Apparently you can get an overnight train from Delhi to Gorakhpur (12 hrs) and then a bus to the border town of Sonnauli (3hrs). In Sonnauli you can obtain your 60-day visitors visa at a cost of $30 and 2 passport photos(bring dollars with you or you could be many different types of stuck and lost), from there you can get a bus to either Pokhara or Kathmandu (about 9hrs through amazing scenery).
If anyone has travelled this route or has any knowledge of it, PLEASE leave Michelle and I some words of confirmation that this is still an available option...it would mean a lot.
I have done this route many times and it is the most convenient one. Gorakhpur has good train connections with most parts of India. The road between Gorakhpur and Sonauli has been revamped and it would take around 2 hrs to reach Sonauli, from where u can get the visa and carry on towards Pokhara and Kathmandu.
I am not aware of the Visa thing as Indians do not require visa for Nepal so we could cross the border at will, even on a bicycle
cheers and have a nice trip
do let me know if u need more info
Thanks for the helpful info everybody! I will also be making my way from Varanasi to Kathmandu sometime in early or mid-march. any body want to team up?
i'm also planning the same trip around early to mid march. just in mc loed gang in northen india then making may way down to varanasi to tarvel over to nepal. let me know if you want to travel over together.
I have done the Sunalli border run, as have other recently. The curfew in the south of Nepal had the border closed for a week. But it was still possible to cross depending on the type of traveller or travel you like doing.
Some people stopped at the border terrified. Others more sensibly (in my opinion) became friendly with the locals and payed for a direct charter car to KTM or Pokhara.
Either way the border is fine and open since a few days ago. There is a shortage of fuel in Nepal, but then there always is.
A local bus from the border to Pokhara is 350 rupees about the same to KTM, 9 hours give or take a few hours depending. No problems finding accomodation in either city at the moment.
But unless you want to party all night, I would advise staying outside Thamel. PM me if you want any recommendations on hotels
I want to travel in early November from Katmandu to Royal Chitwan and then on to Varanasi. I understand there are lots of scams in Katmandu for transportation. What is the best way to arrange this? We are two retired folks in our early 60s and safety and reasonable comfort are important.