Jodhpur Travel Guide

India, Travel

Where to go in Jodhpur

1. Clock Tower Market

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Clock Tower Market

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Riding his bike

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Textile Shopping

  • Located at the heart of Jodhpur
  • Free Entry
  • Local wet market and shopping districts
  • Textile and jewelry shopping

2.  Mehrangarh Fort

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Mehrangarh Fort (Hogwarts in real life)

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Almost there

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It comes with audio tour

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Turban Museum

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Opium Ceremony

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Local performances

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Aerial Tours Available

  • Open daily (9am – 5pm)
  • Entrance fee (600 Rupees / USD 9.30 / MYR 38 )
  • Entrance fee including an audio guide
  • If you’re a student, do bring along your student ID because it is cheaper.
  • Follow the audio guide to explore the fort (Normally around 1.5 – 2 Hrs)
  • Can hire a Tuk Tuk / taxi to get here or walk through the local villages about 10 minutes to get here.
  • Souvenir shops available towards the end of the tour
  • Opium Ceremony
  • Best description for this place is it look exactly like Hogwarts.

3. Jaswant Thada (White Temple)

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Jaswant Thada (White Temple)

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Local guard playing their traditional instrument

  • Open daily from 9am – 5pm
  • Entrance fee is 30 rupees / USD 0.50 / MYR 2
  • Walking distances from Mehrangarh Fort.
  • If you’re going to take a Tuk Tuk / taxi to the fort, make sure you visit this place.

4. TOORJI KA JHALRA (STEPWELL)

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Stepwell in Jodhpur 

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Local spent their evening having fun here

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One of mine favorite shot

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Happy kids

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They jump at least 5 storeys high

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Leap of faith

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Chill in well

  • Free entry.
  • Walking distances from the Stepwell House Cafe.
  • Go in the evening when it is more crowded with local.
  • They will dive and perform some stunts to entertain you .
  • Check out our travel vlog if you are interested to watch them jump.

What To Eat in Jodhpur

1. The Omelette Cafe

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The chefs and his eggs

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Other services they offer beside making you an omelette

  • Located close to the Clock Tower Market
  • Seats are limited
  • Highly recommended
  • Try more than one type of omelette and you’ll be amazed

2. Cafe Royale

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Cafe Royale 

  • No.1 in Trip Advisor lists.
  • Great snacks food & coffee options.
  • Located in the vicinity of the Clock Tower Market.
  • Run by local Indian family.
  • Super friendly and informative
  • Highly recommended this cafe

3. Stepwell House Cafe

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Comfy interior 

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Great view

  • Located right at the step well.
  • Great views
  • Comfy ambience
  • Food was just okay but great place for chilling and watching people dive into the well.
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The blue city, Jodhpur

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People of Jodhpur

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All blue 

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We even stay at this old all blue backpacker lodge. 

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Last day in Jodhpur

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Check out your name on the train list before you board 

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Can you spot ours 

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Inside of the train 

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Moustaches is a thing for men here. That’s me trying to blend in. 

Extra Tips

  • If you have extra time here in Jodhpur, do visit the village safari
  • Mehrangarh fort is can be reach by walking from the city
  • Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada are close to each other so do not let them charge higher.
  • Cafe Royale and Omelette Cafe are not to be missed.
  • Cafe Royale owners are very lovely people so do chat with them and they will be very delightful to spare you their thoughts.
  • Do watch our travel vlog here Jodhpur City Guide

 

 

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Jaipur (The Pink City) Travel Guide

India, Travel

Getting there

  • Jaipur city is accessible by trains and buses from other part of India.
  • Do check out the train schedule on Clear Trip Apps
  • Do plan and purchase your train ticket in advance.
  • Uber services available.
  • Metro railway available in Jaipur, so hop on!
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Jaipur Railway Station

Where to go in Jaipur City

1. HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)

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Haha Mahal (Palace of Winds) 

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Interior of Hawa Mahal

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Climb all the way up for this view. 

  • Open Daily (From 9am to 4.30pm)
  • Entrance fees for foreigner (200 Rupees / USD 3 / MYR 13)
  • If you are a student, bring along your student card (Cheaper fee)
  • Do explore inside out of Hawa Mahal and you will be amazed.
  • Climb all the way up for the view. (Bird eye view of Jaipur City)
  • Local guide available for hire.
  • If you would like to take the shot of Hawa Mahal building, visit theopposite cafe on the third floor and they have a rooftop there where you can take your shot of Hawa Mahal during sunset.
  • Walking distances to Jantar Mantar & City Palace.
  • In house museum.

2. AMBER FORT

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Amber Fort 

  • Open Daily (8am – 6pm)
  • Entrance Fee (500 Rupees / USD 8 / MYR 32)
  • Light show available from 7pm – 9pm.
  • Duration for visiting Amber Fort normally around 2 hours because it is freaking massive.

3. PANNA MEENA KA KUND (STEPWELL)

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Stepwell 

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Located at the village after Amber Fort

  • Free Entry
  • If you would like to take picture at the staircase of the step well, the security guard would ask for some tips. (Negotiable)
  • We did not take any because we cheapskate. Budget backpackers you know.
  • Instagram-worthy photoshoot right at this place.

4. JAIGARH FORT

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Jaigarh Fort

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View from Jaigarh Fort. 

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Massive Fort 

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Take Instagram-Worthy Photo Here 

  • Open Daily (8am – 4.30pm)
  • Entrance Fee (85 Rupees / USD 1.30 / MYR 5)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk or Taxi to get here (Normally less than 500 rupees)
  • Uber services not available at this area. (We tried)
  • Normally combined day trip with Nahargarh Fort & Amber Fort because all these forts located nearby.)
  • Explore around 1.5 – 2 hours here. This fort is huge! You will be amazed!
  • Do inform your driver to wait for at least 1.5 hours or else they will charge you extra. ( P/S : We had so much fun exploring that we forgotten that we agreed with our driver for just an hour here and he asked for extra pay.)

5. NAHARGARH FORT

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Amazing Architecture 

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Classic Window 

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Aerial View of Jaipur City 

  • Open Daily (8am – 4.30pm)
  • Entrance fees for foreigner (200 Rupees / USD 3 / MYR 13)
  • If you are a student, bring along your student card (Cheaper fee)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk or Taxi to get here (Normally less than 500 rupees)
  • Uber services not available at this area. (We tried)
  • Normally combined day trip with Nahargarh Fort & Amber Fort because all these forts located nearby.)
  • Explore around 1.5 – 2 hours here.
  • Wax museum open for visitor (Separate Ticket Fee)
  • In house restaurant.
  • Check out their Bawri (Step well) .

6. JAL MAHAL

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  • Not accessible
  • Free to view from the waterfronts
  • Used to be a palace but then abandoned till now.
  • Located at middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur City
  • About 15 – 20 minutes drive from Jaipur City depending on the traffic.
  • Do ask your driver to stop along the waterfronts if you are heading towards Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort or Amber Fort.

7. LMB RESTAURANT

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They served sweets, snacks and local food. 

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Chips!

  • Serve all kind of desserts, snacks and food.
  • Located at the heart of City Palace.
  • Local recommended.

8. PINK SQUARE MALL

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Pink Square Mall

  • Legit shopping mall in Jaipur City equipped with supermarket, restaurant and cinema.
  • Do you groceries shopping here.
  • Escape from the heat if you have to.
  • If you would like to enjoy local ambience cinema with a short pee-break in between the movies and have your food deliver to you directly. Experience that here.

9. NIBS Cafe (Chocolate Heaven)

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Hipster Cafe

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Chocolate Pizza! Yes! It is! 

  • My favorite cafe so far in India.
  • Uber your way here as I do not know the public transport to get here.
  • Find them of TripAdvsior.
  • Try their chocolate pizza and chocolate shots! You have been warned!
  • Fast Internet Speed.

Buying Bus Ticket in Jaipur

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This is the ticket counter (Near to the Jaipur Railway Station

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Two Pax Sleeper

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Sleeper Bus by Rishabh Travel 

  • In addition to train, you can also travel around India by bus.
  • This probably not as comfortable as train AC sleeper and may take longer time to reach your destination but it offer you an affordable budget.
  • We were recommended by Zostel staff to buy our ticket from this travel agent.
  • Highly recommended.
  • We bought our bus ticket to Udaipur from Jaipur for 550 Rupees / USD 8.5 / MYR 35.
  • It was an overnight bus and it took around 6 hours.

Other Places To Visit

  1. The Pink City Palace & Bazaar
  2. Jantar Mantar (Observatory)
  3. Royal Albert Museum
  4. Sun Temple (For Sunset Location)
  5. Niro’s Restaurant (Famous for Lal Maas)
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Jaipur City Palace

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Local Vendor in Jaipur 

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People of Jaipur

Extra Tips

  1. Always bargain 70%-80% less for the gifts / items that you want to buy.
  2. Always bargain or negotiate with the Tuk Tuk / taxi driver for your trip here because you can visit few places in one day.
  3. Jaipur city is a shopping heaven. Do all souvenirs shopping here from textile to bangles. They offer tons of affordable and colorful gifts here.
  4. Do get a tourist composite tickets if you plan to visit more than one site. (Multiple monuments entry tickets for the price of one)
  5. Spend at least 2 full days here to get a full experience of The Pink City.
  6. For accommodation, highly recommended Zostel or Panda Backpackers.  Check them out in Trip Advisor or Booking.com 
  7. Watch our travel vlog here Jaipur Travel Guide

 

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Taj Mahal Quick Guide

India, Uncategorized

Getting There

  • Taj Mahal located in Agra, India.
  • About 2 hours train ride from New Delhi.
  • Train scheduled daily to Agra at 7am.
  • Purchase your train ticket at the Tourist Ticket Counter at least a day before.
  • Check availability of train ticket and cost on Clear Trip apps.
  • If you’re on tight schedule, visiting Taj Mahal can be done on day trip.
  • Check out our travel vlog here Taj Mahal Travel Guide

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Complimentary breakfast on train.

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Agra Cantt Railway Station

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Tuk Tuk Price List (Location Based)

  • There are plenty of taxis & Tuk Tuk available at the railway station.
  • Remember to discuss about the cost first before agreeing to ride with them.
  • They may ask for extra during your trip so do double check on your hotel or hostel location on Google map. ( P/S : They asked for extra rupees from us because our hotel kinda far away from agreed location.)
  • Normally they will offer you their tour services along the way so make sure you know the approximate tour price range and find the right match for you.

How To Buy Taj Mahal Entrance Ticket 

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Ticket Counter (From Western Gate) 

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Sunrise & Sunset Schedule (Opening Time For Visitor)

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Do & Don’t during your visit to Taj Mahal

  • Ticket Cost (1000 Rupees / USD 16 / RM 64)
  • If you are a student, do bring along your student card. (Cheaper)
  • Open from sunrise till sunset.
  • Best visiting time is during sunrise or sunset (Catch the Golden Hours)
  • There are three available ticket counter (Taj Mahal Western Gate, Taj Mahal Southern Gate & Taj Mahal Eastern Gate)
  • If you would like to buy your ticket in advance, purchase it online here Taj Mahal Online Ticket
  • If you love to visit Taj Mahal with a lot less crowd, visit Taj Mahal during sunrise in the summer. ( P/S, do bear in mind that it may get very warm & hot and Taj Mahal Building probably will go on maintenance.)
  • Photography & videography is not allowed inside the Taj Mahal monument.
  • Large tripods & stabilizers are not allowed as well unless with a film permit.
  • Night tour for Taj Mahal is normally available during the full moon period. Do check out their timetable here Night View at Taj Mahal
  • Guide is available for hire around USD 5. 
  • There are plenty souvenirs & gifts shop available right outside Taj Mahal.
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The Western Gate 

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Taj Mahal During Sunrise 

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Closer look at the western gate. 

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Mihman Khana (Guesthouse) 

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Taj Mahal Balcony 

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Taj Mahal 

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Taj Mahal During Sunrise 

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Street around Agra Town. 

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Local marketplace in Agra

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Local Thali at Good Vibes Cafe

Extra Tips 

  1. Always bargain about 70%-80% less for the gifts / items that you want.
  2. Do a proper research about the place to avoid potential scams and touts.
  3. Do screenshot the destination or map of the destination that you are about to visit.
  4. Do visit Agra Fort as well. (We skipped that due to budget) but it is huge.
  5. I would highly recommend to stay at Zostel again if you are on a budget.
  6. For food, go for Good Vibes Cafe, they can customize your meal to your preferences. (We asked for something that off menu, American Chopsuey, and it is superb!)

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Pokhara to New Delhi (Nepal – India Border Crossing)

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How We Did It?

Namaste!

We went to India by land all the way from Pokhara, Nepal.

So, here some tips for getting into India from Nepal.

If you’re a lazy reader, you can watch our full vlog about our trip here Pokhara to New Delhi in 36 Hours

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Pokhara Bus Station 

  • Buy your bus ticket in Pokhara Town.
  • Ask for bus ticket to Sonauli, India / Lumbini, Nepal. (It is the same route)
  • Normally the bus ticket would cost around NPR 700 / USD 7 / MYR 30 
  • 8 hours of bus ride to the border town. (You will be dropped off before Lumbini, Nepal. )
  • Bus will depart around 8AM or 8.30AM.
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Common board game among the local here. 

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Snowy mountain view from the bus station.

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Bus to Lumbini, Nepal

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Bus Interior (Fan & A/C Bus) 

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Bus Ticket 

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Mountain view along the journey

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Lunch break in the middle of the mountain. 

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Dhal Bhat Buffet ( NPR 200 / USD 2 / MYR 8) 

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Dal Bhat is all you need. Dal Bhat Power 24 Hours. 

Lumbini to Belahiya (Nepal Border Town) 

  • After 8 hours of bus ride from Pokhara, you will be dropped off along Siddharta Highway.
  • Get your luggage / backpacks off the bus.
  • Go to Belahiya, Nepal.
  • Nepal Immigration Office located in Belahiya, Nepal.
  • You can ride the local bus (Non A/C) or take a cab.
  • Cab cost NPR 300 /  USD 3 / MYR 13.
  • Local bus (Non A/C) cost NPR 20 / USD 0.20 / MYR 0.90.
  • The journey from drop off to Belahiya, Nepal would take you around 15 – 20 minutes ride depends on the traffic.
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Drop Off Zone 

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Drop off along Siddharta Highway 

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Walking towards the local bus. 

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Ticket attendant will guide you to your bus. 

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It is a small bus. It may get very warm and cramp. 

Belahiya, Nepal. 

  • Nepal Immigration Office located just a stone throw away from the bus station in Belahiya, Nepal. 
  • Stamp out at Nepal Immigration Office.
  • Walk across to Sonauli, India.
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Drop off at the bus station in Belahiya, Nepal. 

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Walk straight to the Nepal Immigration Office

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Nepal-India border just few meters away. 

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Nepal Immigration Office at Belahiya, Nepal. 

Crossing The Nepal – India Border 

  • After getting your passport stamp, cross the Nepal-India Border.
  • Indian Immigration Officers will be checking your luggages or backpacks randomly at the border.
  • Many locals in Sonauli will offer you jeep or cab ride to Gorakphur Train Station or even an Indian Visa – AVOID THIS AT ALL COST.
  • Your Nepalese Rupees still can be use at Sonauli, India or you can exchange them for Indian Rupees here.
  • Apparently, many places in India do not offer currency exchange for Nepalese Rupees or accepting them as cash payment except in Sonauli.
  • Get your Indian Visa stamp at the official India Immigration Office.
  • India Immigration Office is pretty small so it may get crowded easily.
  • Sometimes the visa approval process would take awhile . It took us about 2 hours to get our visa approval because they have to do everything manually and there were about 7 of us waiting at the office.
  • Visa application for India varies differently for each nationality. Normally it is for a month and up to 6 months with single or multiple entry.
  • We applied our Indian Visa in Kathmandu, Nepal with an agency because it will take around 2 weeks at least to get it done at the Indian Embassy in Nepal.
  • Then, the visa application agency delivered our visa over to Pokhara, Nepal.
  • This cost around USD 150 including the delivery fee.
  • We highly recommend to apply for Indian Visa locally at your own country.
  • A lot cheaper and hassle free.
  • In Malaysia, you can apply Indian Visa for the price of around USD 95 / MYR 400 at local travel agency.
  • Do contact me if you want to know more about Indian VISA application for Malaysian. (Social Media : Lionel Benang)
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Crossing the Nepal-India Border

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Namaste! Welcome to India !

 

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Sonauli, India. 

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Sonauli, India. 

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This is the official India Immigration Office. About 10 minutes walk from the Sonauli border and it is located on the right side of the road. 

 

Bus to Gorakphur Railway Station 

  • Sonauli to Gorakphur Railway Station will take around 3 hours of journey.
  • Local (Non-A/C Bus) cost INR 90 / USD 1.40 / MYR 6.00.
  • They will stop along the road to pick up other passenger so your ride probably longer than expected.
  • Jeep & cab available for hire however they would normally overcharge you. So do bargain with them.
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Non A/C Local Bus 

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Bus to Gorakphur Railway Station. 

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Sardined Packed. It was a thrilling experience though. 

Gorakphur Railway Station

  • After 3 hours, you will be arriving at Gorakphur Railway Station.
  • Buying train ticket in India can get very confusing.
  • Do your research before the start of your journey to avoid disappointments.
  • You can purchase your train ticket online or purchase it at tourist assigned counter. (However, not all railway station have a legit tourist counter) – BEWARE OF TOUTS & SCAMS. 
  • Check the availability of your train online. We use Clear Trip App .
  • Many signboards are in Tamil or Hindi Language.
  • Most of the railway staff do not speak or understand English. However they will still try to assist you or get some of their English speaking staff to talk to you.
  • For a longer than 7 hours train ride, we would suggest you to take  AC 3 Tier and above for more comfortable experience.
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Check the availability of  your scheduled train on Clear Trip 

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Type of classes available. Highly recommended the AC 3 Tier (AC Coach with sleeper bunk) 

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You can have all the train details here. 

  • Unfortunately for us, all train tickets were sold out except for general admission.
  • General admission ticket cost INR 210 / USD 3.30 / MYR 14.
  • Here is the trick on how to get on AC 3 Tier (A/C Sleeper Bunk) with general admission ticket or any other ticket with lower classes.
  • Talk and negotiate with the in-charge train attendant officer upon boarding and offer him a price for upgrade.
  • It may take more than one attempt. Do not give up.
  • We failed on our first attempt trying to get an upgrade for our train to New Delhi.
  • On our second attempt, we got rejected again.
  • With more than 15Kg backpack stressing our back and more than 10 hours of sweaty sardined packed bus ride, we did not want to miss this last train to New Delhi.
  • We decided to sneaked into the AC 3 Tier Coach right before the train leave Gorakphur Railway Station.
  • We almost got into trouble for that because that coach were fully booked.
  • Then, we met one genuinely good-hearted Indian lady, Miss Swheta. She saw us struggling tried to explained ourselves to the train staff  and they obviously did not understood every single word that came out from our mouths.
  • Miss Swheta negotiated with the train attendant officers and finally we got upgraded to AC 3 Tier with some extra INR 1700/ USD 27/ MYR 114.
  • We had bunk bed for the rest of the journey and being able to rest our back on the hard cold mattress was the best thing that day.
  • It was 16 hours train journey from Gorakphur Railway Station to New Delhi Railway Station. 

 

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Gorakphur Railway Station

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Night life in Gorakphur can get very busy.

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Many locals will sleep outside of the railway station. This is quite a common scene here. We then understand that many of them came from villages far away from the cities and waiting for their next train ride. 

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They had the world longest railway platform at 1366.33 meters. 

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Inside Gorakphur Train Station 

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Waiting for the next train to New Delhi, India.

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Still waiting for our next train to New Delhi, India

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Our failed attempt trying to get into train to New Delhi

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General Admission Ticket (INR 210 / USD 3.30 / MYR 14)

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Sleeping Bunks 

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My bunk mates. 

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Local Snacks on Train

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Arriving in New Delhi, India. 

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Thank you Shweta and Family. We were so grateful that we met you. 

Few Final Tips

  • Learn to speak few Hindi languages. (Namaste…Etc)
  • Try to talk to young local in English. High chances that they can speak little or decent English.
  • Do a complete research online before the start of your journey.
  • Screenshot the location of your intended destination on your phone. So that you would roughly know that you arriving at the right place.
  • Learn to understand the Indian Railway System because you will be taking train most of the time if you are traveling long term in India.
  • For those of you who are concerning about hygienic issues in India, please bear in mind that it can get quite dirty and unhygienic at many places. Be prepare.
  • Prepare a lot of wet tissues and sanitizers.
  • Be an explorer here. So much to discover.