India is home to some beautiful tourist destinations within its massive territory with numerous places to explore for the national and international citizens. India is the 7th largest country in the world which shares its border with China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. India’s land border consists of 15,200 km and coastline border ranges to about 7500 km. So, with such innumerable hotspots around the border of India, why not explore those places where you can suddenly see the boundary of your country to disappear into another country? Read on to know about the list of the few scenic destinations where you can turn your domestic trip into an international one.
Dharchula is a scenic town located exactly on the Indo-Nepal border and is covered with the snow-capped peaks of Panchchuli. There are few tourist attractions in this town, one being the Manasa Sarovar, a fresh water lake which is situated in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Dharchula, the town is connected to Nepal through a foot bridge built over River Kali and once you cross the bridge, you’re into Nepal. You’ll be rather happy to know that people from both sides of the River Kali can cross the bridge without facing any kind of restrictions.
#2: PANGONG LAKE
There’s too much written and said about the charm of this lake, named the Pangong Lake. This lake is home to many birds during the breeding season and the view that you get here has practically no words to describe. The Line of Actual Control passes through this lake and 2/3rds of this lake lies on the territory of China. Indian tourists require offering their valid ID proof at the Army check post and they are only permitted to visit the lake till the Spangmik village.
#3: LACHUNG – YUMTHANG VALLEY
The Yumthang valley is one of the most beautiful valleys which are perched at an altitude of 11,800 feet and it lies close to the Indo-Tibetan border. Yumthang valley is home to some of the rarest Himalayan flowers , yaks, Teesta River, picturesque green hills and the entire journey to the valley from Lachung will be surrounded on both sides with orchids and multi-colored rhododendrons. For visiting this place, you will need a permit which will be issued by the Police Check Post and the Tourism Department.
#4: NATHU LA PASS – MANSAROVAR
Nathu La Pass is one of those few places where you can easily walk into the Chinese Tibet border and it is also the highest motorable roads in the entire world as it is situated at a whopping height of 14,200 feet. The Nathu La Pass has been recently opened as one of the best routes for traveling to the Kailash Mansarovar. The Indo-China border which is fenced is just a few metres away and you will see both Chinese and Indian soldiers protecting their respective country’s border. You require obtaining special permit by application to Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok.
#5: VARSEY RHODODENDRON SANCTUARY
The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary forms the West Bengal and Nepal border and you can reach this place from Dental, Soreng and Hilley. The main hotspots of this sanctuary are the picturesque rhododendrons which bloom at their fullest during April and May and they set a different color to the whole sanctuary. You aren’t allowed to cross the border here unlike other places listed above.
Therefore, if you’re eager enough to turn your domestic trip into an international one, you can visit the places given above without giving a second thought. Just have a talk with your tourism department so that you can arrange the permits beforehand.