A small town in India at India - Nepal border known as the Gateway of Nepal.
Checklist for Nepal :
1. Identity proof : Only Indian Voter ID / Passport is valid.
2. Cash : To avoid any cash issues Carry sufficient Cash in Nepali Currency. You can exchange Indian Currency with Nepali through any local store at sonauli border. ₹500 Indian notes are valid in Nepal.
Exchange rate : ₹ 1 = 1.6 (Nepali currency)
3. Vehicle docs :
1. Registration Certificate(R.C.)
2. Valid Indian Driving License
After reaching sonauli stopped at one of the local shop for exchanging Indian notes. Met with shop owner "Dinesh", very humble and supportive guy. He gave me ample information about Nepal(like places to visit, routes and hotels).
Most importantly he told me how to get BHANSAR easily.
After lining up all the things it was time to crack my second dream destination "NEPAL". The moment I saw India-Nepal border, felt like I have achieved some thing incredible. A sense of excitement was running in my blood yelling loud and telling me that all your efforts, patience, lies, hard work and courage has been paid off. Can't mould my feelings in words but it was stupendously fantabulously awesome!!!!!!!!!!.....
BHANSAR(Vehicle tax) :
Just after entering Nepal, you will find a Custom office at the border, where you need to pay Vehicle tax known as BHANSAR. Do not approach the agents for getting bhansar. Enter into the office directly with photocopy of your vehicle docs. Collect the form from counter, they will charge you Rs 20/30(nepali) for filling the form as the form will be in Nepali language. After this, submit all vehicle docs to the permit counter and pay the charges( Rs 113(nepali)/day). You will get the permit immediately. Make sure to get the permit for extra days just to avoid any issues of permit extension. In case your permit got expired in Nepal then you can extend the permit from Kathmandu Custom office(only) near Airport. Bhansar is a Entry permit(check out the photo of Bhansar in photo section) which you have to show at every police checkpost. Without this permit your vehicle will be considered as illegal, and strict legal actions might be taken against you.
Mobile Connectivity :
You will not find network of Indian telecom companies in Nepal. You have to buy a nepali sim card. "N Cell" is a local telecom company. You can buy the SIM from nearby Shops at the border.