Crazy jeep ride to Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur Travel Blog

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Rickshaw ride to Nepal-Indian Border
The Nepal Exit and India entry check point was my first impression of India. Nothing too far from how I imagined it would be, I watched Hindi movie back home and Indian ethnic are also in my home country. In fact the ‘Bollywood’ movies were a favorite pastime among Malays and still are. It was a very chaotic bazaar scene, the street seller frying, boiling, roasting, peeling, on the busy road where on the same road Lorries, pedestrians with huge load on their back, cows, rickshaw all trespassing. And the road couldn’t get any dustier and dirtier.

At the Indian immigration we (with the group of backpackers from Pokhara) were filling up the form and because everyone has to have Visa prior entering, it was very quick. Afterward everyone walked along to find transportation heading to the nearest Indian city - Gorakhpur.
These people enjoying free ride at the back of a jeep
The most common way is shared jeep. However this wasn’t typical sharing vehicles as the driver tried as possible as he could to fit every little inch of the space! I was approached for 150Rupess ride to Gorakhpur to the already seated backseat of the jeep. There were 3 people sitting at the back where it could fit 4 and one of the Chinese or Korean passenger refused to move his bag to fit me. I could understand that due to a very tight space in public bus 8 hours ride before that, he would want to have ample space for another 2 ½ journey. The driver and the rest of their gangs harshly asked him to step out the vehicle and I felt sorry for the incident. He stood up and looks horrified, clueless as to why. Probably he and the other 2 agreed to pay 100 Rupees/person but they got more from me 150 rupees/person.
Rickshaw ride to Nepal-Indian Border
So I said no I don’t want to take the space cause already tight. The Chinese travelers finally got off and the driver found another 2 passenger making it 4 people at the backseat. However the Chinese traveler was with his another companion already inside and didn’t want to wait so he filled the remaining left over on the floors and the air between them! It was like in sardine can.

And when my turn came up I was trying to get better space but unaccomplished! I sat at the front seat BUT the driver fitted another 2 passenger and including him, it was 4 people at the front!!!! Crazy! Even the gear stick was in between the legs of the passenger next to the driver. The driver was smacked into the corner that he himself struggling steering the wheel. I questioned myself how is he going to drive? Shoulder to shoulder at the front cockpit.
Gorakhpur train station


Welcome to India where everything is in-your-face.

So the jeep departed at the dusk and along the way locals with bicycle and pedestrian commute the same road in the dark, the Honk, beeping and high beam lighting were the course of action. It was an intense ride where the driver zigzagging to the incoming vehicles and also avoiding on hitting the pedestrian.

However he was doing that his entire life and he was GOOD actually, everything went well and we arrived at Gorakhpur Train Station around 7.30 pm. The scene at the train station, local hanging around lying on the floor waiting, people peeing in front of you, I managed to get the train ticket leaving for Varanasi at 10.30pm. While waiting around at the platform, I stumbled upon the Australian couple Mark and Catherine who were in the same journey since Pokhara,Nepal.
Gorakhpur
We wanted to run and mark our seat when the train’s coming but we were fooled to know the supposed train hasn’t come, it was already fully seated with some standing not far from where we waited!

Because of foreign woman traveler the officer at the train station was concern about safety, so he asked the passenger who already sleep at the upper seat (bed chair) give away the bed chair to Catherine. Mark was sitting together with Catherine and I was standing for the half hour journey. But Indian people are close among themselves and there was no sense of your private space, everyone's shoulder to shoulder, one passenger offered me to seat next to him on the single chair beside the aisle. Mingled around and had fun chatting with them. Later afterward, one passenger gave up his seat for me and I sat and slept till reaching Varanasi.




justasimsim says:
Errr.......I will start reading you India blog now... a longgggg blog about India :P
Posted on: May 26, 2010
herman_munster says:
It was very different in a crazily exciting way!!
Posted on: Dec 20, 2009
naj81 says:
i can bet your experience in india will be very different!!! its just unique...haha
Posted on: Dec 20, 2009
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