Day 498, Kumta railway station, Karnataka, India
Living by the day is the way to go in most Asian countries, and especially when traveling on a bicycle, not making plans is usually the best method to deal with all the unexpected situations we encounter.
We'd happily keep doing that for the remaining 6.5 months we have in India if it wasn't for our visa. Because even though we have a 1-year visa, we still have to leave the country every 90 days. And since we still haven't managed to get out of the South yet, another train journey to Nepal is our best bet again.
So we thought, if we have to make a plan, let's make it nice and complicated. Cause instead of taking a direct train to the border, we first go back down South for a meditation retreat in the mountains, then we'll spend a couple of days between the boulders and ruins of ancient Hampi before boarding a series of trains to get to the cultural food city of Lucknow up North. Then we'll take a bus to Nepal and another few trains back down to where we came from. 100 hours from South to North and back. No wonder the guy at the ticket counter looked at us doubtfully. Why on earth would you want to do that?
But he willingly passed us the forms needed to buy the tickets, which was another nice encounter with Indian bureaucracy. For each individual ticket you have to write down the train number, train name, train class, exact hour of departure, berth type, your name and address, phone number, age, gender, type of food you like, and if you're able to assist in an emergency. For 12 tickets that's already quite a bit of work, but since we're not so familiar with the system it took us a few more forms to get it right. In any case, an hour and a half later we walked out, 12 tickets in hand, with new adventures waiting for us next month!
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