India Nepal Border Crossing
The border crossing from India to Nepal is a fairly simplistic one as it’s done by many travelers.
The most common route is to leave through Varanasi by train. If you happen to be traveling in the winter, expect major delays for the trains in Northern India, as fog is apparently a yearly factor, though it remains to be foreseen.
From Varanasi, you go up to Gorakhpur. As you head out of the train station, you’ll be bombarded by taxis and autos (as per usual) offering, amongst other things, to drive you to the Nepali border, you really don’t need it.
Ask them where the bus to Nepal is or just walk past them onto the street and ask the street vendors. If the bus is in the same place, you should exit the train station, walk up the road to the right and find it there with many other buses. You’re still a couple of hours from the border, so try to get a seat and settle in.
Exiting the bus in Sunauli, you will again be approached by rickshaws and auto-rickshaws offering you to bring you to the border. If your bags are ridiculous, then go for it, but it’s a pretty short walk otherwise. Ask anyone where the border is and they should point you further up the street. You’ll have to walk maybe 1 km.
You’ll get stamped out on the India side, and stamped in on the Nepali side as per usual. The Visa in Nepal can be purchased at the border with 3 choices:
15 days – $25
30 days – $40
90 days – $100
You can extend any of those Visas in Kathmandu (before they expire) for an extra $2/day, so calculate which visa works best for you.
No one goes through your bags, or asks you what’s in them or anything of the sort, so you don’t need to be overly concerned about anything that you are carrying.
Nepal is much more relaxed and ‘Shanti, Shanti’ than India, but border towns are border towns. This place is a little pushy with hard nosed negotiator. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, is where many travelers go as it’s quite close. Alternatively, if you’re not tired of buses yet, you can find one for Pokhara, Kathmandu or many other destinations in Nepal, but expect to log some more long hours.
The border crossing from India to Nepal or vice versa should be pretty straightforward, but that’s not to say that it won’t be an adventure anyway!