India is the largest country in South Asia and also has the largest democracy in the world. It is also known to have one of the most happening and active borders in the world. From land borders to maritime borders, India is connected with many nations including Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. Each of these border crossings has a host of stories and sentiments running through them which are yet to be learned by many. For a majority of us, an Indian border is always linked with Indo-Pak wars, Sino-Indian wars, partition and terrorist movement. However, our country’s border with different countries has much more to offer. From igniting a patriotic feeling to that heart thumping adrenaline rush, one can witness some of the best views of these regions by actually being present at the line of demarcation. It is the place where the land is all same, the trees are the same, the people are the same – but with just one step you become an outsider, to be precise a foreigner!
Have you ever thought of stepping out from India to its neighbouring countries just by crossing a line of the border? There’s no denial of the fact that people are already travelling abroad since forever. However, crossing India’s border by being physically present there is a lot different feeling than just travelling by air. While the famous Wagah Border and the incredible Rann of Kutch have already gained much tourism and popularity, the north-east Indian borders lie there waiting for much more tourist attention. And hence, here I am sharing with you all some of the most promising international borders with India in the north-east.
The Indo-Bangladesh Border at Mawlynnong
I’m sure not everyone has heard about the cleanest village in Asia. Yes, you read it right! It is the Mawlynnong Village in India, which has earned this title. Located about 100 km away from Shillong, this clean village has a lot on its plate to offer its visitors with. It houses one of the most beautiful tourist attraction- The Sky Walk or The Sky View. The spot is also popularly known as the Machan. It is a big structure made of 85-feet Bamboo and Cane that offers a 360-degree view of the Bangladeshi plains and the Mawlynnong Village. This Bamboo tree house is a must visit if you wish to witness an incredible view of Indo Bangladesh Border. As a solo woman traveler, I felt on the top of the world while I was standing on the Machan witnessing the beautiful view all by myself!
The Indo-Myanmar Border at Moreh
Do you know India shares more than 1600 km of border with Myanmar? Located in Manipur, Moreh is the town in India from where Indians and Burmese citizens can cross the border without a visa. However, this opportunity is only obtainable for a day. This isn’t all! You will be surprised to know that the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is in progress, which will run from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar. This initiative is sure to boost trade and cultural exchanges between the three countries and most importantly north-east India tourism attractions. But, this isn’t the first time when India and Thailand are coming up together opening the gates of cross-border friendships. The Indian state of Assam is believed to have a significant history with the Ahoms community. Ahoms were the people from Thailand, who entered the land (Assam) in the mid-13th century and ruled there for about 6 centuries. Interesting connection, right? North-East travel experience lets you learn all of these, which you would never know until you really travel to these places.
The Indo-Nepal Border at Mirik
Located 40 km from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, the picturesque town of Mirik is yet another place to visit if you wish to witness Indo-Nepal Border. The Simana View Point is one of the major tourist attractions in north-east India in Mirik. Simana means border in Hindi. This is the Indo-Nepal border area; however, the road belongs to India which acts as a divider differentiating the two countries. Also, Pashupati Market is yet another important and popular point of attraction to visit while you are in Mirik. Located on Indo-Nepal Border, this market lies in Nepal. However, Indians can visit the market by going through border security check. And I was there too, proudly accomplishing my expectations from my journey and making most of my solo women travel experience while visiting these north-east India international borders.
The Indo-Bangladesh Border at Agartala
The Agartala-Akhaura check post is one of the largest trading points between India and Bangladesh. Everyone is quite aware of the Beating Retreat Ceremony at the Wagah Border in Amritsar. But, not everyone is still aware of a much similar ceremony which takes place at the Tripura-Bangladesh border. Unlike Wagah border, this Agartala-Akhaura ceremony represents peace and co-operation between the two neighbouring countries, something we need to be proud of!
The Indo-Myanmar Border at Longwa
Borders and nationalities are all human creations. The village of Longwa in Nagaland is an example of a true world without any boundaries. It is a place where the boundary between India and Myanmar passes across and the people can actually move freely from India to Myanmar and vice versa. This village is inhabited by the Konyak Tribe, which is the largest of the 16 tribes in Nagaland. Do you know, the Konyak Tribe is famous for their violent head hunting with their tattooed inked faces from centries? Want you know more about this tribe? Then one should definitely witness the Aoling Monyu festival of Konyaks that takes place every year during the first week of April. Know most popular festivals in the north eastern states .
North-east weekend getaways are something one must plan once in their lifetime because as I take a walk down my memory lane from north-east India trip itinerary, my encounters at these north east international borders have been breath-taking.