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.

 

Pokhara Travel Guide

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Aerial View of Pokhara Town

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Pokhara Old Town

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View from Pokhara Town. That is Machhapuchhre.

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Clear sky will give you a magnificent view like this from Pokhara. That is Annapurna South.

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Annapurna I peeking behind the Sarangkot Hill. 

  • About 8 hours of bus ride from Kathmandu. A bumpy ride but with a breathaking luxurious green mountain views.
  • Bus ticket normally cost NPR 600 / USD 6 / MYR 25. 
  • There are many hotels and lodges available here in Pokhara. We stayed at Hotel Hakoniwa (Budget). Highly recommended.

 

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View from our balcony. They have rooftop view as well.

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Our room (Non A/C)

 

What to do in Pokhara

Boating at the Phewa Lake

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Kenny & Chris. Paddling. Harder than we thought.

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Here’s the price list. Each jetty has its own price list. Do compare them.

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Third Jetty 

 

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Phewa Lake

  • You can hire a local paddler or paddle on your own. (2 paddle max)
  • Do paddle in the afternoon or during the sunset. You will get spectacular view of the mountains and lakes.
  • There are few boat jetty around so make sure you get the one with reasonable price.

Watch the Sunrise at Sarangkot Hill

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View from Sarangkot Hill 

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Kenny contemplating his future.

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This chicken nailed it!

  • Hire a cab from town. (NPR 1500 / USD 15 / MYR 63)
  • 30 – 45 minutes car ride.
  • Find your sweet spot or you could be sipping a cup of hot coffee while watching the skies breaking the dawn at a cafe rooftop nearby.
  • It can get pretty crowded so make sure you arrive early.
  • If you’re not a morning person, sunset is doable and you can witness the skies breaking the clouds in purple rays as it getting dark.
  • You can hike all the way up here. About 2 – 2.5 hours of hiking. Our friend, Chris did that.
  • Sarangkot Hill  is famous for paragliding activities. We skipped that since it is not within our budget.
  • Price normally ranged from USD 80 – USD 120. Bargain!

HIKE UP TO PEACE STUPA

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Follow this sign. About 20 minutes hike up.

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We made it in 15 minutes. Chris is happy.

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View from Peace Stupa. 

  • Free Entrance.
  • Sunset view.
  • About 20 – 35 minutes hike.
  • Paddle across the lake and hike your way up.

RENT A BICYCLE OR BIKE

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We came across this beautiful landscape at the countryside.

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Amazing Nepalese crossing lake full of water buffalos.

 

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3 modes of transportation here in Pokhara. 

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Sunset

  • Cycle around town or the countryside. You will be amazed.
  • It can get very hot in the day so do spray your sunscreen.

‘CHUKPA’ LOCAL SNACKS

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Chukpa (Local Snacks)

  • Famous local snacks.
  • You can find it almost any where in Pokhara. 
  • Mixed of chopped onions, cucumber, tomatoes, garlics, potatoes and instant noodles with sprinkled noodles spices.

BEST SANDWICH IN POKHARA

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  • Locate this sandwich cafe with TripAdvisor.
  • We kept coming back because it tasted amazing. All fresh ingredients.

Tips when travel to Pokhara

  • Do check the weather forecast.
  • Avoid monsoon season as you would not get clear view of the mountains when you in Pokhara.
  • Spend about 2-3 days here for a full travel experience in Pokhara. 
  • There are plenty of good restaurants here. Highly recommended Tibetan Restaurant. 
  • Check out Blues Bar if you want to chill and have some good rock band music.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park if you want to see some Rhinos. 
  • Go to the North side of Pokhara Town if you’re a hippies.
  • Check out my video here about Pokhara Pokhara Travel Guide