Ladakh cancels the permit system for tourists to visit “protected areas”, and some villages are forbidden to enter

The Ladakh government cancelled the Inland Line Permit (ILP) system, which is another measure to emphasize India’s sovereignty over the territory. This measure will benefit Indian tourists who visit the “protected areas” of the region, as red tape will be reduced. However, visitors to these areas will have to pay 300 rupees for environmental fees and 100 rupees for the Red Cross Fund. The authorities stated that payments can be made easily through the online portal. All tourists must carry identification documents during their travels, and foreigners still need a reserve permit. Previously, Indian tourists were only allowed to visit the areas outside Panamik to Walsh, including the Yama Temple\/Yama Kampot Monastery in the Nubra Valley of Leh.