It has been a long time plan to do an international road trip. One fine evening a simple phonecall to Babu happened and we ended up finalizing a trip to Muktinath, Nepal. After months of planning, 4 brave hearts decided to embark on this journey. Me and Danish will ride the car from Delhi while Babu and Suman will ride the motorcycle from Durgapur. We will meet in Pokhara, Nepal and then continue further.
Day 1 – 21 March 2019
I started at 5 AM in the morning from Dwarka, New Delhi. Reached Badarpur at 6 AM and Danish joined me. We decided to stop at the first food plaza in the Yamuna expressway after the toll plaza. Had nice breakfast and hot tea and then cruised the empty roads on Yamuna Expressway till Agra.
The roads were all empty as it was holiday on Holi. We cruised at 100+ kmph all the way till Lucknow. The Agra-Lucknow expressway is much more fun to drive than the Yamuna expressway.
Interestingly at the end of Lucknow expressway, just after the toll plaza there is a pile up of all crashed cars and the scene looked like more of a hollywood movie set.
It tool us 6 hours to reach Lucknow. The city itself is quite big but has nice buildings and wide clean roads. Actually without any traffic on road we breezed through the city in an hour and stopped at a dhaba for lunch.
From Lucknow the road goes to Ayoddhya and then to Basti and Gorakhpur. The road is in great shape and you can expect 100+ kmph speed all the way through.
We reached Gorakhpur at 4 PM in the evening and we had Mishra’ji waiting for us. Vinay works with us in office and he was at home due to Holi. Thankfully we had great welcome and a nice tour of the city in the evening. The city is famous for Gorakhnath Mandir and icing in the cake – we met Yogi Adityanath – Chief Minister in the evening at the temple.
The temple complex is quite big. The whole area has been well maintained and there is a beautiful lake with colorful fountain. The place outside the temple has lots of places to eat. The city is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to Yogi Adityanath – you can see big hospitals (AIIMS), nice hotels, big universities coming up. People around looked really happy.
Delhi to Gorakhpur will take maximum 10 hours by road excluding stops. The road condition is excellent all the way through. Gorakhpur has multiple hotel options including a new Radisson hotel. The place is developing very fast thanks to the chief minister of the state who hails form the city.
Day 2 – 22 March 2019
Crossing over to Nepal
We started from Gorakhpur – Mishraji’s home at 6 AM after a cup of tea. The road from Gorakhpur till Sunauli border is smooth and it takes around 2 hours with stops to reach the border.
Near the border the road entering Nepal is blocked by huge line of trucks waiting for permits. Almost all private vehicles take the wrong side to reach the border and the cross over to Nepal.
At the border crossing is quite easy and paper work is hassle free. We got our Bhansar and Road Tax Permit in 1 hour. We got a Nepali sim card with unlimited internet and started moving towards Pokhara.
After crossing over, we called Babu and Suman. They started from Kathmandu and we planned to meet at Mungling, where the road separates for Sunauli. Mungling is where Prithivi highway meets Mahendra highway.
We reached Mungling in the afternoon and had lunch – the first Thakali Thali with fresh fish from the river. Finally at 3 PM our friends arrived and we moved on towards Pokhara. We called up Billabong Hotel for a dorm room and reached there by evening.
It has been a long day and finally enjoyed the pubs around Phewa Lake and planned for the adventure ahead.