The Ladakh administration has ended the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system from travellers attractions in 'protected' areas.

This will make it easier for Indian tourists to visit Ladakh, who need permission from the government to visit such areas. This means that tourists can now easily visit places like Batalik in Kargil.

Those coming to these areas will still have to pay a green fee or environment fee of Rs 300 and a Red Cross fund fee of Rs 100. And these charges can be paid from hotels using the website.

Travelling Guidelines

1. Tourists need to note that the dismantling of the ILP system does not mean that they go anywhere. The Ladakh administration will notify areas, mostly 'zero-km' villages along the border, where tourists will not be allowed.

2. Indian visitors are required to carry their valid ID proof during travel but travellers from other countries will still have to obtain a Protected Area Permit.

3. Dungti, Koyul, Thang villages in the Nubra Valley bordering Pakistan; Nyoma is likely to remain inaccessible to tourists from Demchok and Chumar.

4. On Saturday, the home ministry sought such a list and the areas would be finalized soon after discussions with the police and the army.

The Ladakh region was opened to tourists in 1947, but the areas they could visit were very limited. For example, there was a time when tourists were allowed to visit Pangong Tso only between 6 am and 5 pm. Since then, a lot of areas in Ladakh were opened up as the situation gradually improved.

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