An interesting fact: Janakpur Railway Station is one of the oldest railway station of Nepal and is the only railway station in Nepal.
A railway is the lifeline of people in the world. For long-distance migration or goods, transport railways play a vital role. Railway in Nepal has an interesting history. Railways are a safe land transport system when compared to other forms of transport. Railway transport is capable of carrying high levels of passenger and cargo utilization and is energy efficient. But is often less flexible and more capital-intensive than road transport when lower traffic levels are considered.
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The first railway in Nepal was the Nepal Government Railway (NGR), a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway, built by the British in 1927, during the Rana period. The railway connected Raxaul in British India with Amlekhganj in the Kingdom of Nepal.
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Inauguration of the Railway in Nepal
Janakpur Railway is one of the oldest railway in Nepal and is the only one. But it is closed due to the construction and maintenance of new track lines and engines. It was used to operate from Jainagar to Janakpur Railway station.
When I went to Janakpur railway station, I found it to be a filthy dysfunctional mess, and the concerned authorities took no interest. Sorry to be so negative but coming from around the same area, it made me very disappointed to see the state of the only railway in Nepal. It was unattractive and messed up with neglected railroads and rolling stocks. It simply was missing out on the opportunity of being a real tourist attraction.
Simply put, all I could say was “FILTH!!!!”
The new railway track was inaugurated virtually in presence of the PM of Nepal and India to operate the service from Janakpur to Jainagar.
Stations, Path, and Time
In Nepal, it started in Kurtha because the junction of the Nepal railway was built in Kurtha. Kurtha is a part of Janakpur sub-metropolitan city in Dhanusha district in the Janakpur Zone of south-eastern Nepal. After departure from Kurtha junction, it goes through Janakpur-Parwaha-Baidehi-Mahinathpur-Khajuri-Inarwa-Jaynagar.
Rules and regulations for Nepalese and Indian passenger
It is set up by the Nepal railway department and clearly mentioned that Nepali citizens traveling on this train must have at least one identity verification from the list below:
- Nepalese passport or ID card.
- Certificate of Nepalese citizen(Citizenship)
- Nepalese voter card.
- Certificate from the Nepal embassy or Banijya embassy which is located in India.
- Students above 10-18 ages should carry school identity.
- Children below 10 years don’t need an identity but should have their parents with them.
The price list is fixed by the Nepal railway department for both sides and it should be the same for every passenger.
In the above article regarding railway in Nepal, you got to know almost everything about railways in Nepal and its history too. It carries many interesting facts. And at present, the condition of the railway might get better and more sophisticated in terms of the newly launched deal with India. I must say this inauguration of the railway should make history for the railway service in Nepal again.
Above I mentioned almost all the information which you might need to know before traveling by train.