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Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by wolverine_arnab, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. raj29

    raj29 Superiore

    @ Ravi, thats an interesting comment about the roads.
    Is the government already planning on repairing or constructing these roads? or was it an optimisting approach :)
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  2. shams

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    Very nicely written Arnab! congrats on completing an awesome trip!!

    After my last year's trip to Siwan, if someone asked me what route to take for chhapra, I would have advised to take the following route:


    https://maps.google.co.in/maps?sadd...vb9F7uSOTF6skofwPq74w&oq=chapp&t=h&mra=ls&z=5

    This one according to me is the best route. NS corridor till Jhansi then EW corridor till Chhapra. Its slightly longer than the route you took but with much better roads and less than your second option.

    source:http://nhai.org/Nsew_english.htm
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
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  3. Surya

    Surya Superiore

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    Hey Arnie, Nice travelogue i am happy to see your writeup, Congratulations for your first cross country trip. Nice pics..;-)
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  4. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Oh yes, in Bihar roads are getting better and better.
    Lots of road already in much better shape, remaining should be in good shape in few years time.
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  5. Day 6:4/02/2013(Kathmandu Sightseeings-Thamel shopping)
    Previous night the temp went below -2 degrees,next day when we woke up were surprised to find our car covered in ice.We had a quick morning spin in our Punto.

    We were too much tired after the previous days ordeal, had breakfast at Thamel's in house restaurant,food was awesome.4th Feb being my wifys b'day I wanted this day to be special.
    We didnt go for much sightseeings,we went to Bodhnath stupa,and dakshinkali temple.Due to very frequent power cuts in Kathmandu our mobiles and camera were out of charge and we couldnt take pics in most of the places.
    We had lunch at K-2 recommended by Lonely Planet,steaks served there were really great.
    The whole afternoon and evening was spent street shopping,Nepal is really a shoppers paradise.
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  6. punto_emotion

    punto_emotion Esperto

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    @ Arnab, so your workhorse Punto has seen it all - from butter smooth expressways to no roads, dust to snow, hot air to cold wind, Desi to Videsi ... Wow! Hats off to enduring strength of this mean machine and your courage :clap
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  7. Day 7:5/2/2013(Kathmandu sightseeing-Hetauda)It was raining too much since night,so we only went to Pasupatinath temple,did some shopping and decided to move down near border as we had to attend wedding the next day.


    Hired a local cab for visiting Pasupatinath Temple,had a quick darshan and puja done and moved out of the temple.The driver was very friendly,we chatted about politics,his family and other places to visit when we come back the next time.While our way back to the hotel we dropped by a few car showrooms.After reaching the hotel we again went for some left over shopping and checked out of the hotel at 2:30pm.


    The roads are very very confusing,we wasted almost an hour to get out of the city.On our return journey we decided to take the longer route through bharatpur-chitwan wildlife sanctuary to hetauda.The roads were too good,no ghat section,just roads with some twists and small curves.We had lunch on the highway,food was terrific to be precise.


    It was already 5pm by the time we left from the restaurant,it was getting dark so we had to drive a little fast to stay with the plan.We reached Hetauda at 9pm(it took less than 4 hours to cover 250 km),but after reaching Hetauda we find all streets deserted,only army men guarding the junctions.It was quiet scary,but after enquiring from some army men,we came to know that the next day a big Maoist meeting is to be held there,so all hotels were full and it was wise if we moved further and stayed somewhere as there might be some riot.
    We had to continue driving having no other option,after some 20 kms we found a nice lodge and decided to stay there for the night.


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  8. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Nice international travelogue, wolverine_arnab. Is the Indian currency [IC] readily accepted in petrol pumps and shops or converting into NC a must?

    Eagerly waiting to know about the entry formalities both for the people and car.:)
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  9. FORMALITIES INVOLVED TO GET INDIAN CARS TO NEPAL AND OTHER LEGALITIES.

    There are 7 entry points from India to Nepal.Raxaul is the main entry point for trade and commerce,whereas Siliguri-Kakkarvita is meant mainly for tourists.
    Read more about other entry points:Traveling by Road | Welcome Nepal

    1)Any car from India can travel to Nepal;provided the car has valid insurance,the owner of the car is travelling with the car,and has valid documents to show his valid identity proof(DL is must) along with RC book.(No need of carrying xerox or anything,they will just see the original and give them back)

    2)Just after you cross the border from India-Nepal,a big office on the left along with a checkpost signifies the place from where you need to get the permit for your car.No one is going to stop you or your car,so you have to be aware and check out every office personally(And yes nothing is written in english in most places).

    3)As soon as you reach the office,you will be hounded by agents/touts who wear army uniform to deceive unsuspecting tourists and rip off money.

    4)Try to take help from government officials sitting at their desks,they are very humble and always ready to help Indians.

    5)You need to buy a form(will cost max Npr 20),and fill the form with the details like the Reg number of car,owner name,chassis number,no. of days of stay,etc.

    6)All the documentation will be in Nepali,so obviously you need help from government officials sitting there.

    7)You need to pay anywhere between 150-280/day INR for your cars permit,near the border everyone will insist you pay in INR,but please get it converted before making any transactions as will loose quiet a bit of money here.You will be given a receipt which you need to keep with you at all points of time.

    8)After this your car will be checked at the next checkpost(if you are carrying any gadgets better keep them out of boxes)

    9)At the next checkpost you need to pay registration fees for bringing your car to nepal,which is a meagre 130 INR(if you dont have 200 NPR).Again you need to collect the receipt and keep it safely.

    10)At the next check point you need to stop and go the RTO(usually on the opposite side of the road,get the nepal temp number plate,and again pay him 100NPR),you need to fix the number plate on your own.

    11)Nepal is under serious economic crisis,the selling rate of Indian currencies are very high.The fixed rate set by government is 1.6(So this is the min rate you can expect everywhere),but near the border there is a market for buying and selling of Indian currency(where it sells for as high 1.8)

    12)Never get a bulk amount converted,as NPR converting to INR is very less at just 1.4

    13)Indian citizens dont need to carry passport,but need to carry valid identification documents.

    14)Inside Nepal you/your car will not be stopped at some checkpoints where you just need to make an entry of your car.

    15)Always pay in NPR,starting from Hotels to Petrol Bunks etc.

    16)Dont ever carry any higher denomination currencies(like 500/1000),carry smaller denomiations(anything from 100 to less than 100).If they find 500/1000 INR notes they might fine you heavily and seize the currencies as it is illegal in their country.

    17)Transportation is very expensive in Nepal(for example a 6 km to-fro journey will cost anywhere between 500-600 NPR)

    18)Fuel is expensive in Nepal,Petrol costs-130NPR,Diesel-100NPR

    19)Any hotel,starting from 5* to 3* gives discount based on season,you just need to bargain.Hotels have dedicated desk for currency conversion.

    20)Eating out in Nepal is not a problem,you can get veg to non-veg,from cheap to expensive food.Better not to experiment with food there as you might be surprised(I was served yak meet instead of beef)

    21)Roads are very confusing so better to reach your hotel and park your car there,and book cab for local sightseeing.

    22)You can use your own cell phone there(you just need to get International Roaming activated),and on entering Nepal you need to manually select N-Cell as the network.
    For Airtel Incoming/outgoing calls @15 INR,SMS-25.Data-10kb/5.5INR.
    You can get NCELL mobile connection if staying for a longer period by providing a xerox copy of your passport,with passport size pics.(Need to pay 99NPR for connection),ISD calls to India are 2.99NPR

    If anyone needs any particular information feel free to ask me I will be more than happy to help.
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  10. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    This will serve as a ready reckoner for the future travelers to Nepal. Thanks a lot, wolverine_arnab.

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