Rishikesh Border to Nepal

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Hi friends,
I plan to travel from India to Nepal. I will start from Rishikesh and heard that there is a bus from Rishikesh to Tanakpur. There I plan to cross the border and then move to a small village next to Nepalganj. Has anyone done the trip before and how long does it take? Any problems crossing the border to Nepal?
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Originally Posted by Michaelontheroad View Post Hi friends,
I plan to travel from India to Nepal. I will start from Rishikesh and heard that there is a bus from Rishikesh to Tanakpur. There I plan to cross the border and then move to a small village next to Nepalganj. Has anyone done the trip before and how long does it take? Any problems crossing the border to Nepal?
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Nepalganj is very far from Tanakpur (12 hours bus ride at least)

You have to go to Banbassa, just 11 km from Tanakpur. Cross over the border (permitted on foot ONLY) to Mahendranagar in Nepal. This particular Bridge used to remain open between sunrise and sunset ONLY. [if its changed please find out and post here]

Many a time the guard is drunk in the evening. I have no information whether foreigners CAN cross??? [You need a visa stamp showing entry, else you cannot get out]

Indians can cross over freely, but foreigners?? Google on "Banbassa" to find out if foreigners have indeed used the crossing officially.

Nepalganj in Nepal is North of Lucknow and Bahraich. The corresponding border town in India is Rupaidiha. I have crossed here myself and know that "immigration stamps" are indeed affixed on both sides of the Border.

If you do cross over at Banbassa, please do let us [at Indiamike] know...
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Avid is right, the border crossing at Banbasa/Mahendranagar is closed at night ( something like 7/8 pm to 5/6 am).

Vehicles can cross over too, but the transport buses of either country do not. Foreigners can cross over if they have the necessary visa (I checked this sometime back with some Nepalis in Mussoorie who regularly use that crossing).

I'm not sure if there's a bus from Rishikesh itself to Tanakpur/Banbasa; there definitely are a few from Dehradun that go via Haridwar/Najibabad.

PS: Germany used to have a no-visa regime with Nepal a while back (pre-Schengen); not sure if that's still the case. Better to check with Nepal Embassy in Berlin.
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I am a little confused - can vehicles cross the bridge or is it open to only pedestrians?
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Yes, they can. More info in this thread (specially 2nd page):

Delhi to Border Crossing at Banbasa
I may mention that the opening times seem to keep changing as per the whim of the week/month.

The bridge is also clearly visible on wikimapia alongwith other landmarks.
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Dilliwala, does the border crossing at Nepalgunj also close in the evening?
If so, by what time should I leave Lucknow by bus/taxi to reach the border crossing in time, so I fly 7am next day to Simikot?
I'm flying in Lucknow the earliest at 14pm by Jet Lite from Delhi.
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Well, well, look who's back.

I really have no idea about that area, but I presume the rules for crossings are the same all along the border, not at night.
Form the map it looks like roughly 180-190 km from Lucknow to the border, so you need to budget for 5 hours. That may be cutting it too fine, so see if there's an earlier flight or train into Lucknow.
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Well, I'm planning my complex jump from Ladakh into Tibet, for July. And I want to keep it as short as possible, to avoid to `declimatise`.
Btw, how silly is it that there is some 400 km between Leh and the Chinese airport at Ngari... yet I have to take a 3000 km detour to get to that place!!
Not at night...meaning before 19pm, 23pm...?!
The earliest flight Jet Airways 2346 Leh 8:30 – 9:50 Del, connects to Jet Lite 4607 Del 13:10-14:15 Luk.
Flying in surely faster than train... is there another way, that I'm not seeing?!
I'm nevertheless amazed how you manage to estimate 200 km in 5 hours... why so slow???? This is realistic in the mountains, but that area is plain fields! Can't a taxi drive faster than 50 km/h ??!?
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Hmmm ........

I'll keep it short - what contingency plan do you have in place if there are any delays? I'll answer myself - none. So what happens if you can't cross the border the same night you were planning to and can't make the flight to Simikot next morning? Once you have that figured out, let me know.

A taxi can go as fast as road and traffic conditions allow. When I say 5 hours, it obviously means that you have to allow for that much time in that region. If you're lucky, it'll be 4 hours. If you're unlucky, it could even be 6 hours.
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But that's the whole point: what kind of contingency plan can I have?!
Say, 1-2 hours delay between flights appears not to be a problem.
The most realistic thing I can do is allow for one buffer day in case Leh weather conditions do not allow any flight towards Delhi.
And, in some sense, that can be used also if I cannot catch the morning flight from Nepalgunj... although I would definitely prefer bribing the people at the border to allow me in, if that is an option!
As the alternative would be to spend a whole stupid day in Nepalgunj!
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If you reach Delhi too late - keep a train ticket on standby for Delhi-Lucknow. Then next day you can cross the border. Which means Nepalganj-Simikot the day after.

If you reach Lucknow too late - stay there till next morning, better there than Rupaidiha. Then you can cross the border. Which means Nepalganj-Simikot the day after.

Bribery? Hmm - you might be the "lucky" foreigner the authorities like to arrest once in a blue moon just to show they're doing their job.
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I'm not even going to consider not reaching the border by the evening!
I'm deliberately not going to make any plan B's, so that I most focus all my strength in meeting with this, not so ambitious after all, purpose!
I must stress that I've never bribed anyone in my life! However, given the huge amount of people testifying for the usefulness of it... and also given that so many people used to ask me for money during my last visit... with no use of my own... I just thought it makes sense!
I must nevertheless also bribe the officer in Leh to issue me an inner line permit including Hanle!
Last year you told me that the Army does not want me to spend any piece of night around Nako, yet, at the post where the military serves tee to foreigners, he actually invited me to go spend the night at Nako. Of course, I avoided letting him know that it was my actual intention anyway
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Dilliwala, look, I found new flights and now it appears much more doable!
leh 7.00 - delhi 8.10 Go Air 196
delhi 9.10 - lucknow 10.15 IndiGo 184
next one 11.05-12.05 IndiGo 522
I wonder whether 1 hour between the two flights is enough to commute at the airport. Also, do they automatically move the baggage from one flight to the other, given that the 2 flights are operated by different companies?
In case I have to claim the luggage myself, I'll definitely not have enough time.
More so, are these flights usually filled? If i miss the first flight, am I likely to find seats available on the next one?
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This plan is unworkable. Too little time between flights, just one delay is enough, and yes, you have to pick up your baggage after each flight.
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But Dilliwala, why are you so negativistic?! I even took you advice and added one buffer day in case anything goes wrong! Look what a wonderful itinerary I have drawn:
On the other hand, please advise if you see a better route: for example I could try driving from the Tso Moriri lake to the Manali airport, rather than return to Leh?
Manali flies only to Chandigarh? And maybe from there I could directly fly to Lucknow or even Nepalgunj?
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