In order for Indian Citizens to visit 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 is necessary. Foreigners need Protected Area Permit to visit the above places, details of which can be found here, http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/articles-f20/ladakh-protected-area-permit-foreigners-t50558/. Update: As per a recent order issued by District Magistrate, Indian Citizens no longer need permit for following areas. Instead your Government issued ID cards eg. driving license, voter ID card, PAN card, Aadhar card etc. will be checked and along with that you will need to submit a permit form, which is available at majority of photo copy shops in Ladakh. List of Places which no longer require permit: 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.) If intend to go beyond these areas and visit places like Hanle, Chushul, Marsimik La etc. then you will need to visit DC Office in Leh and apply for Inner Line Permit. How to Apply for Inner Line Permit in Ladakh In order to apply for Inner Line Permit, you need to visit the DC Office on a working day (Monday to Saturday) preferably between 10AM to 3PM, with both the inner line permit application forms duly filled with details mentioned below. ILP forms are available at most guest houses and at the photo copy shop behind the DC Office and blank copy of one of the forms can be downloaded from here, http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/ladakh-zanskar-f24/leh-inner-line-permit-application-form-t43767/. How to fill Inner Line Permit Form You need to write the name of all the applicants applying for permit, name of their father and address (as mentioned in the photo copy of the ID card you are attaching) in the appropriate fields. And mention places for which you need the permit for, dates and duration for which you need the permit (normally ILP is issued for a maximum of 3 weeks). You also need to mention the name of the hotel or guest house you are staying at in Leh. If you are planning to visit off beat places like Hanle, Chushul, Chumur etc. then you need to mention the complete route eg. in order to take the Chushul route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri, with a visit to Hanle, you need to mention Merak, Chushul, Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe and Hanle in your permit application. Necessary documents needed for Inner Line Permit You need to attach photo copies of a government issued identity card eg. driving license for all the individuals applying for inner line permit. Inner Line Permit Fees While the permit fee changes each year, at the time of writing, it is Rs. 200 per person as environment tax + Rs. 20 per person per day as wild life protection fee + Rs. 20 Red Cross Donation. Applying for permit through a travel agent or hotel You can also apply for inner line permit through your guest house or travel agent, in which case they will charge Rs. 150-200 per person (apart from the above mentioned fee) to procure the permit for you. This can be useful for those, who do not have the time to visit DC Office due to tight schedule or are arriving in Leh on a public holiday or Sunday.