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The view from the roof of our bus

We crossed into Nepal today.


From Varanasi it was one overnight train ride followed by a shared taxi to the India/Nepal border at Sonauli. 


We nearly walked past the immigration office.  We would have if it weren’t for the Indian official who hollered at us to come get our passport stamped. 


You see, the Indian immigration office looked just like another store lining the main road.  But instead of a store name like Medical Shop, or General Store, in simple black letters it read Indian Immigration.


After our pit stop at immigration, we walked through a gate and almost missed the Nepali immigration office.  This time we were looking out for it though.


And that was it.  We were in. 


It was much easier than we anticipated.  People warned us about the border closing due to the upcoming elections.  But we made it in on the last day, just under the wire.


From here we made our way to Lumbini, famous as the birthplace of Buddha himself.


This journey included my first bus ride on top of the bus. 


It was fun.


End of story.

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The view from the roof of our bus
The view from the roof of our bus
Me on a bus
Me on a bus
photo by: Biedjee