After leaving Dehradun for Nepal, our last halt in India was Rudrapur, a small town in Uttarakhand around 250 kms away. It was probably the least interesting place we have visited in the complete journey. If we were time-bound, no way we would have spent our night in Rudrapur. As per an office colleague who happens to be from Rudrapur, except an ‘Olive Cafe’ and ‘Sardarji ke momos’, there is nothing to do there. Trust me, even they are not worth the visit.
However, if you are on a road trip, it is not about the destination anyways, it’s the journey that matters. But when it comes to our journey from Dehradun to Rudrapur, even the journey is quite hideous. Broken roads and dusty surroundings all around UP makes the journey quite tiresome. It took us a good 7 hours to reach Rudrapur from Dehradun. Thank God we left early in the morning.
The next morning we left from Rudrapur to enter Nepal. The roads from Rudrapur to Bhimdatta (the first city you hit when you enter Nepal from the western side) are surprisingly very good. It took us less than 2 hours to hit the Nepal border. You would expect a broad road and a nice checkpost when you exit India and enter Nepal, but it is nothing close to what you would imagine. The border is almost a muddy road with multiple police check posts from both nations.
Here is the detailed stepwise process to enter Nepal (you can skip this section, it’s purely informative):
All this took us a good 2 hours to complete the formalities. Nepal’s E-W Expressway is a 2-lane highway but the number of vehicles in the country is less I guess, that you can easily drive at good 80-90 km/hr on that.
1. The border check post opens in intervals to let the vehicles pass. There are two hour intervals with two hours break, so time your entry accordingly. Check for the timings online before you go since they keep on changing.
2. Don’t expect a fancy international border. Indian state borders are fancier than this international border.
3. Driving in Nepal is more difficult than in India. People do not care about the vehicles on road and walk on highways carelessly. There are multiple accidents everyday owing to this. Be extra cautious while driving here.