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Crossing the India-Nepal Border by Motorbike

Crossing the India-Nepal Border by Motorbike

  • Author: Rob Jackson
  • Date Posted: Apr 7, 2014
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*** Last updated: October 2018 ***


Are you thinking about crossing the border from India to Nepal? Maybe by motorbike?

Hopefully this post will help you…


Here’s my experience and some tips to help you cross it without any issues.

Feb 2018 Update: As shared in the “comments” below by Bart Brasser, the information in this post is still relevant. He managed to use Nepalese rupees at the border. The road tax was 649 Nepalese Rupee for 7 days.

Important: The Indian customs officer accepted just a photograph of the bike papers! But try to have the originals for extra certainty…

I hadn’t thought about heading into Nepal when I first bought my Royal Enfield Bullet in India, mainly because I had not even planned on buying a motorbike even when I arrived in India; it all happened spontaneously.

Researching Crossing the Nepalese border from India


After I decided to visit Nepal on the motorbike after touring around India, I started to do some research.

I found various questions on forums and posts on blogs which discussed what you should do but I still was not 100% sure so I wanted to write out the details of what I did and how I did it.

This is accurate as of the 26th March 2014.

2017 Update: I’m updating this when I can. There are plenty of comments below which I will add to the post as more info. becomes available.

Documents Required


  • 1 Passport photo
  • Dollars for Nepal visa fee – you can pay in other currencies so check the visa embassy website. Here is the London embassy page. Lonely Planet also have a good article on it.
  • Registration certificate for motorbike – Does NOT have to be in your name
  • Pollution certificate – Not sure if it’s compulsory but it’s only 100 rupees to get in India and looks good
  • Passport with Indian visa inside so you can get a stamp out
  • Nepalese Visa form (Nice to complete it before you arrive, but not essential)

Note: Citizens of most countries can get a visa on arrival for 15, 30 or 90 days.

Oct 2018 Update: Shishir mentioned in the comments below that upon arrival at the Sonauli border he only had the option to get a 20 day bike permit. He was told he could get it renewed in batches of 20 days in the Kathmandu customs office.

Note 2: It would be ideal if you had an international driving license, which you can get from your own country. I didn’t have one when I crossed and they didn’t ask for it.

Road Tax Cost


You will also need to pay for road tax for the time you are there. When I went, you could only get 30 days at a time. The cost was around $70 I think. You have to pay it up-front, so make sure you have plenty of Dollars available.

2018 Update: A recent report by Bart Brasser confirms the costs for 7 day road tax was 649 Nepalese Rupee.

If you need to stay for longer, you’ll have to go back to the border and renew the road tax certificate.

Thinking about buying a motorbike in India? Check out this post I wrote on it.

Border Crossing Process – Indian Side


I crossed the border at Banbassa/Bhimdatta, which takes you to Mahendranagar in Nepal as the first town. This is where I stayed for the first night of my stay.

There are several hotels around. After crossing the border, I took the 2nd or 3rd turning on my left and found a hotel.

India Nepal Border Crossing

I had been up in the mountains before that in a place called Munsyari. The views were incredible and it was very isolated which is something that I was looking for.

Munsyari India

It was over 70km to the nearest petrol station and ATM, so make sure you have supplies if you decide to visit any area up that way.

Riding in the mountains and across the border

Cruising on the open road

Munsyari  I would highly recommend visiting if you are travelling around on your bike and have time.

I rode from there to the border in one day, but it took me 11.5 hours and it was tough riding with only 2 x 5 min breaks for water, no food.

The last 20km down to the border area or Banbassa are some of the best roads I have ridden on in India. They are smooth, very wide and when I came down on them around 3-4pm there were very few vehicles.

Anyway, I digress. I made my way to the border crossing at around 5.30pm. As you go over a bridge, turn left along a narrow part of a bridge and you will turn right at the end.

There is a very small immigration office there with some people sitting outside at a desk. It’s not well signposted at all. They will take your passport and stamp it and give you a form to fill in for the Nepalese Visa if you need one.

That’s it, simple. Took me 10 mins…

Border Crossing Process – Nepalese Side


You have to ride about 1.5km after the Indian border crossing, where you cross a small bridge (again, there are no signs so ask if you’re not sure) where you will come to a barrier and be asked to head into the immigration office.

It’s a very small building and I totally missed it. There was no one there when I arrived at around 5.45pm.

I got my visa in 10 mins and changed up some money from dollars and Indian rupees into Nepalese rupees. Very quick and easy with no fuss.

I then had to visit the customs office which was another very small building but on the other side of the barrier. There was no one there and I walked in, sat down and got my road tax for 1 month.

They only asked to see the registration certificate but I gave them the pollution certificate as well. The bike was not in my name and they didn’t ask any questions about it but I had a story ready.

What’s your story…?


My story was that I had borrowed the bike from a friend, whose name is on the registration certificate and I was going to get a visa extension in Kathmandu and go back to India.

Where are you going afterwards…?


If you are planning to head back into India after visiting Nepal for a short while, do you have the correct Indian visa? You’ll need a multiple entry one. I think some visas on arrival are just single entry, in which case you might need to get another one when you go back to India.

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Nepal, check out a beautiful ride I did from Pokhara to Muktinath. It’s quite a rough ride so make sure you don’t do it alone!

The Poker Run is another great thing to do. It goes from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Roads from Mahendranagar to Pokhara via Butwal


I was expecting it to take me a while to get from the border crossing down to Butwal area, which I wanted to stay near to because I wanted to visit Lumbini before heading up to Pokhara. However, the roads were so amazing and clear that I got to Butwal in one day. It’s around 400km.

The roads go through large forests which have quite a few police checkpoints along them. It’s no problem when going through the checkpoints as most of the time the police have no questions to ask. They are mainly interested in checking lorries which have larger loads in them.

You can cruise along the roads at good speed. I was sitting at 80kph for most of the time apart from when I needed to stop or slow down for checkpoints and turns…

There are very few cars along the road so it’s really nice to drive along this route. I hadn’t realised how much it hurts when a leaf hits you in the face at 80kph until this part of my journey!

The leaves which were pretty hard because they were dry and falling from the trees were falling like rain from the sky so avoiding them was very difficult.



I stayed in Butwal and planned to go to Lumbini the next day. I stayed at a hotel called Sindoor and it was pretty good. The staff were very helpful, but very relaxed and there was no rush to do anything.

I like them and then helped me out, especially with getting my iphone fixed that I broke on the way to Lumbini when I dropped it on the floor after asking for directions.

Lumbini Development


The area itself is massive. I read that it’s 5km by 2km in size and it certainly seems that way. There are no signs though, so finding what you are looking for is very difficult.

I was looking for the large golden temple. I spoke to a few people and they didn’t know where it was. I also spoke to a French guy who had been there for a day already and was staying inside of the park and he had not been able to find it either so I gave up and made my way back.

On the way I had one more look and stumbled upon the World Peace Pagoda. It was an impressive building with very few people around because it was in the middle of the day and it was extra hot.

Google Maps


I used Google, as I usually do, to find out the route to get to Lumbini. It took me down some nasty roads which were very dusty and with no road surface at all.

I was covered in dust and dirt by the time I arrived but on the plus side I had been riding through some small villages which were very nice and quiet.

Share your story…


I’d love to hear from anyone else who has had experience in crossing the border, good or bad. It would also really help to share so other people know what to expect.

I will update the post with information as it comes in.


  1. Hey Rob. Nice article.

    Planning to cross from India to Nepal in November.

    We’re you able to get your visa at Banbasa?

    And roads on Nepal side were great?

    I am heading for Bardia.

    • Hi Gary,
      Yeah, I got the visa there no problem. Visa on arrival. I just spoke to two friends who did the same thing last week and they were fine, too. I rode down from Munsyari to the border and the last 10km towards the border were amazing roads! New, wide and not many people on them. Great fun.

      The roads on the Nepalese side are good. I rode down the main roads from the border to Lumbini which is around 400km in one day. You could cruise along at 80kph no problem. You ride through some really nice parks where the roads are very straight for 4-5kms at a time with trees on both sides and not much traffic at all. I loved it. Just be careful where there are bridges because there are some nasty holes which could cause a puncture if travelling at 80, best to back off whenever you see a bridge coming up. I hit a few and there weer some horrible sounds but luckily no damage.

      Good luck,

  2. Nice article Rob. Iam going there next week. We plan to enter through bhindatta. We don’t intend to go deep into Nepal. Is there a good place where we can stay and which is under 100 kms from the border.
    Anyone that you may have come across. Cheers!

    • Hi Dias,
      Glad you liked the post. I rode down to Butwal area within a day. I rode axorss the border and stayed in the first town just a few kms across the border. The ride down to Lumbini is 400km and can easily be done in a day. Great roads down that way. Let me know how you get on. Good luck!

  3. Thanks for Such a Nice Details m from Nepal But By Birth m in India in Chilhood time Time once I used this way to Butwal n Narayangarh, But Now I also plan to ride Delhi to Narayangarh on Bike .
    Thanks Again

    • Hi Bhumi, Thank you for your comment. It’s nice to hear when people appreciate what I have written. I wish you luck on your journey. Take it easy 🙂

    • Hi Bhumi,

      i want to travel india to i want to know that
      can i go with self bike.and what docs we have too carry with us ..what is the process

      • Hi Bhumi,

        I would recommend taking all of your insurance certificates, road tax proof, etc. Anything that will help support you in getting a road tax permit for Nepal. Assuming you have an Indian registered bike?

        Good luck,

  4. Hi Rob. Great article. I am planning to do a similar trip with some mates soon. Just wondering how hard it was to find a motorbike and roughly how much they are to buy? Thanks very much,

    • Hi Duncan,
      Thanks. I have another two article about it. One on buying a Royal Enfield in India and the other about the roads! Hopefully they will help.
      It depends on where you are really. In Delhi it will be cheaper to buy because from what I understand the demand is lower compared to how many bikes there are around. In Goa, where I bought mine, it was more expensive because there are a load of people wanting to buy bikes and not enough supply. It also depends on the bike and how good your negotiation skills are…Mine aren’t that great so I paid I think $1,500 US dollars for a 1996 Bullet Electra. That was a little on the high side. You can pick them up for around $450 – $1,000 but they aren’t usually in as good condition when at the cheapest end. It really does depend on who’s selling at the time. If you have any other questions, please ask as I’d be happy to try and help you if I can.

    • It depends on which bike u want, royal enfield 350 is around 80k rupees and and an indian bike fit enough is arround 50k

  5. Thanks! Very helpful! I’m riding my bike all the way from Hanoi, need to cross at banbassa in 2 weeks with no wiggle room (visa expiring!) So its very reassuring to know you got thru with a bike there just fine!

    • I hope you got on well and made it through the border without any issues? From Hanoi sounds like a real adventure!

  6. very well written.. got a lot of information about crossing the india-nepal border…. recently,i along with my two friends have taken “All India RoadTrip” covering 18,000 km on motorbike. The link to the video is here:

    now, i’m planning a solo trip to nepal..hope this goes well..!!
    what is the roadtax amount for a month to enter nepal??

    • Thanks. Your trip looks very good, well filmed and put together. That’s a good question. To be totally honest I can’t remember how much I paid…

  7. Hi man do you remember if they checked your drive licence ? I dont have any and wonder if they would let me cross it

    • Hi mate, I can’t remember 100% if they did or not. I only had my English drivers license and not an international one. I don’t think they checked it, they more more interested in checking the correct paperwork. I’m sure there is always a way around it though, even if they do ask for it…Hope it works out OK for you.

  8. Wonderful article.
    How far did you ride in Nepal ? any where close to Kodari ?

    • Thanks 🙂
      I rode from the border to Pokhara, then to Kathmandu then did the Poker Run from KTM to Pokhara. From there I went with a small group up to a place called Muktinath, 3800M above sea level which was an epic ride!
      Are you riding around Nepal?

  9. Can we drive the car to nepal from that border.

    • Hi, I’m pretty sure that you can.

    • Yes u can.

      • Thanks for confirming 🙂

  10. hello jackson
    how much tax did you paid for 1 month stay??

  11. hi Rob

    Thanks for sharing !!

    this is very help full to me. bcoz i planning to this month on 12 Aug.

    so thank you so much.

    Vivek Singh Tomar

    • Hi Vivek,
      You’re welcome. I’m pleased it helped you. I hope you enjoy your trip on the 12th. Have fun and good luck 🙂

  12. Hellow rob,i m planning to go nepal with my few class mates could you please tell me how much money you had paid in nepal and india borders.Tell me the money in indian really help me by this post.

    • Hello Krishna,
      To be honest with you I can’t remember how much it was. And for what? The visa? Or for the motorbike cost?
      Pleased that you found the post helpful and I hope you have a great trip 🙂

  13. Great article ..Namaste.
    My husband and myself are from the uk but we are based on nepal as my husband works for the British army based here in Nepal.
    We was wondering if it would be possible to do a tour from Kathmandu to Agra on our Royal Enfield & what problems would there be crossing the border into India ( we have British passports but have an official visa for Nepal)
    Thanks in advance.


    Tammy Ruvino

    • Bike from Nepal to India is not allowed by Indian Customs if its Nepali plate number.

      • Hi Nimish,

        That’s useful information, thanks for adding.


      • Hi there
        I am planning on buying an Enfield in India and riding to Kathmandu. Can I transfer the bike to my name? I am not an Indian… If I cant transfer bike to my name, will I encounter any problems riding the bike into Nepal and back into India at the border? Planning this trip next year. Thanks!!!

        • Hi Resh,

          From my understanding, no you cannot transfer it to your name unless you are Indian or Nepalese? There might be some other nationalities which can, too, but it depends where you are from?

          I didn’t have any issues getting to Nepal without the bike in my name. The bike was registered to an Indian owner.

          I don’t see you having any problems to be honest.

          Hope that helps,

  14. Great article ..Namaste.
    My husband and myself are from the uk but we are based on nepal as my husband works for the British army based here in Nepal.
    We was wondering if it would be possible to do a tour from Kathmandu to Agra on our Royal Enfield & what problems would there be crossing the border into India ( we have British passports but have an official visa for Nepal)
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Tammy,

      Sorry for the delay, I was just in Germany for a week. Bavaria is a beautiful place 🙂 I assume you have a Nepali registered Enfield? I believe it should be fine, but you might need to pay some road tax charges. Although, because the cost of an Enfield in Nepal is much higher as the bike has been imported, you might not have to. I’ve heard mixed messages.

      In terms of Visa you should check whether your Nepali visa allows travel to India? If you are using your British passport you would need a visa, I believe. But they are starting to do visas on arrival now for India, so you might be able to do it that way? Just an idea.

      I hope it all works out OK for you, as I’m sure it will. Would love to hear how you get on with it. When are you going?


  15. Hi Rob,

    As many other people have pointed out, you’re article is wonderful and informative. My partner and I are trying to do the same thing, but we will be driving up on a Royal Enfield from Mumbai up into Nepal, back into India and then into Myanmar.

    The eVisa for India is 30 days single entry. You wrote something about getting a re-entry stamp into India from Nepal, but did which visa did you have? Did you have a multiple-entry visa? Did you change your visa while you were there from single to multiple entry? How did that work?

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Erika,

      Thank you very much :). There are a lot more details that I wish I had written but at the time I didn’t think about it so much…

      I had a 6 month visa for India. It was before the eVisa which I assume are visa on entry were around. I believe I had a multiple entry but I didn’t use it. I stayed in India and then went into Nepal and then flew out of the country from there. Not sure what your best option is to be honest, but maybe they will issue you another visa when you go over the border back into India?

      Sounds like an amazing trip, especially to be heading down into Myanmar too. Enjoy. And let us know how you get on. Quite a few people read this and it might help them out too. I can add it into the blog post above if you write down the details. Would be very helpful actually.


      • Hi
        Is it mandatory that the vehicle should be registered in u r name to cross the border.

        • Coz my vehicle is registered on my brothers name and he is not joining me.
          Please confirm

          • Hi Azhar,

            No, the vehicle was not in my name either and I didn’t have any problems. I’m pretty sure you will be fine.

            Just say that you are borrowing the bike from a friend.


  16. Hi,
    I am from Nepal and I love your articles for sharing about Nepal and about Nepal trip.

    • Hi, thanks for your kind words. I’m pleased that you like the articles 🙂

  17. Especially to Rob Jackson and thanks

    • You’re welcome Raju. Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

    • Hello Rob,
      Very good information, thank you.
      As I understand you bought the bike in India crossed into Nepal and sold the bike there? If the bike isn’t in your name to begin with, is it still an easy process to sell in Nepal? Thanks

      • Hi Fred,

        You’re welcome, I hope it helped in some way. Yes, I bought the bike in India and sold it in Nepal.

        From what I found when I was there, not having the bike in your name isn’t a problem. In India you can’t get your name on the registration certificate from my understanding, because you’re a tourist and not a resident. I could be wrong but that’s what I found.

        The problem with selling in Nepal is that anyone who buys it will have to be travelling back into India because you can’t keep an Indian bike in Nepal indefinitely. You have to keep paying for road tax for a foreign vehicle. So you’ll be limiting your potential buyers to only those who are travelling back into India.

        The reason is because there is a high tax for bringing vehicles into Nepal so the actual cost to buy an Enfield in Nepal is about 3x what it would be in India. Having to pay the road tax prevents people buying across the border in India and keeping them in Nepal.

        Just something to think about when you try to work out the logistics of buying and selling.


  18. Hi Rob,
    I am planning to stay in Nepal for next 2 years and I want my bike with me. But what I am afraid is that you said the tax is about 75$ for a month. If I stay there for like 2 years it would be around 900$ right, I can even buy a new bike with that by adding a little amount to that. So please give me your advice, “Is it a good idea to take my bike there for 2 years”.

    • Hi Kranthi,

      Yeah, that could be a problem. From the little that I know, the intended tax is not supposed to be for long term use. You can only get 30 days at a time and you have to head back to the border to get another permit each time. From my experience.

      The cost of buying another bike in Nepal for a Royal Enfield anyway, will be higher as the import tax has to be applied. Do you really need your bike or can you get one there? Might be a good idea to go and see if you can speak to some people to work out a better solution? Just an idea.

      I’m not sure what the fine would be if you were riding around Nepal with an Indian license plate without any tax? Hope that helps.


      • According to my knowledge,purchase a new bike in nepal is better than your bike bring in nepal.

  19. hi , just want to know that , is 3G or 4G networks works there , all the region? if not then which navigator device can use

    • Hi Ajoy,
      I found that it was mainly 3g. Reception was not good at all. If I was needing to use GOogle Maps I would download the map offline or just browse it first when I had an internet connection so that I could have it without using data while riding.
      Hope that helps,

      • lovely post
        I like it most,,, I was about to cross the Indian border with my bike from Bangladesh,,,,, Is it possible to take the bike in India… Plz if you could help me here,,,,plz help its a request
        by the way its a lovely post

        • Hi Arif,

          Thank you 🙂 to be honest I’m not sure what the rules are for taking bikes from Bangladesh into India.

          It’s probably best to try and contact someone from the Indian side and ask if there are any rules about it.

          Do let us know how you get on as other people might be interested too.


    • Hello I’m Rajesh, please come in Nepal and explore it.almost everywhere you will get 3G network. 4G is only available in few cities.

      • Hi Rajesh,

        Thanks for the information. Pleased to hear that the network is growing nicely as it will help businesses grow.

        Hopefully I will make another trip soon 🙂

  20. Hey rob its rajiv singh am 19 and i like biking too much i am from a small town near india nepal boarder( kushinagar)….. Your article is quiet apreciable, i hope you had a wonderful trip… Thanx a lot

    • Hi Rajiv,

      Thank you for your comment. Nice to hear from another person who likes biking too 🙂

      I had a great trip. Ride safe.


  21. Hey Rob,

    Nicely done mate. Can I ask you how are the gas stations in Nepal? Is the gas accessible? I’m riding a small bike. I can do approximately 300 km on one tank. Do I need to carry extra container on me?

    Take care!

    • Hi Marcin,

      Apologies for the late reply, I didn’t see the message. Thanks :). There are lots of gas stations around and if not there are lots of people who have gas available for sale from bottles on the side of the roads. But it does depend on where you are. You’re nearly always within 300km of petrol for sure. The only place I thought having a container would have been useful was when I went into the mountains. I was 70km (which was a long ride) away from fuel. There was no gas station in the town. But even then people did trips to the station and had some available as they knew people would need it.

      Short answer, unless you’re going very remote you will be fine.

      Thanks for your comment,

      • Hi, Can you tell me how much money did you spent on the fuel and food expenses. How much for the visa application.

        • Hi,

          fuel – it will depend on the bike, your riding style, the conditions and the cost of fuel. I think I got around 25km per litre of fuel. I had a 15 litre tank and could do 300km on it.

          Food – Food expenses are very unique. I eat a lot! It was over 3 years ago that I went to Nepal now so prices may have changed a lot. It’s also dependent upon where you are. You can find cheap food in the cities.

          Visa – Check this Link out. If you are arriving by land border, you need US dollars to pay for the fee. If you have an Indian passport I don’t believe you need a visa.

          Good luck with your trip 🙂


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  24. hey mate, how’s going ?

    i was wondering about buying a motorcycle in new delhi, do you have any advices for that ?
    don’t want to drive a royal enfield, cheaper and smaller one should be enough, did already a 3 month trip in vietnam,cambodia and laos with a honda win…
    and how about fixing the bike beside the road in india and nepal in some mechanics ?
    is there maybe any internet site what gives you some more helpful informations ?

    thanks very much man and cheers for this article !! 🙂

    • Hi Kurt,

      All good here thanks mate. Hope you’re well. Hmm, not specifically for buying in Delhi but I did write about buying an Enfield in India:

      I’m sure that similar points will be relevant for other types of bikes too. There are mechanics everywhere in India who can fix a bike for you, so don’t worry about that.


  25. Hello, we are german nationality and plan to make a trip from india – nepal – india we plan to rent motorcycles and the renting place we contacted told us that we can leave the country with there motorcycles. i was reading somewhere that u have to stay a certain time (60days or so ) in nepal before you can leave with the motorcycle again? that was an older post from around 2011. is there sutch a roul or is it no problem to enter east nepal with the motorcycles and leave in west nepal 2 weeks later? The motorcycles are registered/ rented in india.

    • Hi James,

      As far as I know you should be able to do that. There is usually a limit the other way around, so you can’t stay in Nepal for too long. You can pay for how many days you will be in Nepal at the border. If they’re Indian registered I don’t see why you would have to wait 60 days to go back into India.

      Hope that helps and it all works out well for you.


      • Thanks for the quick reply, i found out that some nationalities need to have a 60 day time frame between there entrys to india when using a multiple entry visa. so these notionalities would need to stay 60 days in nepal before they can enter india again.

        • Hi James,

          No worries. That’s good to know, thanks for the update. So it’s to do with the re-entry from a visa point of view, which is interesting. Seems kind of weird there would be a 60 day time frame though. Seems long?

          So it might be easier to get a single entry visa, leave to Nepal and then get another one when you cross the border again?

  26. Hi
    I m currently in india looking for a bike. And from the feedback i m getting usually bikes have the NOC certificate. So knowing that without NOC cert is much cheaper should i go for a bike wihout it? As long as it has all the other mentioned papers should it be fine to enter nepal border with NOC. Thanks

    • Hi Pierre,

      What do you want to do with the bike? I thought the NOC certificate was for exporting the bike? Why would you need a NOC?

      From what I remember I don’t think I had a NOC certificate. At least it wasn’t called that.


  27. Hi everyone out there! I found out an hour before i reached the border out that it could be possible to take my Royal Enfield with me for a few days visa run. Thanks to this blog!

    Everything in this blog stated well. The Nepali side accepted my Nepali rupees after some haggling. He wanted around 6 USD commission, but after haggling i paid him 200 Indian Rupees instead. The road tax / custom office where you’ll be directed to accepted a photo on my phone of the bike papers (not with a smile) and my physical paper of the insurance. I paid 649 Nepali Rupees (equal to 6,30 USD) for a seven days road tax.

    All in all an easy, friendly, bit weird land border crossing. Like in the blog: nobody in the immigration office on the Indian side and chilling officers on the other side.

    Tons of places to sleep in Mahanagar.

    • Hi Bart,

      Thanks so much for the update, it’s very good to know what it’s like now to cross the border. I will update my post to include your info, much appreciated.

      Hope you enjoyed the trip. If you wanted to write a blog post and have photos then I can add it as a guest posts to my site if you want to share your experience to help others 🙂


  28. Hey,

    You’re articles have been very helpful. Do/did you have a motorcycle license or a car license?

    • Hi Sean,

      Thanks, pleased that they are helpful to you. I have both a car license and a motorbike license. But to be honest you don’t really need one to ride in India from my experience.


  29. Hai Rob,
    Thanks for giveing this much percious information. I am Ramchand from kerala.I am also planing a trip to nepal from kerala with my royal enfiled. So is their is need for international licnes. I have only indian driveining licnes. Is this possible to use their or international licnes is complesery.

      • Is their is any problem for you their without licenes. Is their is any another Easy way for that excluding international license

        • I went many years ago now and didn’t have any problems. Being a tourist might have helped me, not sure. If I needed to I would give some money to get my way out of it. Maybe that is what you can do.

          • Thanks Rob. I trust in you. And I hope we will meet any where on a ride. And ones again hearty thank you man

          • You’re welcome, all the best and have a safe ride and journey

  30. Hi Rob,
    Thanks for sharing the information. It helped me a lot.
    Just a question… Which month is favorable to visit Nepal? I was thinking of a Road trip in November. Will that be good?

    • Hi Rohit, apologies for the delayed response. I didn’t received any notification of your message unfortunately.

      I was travelling around in December through to April. November should be a good month to travel. Just check where you’re going as the mountain weather can be very different to the cities. So it will depend on where and how high you want to go?

  31. Like everyone notes, this was extremely helpful. And thank you for keeping this up to date.

    I’m response to Bart’s post, can you still get a 1 month road tax? How about something inbetween like 2 weeks? Also, it sounds like the road tax has gone down? I want to do some riding and trekking entering the East and leaving in the West. I won’t be able to go to the border every 7 days because the trek is longer than that.

    Side note, I met an English tourist with a 1 year visa who was able to register a bike in his name using a 1 year tenant agreement (was created only for this purpose). He has a really good friend from home who’s Indian and her brother did all the paperwork including the tenant agreement once he arrived in India.

    • Hi Paul, Sorry for the delay in responding I didn’t see your message.

      I haven’t heard otherwise about the 1 month road tax so I assume you can. That’s the way I did it. I imagine most people would want more than 7 days.

      Regarding the price, perhaps it has. Just make sure you take enough just in case it has gone up too!

      Trekking and riding sounds like a good combo, I’m sure you will love it. Are you off there soon?

      That’s a very interesting point. I will add it to the post as an idea for people. Do you know any more details, such as was it a Nepalese bike with plates? Was it new or 2nd hand?


  32. Hi Rob,

    The info you shared is really informative. I just crossed over to Nepal via road on my bike at the Sonauli border. The process was easy, and carry my Indian passport did help(though not required for Indians). I could only get permits for 20 days, and was asked to renew it at Kathmandu customs if required for longer, but in batches or 20 days. I wanted 30 day permit. Will keep you posted bout renewal in 20+ days. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Ride safe

    • Hi Shishir,

      Thanks for your kind words. That’s really helpful to know about the 20 days only for the permit.

      Interesting that you can now renew it in Kathmandu, that’s a really good idea.

      Let me know how you get on and I will update this post.


  33. Hey thanks for the post. I just blasted past customs not knowing it was a thing untill just now.
    How often is it checked? I was hoping to sell my bike to another traveler in Nepal, makes it complicated if you need to keep an unconfirmed amount of time prepaid on a road tax… should I just keep going

    Let me know your experiences. There is a page on the hearts and tears website that talk down the importance of the road tax for foreigners.

    Thanks guys any info would be great.

    Cheers ben

    • Hi Ben,

      Ha, such high security! You’re now illegally there! Just kidding.

      I’m not sure if it will be an issue. Like most things over there, it’s possible to work around it.

      If you’re heading to Pokhara, have a word with Matt from Hearts and Tears. Good guy, Australian. I met him when I was over there and he ended up helping me out with selling my Enfield.

      Mention me (Rob, red 350 bullet they sold me for), they should remember. Good people.

      Let us know how you get on. If you’re not in jail 🙂


  34. Hi Rob .I want to travel around the on my motorcycle .what documents should I carry and to get visa for different countries

    • Hi,

      All documents I had for getting into Nepal are listed in the post.

      Depends on what countries you want to visit…There are a lot of them.


  35. Hello Rob,
    That’s wonderful and precise information. I have a doubt, As I enter Nepal through Bhimdatta(Left border) and exit via Raniganj immigration check post(Right border). Do I need to hold something like exit visa?

    • Hello Karthik,

      Good to hear it was helpful. I don’t believe so, as long as the bike is Indian registered I don’t think you need anything.

      But I haven’t done it so can’t tell you for sure. I would assume that as long as you paid the proper amount for the length of stay Nepal and you have those entry documents you should be fine.

      Let me know how you get on.


  36. Heyhey. Cheers for all the information! I really wanna by a bike in Delhi and take it to Nepal the only thing is that I don’t have a drivers license at all so do you know how important it is to own a drivers license in generell espacialy if you’re planning to cross the border to Nepal?
    Love, max

    • Hi Max,
      You’re welcome. Hopefully it was helpful. I know people who didn’t have a license and still did it.
      I’m not sure if it’s changed at all since I was there, but in general it doesn’t seem to be a problem.
      It’s up to you and how much risk you want to take. Usually there is a way to pay your way out of any ticket.

  37. Hi Rob,

    Thank you for the lovely article. Appreciate your updates even after 5 years.
    I see that the blog has been posted during April; but during what month/months you did this travel?
    or Any recommended months/season for this boarder crossing?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Alfred,
      Thanks for your comment. I travelled through India from Dec to April I believe so I would have crossed the border around March/April time.
      I’m not sure of the best time to be honest. When I went it was fine. A bit cold up in the mountains, but down on the flat land areas it was nice.

      • That’s awesome Rob. Thank you very much for the quick response. Planning this around October. Will update you with more stuffs.

  38. sir could u please tell if we could cross the border without the stock exhaust for royal enfeild

    • Hi Arjun, I honestly have no idea but I can’t see it being a problem. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing they will check?

  39. Can I enter the Nepal in my own bike having learning license ..?

    • Hi Ankit, I am not sure they will check to be honest. And I also assume it depends on which country your license is from. I’m sure you would be able to pay to get around it though…Let us know how you get on.

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