6 Astonishingly Remote Places In India Where Even Indians Cannot Go Without A Permit

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It is common knowledge that Indians have to get a visa when visiting foreign countries, but did you know we need inner line permits to visit certain remote and restricted places in our own country?

The Inner Line Permit (ILP) is generally required to visit sensitive places near the international border of India. It helps in regulating the movement of people in these areas, protecting tribal cultures, minimising the chances of any unsavoury incident and for security purposes in general.

Here are some remarkable places in India where you need a permit to visit:

Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the dawn-lit mountains is the northeastern-most state of India and shares its international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east and China in the north. Every non-local requires an Inner Line Permit to visit this extraordinary place. This can be obtained from the resident commissioner, government of Arunachal Pradesh from the following cities – Kolkata, New Delhi, Shillong and Guwahati. You can also get permits online.

Fees:

You can get Single eILP or Group eILP for Rs 100 per person for a maximum of 30 days validity from the date of visit to date of return.

Documents required:

Pan card or driving license or passport or voter id and passport-sized photo.

You can get the permit online here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Tawang, Roing, Itanagar, Bomdila, Ziro, Bhalukpong, Pasighat, Anini, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Dirang Dzong, Monpa Village, Sela Lake, Nuranang Falls, Penga Teng Lake and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh:

Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh (Source: Wikimedia)

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Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh (Source: Wikimedia)

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Anini, Arunachal Pradesh (Credits: goldentakin)

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Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh (Source: Wikimedia)

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Known for its mind-blowing landscape and delightful climate, Mizoram meaning "the land of the hill people" is home to various indigenous tribes. The state shares the international border with Bangladesh and Myanmar.

An Inner Line Permit is required for entry into Mizoram and can be obtained from the liaison officer, government of Mizoram from the following cities – Kolkata, Silchar, Shillong, Guwahati and New Delhi. Tourists entering the state by air can obtain passes from the security officer on arrival at Lengpui Airport, Aizawl.

Two types of ILP are available – temporary with a validity of 15 days and regular with a validity of six months.

Fees:

Temporary – Rs 120

Regular – Rs 220

Documents required:

Four passport-sized photographs and a photo ID.

You can download the permit form here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Phawngpui Hills, Vantawang falls, Palak Lake, Chhingpui heritage sites, Durtlang Hills, Reiek Heritage Village, Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Mizoram:

Vantawng Falls, Mizoram (Source: Wikimedia)

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Tuipui river, Mizoram (Source: Wikimedia)

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Champhai, Mizoram (Source: Wikimedia)

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Tawi Tlang, Mizoram (Source: Wikimedia)

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This mesmerising place is home to about 16 tribes and each of them is unique in character with its own distinct customs, language and dress. Nagaland shares the international border with Myanmar to the east.

Domestic travellers require an inner line permit to visit Nagaland. It can be obtained from the deputy commissioner of Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, New Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. You can also get permits online.

Fees:

Tourist (Provisional) – ₹100

Others – ₹150

Documents required:

Pan card/Aadhaar Card/Voter ID and Passport Size Photo.

You can get permit online here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Wokha, Mon, Phek, Kiphire and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Nagaland:

Way to Kohima, Nagaland (Source: Wikimedia)

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Hornbill festival, Nagaland (Source: Wikimedia)

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Mokokchung, Nagaland(Source: Wikimedia)

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Dzukou Valley, Nagaland (Source: Wikimedia)

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Lakshadweep, which means "one hundred thousand islands" in Sanskrit is a union territory of India. The archipelago is in the Laccadive Sea and was formerly known as the Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi Islands. All passengers travelling to Lakshadweep need a permit to enter.

Permit can be obtained online here free of cost, for the validity period of 5 months.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Bangaram Island, Minicoy Island, Kalpeni Islands, Agatti Island, Kavaratti Island Lagoon, Kadmat Islands, Pitti Bird Sanctuary and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Lakshadweep:

Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep (Source: Wikimedia)

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Lakshadweep Island (Source: Wikimedia)

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Agatti island, Lakshadweep. (Source: Wikimedia)

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Agatti Airstrip, Lakshadweep (Source: Wikipedia)

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The Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir is quite sensitive as it shares borders with both Pakistan and China. Not all parts of Ladakh are accessible to civilians. An inner line permit is required to visit restricted places such as Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar. Inner line permits can be obtained from the DC office near Polo ground of Main Baazar in Leh town between 9am to 7pm, however, the application forms need to be submitted before 3pm. You can also get permits online but it will still need to be stamped. It is advisable to go for the permit in the morning as the queue is shorter and will significantly reduce the waiting time. Travel Agents and tour operators can also arrange the permit.

Fees:

₹30 per day per person

Documents required:

Self-attested photocopies of valid nationality proof, photo-IDs and a request application letter addressing the DC of Leh-Ladakh district for the approval of your permits.

You can get the permit online here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Pangong Lake, Shanti Stupa, Tso Moriri Lake, Leh Palace, Khardung La Pass, Nubra Valley, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tso Kar lake and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Ladakh:

Goats migration by Tso Moriri. Photo by Michael Scalet.

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Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary in Ladakh. (Source: Wikimedia)

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Lamayuru area in Ladakh, India. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Milkyway over Hanle in Ladakh, India. (Source: Wikimedia)

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Sikkim shares the international border with three countries, China in its north and east, Bhutan in its east and Nepal in its west. Sikkim has certain entry restrictions and an Indian national requires an inner line permit to visit protected areas such as Lachung, Tsomgo Lake, Nathulla, Dzongri & Goechala Trek, Yumthang, Yumesamdong, Thangu/Chopta Valley, Gurudongmar Lake. Permit for Nathula and Gurudongmar lake are issued by Tourism and Civil Aviation Department and can be obtained at Bagdogra Airport and Rangpo check post. It can also be obtained free of cost from here. Travel Agents and tour operators can also arrange the permit.

Documents required:

Photo ID proof such as a passport, voter's ID card or driving license.

You can get the permit online here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Tsomgo Lake, Yuksom, Nathula Pass, Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley, Ravangla, Namchi, Zuluk, Teesta River, Gangtok and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Sikkim:

Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim. (Source: Wikimedia)

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Nathu La Pass, Sikkim (Source: Wikimedia)

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Dzongri La, Sikkim. (Source: Wikimedia)

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Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim. (Source: Wikimedia)

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Heyy thanks for info...I’m planning my Northeast trip in April May....maybe this will helpful
Mon 10 22 18, 20:40 · Reply · Report
Wonderful article with extensive research. The link to get ILP for Nagaland no longer works, could you please update that. Also, I've been to Sikkim by road (just a year back) and don't remember procuring any permit or paying any fees at entry.
Tue 10 31 17, 22:32 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks for pointing out. Updated the new website link.
Tue 11 07 17, 02:41 · Report
Ladakh doesn't have such a permit. We have gone there. we didn't pay anything like that
Sat 10 21 17, 01:54 · Reply · Report
It's shameful that we need permission and pay a fee to visit some parts of our own country..
Wed 10 11 17, 12:01 · Reply · Report
Thanks for the info:)
Mon 10 09 17, 13:46 · Reply · Report
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