Hiker on mountains on the way to Everest base camp, Nepal
Ever wanted to take a road trip through the Himalayan mountains, driving up the majestic snow-covered passes and into Nepal? Or perhaps drive and explore Bangladesh, our neighboring country that shares so much of our culture? Well, that might just get a little easier with a new motor pact being implemented under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) Initiative. India’s Union Minister Nitin Gadkari just announced that India has started implementing the pact, which was signed back in 2015. The agreement, called the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) aims to make vehicle movement – both passenger and cargo – more seamless between the countries under the agreement. Bhutan, unfortunately, could not get the parliamentary support for the agreement, but the rest of the countries did. ALSO READ: Best Time To Visit Nepal, The Best Himalayan Destination For Trekking and Adventure Also Read - Bangladesh Plans to Release 3,000 Prisoners Amid Coronavirus Fears
Gadkari said that implementation of the MVA will be taken up by India’s Ministry of External Affairs, which will coordinate with the other countries. With this pact, cars with registration numbers in the countries that ratified the agreement will be able to move freely between the countries. Better roads, waterways and railways are expected to follow and supplement the future free movement of vehicles. And Gadkari has also talked about bus services linking the countries. Also Read - First Death Due to Coronavirus Reported in Bangladesh, Total Confirmed Cases Rise to 14
The road to Ladakh
According to Nitin Gadkari, proposals are underway for bus services that will connect India to Bangladesh and Nepal. Some of the proposed bus services could include runs between Dehradun and Mahendranagar, Janakpur and Patna, and Kathmandu and Bodhgaya. Meanwhile, there are buses already plying between Delhi and Pokhra, Delhi and Mahendranagar, Varanasi and Kathmandu and Delhi and Kathmandu. These services were the result of the 2014 bus service pact between India and Nepal. There are also buses connecting Agartala, Kolkata and Guwahati and Shillong to Bangladesh’s Dhaka. NOW READ: Now, travel from India to Bangladesh by train Also Read - Bangabandhu Dedicated His Time to Bring Bangladesh Out of Destruction: PM Modi
If the new motor pact works out, it will be much easier for travelers to cross between the three countries, making several destinations more accessible. That includes popular destinations in Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhra, Nagarkot and Chitwan, and Chittagong, Dhaka and the Sunderbans of Bangladesh.