The natural beauty of the glorious landscape of India can put anyone in awe. Visiting all these places can give you, as a traveller, a whole new perspective of life. To have such a life-changing experience, one must see all kinds of places there are to see in this magnificent country.
However, a few places in India, due to the sensitivity of the security, require an Inner Line Permit even from an Indian citizen. But availing these permits as a traveller is an easy task with all the necessary documents, such as photo ID proof and a few passport size photographs.
Here are some of the stunning places in India that require permits to visit.
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Lakshadweep literally translated to "one hundred thousand islands". However, the group of islands in reality consists of 36 islands, out of which only 10 are inhabited. Some of these islands are in fact allowed only for foreigners.
These beautiful islands, surrounded by turquoise blue water and flanked by clear white sands, are located 300 km from Kerala. To travel to Lakshadweep, you can get a permit free of cost online which lasts for a period of 5 months.
Places you need to visit in Lakshadweep include Agatti Island, Pitti Bird Sanctuary, Kavaratti island, etc.
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The tranquil capital city of Mizoram, Aizawl is home to many intriguing places to explore. However, to enter Aizawl one needs a permit. They are of two kinds, temporary one that lasts for 15 days and regular one that lasts for 6 months. The temporary permit, perfect for those seeking a vacation, costs Rs 120 per head.
Some places that you must visit in Aizawl are Reiek, Durtlang Hills, Mizoram State Museum, to name a few.
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Mainly home to the Angami tribes, Kohima is the beautiful capital of Nagaland. The city was formerly known as Kewhira since it was the land where Kewhi flowers grew. Permits are required to enter Kohima which can be found online. Provisional permits are available for tourists that cost Rs 100 per head.
Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak, Kohima Museum, Touphema village are some of the places you can visit in Kohima. If you happen to visit Kohima in the first week of December, don't miss out on the famous Hornbill Festival of Kohima.
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Ziro is a serene town of Arunachal Pradesh situated 115 km from the capital city of Itanagar. It is known for its pleasing greenery of lush and rolling meadows that spread all across the town, as well as the Ziro Music Festival that takes place every year during September.
You can get a permit to enter Ziro and other places like Itanagar, Bomdila, etc. online. There are different kinds of permits for different purposes. In Ziro, try the local rice beer, bizarre food like silkworms or just relax by camping.
Nathu La Pass
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This mountain pass located in Sikkim, used to be the place of trade between China and India, which has now become a place of tourist attraction which can be reached by Indian citizens only if they possess a permit.
Snow-capped mountain ranges surrounds the pass and in winter, you can find snow all through the route that takes you to the pass. It is located 54 km from Gangtok and can be reached in a few hours. Stop by the mesmerising Changu Lake on your way to Nathu La Pass.
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Tawang is a small town in Arunachal Pradesh that has quite a few places of tourist interest. It is famous for the beautiful Tawang Monastery, which happens to be the largest monastery in India and the second largest in the world.
A permit is required to visit almost any place in Arunachal Pradesh, just like one is needed for Ziro. Other places of interest in Tawang include Gorichen peak, Sela pass and lake, Shungatser Lake, to name a few.
Pangong Tso Lake
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Popularised by the Bollywood hit 3 Idiots, Pangong Tso is a breathtaking lake located in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. This immaculate beauty has crystal clear water and is nestled amongst lofty and majestic mountain peaks that can put anyone in awe.
To visit the lake, one requires a lake, along with many other places in Ladakh, such as Khardung La Pass, Tso Moriri Lake, Leh Palace, etc.