner office in Leh as well as you can get it arranged from tour operators or travel agents.

Necessary documents- For getting ILP you must have any government-issued photo ID.

Foreign tourists- Foreign tourists must possess Protected Area Permit or Restricted Area Permit for exploring inner areas of Ladakh like Pangong Tso, Khardungla Paas, Dah Hanu villages, Zanskar valley. The foreign tourists must be in groups of 8-10 for getting Inner Line Permit.

Places of Interest- Leh Palace, Magnetic hills, Khardungla Paas, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri Lake, Pangong Lake, Zanskar Valley.

Inner Line PermitNagaland- If you want to spend a wonderful holiday in high altitude mountains in the northern part of India, then Nagaland can be your first choice. The state is home to 16 unique tribes and each of them is well-known for their different living styles. If you are the real lover of adventurous sports then Nagaland can be your first choice among North-eastern state as it is center of trekking, rock climbing, and many others. If you want to enjoy the hospitality of locals at its best, then also you can plan a vacation for Nagaland. For visiting Nagaland you must possess Inner Line Permit as the state shares its boundary with  Myanmar.

How to get ILP- For visiting Nagaland you can get ILP from the government of Nagaland or you can get it online also.

Necessary documents- You must have any government-issued photo ID for getting ILP.

Foreign tourists- Foreign tourists are not required to have Protected Area Permit but they need to register themselves at Foreigners Registration Office (FRO), as soon as possible.

Places of Interest- Kohima, Wokha, Mokukchung, Mon, Tuophema Village, Benreu, Meluri, Tuensang.

Inner Line PermitMizoram- The real beauty of Mizoram is immense and can not be described in words if you are looking for a place to relax in the arms of nature then visiting Mizoram will be the best option. It is the state in the northeastern part of the country which is surrounded by lush greenery and panoramic location. You need to have an Inner Line Permit for visiting the state as it shares its boundaries with Bangladesh and Myanmar.

How to get ILP- You can get ILP from the government of Mizoram and it is also available at Lengui airport for the passengers who are visiting the state from an airplane.

Necessary documents- For getting Inner Line Permit you must possess any government-issued photo ID.

Foreign tourist- Foreigners just need to register themselves at Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) soon after their arrival in the state.

Places of Interest- Phawngpui hills, Vantawang falls, Thenzwal, Palak Lake, Reiek Heritage Village and many others.

I hope you all have got an Idea that in spite of being an Indian we can not freely visit the high-security regions of the country. So, before planning a trip to the above-mentioned places be aware of getting an Inner Line Permit.

Thanks for reading…….




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