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Inner-Line Permit (ILP) System in Niti Valley and Nelang Valley

Inner-Line Permit” (ILP) System:


The Uttarakhand government, in a recent meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had sought withdrawal of “inner-line permit” (ILP) system in Niti Valley of Chamoli district and Nelang Valley of Uttarkashi district for better border management and expansion of tourism in villages located there.

  • The ILP system restricts movement in areas close to the border for everyone other than those with formal permission.
  • In Uttarakhand, tourists have to obtain ILP for locations near the China border, at least in the three districts of Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh and Chamoli.
  • Pithoragarh is strategically more sensitive as it shares boundaries with both China and Nepal.
  • Nelong Valley, Uttarkashi: Nelong valley is an inner line area (India-China border) opened to domestic tourists only during the day. It is approximately 100 km from Uttarkashi headquarters.
  • Niti village, Chamoli: Located at an altitude of around 3600 meters, Niti village in Joshimath in Chamoli district is the least populated village before China border.