I left Nepal at Holy, a Nepali – Indian festival. What I didn’t realise was that the banks and ATM’s were closed at Holy. India has Holy the day after Nepal and I stayed overnight in a Nepal hotel because of the bad hotels in Roxaul. So no banks open in Nepal and banks closed in India. And they stayed close for another two days! No cash, no hotel, no food. I got myself a place in the shadow alongside the road. Locals came to talk to me and were thinking about solutions for me when the custom officials came walking by with the balloons I had made for them. They were surprised to see me here and told me I should have come to them for help. They took me to a hotel and told the owner to open it and to give me the rooms without paying a deposit because of the situation. This gave me the break I needed. I even got a meal from the owner because it was Holy!
It wasn’t the best solution I could think of. The hotel was dirty and costly. I wanted to leave! After a nap I decided to go to the Indian customs to ask if I could go to Nepal to see if the ATM’s were open again so I could get some money. I didn’t have a reentry visa so I pleaded with them to give me one hour to go up and down. Because of the situation they granted me one hour and made me promise to report back when done. Happy to reenter Nepal illegally I went for the Nepali customs. The cops called the customs official who arrived on bike. He suggested to take me on his bike to look for an ATM. Things couldn’t get better. The first ATM was closed as was the second ATM, but 3 guards were in front of the bank. The custom official asked them to open the ATM for me explaining my situation and after some investigative looks the agreed to help me. They opened the ATM and I was able to take NPR 12.000. On our way back to the Nepali – Indian border the custom officer took me to a shop where I could change the Nepali Rupees into Indian Rupees. I gave the man some baksheesh and walked back to the Indian customs. All weel and done and I was ready to leave next day to Lucknow.