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gsarat Jun 4th, 2009 20:50

Passport or Inner Line Permit ???
 
Does Indians need passport to visit Leh? Can anyone shed some light into this?

Thanks,
Sarat

vzzzbx Jun 5th, 2009 00:28

You mean Indians living in India? I don't think so. You can just drive up there.

Haylo Jun 5th, 2009 00:54

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Originally Posted by gsarat (Post 740637)
Does Indians need passport to visit Leh? Can anyone shed some light into this?

Leh is in India, Indian nationals definitely do NOT need a passport to visit.

gsarat Jun 5th, 2009 05:23

I do understand that. But how do they know, when checking at army post or getting inner line permits, whether I am an Indian or a foriegner?

Haylo Jun 5th, 2009 05:38

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Originally Posted by gsarat (Post 740860)
how do they know, when checking at army post or getting inner line permits, whether I am an Indian or a foriegner?

You asked specifically about visiting Leh; nobody needs an inner line permit to visit Leh.

As for army posts, I've no idea how they know whether you are Indian or not, I've never seen one in or around Leh, yet alone been stopped at one.

However the bottom line is that I cannot believe that Indians require a passport just to visit Leh, as I'm sure that the majority of its Indian residents do not have passports either!

Jay_J Jun 5th, 2009 15:02

Indian nationals need not have a passport for visiting only Leh.

However, if you intend to visit Khardungla, Pangong Tso, Nubra etc, then you need Inner Line Permits. For that a photo id proof would be required. Need not necessarily be Passport.

Wildhorse Jun 5th, 2009 15:10

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Originally Posted by Jay_J (Post 741060)
However, if you intend to visit Khardungla, Pangong Tso, Nubra etc, then you need Inner Line Permits.

Is that a new requirement? I went to the Nubra Valley a few years ago and I didn't need an Inner Line Permit. And I am not Indian.

vzzzbx Jun 5th, 2009 16:23

I've traveled with a Nepali guide who couldn't get a permit for Pangong Tso, so at the checkposts the driver told the official/soldier that the guide was Indian. So he got through without papers (permit or passport).

gsarat Jun 5th, 2009 17:58

Thank you all. We are visiting Leh in July and one member of our group does not have passport. We were planning to do Manali- Leh drive and read the post about tourists needing to register on entering J&K. Hence the question. Thanks for clarifying.

Sarat

Jay_J Jun 6th, 2009 10:37

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Originally Posted by Wildhorse (Post 741069)
Is that a new requirement? I went to the Nubra Valley a few years ago and I didn't need an Inner Line Permit. And I am not Indian.

That's strange...!!! Coz permits are checked at North and South Pullu itself....

Do share details of how you travelled..? Maybe if you were in a large group the agent might have passed you by..!!


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