We all know India is sharing a border with Pakistan, but what about all the other international borders we are housing? What are they and can we travel there?
India is surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan. You can travel to all these borders for an experience like no other. A word of caution, not all borders are safe for tourism, but be sure to carry your ID proof if you are around there.
India-Pakistan border – Wagah, Punjab
Perhaps the most famous border in India, this is a welcoming border that is visited by numerous tourists and guests. It is located in the Indian state of Punjab, and is known for the Retreat ceremony. The changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags ceremony is carried out with great celebration. It is an army outpost to protect check intrusion from Pakistan and prevents any Indian from going to Pakistan.
India-China – Nathu La Pass, Sikkim
An important border between India-China, the Nathu La Pass is at a height of 4310 m above sea level, and is 54 km away from Gangtok. The border can be visited only by Indian nationals, and you ought to have special permit for it. Nathula plays a key role in the Sino-Indian trade. It also shortens the distance between the important Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites.
India-Bhutan – Jaigaon, West Bengal
If you want an experience of Bhutan from within India, head to Jaigon. The border town is a quiet and peaceful one, with a lot of natural splendour. There is only the border gate that divides the two towns known as Bhutan Gate. During evening time you can find many stalls at the road side where you can have a delicious fast food and find things inn cheaper rate.
India-Bangaldesh – Dawki, Meghalaya
A charming border in the beautiful state of Meghalaya, houses a crystal clear lake and shares its border with Bangladesh’s Sylhet region. It is a very friendly border, as you will see numerous Indian and Bangladeshi people coming here every day. Even hawkers from both the countries set up shops for tourists. You can try other adventure sports at Dawki like cliff jumping, snorkelling and river rafting. Or just take a walk along the river.
India-Sri Lanka – Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
Located on Pamban Island, this is a beautiful border town that connects India with Sri Lanka. This is very important because it is the only land border between India and Sri Lanka. The town was abandoned after the cyclone of 1964, and legend has it that this is where the Ram Setu was built, so it has a special significance. Known for being the beautiful beach of the ghost town , the Dhanuskodi beach offers a very memorable lifetime experience. It’s the place where the waters of the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal meet.