How to Reach Myanmar from India in 2019?
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Myanmar and India are both quite serious with their border. This makes it complicated to get from one country to the other.
However, this will not prevent wanderlust Indian souls to find the best ways to get to Burma and explore its mysterious beauty.
Below are top recommended routes for you to reach Myanmar from the biggest cities of India.
What you need for a trip from India to Myanmar
Besides money and clothes, a Burmese valid visa is a must.
Even though these two countries are next-door neighbors, a valid visa is still needed to legally get into the other country.
Good news is you can apply for an eVisa.
It is similar to the normal visa permitting your entry into Myanmar. However, there is one important difference. Here is how you do it:
- Prepare sufficient documents, which are:
- Indian passport with at least 6-month validity
- A scanned color copy of the passport bio page
- A recent passport size digital photo
- Confirmation of hotel reservation(s)
- Your credit or debit card or Paypal account to make payment
- Complete and send your application online at the official website of the Myanmar Embassy in India
- Pay the application fee, which is $50 for tourists
- Wait for the maximum of 3 days to process
- Finally, get your visa stamped on your arrival in Burma
So easy, isn’t it?
With an eVisa on hand, Indian citizens have 28 days to explore the magnificence of Myanmar.
Nevertheless, this option has a drawback.
You are allowed to enter Myanmar from a limited number of airports and land border checkpoints.
If you intend to go to Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Tachileik, Myawaddy, Kawthaung
Go ahead for an eVisa.
Otherwise, I’m afraid that you will have to process the normal one.
Best ways from top spots of India to Myanmar
Now that you get your valid visa, let’s talk about how will you travel from India to Myanmar?
Get to Burma from Delhi
Delhi is like the heart of India with not only the capital New Delhi but also a lot of important connection points.
The thing here is that Delhi is located in the center of India while Myanmar is on the easternmost border.
Plus, India is big.
So, flight seems to be the most reasonable way to travel from Delhi to Burma.
Although there is no direct flight from New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, your flight will be landing in some of the most amazing destinations of Myanmar.
It is the tranquil ancient capital Yangon and the main commercial hub Mandalay.
Kolkata to Myanmar
In comparison to Delhi, Kolkata is closer to the Myanmar border. Therefore, there is one more option in addition to the plane.
If you don’t suffer from carsick
If you don’t mind being on the road for around 40 hours
Then you may consider having a road trip from Kolkata to Moreh, Manipur, which is the start of India - Burma - Thailand Trilateral Highway.
This friendship highway helps to connect Manipur - Mandalay - Bangkok under ASEAN - India Free Trade Agreement.
If you still want to try the modern highway from India to Mandalay but you aren’t willing to spend 40 hours from Kolkata to Manipur, there are a lot of domestic flights for you. It takes only 2 hours at the price of around $100.
Travel from Mumbai
The most populous city in India, also the capital of commerce and entertainment absolutely has the most upgraded infrastructure for transportation.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is considered one of the busiest airports by passenger traffic with nearly 60 airlines in operation.
As a result, in addition to common stops such as Yangon, Mandalay, flights from Mumbai offer you the chance to arrive at Naypyidaw, the new capital city of Burma.
You still have to transfer in Bangkok no matter your destination is Yangon, Mandalay or the new Naypyidaw. However, the ticket fees are diverse.
The cost for a flight to Naypyidaw can double the price to the other 2 destinations.
Hence, in case you are traveling on a budget, check the ticket price first.
Start at Chennai
Chennai is a stunning beachfront city on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal to the east coast of India.
Although Chennai is adjacent to the southern coast of Myanmar, there is no passenger boat trip connecting 2 nations since Myanmar is somewhat closed to the outside.
The best way to get to Burma from Chennai is still by plane. Destinations in Burma are still Mandalay and Yangon with at least one transfer in Bangkok.
Another option for you is to travel by boat to Thailand, then get on a road trip from Thailand to Myanmar. The Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, which link India and Thailand, are prestigious for the outstanding seascape.
So chances are that you will never get bored on board.
Begin with Hyderabad
Another starting point from India to Myanmar is the City of Pearls, Hyderabad. Known for its significant progress, leading to the merger of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, this is definitely a cosmopolitan city in the second populous country worldwide.
From the city center, it is only a 45-minute drive to reach the Hyderabad Airport, so-called the Rajiv Gandhi International.
This airport enables you to connect with many other major transport hubs such as Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi so that you have more options for the final destination in Burma.
Indeed, there are only flights from Hyderabad to Yangon with one transfer at Bangkok.
Quite limited choice for you.
The third busiest city after Mumbai and Delhi is Bangalore, another name is Bengaluru. Its international airport is home to about 10 internal and 20 foreign air companies.
No wonder there are up to 11 flights from Bangalore to either Mandalay or Yangon of Myanmar.
This means that you can get on a flight to Burma every two hours.
The ticket price range is from $350 to $450, depending on where you land at. There is one stopover in Bangkok, which also has a lot of fun things to discover.
Even though it’s a bit sophisticated to get to Burma from India, there are still quite several options for you to choose from.
As a saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
When you really want to see the magical golden pagodas and the ancient ruins in Myanmar, you will find your way from India