Ladakh Inner Line Permits Reintroduced

While tourism departments of various states are doing away with or simplifying their process to obtain Inner Line Permits, the LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) has decided to go one step back. Instead of ‘opening up’ new destinations to visitors, they have decided to go back to the pre-2014 days and have introduced ILP (Inner Line Permit) for Indian nationals. It was back in 2012 when I had visited Ladakh for the first time when the ILP regime was in force. And I remember that we had to waste around a couple of hours for the same.

Ladakh Inner Liner Permit Procedure

Ladakh Inner Liner Permit Procedure

While a couple of hours might not sound a lot but when you plan to start early in the morning as you only have a limited number of days there, it sure does.… continue reading

Nagaland Inner Line Permit Guide

While applying for Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Arunachal Pradesh, I had also applied for Nagaland Inner Line Permit as I wanted to visit Mon and Longwa and a little beyond that, during the Aaoling festival before heading to Basar for the Mopin festival this year (more on the festivals festival later). While I had wanted to apply the Arunachal Pradesh ILP offline because my travel plan in the state involved inter-district travel, for Nagaland I had planned to apply the ILP online as my plan here was pretty straightforward. But that was not to be.

Nagaland ILP

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Nagaland

Types of Inner Line Permits for Nagaland

For easier segregation of the people visiting the state, the government of Nagaland issues Inner Line different categories.… continue reading

Arunachal Pradesh Inner Line Permit Guide

Over the last couple of years, more and more Indian tourists have started coming to North East India, an incredibly beautiful part of the country. North East India has something for everyone, be it the adventure loving and thrill-seeker traveller, be it someone who loves the monsoons and the clouds or be it the someone who wants to take everything slow and just laze around in the hills. However, visiting the north-eastern states, at least few of them must be approved by the authorities. One such state is Arunachal Pradesh. You must obtain an Inner Line Permit (or ILP) if you are an Indian and a Protected Area Permit (PAP) if you are a foreigner.

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Arunachal Pradesh

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Arunachal Pradesh

What is an Inner Line Permit or ILP?continue reading

Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians

Because the procedure of applying for VISAs differ slightly from one consulate to another in India, even if you are applying for the same country’s VISA, I was slightly confused about How to apply for Malaysian tourist VISA when I started planning the first visit there. Not enough specific information was available online about it. The stuff that was there on VFS’s official website was very generic and hence of not much help. The Customer care representatives were equally confused, they gave me a different list of required documents each of the three times I called them. Also, the fact that my Passport was not issued in South India, the region handled by the Chennai consulate where I was applying, only added to the confusion.

how to apply Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians In Bangalore

Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians In Bangalore

How to apply for Malaysia Tourist VISA in Bangalore?

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Singapore Tourist VISA in Bangalore – How to apply

Those who know me know that when it comes to planning a trip, I like to do everything myself. The planning, the logistics and papers. I have never been a fan of packaged tours. So when the thought of a small holiday to Singapore crossed my mind, the first question that popped-up in my mind was about the VISA. Blame it to the size of our country or the other obvious things but when it comes to applying for a visa, you realize the Indian passport is not one of the most welcome documents. Let me share my experience of applying for a Singapore VISA in Bangalore.

Singapore VISA for Indians in Bangalore

Singapore VISA for Indians in Bangalore

How to apply for a Singapore Tourist VISA in Bangalore?

After some basic research I found that unlike a lot of other countries who have registered agencies like VFS for VISA processing, Singapore had none.… continue reading

A 7 Day Gangtok and Darjeeling Itinerary You Must Do

A holiday in the North-East for the quintessential Indian tourist means going to the charm of Sikkim (actually just Gangtok and around) and Darjeeling. Even though things are slowly changing for good and people have started to look beyond, no north-east destination comes closer to the Gangtok-Darjeeling duo as yet. Nestled in the laps of lush green mountains and snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, Gangtok is one of the most beautiful state-capitals of India. Darjeeling, the queen of hills too, is equally mesmerizing if not more. Not to mention the quaint little towns spread all around and the to die for views from them. And then there’s the mighty Kanchedzonga which overlooks the entire region. Who would not want to go there, no?

Kanchedzonga from Pelling

Kanchedzonga – Photo from Shutterstock

If you too have fancied a trip to this part of the country, let me suggest you some things to see in Gangtok and Darjeeling. … continue reading

All you should know about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

In my previous post about how to prepare for Ladakh I talked about how Ladakh was one of the most extreme places and the things you should know before visiting Ladakh. I had also mentioned that of all the ‘dangers’ that pose a threat to someone visiting Ladakh, Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS is the one thing you really should know well about before visiting Ladakh, or any high-altitude destination for that matter. The topic of how to avoid altitude sickness is a big one but I will try to be precise here. So buckle-up and be rest assured that by the time you are on the other side, you will have a clear idea about how to have a safe and wonderful trip to Ladakh.

Things to know about Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS

Things to know about Acute Mountain Sickness

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Must know things before you visit Ladakh

Ladakh is a land of many extremes. The cold there can freeze you to death and you run the risk of suffering a sun-stroke as well. An old Ladakhi saying perfectly sums up Ladakh in one line, “The Land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or Our best friends would want to visit us“. What it also means to someone who wants to visit Ladakh for the first time in practical terms is, you cannot do an impromptu visit to Ladakh. In order to enjoy your trip to this magical land in the laps of the Himalayas, you should have some idea about how to prepare for Ladakh before you actually embark on your trip.

At the Gate of Ladakh, Sonemarg

At the Gate of Ladakh, Sonemarg

I share here few points that had helped me enjoy my first trip to Ladakh to the fullest.… continue reading