There are certain
states in India which need special permit before they can be
visited. These states are Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland,
Manipur, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Kashmir,
himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The permits are no longer required to
visit Darjeeling, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.
There are certain areas in the state of Nagaland which have been designated as
protected or Restricted area. The foreigners cannot enter these areas without
special permit. These permits need to be issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs
at least 4 weeks before the date of the expected visit.
According to the government of India's new policy, various places are open for
the tourists that were under the Restricted Zones like the Loktak Lake, Imphal,
Moirang INA Memorial, Keibul Deer Sanctuary and Waithe Lake. The foreigners as
well as the Indian tourists can visit Manipur for 3 to 6 days only in a group,
and the individual tourists are not permitted. The permit to visit Manipur can
be obtained by the all Missions abroad, FRRO, MHA, state government of Manipur,
Home Commissioner of Manipur. You can also reach Imphal from Calcutta by taking
a flight only, and not by another mode of transport.
There are certain places in Mizoram under the Restricted zones which the
tourists are permitted to visit. These places are Vairangte, Thingdawl and
Aizawl. The permit can be issued by the Home Commissioner, Government of Mizoram,
Aizawl, All FRROs at Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta, Chief Immigration Officer,
Madras and all Indian missions abroad. The tourists can visit the specified
places only for 10 days and individual tourists are not allowed.
1. Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodong, Dzongri, Pemayangtse, Khechopari and Tashigang
Certain places in Sikkim like Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodong, Dzongri, Pemayangtse,
Khechopari and Tashigang have been excluded form the inner line and declared as
restricted areas and the tourists are permitted to visit only these areas. The
tourists can stay in Sikkim for 7 to 15 days. The permits can be issued by MHA;
all FRROs; All Indian Missions abroad, and Immigration Officers at airports at
Mumbai, Calcutta, Madras and New Delhi; Chief Secretary or Home Secretary of
Tourism department, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok; Inspector General Of Police,
Government of Sikkim, Siliguri; Deputy Directors (Tourism), Sikkim Government,
New Delhi; Assistant Resident Commissioner, Government of Sikkim, Calcutta;
Tourism Officer, Rangpo; Deputy Commissioner, Darjeeling and Deputy Secretary or
Under Secretary of Home Department, Government of West Bengal, Calcutta.
2. Dzongri, West Sikkim
MHA and all issuing authorities of Sikkim government and its representatives at
Calcutta, Siliguri and Rangpo can grant the permit to the tourists to visit
Dzongri. The tourists can visit these places only in a group and not
individually for 16 days. If they are interested in trekking, they must be
accompanied by a liasion officer for 15 days only.
3. Changu Lake in East Sikkim
Home Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok can issue permit to the tourists
to visit the Changu Lake in West Sikkim. The tourists can visit these places in
a group only during the day.
4. Mangan, Tong, Singhik, Chungthang, Lachung and Yumthang
Mangan, Tong, Singhik, Chungthang, Lachung and Yumthang are certain restricted
areas in Sikkim for which the permitted ares are required. Home Secretary,
Government of Sikkim and Secretary of Tourism, Government of Sikkim can issue
the permit to the tourists for only 5 days.
and Nicobar Islands
The foreign tourists can visit the Municipal Area in Port Blair for both day and
night. But can visit rest of the places like Havelock Island, Long Island, Neil
Island, Jolly Buoy, South and North Cinque, Red Skin in night only. Mayabunder,
Diglipur, Rangat, Mount Harriet, Madhuban are the other places where only day
visits are allowed. The permit is also required before visiting such places. The
authorities that can grant permit are MHA, all FRROs and all Indian Missions
abroad. To visit the Red Skin and Mayabunder, the permit need to be obtained
from the Immigration Officer, Port Blair.
The foreign tourists can only visit Bangaram and Subeli Islands. They can obtain
permits from the Lakshadweep Administration, Wellington Island, Cochin.
Itanagar, Ziro, Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha and Sujesa (Puki) Bhalukpong are
certain places in Arunachal Pradesh which are considered as the Restricted or
Protected area. The tourists can visit only these places in a group for about 10
days only and the individual tourists are not permitted. To visit these places,
a special permit is required. This permit can be obtained from Home
Commissioner, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, all FRROs at Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta, Chief Immigration Officer, Madras and all Indian Missions
The tourists can visit the certain areas in Kashmir which are divided into three
different sub divisions like Khaltse, Nubra and Nyona sub divisions. The foreign
and Indian tourists can visit these places only in a group for 7 days. There
should be only 4 to 20 members in a group and they should be accompanied by the
liasion officer. The MHA and the concerned District Magistrates can grant the
permit to the tourists to visit these areas. For more information, you can
contact Indian Missions abroad or the Ministry of Tourism, Delhi, India.
(1) Khaltse sub division (Drokahpa Area)
In this sub division, the areas are Khaltse - Dunkhar - Sroduchan and Hanudo -
Biana - Dha.
(2) Nubra Sub Division:
There are certain areas in Nubra valley which are described as the trekking
areas and here trekking is conducted by the approved tour operators and approved
by the State Police personnel. These areas are as follows:
(a) Leh - Khardung La - Khalsar - Tirit - Panasik
(b) Leh - Khardung La - Khalsar - Hunder
(c) Leh - Sabo - Digar La - Digar - Labab - Khungru Gampa - Tangar
(3) Nyona Sub Division:
There are certain areas in Nyona valley which are described as the Restricted
areas for the trekking purposes.
(a) Leh - Upshi - Chusathang - Mahe - Puga - Tso - Moari Lake or Kozok
(b) Leh - Upshi - Debring - Puga - Tso - Moari Lake or Korzok
(c) Leh - Karu - Chang La - Durbuk - Tangtse - Lukung - Spanksik.
(d) Pangong Lake - Spanksik
There are certain places in Himachal Pradesh which are described as the
restricted areas for trekking purposes according to the Government of India's
new policy. These areas are Poo - Khab - Sumdho - Dhankar - Tabo - Gompa - Kaza
and Morang - Dabling. The individual tourists are not permitted to visit these
areas. The permit to visit these places can be obtained from MHA, Government of
Himachal Pradesh; DM; SDM; lTBP; Special Commissioner of Tourism; Resident
Commissioner, Government of Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi and Director General of
Police, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
Nanda Devi sanctuary, Niti Ghati and Kalindi Khal in Chamoli, Uttar Kashi
districts and adjoining areas of Milam Glacier are some of the Protected areas
in Uttar Pradesh for which the special permit is required. The authorities that
can grant permit are MHA, Government of Uttar Pradesh, DM and SDM of the
concerned state, ATBP and lTBP. The individual tourists are not permitted to
visit these places.