Sunauli Border Crossing from Nepal to India
After chasing rhinos on the back of an elephant in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, our plan was to find transportation from Nepal to India. We were eager to experience the holy city of Varanasi and its ancient Ghats that rest on the shores of the sacred Ganges River.
We quickly learned that it would be a confusing task that required patience, having spent an entire day and night taking various methods of transportation, including two taxis, three rickshaws, three buses and an overnight train.
This photo was taken at Sunauli, the India-Nepal border crossing located north of Gorakhpur in eastern India. After crossing into India from Nepal without so much as a “hello”, we continued down the dusty road until we found a small, open-aired retail storefront with an inconspicuous sign that read “Immigration”. It was not the establishment one would expect to find when looking for a government building – but that’s the charm of India.
We entered the room and approached the lone wooden table, greeted by a friendly man wearing a dated USA Olympic tracksuit from the 80’s. He was helpful, stamping our passports and pointing us in the right direction to find the bus from Sunauli to Gorakhpur. It was a fairly simple process because we had already secured our visas ahead of time, though most people just wandered across the border without being questioned by anyone.
While inside the seemingly makeshift “Immigration Office”, I turned around and snapped this photo. It does a good job showcasing the rural nature of this puzzling border crossing.
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