India-Bangladesh Friendship Gate

February 2018 - This is not just any date; the Governor of Meghalaya formally inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Gate on this day. Mr. Ganga Prasad was the Governor of Meghalaya in 2018. Mr. Satya Pal Malik, on the other hand, was elected as the state’s governor in 2020.

Even though, unlike many other locations in Jaintia Hill, Meghalaya, this location is not a sanctuary of green beauty. It still holds a special place in the hearts of both Indians and Bangladeshis. It may not be a reflection in terms of outer beauty, but it has its own appeal. It represents unity, prosperity, compassion, and humanity. Things that the universe needs and deserves.

Location of the Maitri Dwar

One can visit this symbolic place in Shillong. It is the rock capital of the Meghalaya. The Maitri Gate, also known as the India-Bangladesh Friendship Gate, is constructed near the Integrated Check Post. It is located 90 kilometers south of Shillong, on the border with Bangladesh. It is just a few kilometers away from the spectacular, majestic, and crystal clear Dawki River. So, if you’re going to Dawki River, don’t forget to stop by the India-Bangladesh Friendship Gate or vice versa.

One of the most fascinating features is how the river’s color transitions from green to blue as it flows towards Bangladesh. It’s a breathtaking sight to see. Even if you are taking a boat ride along the river, you can come across a BSF (Border Security Force) camp, which is quite interesting.

All about Maitri Dwar and how it came into existence

Maitri is the Hindi word for friendship, and Dwar is the Hindi word for the gate. Hence, Maitri Dwar was named.

It is not every day that one has the opportunity to visit an international border. This alone draws a large number of tourists to the India-Bangladesh Maitri Dwar. Even though it does not seem to be something out of the ordinary from the outside. However, it is the hidden meaning of the gate which creates a great sense of pride to witness this Dwar from your own eyes. It is pure and beautiful.

You will see two entry gates as you walk around the area. One is called Dawki and is located on the Indian side. Tamabil is the location’s name of the other entrance on the Bangladesh line. It’s an unusual sight to be able to see the other side of the world from one place. One can also complete their unusual bucket list by being in two places at the same time.

It is two nations, not just two locations. For many tourists around the world, visiting a country is a far-fetched notion, but standing in front of the Bangladesh entrance gate, all it takes is a few steps to reach their country. In just a few steps from Meghalaya, you’ll be in Bangladesh.

Yes, the visitor can legit cross the Bangladesh border and even engage with the country’s esteemed soldiers. It’s exciting and incredible. You will have a newfound appreciation for all soldiers who serve their country. It’s a wonderful sensation. People on both sides of the gate are pleasant and easy to chat to. Visitors are also permitted to take photographs of them. Wouldn’t that be an unforgettable memento and memory to cherish for a lifetime?

How many times does one actually get to cross the border of the country and have a fruitful engagement with the soldiers of that country? It is not often. It is a huge opportunity for an individual to have a peek at a small percent of another country's land which is connected to our own.

Improving Cross-Border Relations

The Maitri Gate is also regarded as a hub for inter-country trade, which plays a significant role in both the nation’s economy and growth. It is an export point. It is also a way to generate revenue. Visitors can see the long line of trucks traveling between India and Bangladesh. Among other things, the truck carries construction materials. It also contains bricks, which are used in road building. Some may find this uninteresting, but it is fascinating to watch inter-border travel. It’s not every day that you see anything like this. This also gives you a small insight into how cross-border trading works.

This location is popular with both domestic and international tourists. Tourists from Bangladesh also enjoy taking a camp near the zero border. It is the starting point for the Umngot River’s path from Meghalaya’s border to Bangladesh. So, if you’re lucky, you may have the opportunity to meet or see the people of Bangladesh. Even if not, the idea of crossing borders is in and of itself interesting and thrilling. This one simple access opens up an enormous opportunity for unity and harmony. This simple but huge move sends a message of peace across the globe.

This privilege was formally granted after the governor of Meghalaya’s inauguration. The aim of this solution was to have an Indian and Bangladesh Border Guard beating retreat ceremony similar to Wagah. It is a time of celebration and honor for them. The aim was also to encourage and promote tourism in the given region as well. This has a major impact on the state’s economy and growth, as well as the entire country. It also contributes to goodwill and benovelance among countries.

The governor of Meghalaya also met with Zahid Hasan on the day of the inauguration. He was the Bangladesh Border Guard’s Additional Director. On that day, squads from both sides exchanged sweets, which was a proud moment for the citizens of both countries.

Even though it is not your typical tourist destination for sightseeing and being mesmerized by God’s creation’s visual beauty, India-Bangladesh Maitri Dwar has inner beauty. We always say, “It’s the thought that counts,” and this place is no exception. It can be seen as the foundation of a new beginning for both nations’ generations.

It gives life a new horizon, and your perspective a new direction. The India-Bangladesh Friendship Gate is a must-see attraction in Meghalaya, and tourists must visit with an open mind and a new sense of appreciation.