Tales of Tangled Towns

Looks like I have a fixation for bizarre burgs. 😛
Recently I wrote about an unusual town called Baarle in Europe. And Prague was confusing in a different manner.
If you are new to this blog, I suggest you go through these posts. I assure you of great amusement. 😀

In the quiet town of Derby in Vermont, US, there is the Derby Line dividing US and Canada. This is more of a straight line, in contrast to Baarle’s zigzagged ones, but passes through buildings and households.
So there are chances you may prepare your food in one country and eat in the other. 😛

There have been cases of illegal immigration; hence a tighter security control has been established now. However, on the Derby Line the towns’ people have deliberately constructed a library and an Opera on the border. I am not sure what could be the real reason.

A border town in our own India is Coochbehar. I hope to visit it too sometime. There are pieces of land called Chhit-Mahals or enclaves, where Indian Chhit-Mahals lie completely surrounded by Bangladeshi Chhit-Mahals and vice versa.
Big difference is, that these borders are protected by BSF of India and Bangladesh (you need a visa to go across to the other enclave and no free movement) and probably the enclaves are also much bigger pieces of land than in Baarle.
The Wagah border in India is similar to Derby line. A straight line divides India and Pakistan at Wagah village but through the fields only. A lot of people suggest that there should be a Cricket Stadium exactly at the border.

Some more such places.-

Ceuta is a Spanish town completely encircled by Morocco.
Country of Lesotho is completely landlocked by Republic of South Africa.

Mount Everest is itself on the border of Nepal and Tibet. Summit ridge separates Nepal and Tibet. The more popular southern route is through Nepal and the less used (obviously political reasons) northern route is in Tibet, China.

I am sure there are many more examples and would surely like my readers to add to this list.

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6 thoughts on “Tales of Tangled Towns

  1. I had heard about the town in Vermont- also the library being built 1/2 half on one side and the other on the other side- something about you could enter one door and be in Canada and enter the other door and be in the US or something like that. I’m amazed at how many other places you found which have a similar situation going on.

  2. @Akshita:
    Thanks.

    @Connie:
    So, Vermont is also in my list of ‘to be visited” now.
    My ! I was thinking of 1 month for entire USA because I have already seen some part but this way it looks like it’s gonna take much more than that ! 😀

  3. What a great post! I love to travel and hearing about these different lines gives me a new list of places I would like to visit. Thanks for sharing this on day 9 of #blog2011

  4. I think Mt. Kanchendzonga is at India-Nepal border. We’re not allowed to climb it from the Indian side as it is revered as “Buddha”. From the Nepal side, however, people can climb it.

    There’s also this little village called Moneybhanjang in Darjeeling district where some houses are on the Indian side and others on Nepali side.

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