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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! Read on to know all about the beautiful places near Indian border

    10 Beautiful Places Near Indian Border

    The following is a list of the most beautiful places near Indian order. Scroll down and read further to know more about these mesmerizing places to explore near the Indian border. 

    • Dharchula: Enjoy A Serene Atmosphere
    • Pangong Lake: Adore The Panoramic Views
    • Nathu La Pass-Mansarover: Walk Across The Chinese Tibet border
    • Chitkul: Take A Stroll
    • Nako Lake: Admire The Soothing Sceneries
    • Alipurduar: Relish The Breathtaking Views
    • Lachung-Yumthang Valley: A Visual Treat
    • Nelong Valley: A Lovely Escape
    • Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary: Witness The Rhododendrons 
    • Malda: Admire The Spectacular Architecture

    1. Dharchula – Enjoy A Serene Atmosphere

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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 meters. Dharchula is connected to Nepal by a foot over a bridge built across the Kali River. Cross the bridge and you are in Nepal
    Location: Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 5,000 onwards
    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 – Adore The Panoramic Views

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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 Tso Lake with over two-thirds of the lake under the Chinese territory.

    How far: The Lake forms part of Chinese territory.
    Location: Pangong Lake, Leh district, Ladakh, India
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 12,000 onwards
    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 – Walk Across The Chinese Tibet border

    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.
    Location: Sikkim, India
    Timings: Open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays
    Budget On Travel: INR 2,000 onwards
    Can you cross the border: Yes, for pilgrims trekking towards Mansarovar. Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. A special permit should be obtained by applying to the Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok.

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    4. Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh – Take A Stroll


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    The last village of India to the side of the Tibet border, this beautiful spot is located at the side of the 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
    Location: Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh, India
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 2,000 onwards
    Can you cross the border: No

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    5. Nako Lake – Admire The Soothing Sceneries

    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 km
    Location: Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 1,500 onwards
    Can you cross the border: No

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    6. Alipurduar – Relish The Breathtaking Views


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    Situated on the bank of the 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. Plan a visit to this beautiful place near the Indian border soon.

    How far: 57 km
    Location: Kaljani River, West Bengal, India
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 1,000 onwards
    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.

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    7. Lachung – Yumthang Valley – A Visual Treat

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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-colored rhododendrons and orchids.

    How far: 11,800 ft from the border
    Location: Tibetan border, Sikkim, India
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 2,000 onwards
    Can you cross the border: Permit is issued by the Tourism Department and Police Check Post.

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    8. Nelong Valley – A Lovely Escape

    Nelong Valley in Uttarakhand

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    With an arid landscape and brilliant views of the Tibetan plateau, Nelong Valley boasts of 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.
    Location: Uttarakhand, India
    Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
    Budget on travel: INR 3,000 onwards
    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.

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    9. Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary – Witness The Rhododendrons


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    Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary forms a 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 color up the entire Sanctuary in wild abandon.

    How far: 3060 meters at a height from the Indo-Nepal border
    Location: Sikkim, India
    Timings: 5:30 AM – 10 PM
    Budget On Travel: INR 2,000 onwards
    Can you cross the border: No

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    10. Malda – Admire The Spectacular Architecture

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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 architecture 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 km
    Location: Kolkata, India
    Timings: Open 24/7
    Budget On Travel: INR 2,000 onwards
    Can you cross the border: Shona Masjid-Mohadipur Checkpost has been opened for travelers (with a valid visa).

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Beautiful Places Near Indian Border

    What are the best places to eat near the Indian border?

    Although there are many places to savor delicious food you should definitely try out Meghna and The Den whenever touring places near the Indian border. The food outlets situated on the road are all authentic and offer mouthwatering dishes. You can try those but before placing your order take a quick hygiene check.

    What are the must-visit places in Malda?

    When in Malda you should definitely stop by at the Dakhil Darwaza, Malda Museum, Adina Mosque with your travel buddies. The mentioned places are highly recommended especially for history enthusiasts and fact lovers. Other than that, Malda also houses many soothing places where you can relax and witness mindblowing views.

    What are some budgeted places to accommodate in Nelong Valley?

    Utsav Palace, Himalaya Sadan, Hotel Manisha are some of the best-budgeted places to accommodate when traveling the Nelong Valley with your near and dear ones. You will also find many other places to accommodate that offer the same level of comfort and amenities but the budget might differ.

    What are the things to do in Dharchula?

    Other than admiring the serene beauty and beautiful views the tourists can explore other places here. Chirkila Dam, Om Parvat, and Adi Kailash are some of the topmost things to explore with your friends and family. If you are traveling solo then it is suggested that you hire a private vehicle and explore the place by yourself rather than just following a specific itinerary.

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