Train/Transport from Nepal to Bangalore

#1 May 11th, 2009, 19:04
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Hey, I'll have a plane to catch from Bangalore to back to Singapore. I didn't realise that trains are a little complicated and time-consuming.

May I know the fastest and most efficient land-ride from Nepal to Bangalore?

Would appreciate the assistance rendered.
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You are coming to Bengalore only for flight. May want to check if there are direct flights from delhi to Singapore or Katmandu to Singapore.

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Originally Posted by jaron View Post Hey, I'll have a plane to catch from Bangalore to back to Singapore. I didn't realise that trains are a little complicated and time-consuming.

May I know the fastest and most efficient land-ride from Nepal to Bangalore?

Would appreciate the assistance rendered.
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I'm flying back via budget airline and have already bought the air tickets.
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You can cross from Raxaul/Saunali border to get into India & from there catch direct train to Bangalore from nearby stations to these border point . i.e. either from Patna or from Gorakhpur.
Search for Patna - Bangalore or Gorakhpur - Bangalore direct train on http://erail.in
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From Raxaul, you can get a train to Patna and that's probably where you will have to get a train to Bangalore. This will probably be a two-day ride, so bring plenty of books and some emergency food, in case the train misses its meal stops.

I believe there may be services in Kathmandu who can book the train in advance for you.
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Thanks a lot guys for sharing and giving pointers!
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Jaron, how would you travel from Kathmandu to those border towns mentioned?

Pl. throw some light on that. Would be helpful if I ever plan to travel to Nepal by the land route. I am sure the journey by road around there would be exotic.
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There are 4 land crossings from india to nepal. Train is only open to indians and nepalese, foreigns can't cross the border via train.

1) Sunauli/Bhairawa (most popular)
kathmandu bus station - 282km, 8-10 hrs
2) Mahendranagar
kathmandu bus station - 695km, 18 hrs
3) Birganj/Raxaul Bazaar
kathmandu bus station - 298km, 10 hrs
4) Nepalganj
kathmandu bus station - 531km, 12 hrs

Null: Are these what you were looking for?
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Originally Posted by null View Post Jaron, how would you travel from Kathmandu to those border towns mentioned?

Pl. throw some light on that. Would be helpful if I ever plan to travel to Nepal by the land route. I am sure the journey by road around there would be exotic.
Null, should you take the bus, try to get a seat over the front wheels; the front of the bus is more stable ... people will be getting sick out the back windows all the way. Kathmandu to Raxaul is about 7 hours of double switchbacks ... and only one food break!

If you go in the spring, you will drive through miles of red rhododendrons, which are native to the terai. Gorgeous!
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Jaron, just to state the obvious, but I'm sure you've considered checking if there are flights KTM-BLR?

And WWU, I trust your word on it, but normally I think the most stable part of a bus to sit is actually inbetween the axles? (The axles themselves are bumpiest, one presumes.)
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Online Transport Booking with Foreign Credit Card

machadinha: yes, i've checked for flight options. but i'm on a shoestring budget as i will be arriving and departing from bangalore airport (18may-28june).

one question: i've been looking through this forum and can't get an answer on this.. which websites allow for online train and bus booking for foreign credit cards? many sites like 'indianrail' and 'redbus' only accept indian credit card. whereas 'makemytrip' requires an indian landline and mobile.
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Flights, I don't know (there are some flight sites listed in the "travel links" link in my signature that you could check; find the sig in my post #10 above). Online rail booking is done at http://www.irctc.co.in/, it's open to foreign transactions. I've never done it myself; there are what people call "payment gateways" there offering you various card options; people report differently on which work for them, so I think you just have to toggle those around to see what works for you.
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ps On flights, check also
Foreign credit card acceptance. (domestic flights) (thread started Feb. 2008)
All about Domestic Flights (thread started May 2005).

As those titles suggest, remains to be seen if they'll be of help coming in from abroad though, but have a look.
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how about buses? no prob for trains as i've realised my credit card could go through for 'railticketonline' though additional admin charges would be more. thanks
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For buses, try: Online bus ticket reservation sites . Note my common caution there that what's not there doesn't necessarily not exist, many companies or routes just won't be online. The good news is buses are plentiful on the ground, and so don't book out so easily. They're usually easy to catch on the spot, or enquire about them as soon as you can in a given place of course.

ps Do look up our various (sub-) forums covering such stuff; note the "sticky" threads in any such forum (threads "stuck" on top of them to always remain there), which will usually make for a good introduction: http://www.indiamike.com/india/ (this link is gotten to by clicking the "forums" button on top left of each page).

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