Diwali was over and after a day break we had our schedule train to Delhi. The wait was going to finish, the wait for a long due Nepal trip & this was not a usual tourist place we had decided to visit.
A very much unheard Nepal eastern region (Karnali pradesh) which truly was offbeat to many travelers. Well, the idea of visiting this place originated after hearing Prem's village stories, my trek guide in Himachal Pradesh(India). So after one year, the day was about to arrive.
I was little worried about this trip, as my wife Shobhna had never experienced such a long journey that too in such a remote area which was surely not a touristy place, But at the same time we were excited too as this was going to be a complete new experience for us.
10th Nov'18 evening 7 PM we reached Delhi after 1500 km train travel from Pune(India). I was also worried about Shobhna since I knew this was going to be a marathon travel for her since we decided to enter Nepal by road via Banbasa-Mahendranagar border. I had fair idea it is going to take at least two nights in Nepal before reaching our destination Lakhandra village.
Upon reaching Delhi, we wasted no time to reach New Delhi railway station for our onward journey to Bareilly. Train to Bareilly was scheduled at around 12 midnight. Since we had approx. 2-3 hours before our next train, we used this time for a quick visit to Connaught place which is nearby to New-Delhi railway station.
We reached Bareilly 4 AM in the morning on 11th Nov’18, quickly we booked a rickshaw to reach Bareilly state transport bust stand to catch a bus to reach Banbassa(Indian side of Indo-Nepal border). Soon reaching the bus stand we found our bus (to Tanakpur which goes via Banbassa) & immediately we hopped in to find two seats. Sometimes finding seats in state transport becomes a task, luckily people started pouring in after we were comfortable in our seats. Our bus started at 6:30 AM reached Banbassa 8:30 AM via Pilibhit town. We relieved ourselves in the public washroom adjoining the Banbassa bus stand & it was clean unlike our big cities & towns , some signs of swach bharath indeed. After a quick breakfast in a local Dhaba we booked a tuktuk(e-rickshaw) to cross the border, as the border was still 5 KM away from the bus stand.