Friday, March 10, 2017

0 Justin Urbas - Get the right permits for Ladakh for a hassle-free trip

Ladakh, the mere mention of the name conjures up images of prayer flags fluttering atop snowy mountains, azure blue skies with white patches of clouds over the horizon, pristine blue rivers gushing through the barren landscape and the heartwarming hospitality of Ladakhi people. The romantic aura and the adventurous feel of being in Ladakh is more than enough to ensure that this cold desert tops any discerning traveler's bucket list. If you were travelling to Ladakh before the May of 2014, you would have to furnish necessary permits to go to your favourite sightseeing spots: Pangong Tso lake, Tso Moriri lake, Alchi, Lamayuru and Likir monasteries, Shey, Thikshey and Hemis monasteries, Khardung-la pass and Nubra valley, Diskit and Hundur sand dunes, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Chang la pass en route to Pangong Tso etc.

Till May 2014, Indian and foreign nationals required an inner line permit and a protected area permit respectively to access a number of these places. However, after a rule change in May 2014, a number of these places have become accessible to tourists as they no longer need special permits. To make your travel to Ladakh hassle free, we've compiled a guide that gives you all the details you need on the different kinds of permits and how to get them.

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