India to Bardia Park (Nepal)



Lahore (Pakistan) to Bardia National Park (Nepal)
From Lahore (Pakistan) we drove straight into India through the only border crossing opened to foreigners (the two countries are technically at war over the disputed Kashmir border line). As can be seen from the map, we have left the mountainous areas and are now in the plains. The result is that it is hot ! We are no longer able to sleep in the car as the temperature at night remains in the 30s C. During day time, the temperature can go in the 40s which is a little too hot for us. Besides, we have for the first time in our lives felt so discriminated we have wanted to leave a country. Entry fees to all old monuments, parks and museums in India are between 10 and 50 times more expensive for foreigners as they are for Indians. Entry fees for foreigners will range between US$ 5 and US$ 20. Not exorbitant by Western standards ? These new entry fees were introduced last October. Travel agents and tour operators who fix prices months in advance got 2 days notice. Embassies have skipped most visits of their usual tours. Common travelers have sat in front of the entrances of the Taj Mahal in protest. It is a common belief in India (as in many other countries, to be fair) that all Westerners are millionaires including students or old age people. Having come this far, we are disappointed and angry we are not able to afford the fees to all monuments we want to visit. We will have to choose. For the one museum we have decided to visit whilst in Delhi (the National Museum in order to see the treasures brought back from the Chinese oasis cities of Dunhuang etc.) we were so angry it spoiled our visit. India is a fascinating country but if your budget is tight, don't go. China has been stamping out double pricing for the last years (although it remains in Beijing). Where else in the world does this still exist ? What a beautiful way to welcome foreigners to your country. Shame on you. 



Lahore to Delhi
Not much stopping on our way from Lahore to Delhi. We briefly entered the city of Amritsar to change money then took the famous GT Road, Grand Trunk Road that links Afghanistan, Peshawar to Delhi (see map above).


Border crossing with India (left), GT Road (centre & right)


In the many areas between cities, the GTR is beautiful nature countryside


Coconut and vegetable sellers at a train crossing, a huge and scary crowd that would not move as we wanted to drive away.


We have arrived in the country of sacred cows (left & centre), buffalos (right)


Delhi to Nepal
We stayed in Delhi for 6 days to rest and to try to secure some more sponsors before heading off to cooler and cheaper places : Bardia National Park in Nepal.


The bridge crossing the river separating India & Nepal (left), our first glimpse of the country


Royal Bardia National Park
The Royal Bardia National Park is the largest untouched wilderness area in the South of Nepal. 

Royal Bardia National Park 


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