HolidayIQ Traveller Aritro Dasgupta, an entrepreneur and teacher from Gurgaon, suggests you discover these far-flung destinations in India that are close to international borders.

HolidayIQ Traveller Aritro Dasgupta, an entrepreneur and teacher from Gurgaon, suggests you discover these far-flung destinations in India that are close to international borders.

 

1. Amritsar – Wagah, Punjab


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Travellers must visit Amritsar for two major things. Firstly, there is history and culture, which includes the most important place of worship for Sikhs – the Golden Temple – and there is the Jallianwala Bagh, which stands tall as a solemn symbol of India’s painful struggle for emerging as an independent country. The other major attraction of Amritsar is the Wagah Border situated barely 30 kilometres from the city. Every evening a ceremony is held at the border post where uniformed soldiers from both India & Pakistan pay tribute to the existing peace. The border post reverberates with pride and patriotism on both sides.

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2. Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh


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Chitkul is the last inhabited village in India before the Tibetan border. While not exactly ‘touching’ the Tibet border, this is the last point where civilians live while year round. Beyond this point, only military personnel inhabit the place.

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3. Longewala, Rajasthan


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The Mata Tanot Temple located near Longewala is the last point up to where civilians are permitted to go, beyond which they require a special permit. Locals and tourists alike believe the temple to have special powers as during an earlier war, none of the bombs were able to land on this temple while other directed nearby never exploded thus saving the entire area.

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4. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu


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Rameswaram is a town which lies on Pamban island and is about 50 kilometres from the Sri Lankan border. This town even possesses as railway station which connects it to mainland India including the metropolis of Chennai. The azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mannar give the tourist a sense of being so near, yet so far to crossing the international border to a different country.

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5. Moreh, Manipur


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Moreh town actually lies on the Indo-Burmese border. There is even a land bridge connecting it to Myanmar with plans being to eventually serve as a gateway beyond towards Thailand and China. Right now it is a cosmopolitan business hub.

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6. Malda, West Bengal


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The Mango City of India lies perilously close to the Bangladesh border. This area is so green and agriculture so dominates the place that from the railway station itself one can whiff the aroma of plantations. Besides mangoes which have put Malda on the world map, curry leaves are also grown aplenty and are particularly responsible for the aroma. Do not forget to try out the Himsagar variety of mango intrinsic to the soil here. The Bangladesh border appears suddenly as there are no natural barriers. The soil and terrain of the 2 countries merge with each other without any grasp of politics.

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7. Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh


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This town usually serves as the most reliable gateway to Nepal. Specifically speaking it is the town called Sanauli, which serves as the border post between the 2 countries. Gorakhpur has many old and spiritually important temples, while also being known as a centre for yoga practice.

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8. Lakhpat, Gujarat


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Lakhpat is an almost ‘ghost town’ with a sparse population. But at what time it housed a sizeable population and bearing testament to that claim are the great mud forts located within this town. The town lies amidst the searing dryness of the Kutch region and lies not too far from the Pakistan border. There is even a tomb of a revered Sufi saint and a Gurdwara which is part of Sikh folklore. Because of the terrain of the region and specifically the forever roving sands, the transition to Pakistan appears almost seamless.

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9. Alipurduar, West Bengal


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This town is located so strategically that the Bhutan and Bangladesh borders plus the north-east of India beckon from beyond this place. However, the town is best known as the gateway to Bhutan. Buses and cars run from here till the Bhutan border which is very near. From Alipurduar the plains start giving way to the hills.

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10. Nicobar, Andaman & Nicobar Islands


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While not strictly touching any physical border with a foreign country, Nicobar is as close to hugging foreign shores as possible on international borders. Sumatra island, which is part of Indonesia, is barely 400 kilometres from Nicobar. From the southern end of Nicobar, you can only see the vast expanse of the limitless ocean. However, the mind is deeply aware that this is the last point of India and only a few hundred kilometres south over international waters lies a different exotic country.

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Contributed by : Aritro Dasgupta