Monthly Archives: February 2012

Crossing borders

I join the long line of trucks as we head towards the border south of Malda. This doesn’t seem to be the best crossing for travellers, and I know that the busiest border into Bangladesh is Benapole, which is a … Continue reading

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Ganga to the border

As I headed out onto Highway 31, the temperature was already at about 25c. The forecast is for 31c, so I have the windows down. There is no shortage of petrol stations here, but the first one I try is … Continue reading

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The need to plan ahead

I want to share a few issues I have been dealing with the last few days, and over the course of the last 35 days. Google maps is my help and hinderence. If it can’t plot a route, I can’t … Continue reading

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Day 33: Begusarai

The backstory of this city is like a subplot from Godfather II. Begusarai is a former stronghold for the Communist party in this region, being known as the ‘Leningrad of Bihir’. Politics has always been difficult, with many of its … Continue reading

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Following the rivers

In order to get across this section of India, I find myself meeting rivers today. I left Gorakhpur just before nine this morning, having had an early breakfast that included Pyaz Paratha and a masala chai. At home I usually … Continue reading

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Back the way I came

Last night I plotted the route out of Nepal and back into India, where I will head towards Bangladesh and, ultimately, China. Unfortunately, Google maps has a better idea, and after a little fact finding and numerous test plots, I … Continue reading

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Day 31: Kathmandu

Kathmandu is so much bigger than I expected. With over one million inhabitants, this is by far the biggest city in Nepal. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal … Continue reading

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Camper to Kathmandu

It’s plus about six hours ahead of London time here, and the slow journey around the world makes this change hardly noticeable. Certainly beats the stories you hear where you fly non-stop to Australia and arrive hollow. I am making … Continue reading

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Kohalpur to Butwal, the long route!

This morning I had a breakfast of fruit, bread and cheese, most of which I had picked up from the market in Dhangadhi. I also bought some squeezed orange for 50 rupees (Less than a dollar). Juice bars seem popular … Continue reading

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Crossing the Karnali river

Hustled in the hamlets and forests along the H01 highway, it is not until I get the Chisapani bridge that I get my first real view of the Mountains to the north. The bridge is a landmark in the area, … Continue reading

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