India to Nepal – Crossing the Nepalgunj Border

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  1. Robin Lane says:

    Hi guys,
    What a fantastic blog. It’s come in useful for me and my friend as we are also touring in India. We are in a town called kannauj and are planning to cycle to the border town of nepalgunj and were wondering if you could give us some more advice on the state of the roads. We will be going via Sitapur. Any more tips would be really useful. Our further plan is to cycle on the mahendra highway to kathmandu. Do you have any experience of cycling on this highway?
    Thanks,
    Robin

    • Dmitry says:

      Thanks, Robin. Not sure what the roads are like on your route, we got to Nepalgunj a slightly different way (via Gonda and Bahraich). As you saw in our blog, the roads on this stretch were absolutely awful. The worst we’ve encountered in our 2 months in India. A big part of this was the fact that they were being worked on, and so were completely torn up. Maybe they’re great now? Who knows. What I do know is that, once you get into Nepal, the roads get much better. We did cycle on the Mahendra highway through the Terai, from Nepalgunj as far east as Butwal, and it was great. Good, consistent surface, not the smoothest seal but fine. Much lighter traffic than in India (the traffic around the border will be a nightmare.)

      Saw the photo from your September 11 post, man, do I not miss the gawker crowds in India. This is one of the many, many things that get better as you cross over into Nepal. Enjoy it.

      Dmitry

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