Places in India Which Require Inner Line Permit

By Niyati Shinde on Oct 05, 2015
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What is Inner Line Permit (ILP)?

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The Inner Line Permit (ILP) is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow an Indian citizen to travel into a protected area for a limited period. It is mandatory for Indian citizens from outside certain states, to obtain this permit.

A British era document, ILP is a provision made under the Bengal Frontier Provision Act, 1873. It is used to protect tribal cultures of the North Eastern part of India. Used as a security measure as well, it also helps regulate movement to certain areas located near the international border of India. At present, the ILP is in force in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Note that Inner Line Permit is for any domestic tourist going to the mentioned states. All Non-Indians (foreigners) are required to have the Protection Area Permit (PAP) for entering the states.

Stunning places in North East India that you have to visit after you get you ILP:


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Situated around 297 kilometres from Itanagar, Aalo is the headquarters of West Siang District. It is located in a charming valley, at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom rivers.


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The largest city in Nagaland, Dimapur is the ancient capital of the Kachari tribe (existed before 13th century AD.) One can still find reminiscences of the glory of this kingdom in the ruins that are scattered around the city.


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A census town in Mizoram, Saiha (aka Siaha or Mara) is a beautiful place to visit while in the state. On your trip, do buy an intricate traditional Mara dress.


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Take a walk in the clouds while in Anini! A trekkers’ paradise, the city lies in the beautiful Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh.


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Home to the Tawang Monastery, Tawang town is a quaint little gem of a place in Arunachal Pradesh. Tourist attractions near the town include Sela Pass, Taktsang Gompa and Shonga-tser Lake.


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A fairly new district in Mizoram, Mamit was created in the year 1998 by the division of the erstwhile Aizawl District.


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The Peren district in Nagalad is home to the Ntangki National Park. It is a must visit for nature lovers.


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Located very close to Itanagar, the entire Ziro Valley is a mesmerizing place to visit. A World Heritage Site, the valley is known for its stunning natural beauty and is the headquarters of the Lower Subansiri District.


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Lunglei, literally meaning ‘bridge of rock’, is a town situated in the south-central part of the state of Mizoram. Sometimes spelled as Lungleh, the city got its name from a bridge like rock found in the riverine area around Nghasih.

The Inner Line Permit is easily granted to the tourists hence it should not deter any visitor from visiting these magnificent places. Where are you planning on going with your ILP?

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