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Have you ever watched people from one country visiting their home or office through a different nation? While it is quite common in European countries or USA\Canada, it is a very rare sight in places like India. Due to political unrest and infiltration problems with the neighboring countries, you will rarely find easy entrance in between India and it’s neighbors. However, if you are willing to spend a lazy afternoon in Tin Bigha, you can get a glimpse of it.
Tin Bigha corridor, is a corridor in India-Bangladesh border where people from mainland Bangladesh visit the Dahagram–Angarpota enclaves (chhitmahal). Now, these chhitmahals are an interesting concept. During partition, few areas of Bangladesh were separated completely by their physical location, but they chose to belong to Bangladesh due to ethnical similarity.
These areas are not connected to mainland Bangladesh and one has to travel through India to reach these locations. One such place is the Dahagram–Angarpota enclave. There are several Bangladeshis residing here, commuting to their offices or factories in mainland Bangladesh everyday through this Tin Bigha Corridor.
I was staying in Cooch Behar for a week when I came to know of this place. Tin Bigha corridor is best visited during afternoon, which is also time for the flag lowering ceremony before sunset. The border security from both the nations march, lower the flags and salute amidst the bugle calls. We had a quick chat with the security forces from Bangladesh, who lowered the flag 30 mins prior to our counterparts since Bangladesh Standard Time (BST) is 30 mins ahead of IST. There are several daily commuters, returning home from their workplaces, who waved at us. It was interesting to see the difference in the transportation systems, license plates written in Bengali, the people, and their different attire. If you want to have a sneak peek into Bangladesh, visit this place as early as you can.
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