Menri Monastery Protected Area Permit

Protected Area Permit Information and Application Process

Visitors to Tibetan settlements in India are now required by the government of India to have a Protected Area Permit (PAP) in addition to a visa. This includes Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. Documents required for applying for a PAP:

• PAP application form (download below)

• Copy of applicant’s passport

• Copy of applicant’s Indian visa

• Two (2) passport-size photographs of applicant

The PAP application and supporting materials should be mailed to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Delhi for processing at the following address:

Shri S.K. Parida (Under Secretary)

Rehabilitation Section

Ministry of Home Affairs

NDCC - II Building

Jai Singh Road

New Delhi 110 001


Documents can be sent by post (approximately $20 for a registered letter with return receipt from the US), or FedEx (approximately $70 from the US).

PAPs can be issued for a term of up to one year. If you are unsure of your exact dates of travel to and from the Tibetan area, you can include a date of arrival and duration of stay that bracket your potential travel dates.

It takes three months or more for the MHA to process the application and issue the PAP. Indian Embassies and Consulates abroad are unable to process the application.

Once issued, PAPs are mailed to the Tibetan settlement where you have applied to stay. Upon arrival you are required to register with the local authorities, including your exact dates of stay, as specified on your PAP. At Menri Monastery, this is done through the office of the Guest Master at the Menri Guest House, who submits the registration to the appropriate Foreigner Registration Office.

Please contact the Secretary of the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre (YBMC) at Menri Monastery at the time you submit your application and let him know that you have applied and are planning to come to Menri Monastery.

Menri Monastery Secretary contact information:

Mr. Nyima Tsering


Office phone: 011-91-1799-253004 (001 is for international dialing from the US, 91 is the country code for India. Within India dial 0-1799-253004)

Menri Monastery mailing address:

Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre

Dolanji, PO Kotla Panjola

via Oachghat, Solan

Himachal Pradesh 173 223


Directions to MHA office in New Delhi:

Take Delhi Metro (Yellow Line or Blue Line) to Rajiv Chowk station in Connaught Place.

Follow this link to Google Maps walking directions from Connaught Place (walking time is 11 minutes):

Connaught Place to MHA, New Delhi

The MHA is an A-shaped high-rise building. On the ground floor you can go into the reception room and ask to speak to someone from the PAP section.

Note that taxi drivers may not know the MHA, but if you tell them it is next to the YMCA on Jai Singh Road, they will know the way.


Alternative Application Process

An alternative PAP application process is that the documents can be sent to Tibet Bureau in Delhi, who will then submit the application to the MHA.

If the applicant chooses to send their application to the MHA through the Tibet Bureau, there is one additional required document:

• a recommendation letter from the Secretary, Mr. Nyima Tsering, administrator of Menri Monastery (contact information above).

The application documents can be sent via email:

Documents can also be sent by post:

The Secretary (PAP section)

Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

10B, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV

New Delhi 110024

Tibet Bureau phone number:


Please check the Tibet Bureau PAP information website:

If you apply through Tibet Bureau, you can check the status of your PAP at this website:

Note that although the Tibet Bureau website says that “Foreign nationals can apply for PAP through the Indian Missions in their respective countries simultaneously while applying for entry visa for their visit to India”, this is not the case. All applications need to be submitted to the MHA in New Delhi, either directly or through Tibet Bureau.

Click on the link below to download the PAP application form.

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