Beauty of International borders in India 

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India is the largest country in South Asia with varied topography. 18 Indian states share their border with 7 neighbouring countries. A visit to these border areas will help you take a walk down the memory lane, realise the importance of national identity and let you witness some of the most mesmerising places in the country.

Wagah Border, Punjab (India – Pakistan)

Wagah border is a must visit for anyone who wants to witness Indian soldiers basking in glory and conducting ceremony every day before dusk. In the ceremony, the gates between the two countries open only for few minutes and soldiers from both the countries pay respect to each other. The border is located in the village of Wagah which 36km from the city of Amritsar.

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Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to see and do: Attend the ceremony of Wagah Border; visit Jalianwala Bagh; take a spiritual journey to Golden Temple; try the famous Amritsari cuisine; visit Durgiana temple.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹7,277 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Amritsar from New Delhi to get the best price.

Daily budget: One can expect an expenditure of ₹1500 on an average per person, per day. This includes the cost of stay, meals and intra-city transfer.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Amritsar is between November and March, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and visiting the Golden Temple.

Where to stay: Budget travellers can book a room at Backpacker's Nest for ₹400 per night. Travellers looking for a luxurious stay in Amritsar can opt for Hotel Golden Tulip which will cost ₹6,995 per night.

The Indo- Myanmar Border (India – Myanmar)

The Ind0- Myanmar border is a must visit for any person to understand how a healthy relationship between two countries can result in border cross in just ₹20 to take a quick view of Burmese town Tamu. Moreh, located on the easternmost frontier of India connects the country with South Asian and South East Asian countries. This healthy relationship between the two countries has made Moreh a developing trade point in India on the border with Myanmar.

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Photo of Moreh, Manipur, India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to see and do: Visit Tamu; Namphalong Market on Myanmar side; Buddhist Pagoda

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from New Delhi to Imphal starts from₹15,738 onwards. Book your tickets in advance to get a fair deal. Moreh is a 3 hours drive from Imphal.

Daily budget: One can expect an expenditure of ₹1500 on an average per person, per day. This includes the cost of stay, meals and intra-city transfer.

Best time to visit: Best time to visit Moreh is in the months of January, April and June. This is the time when the weather is suitable for cross-border tour to Myanmar.

Where to stay: You can stay in Imphal and make a day trip to Moreh. In Imphal, budget travellers can book a room at Aheibam HomeStay which will cost ₹1500. For luxurious stays, one can opt for Sangai Continental (The Boutique Hotel) which will cost ₹4,189. If you are looking for stays at Moreh itself, then there are hotels such as Hotel Nilaraj and Hotel Shiv Shankar you can look out for.

Nathu La Pass (India – China)

Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet, Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayan region. The pass acts as a border between the Indian state of Sikkim and Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India. Take a moment to enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the area and visit the Silk Trade Route between India and China.

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Photo of Sikkim, India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to see and do: Visit the border trade market at Sherathang; Experience the serenity of Kupup which mostly remains covered with clouds; take a spiritual tour of the Gnathang Monastery; visit the Gnathang War Memorial which was built in memory of the British soldiers who died in a war with Tibet in 1800s.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares from New Delhi start from ₹11,892 onwards. The airport nearest to Gangtok is in Bagdogra which is at the distance of 124km. From the airport, you can hire a shared taxi or a private vehicle that will get you to Gangtok in two hours. Nathu La is on Jawaharlal Nehru Road which originates from Gangtok and located at a distance of 56kms from Gangtok.

Daily budget: The cost of Nathu La tour can vary in different seasons. During the peak season from April to June and October to November, a shared vehicle would cost about ₹800 - ₹900 per person including permit fee. A reserved vehicle would cost around ₹7,500 including all permits.

Best time to visit: Nathu La is open only from Wednesday to Sunday in a week. Good time to visit is from May to October when the temperature is pleasant and bearable, but it doesn't usually snow at this time of the year.

Where to stay: Budget travellers can book a room at Gohills Orchid hostel in Gangtok for ₹699 per night and travellers looking for a luxurious stay in Gangtok can opt for Bamboo Retreat which costs ₹6,000 per night.

Dawki-Tamabil (India – Bangladesh)

Looking for a place still left to be explored by many and an international border to visit? Then, Dawki is what you are looking for. Dawki is a village that connects India with Bangladesh and is also called Asia's one of the cleanest village. The Ungmot River, which falls on the Indo- Bangladesh border, separates the two countries and is known for its Emerald coloured water.

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Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to see and do: Visit the Umngot river bridge; take a boat ride on the river; go on a road trip from Mawlynnong to Dawki; visit the Living Root Bridge at the Rewai village.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹6,811. Book in advance and fly to Guwahati from New Delhi to get the best price. Shillong is 2 hours of comfortable drive from Guwahati and Shillong to Dawki is another 2 hours of a road journey.

Daily budget: One can expect an expenditure of ₹1500 on an average per person, per day. This includes the cost of stay, meals and intra-city transfer.

Best time to visit: Dawki can be visited any time of the year. It completely depends on you, what you want to experience. Months of winter from December to February are considered the best time to visit Dawki because here winters are not too chilly, it is rather pleasant. Thus, making sightseeing a lot easier.

Where to stay: Budget travellers can book a room at Meera Holiday Villa in Shillong for ₹910 per night and travellers looking for a comfortable stay in Shillong can opt for Ri Kanaan Guest House which generally costs ₹2500 per night.

Jaigaon, West Bengal (India – Bhutan)

The India Bhutan border, represented by just a gate, is a border that can be crossed without a passport. Jaigaon is the town that connects these two countries and is the only entry to Bhutan via land. Indians can also cross the border, roam in Bhutan up till 5km and return. This does not require any kind of stop on any check post. So, whenever in Bengal take a short trip to Bhutan.

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Photo of Beauty of International borders in India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to see and do: Cross the border and experience the feeling of being at two places at once.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹8,296 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Bagdogra from New Delhi to get the best price. Private Taxis are available from Bagdogra airport to reach Jaigaon.

Daily budget: One can expect an expenditure of ₹1500 on an average per person, per day. This includes the cost of stay, meals and intra-city transfer.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Jaigaon is from November to March. The temperature during this period makes it easier for you to travel.

Where to stay: Travellers looking for a comfortable stay in Bagdogra can opt for Hotel Niladrii Palace which will cost ₹2,037 per night or Hotel Mount View which will cost ₹1,200 per night

Dhanushkodi (India – Sri Lanka)

Dhanushkodi is from where Pal Strait begins. The place is just 29km from the Sri Lankan settlement of Talaimannar. The beach of Dhanushkodi is one of the best offbeat places in India. Apart from the fact that it is the connecting point of India and Sri Lanka, the place is known to have mythological importance for Hindus. Stand on the beach and enjoy the view of the vast Bay of Bengal on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other.

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Photo of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to do: Visit the nondescript temple; drive on the beach; take a tour of the famous Rameshwaram temple.

Flight Cost: A round-trip journey from New Delhi to Madurai will cost ₹6,383. Rameshwaram is a 3 hours drive away from Madurai and Dhanushkodi is further a 20 minutes ride from Rameshwaram.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Rameshwaram is between the months of October and March. Winter is the best time to visit Rameshwaram.

Where to stay: Budget travellers can book a room at Hotel Setu Residency in Rameshwaram for ₹950 per night and travellers looking for a comfortable stay in Rameshwaram can opt for Daiwik Hotels which generally costs ₹3,600 per night.

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat (India – Pakistan)

Rann of Kutch is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat. This seasonal white desert is open to the public from October to February. The desert connects India with Pakistan and this is your chance to experience the most scenic sight of white desert.

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Photo of Kutch, Gujarat, India by Sonal Agarwal

Top things to do: Attend the Rann Utsav; visit Kala Dungar; travel to Bhuj; visit Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi

Flight cost: A round trip cost to Bhuj from New Delhi will cost ₹18,116. Book your tickets early to get a fair price.

Daily budget: One can expect an expenditure of ₹5000 on an average per person, per day. This includes the cost of stay, meals and intra-city transfer.

Best time to visit: Best time to visit Kutch is from October to February. The area gets submerged in water after that.

Where to stay: Rann of Kutch has several options for travellers. You can book a room a tent in Dhordo region of Kutch for ₹10,000 per night including meals and transfers. There are various other packages options depending on number of days and your comfort level. One can also choose to stay in Bhuj. Book a room at Click Hotel Bhuj for ₹1,755 or N Villa for ₹1,000

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