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1. Posted by Hannahwa (Budding Member, 33 posts) 26 Jan '06 10:14

Hi,

Which is the best route to take to get into Nepal from India? Is there more than one border crossing?

Thanks

Han x

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru, 1112 posts) 26 Jan '06 10:45

Hello!Im doing a similar trip to you later this year and we are going from India into Nepal. We looked into flying to save a bit of time and we have been quoted £75 Delhi-Kathmandu!Another option we have thought about is the bus from Calcutta which takes you over the border into Nepal, a friend did this journey and said it was pretty painless and the boarder crossing was pretty efficient. I dont know whether or not this will help but I think anywhere you are going from will have an arranged route to get you over into Nepal whether its from one crossing or another.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 26 Jan '06 10:48

Quoting Hannahwa

Hi,

Which is the best route to take to get into Nepal from India? Is there more than one border crossing?

Thanks

Han x

Hi there are 2 convenient bordercrossings into Nepal. One is near Siliguri (near Darjeeling) and the the other one is at Sunauli (noth of Gorakhpur). If you visit Varanasi you can best take the bordercrossing near Sunauli. In Nepal visit Kathmandu, Pokhara and Tibet. From Kathmandu you can travel to the other bordercrossing near Siliguri and get into India again and visit Darjeeling. From Darjeeling go to Kolkata to catch the plane to Thailand.

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru, 1112 posts) 26 Jan '06 10:55

wouterrr, how feasible is it to enter Tibet?My friend and I have been debating it as I really want to go but a few people have told me its only possible to go if you visit as part of a tour?Is this true? We are going to be based in Kathmandu so would we be able to get to Tibet easily from there and how would be the best way to do it?

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 26 Jan '06 11:01

Quoting Twinkle

wouterrr, how feasible is it to enter Tibet?My friend and I have been debating it as I really want to go but a few people have told me its only possible to go if you visit as part of a tour?Is this true? We are going to be based in Kathmandu so would we be able to get to Tibet easily from there and how would be the best way to do it?

Hi Twinkle, its only possible to enter Tibet with organized groups. Its not permitted for individual travellers to enter Tibet from Nepal (too bad....and the tours are really expensive, up to 100 US$ per day). Maybe things have changed lately but when I was there in 2003 this was still the case. Hope this helps!!!

6. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru, 1112 posts) 26 Jan '06 14:56

Hey!Thanks for your advice there wouterrr, thats great!Maybe these tours are worth looking into as It would be a shame to miss out if Im so close and I would really love to go!!!cheers!

7. Posted by ghoshps (Budding Member, 12 posts) 26 Jan '06 21:11

Hi,

You can cross road border at Naxalbari in East (nearest metro, Calcutta, approx 350 km away), if you go to see Darjeeling or Sikkim. You can cross at Raxaul in Bihar, near Muzzafarpur. Next crossing is Sunauli, near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. This is suitable if you desire to go to Nepal from Varanasi or Lucknow. And also another border is near Pithoagarh in Uttaranchal.

These locations are from East to West. And towns named are Indian towns at the border. Pithoragarh is in hilly region of Kumaon.

If you use Sunauli border, visit Pokhra first, same is true in case you wish to cross at Pithoragarh (this will be a very difficult road and is not really desirable).

Be careful of present political disturbances in Nepal, before you travel. Nepal is no longer that safe, as it was earlier, due to political agitation.

You can fly to Kathmandu from Calcutta, Varanasi and Delhi. There are lots of options of airlines available from these cities.

Have a nice trip. Best wishes

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