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    Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh

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    India is full of beautiful places within its massive landmass with innumerable places to explore. So why not explore the ones where you can almost see the boundary disappear into another country. Sharing its boundary with Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, there are quite a few scenic spots where your domestic travel might turn international!

    1. Dharchula

    Dharchula in Uttarakhand

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    A beautiful town located on the Indo-Nepal border, Dharchula is surrounded by the snow clad Panchchuli peaks. The town has few tourist attractions among which is Manasa Sarovar a freshwater lake located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

    How far? Only a few metres. Dharchula is connected to Nepal by a foot over bridge built across the Kali River. Cross the bridge and you are in Nepal.

    Can you cross the border? Yes. People from both sides pass through without any restrictions, as long as they aren’t carrying any cargo.

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    2. Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake in Jammu & Kashmir

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    Too much has been written and said about the beauty of this lake. An important breeding ground for a variety of birds, the view here is nothing short of majestic. The Line of Actual Control passes through the Pangong Lake, with over two-thirds of the lake under the Chinese territory.

    How far? The Lake forms part of Chinese territory.

    Can you cross the border? Indian Tourists can present their valid photo ID Nationality proof at the ITBP/Army check-post. Tourists are only allowed to visit the lake up to the Spangmik village.

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    3. Nathu La Pass – Mansarovar

    Nathu La Pass in Sikkim

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    Nathu La pass is one of the few places where you can walk into the Chinese Tibet border. One of the highest motorable roads of the world, situated at a height of 14200 ft, it has been recently opened up as a route for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

    How far? The fenced Indo-China border is a few meters away and you can see both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border.

    Can you cross the border? Yes, for pilgrims trekking towards Mansarovar. Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Special permit should be obtained by applying to Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok.

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    4. Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

    Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh

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    The last village of India to the side of Tibet border, this beautiful spot is located at the side of Baspa River. It is also known for growing the best peas and potatoes in India so you better store up on those when you visit.

    How far? Only 1 km from Nagasthi checkpost and about 10 Kms from the China border

    Can you cross the border? No

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    5. Nako Lake

    Nako Lake in Himachal Pradesh

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    The beautiful lake is located in the Nako Village in the Kinnaur Valley on the Hindustan Tibet Road, NH – 22. It is best known for its views of the majestic snow covered peak of Kinnaur Kailash. Frequented by bikers during summers, a drive along Khab – Nako – Malling Nalla – Chango – Sumdo is simply breathtaking.

    How far? – 54 kms

    Can you cross the border? No

    6. Alipurduar

    Alipurduar in West Bengal

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    Situated on the bank of Kaljani River on the foothills of the Himalayas, Alipurduar is a gateway to Bhutan. Known for its forest, wildlife, timber and scenic beauty, since the colonial period, it is the last scenic spot in India before your reach Phuentsholing.

    How far? 57 kms

    Can you cross the border? Yes. No permits required for the border town of Phuentsholing. Carry a valid Indian ID proof for further travel inside Bhutan.

    7. Lachung – Yumthang Valley

    Yumthang Valley in Sikkim

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    Yumthang Valley is a beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 11,800 ft close to the Indo-Tibetan border. Home to beautiful Himalayan flowers, picturesque green slopes, yaks and Teesta River, the journey to the Yumthang Valley from Lachung is lined with multi coloured rhododendrons and orchids.

    How far? 11,800 ft from the border

    Can you cross the border? Permit is issued by the Tourism Department and Police Check Post.

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    8. Nelong Valley

    Nelong Valley in Uttarakhand

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    With an arid landscape and brilliant views of the Tibetan plateau, Nelong Valley boasts of a rich wildlife, which includes the snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep and musk deer, along with rare bird and plant species.

    How far? Located in the Gangotri National Park, Nelong Valley is 45km from the India-China border.

    Can you cross the border? No. Regulated tourism is allowed with only six forest vehicles permitted daily. Overnight stay is not allowed. Indians need a permit from the sub-divisional magistrate and a fitness certificate to enter the valley.

    9. Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

    Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in Sikkim

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    Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary forms border with West Bengal and Nepal and can be reached from Dentam, Hilley and Soreng. The main attractions of the sanctuary are the spectacular rhododendrons which bloom in April-May which colour up the entire Sanctuary in wild abandon.

    How far? 3060 mts at height from the Indo-Nepal border

    Can you cross the border? No

    10. Malda

    Garden in Malda

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    The Mango City of India, Malda lies perilously close to the Bangladesh border. Called as English Bazaar in the past, Malda is known for its splendid architectural and as the confluence of River Mahananda and Kalindi. Do not forget to try out the Himsagar variety of mango intrinsic to the soil here.

    How far? 12 kms

    Can you cross the border? Shona Masjid-Mohadipur Checkpost has been opened for travellers (with valid visa).

    Nothing is as thrilling as being near the border of another country, much less stepping into one. So when are you travelling to one of these locations?

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