In all of Nepal, the state-owned Nepali Railways runs about 22km of active railway track. This route starts at the Indian border, and takes about three hours to reach the city of Janakpur just over 13 miles away.
At this speed, then, theres no reason not to get a nap out of the trip.
Still faster than the busses that ply the nearby road, this rail journey seems to be the main mode of transport for the villages that line the length of the route.
Some folks that I saw were engaged in local crafts.
Some folks were working with their family at agricultural pursuits.
While a good number were just hanging out waiting on the next train.
Though if you miss the train that runs once per day each way along the route, the journey doesn’t take all that much longer on foot than it does in the carriage.
If you don’t feel like walking, grab a snack from a local shop.
Drop by a temple to pray you don’t miss the next train.
Or cut your losses for the day and do some laundry. In a climate this warm and humid, though, you might want to go back to that temple and pray for it to dry before the train the next morning.
At the end of the journey, the market just beyond the Janakpur train platform will probably be going strong.
After all that time, though, the vendors might not be quite as happy to see you!
Walking along the Nepal Railway was a great rural experience, but don’t expect to take the train too far. My walking buddy had attempted it a few days before and got turned back at a police checkpoint just before the border!
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