Sunauli is the traditional name given to both sides of this India/Nepal border crossing, 70 kilometers north of Gorakpur and 3 kilometers south of Bhairahawa. Technically the Indian side is "Sunauli" and Nepal side is Belahiya. Both are small, congested, dusty and dirty towns but quick its going to be nice bcoz of government policies.Roads are going to be bigger and ring road is going to be built so that heavy vehicles can pass through it and tourist will get some relief,and more finest hotels are in construction.Hotel AAKASH and hotel PRAKASH are two finest hotels where you can stay and can enjoy nepalese thali,indian and chinese foods in your first step after entering Nepal.you can collect some information of Nepal from 'BADAl tours and travels'you can exchange money in Laxmi money changer,u can enjoy good foods in AAkash restaurant,if you are tired you can stay in hotel Aakash and can have sound sleep and one in all complete package in one hotel that is hotel AAKASh and you can get on to Bhairahawa (again only three kilometers north)/elsewhere, the better.
Sunauli is the preffered term used for both India and Nepal border side. first step after crossing India border it is known through name Belihiya and the step you are heading towards its Nepal. Tired enough huh,no need to worry stay at Hotel Aakash you can stay,exchange money and collect information from Badal travels about buses,taxi,planes,and sight seen to lumbini which is just 22 km from belihiya and many more about kathmandu,pokhara etc .It is an important border crossing/trade point, therefore the traffic and congestion so you will get tired after long journey from india stay one night collect information,exchange your money and from early morning leave Belihiya and enjoy your journey with fresh mood and energy in your body. === Indian "package" tour buses, mostly pilgrims to Lumbini and Kathmandu, do cross the border and continue on after immigration. The farang / backpacker "package" tour buses normally do not and you will sadly and most likely be booked overnight in a cheap, not so nice hotel in Sunauli for your connection "connecting service " to Kathmandu. If you have only booked to the border you can cross (on foot) .
Via Delhi, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours.
Via Kathmandu, Narayangarh/Bharatpur (var. Narayanghat), Butwal, Bhairahawa, Sunauli. 7 - 10 hours.
Via Pokhara, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, Bhairahawa (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 5 - 6 hours. Also Pokhara, Narayangarh/Bharatpur/Butwal, Bhairahawa, Sunauli (better road conditions). 5 -6 hours.
Via Gulmi-Tamghas, Palpa/Tansen, Butwal, Bhairahawa (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 4 - 5 hours.
Do not book a ticket in kathmandu from AMAZON TOURS & TRAVEL,INDICA TOURIST POINT and PAUL TRAVEL (in Varanasi) that are working with SIGHT NEPAL in sunauli on the nepalese border. You pay alot for them in the end to put you on local buses where you get stuck for 10-12 hours and are dangerous. We got to Sunauli in one piece and were going on our second bus to varanasi what we been promised to be safe and comfortable. SIGHT NEPAL told us that a guy on the indian border would meet us up to show us our bus and help us. First he had the worst attitude and started to get angry when we didnt want to give him our tickets when we saw what he said, was our bus for 12 hour. It was the worst thing you can ever imagine! We didnt want to give him our tickets because he would just walk away and cash them in for money or sell them to somebody else for a crazy price. When he finally showed us a better bus but still a localbus, he wanted to have money from us by charging for our bags on the bus. We didnt give him a penny and the bus finally drove off without them which proves that they just wanted to rip us off entirly. Dont take bus to india from the border but go to gorakhpur and book ahead for train there.
Via Delhi - Gorakpur. Transfer to narrow gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (about 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya and Nepal's Immigration. Total time approximately 12 - 18 hours.
Via Kolkata, Patna, Gorakpur. Transfer to narrow gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (approximately 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya, and Nepal's Immigration. Total time approximately 10 - 12 hours.
Rickshaw's, buses, taxis all available. If you are stuck overnight here do not hesitate to take a 10 minute rickshaw up north for wonderful restaurants in Bhairahawa.
Most of the accommodations are found on the Nepal side, though there is a Government of India run hotel for pilgrims on the Indian side. Look for the large white building about .5 kiilometers south of the border on the main road. Modern rooms with bathrooms, TVs, and A/C for 1200IRs. None are recommended for women travelling alone. . Cheaper rooms usually go early in the day.
Options for food on the Indian side of the border are very limited and of questionable standards (with the exception of the pilgrim's hotel). Eat on the Nepal side and/or pack extra food if possible. Look for nice little outdoor daba/tandori restaurant run by Lucky Singh just 30 meters north of the border on the east side. Questionable atmosphere but great food! They even have A/C facilties (20 NRs extra) in the hot season.