How it works:
- The Nepal (Belahiya) – India (Sunauli) border is rife with scams
- Going to India from Nepal:
- Version 1: a fake bus conductor directs you to a tourist bus and then charges you an inflated sum for non-existent bus tickets.
- Version 2: a group of thug on the tourist bus demands you pay additional non-existent fees (e.g. luggage fee) or they will throw you off the bus.
- Version 3: despite not being allowed to, the tourist bus still picks up locals midway through the trip who then steal valuables from unattended luggage.
- Going to Nepal from India:
- Check out Sunali India-Nepal border scams in India
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Going to India: avoid arranging cross border bus transport to within India from Nepal unless from a very reputable operator. Instead, get a bus at the government bus station in Sunauli and buy your tickets from the real bus conductor who will be carrying a ticket machine.
- Otherwise: to avoid the hassle, you can also choose to fly.