Did you know that as an Indian citizen you can enter Myanmar on foot, without a visa and just for Rs 20? If you didn’t know this then you’ll get to know all about it now.
Moreh is a town in Manipur in India- Myanmar border from where you can enter Tamu (Bordering town in Myanmar) without a visa. Several Indians and Burmese people cross the Moreh-Tamu border on a routine basis to earn their daily bread and butter. Also, kids from Tamu come to Moreh to attend schools, that is the reason you’ll find some people speak very good Hindi in Tamu, on the other hand, some have no clue what you might be saying ! Be it Hindi or English.
First things first:
Process of crossing India-Myanmar border from Moreh (only for Indians)
- Reach Moreh, the border town. It is a 3 hours drive from Imphal to Moreh.
- Cross the border from the ‘India-Myanmar friendship gate’
- Approach the Myanmar officials. The counter is on the left side of the road
- Provide the desired documents and pay the entry fees of Rs. 20 in cash
- Get an entry ticket and visit Tamu
- Surrender the entry ticket after coming back and take back your documents.
There are 2 gates to cross the border. Gate no. 1 (also known as the Iron bridge) is meant only for those having a valid visa and ‘Special permission’ to cross the border. Tourists going beyond Tamu use this gate. Gate no. 2 (a.k.a ‘India-Myanmar Friendship Gate’) is only meant for Indians and Burmese. Citizens of both countries are allowed to visit the nearest town across the border. Burmese visitors are allowed to go only up to Moreh in Manipur, whereas Indians can go upto Tamu in Myanmar.
This permit is allowed only for one day. Do not forget to come back by the gate closing time. Otherwise, you may land into some serious problems.
If you want to go further ahead of Tamu or are not an Indian then read this blog post by Onewaytickettonepal HOW TO CROSS FROM INDIA TO MYANMAR BY LAND VIA MOREH/TAMU
Documents needed for Indians to cross India-Myanmar border
- Voter ID card in original, or
- Aadhar card in original
- Rs 20 in cash
How to reach Tamu from Moreh
- Cross India-Myanmar Friendship Gate.
- Walk a little in the market of Namphalon.
- Catch an Auto Rickshaw; They charge Rs 20 per person.
- Auto takes 15 minutes to reach Tamu.
Now that you know how to enter Tamu from Moreh lets get on to what all you can do there in a span of just 4 hrs:
1.Cross India-Myanmar Border on foot
I think this was the coolest part! Not because I was entering another country but because you just don’t realize when did you actually set foot into Myanmar. Literally, it’s that vague. So, basically you start walking from Moreh side towards the Friendship gate, take the ticket and enter the market, then reach the end of the market where there are very few shops and there you are in Myanmar.
For the first time, I was so confused, that I was asked my aunt that have we entered Burma or not. And she was like, we entered it long back!
(You can laugh at me! It is funny.)
2. Visit Pungi chow Monastry
Its unlike the other monasteries that you might have seen inside India. It is pristine white, with motifs made in gold and extremely clean . The whole complex did not have a boundary wall. And we didn’t even find any people around.
3. Next stop Photila Buddhist temple
This was a huge complex building, some part of it was under maintenance. Inside it, they have a Buddhist statue made out of stone.
Outside the main building there is another small enclosure made in the same architecture where there is another tiny buddhist piece and there also sits a very old man.
So, this man here does not understand Hindi or English but he understood what “Photo” means and will enthusiastically pose for one if you ask him. How do I know that? That’s because I requested him to take his picture (For which he very happily posed)but when I asked his name he didn’t understand what I was saying!
4.Buy colorful flowery umbrellas in any color possible
You can buy these as souvenirs from Myanmar as you don’t get them on the Indian side.
I don’t think so I have to explain anything here because it’s shopping.
I have absolutely no clue why these umbrellas reminded me of the old song “Mere piya gaye rangoon”
5. Buy stone painting from a shop which is hidden behind a liquor shop
Not kidding at all! you actually have to enter the liquor shop and climb stairs and go to the 2nd floor to buy a stone painting (i.e. if you want to . Or just check them out). You won’t come to know that they even sell these painting looking at the shop from outside.
6. Have the tastiest steamed fish ever
You can actually enter Tamu, do nothing and just sit at Waterfront
Wish we could have got the recipe for the sauce but the restaurant people just couldn’t understand what we were trying to say.
Its just not the non veg they serve is yummy, the vegetarian food too is equally tasty. I was just thinking if I could make this tasty veg food I would not mind turning vegetarian at all!.
7. See the eco-friendly houses in Tamu
The houses here are mostly made out of wood and the main part of the house is usually on the 1st floor.
8. Get some sandalwood paste applied on your cheeks and temples.
While roaming around in Tamu you’ll notice almost all women have some kind of a paste applied to their faces in circles. They have it on their cheeks and temples. It protects their faces from sunburn. You can get some applied too. It has a cooling effect
9.Load on all the Avacado, dragon fruit and kiwi as much you like for extremely cheap
While on your way back to Moreh, stop at the market and buy some Avacado, Dragon fruit or kiwi. These are sold in kilos here. you know how costly they are in India.
10.Feel the sudden change of temperature and the heat.
Last but not the least , feel the sudden drop in temperature on your return journey to Imphal. Its gets really chilly . It is strange how that happens. No, I’m not talking about the scientific reason. But about how the same land one side of the border is hot and the other could be freezing.
That was all for this post guys. Do visit Tamu when in
Want to know more about how you can perfectly cover Manipur and tick it off your bucket list, then click on the links below to know everything there is to know.
- 10 Amazing things you need to do when in Imphal, Manipur
- How to have the best time at Sangai festival of Manipur
- 13 astonishing insider facts about Manipur.
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