For those who haven’t heard the news: The Government of India has recently classified the Bir Tibetan Colony as a “protected area.” Unfortunately, this means any foreigners wishing to visit the Bir Tibetan Colony for any reason must now obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP) before arriving.
You can apply for the PAP in one of three ways:
- When you apply for your India visa
- At the Ministry of Home in New Delhi
- At the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office in Dharamshala
Note that the PAP is needed only for the Bir Tibetan Colony in Chowgan, not for Bir proper (“Upper Bir”) or surrounding areas.