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Getting there & away

Getting to Burimari is a slow process. First take a bus from Rangpur to the dusty town of Lalmonirhat (Tk 45, every hour) on the other side of the Tista River and from there take another to Burimari (Tk 40). Once you arrive in Burimari, catch a three-wheeler to the customs office (Tk 10). Start early in the day if you are hoping to get to anywhere of significance in India before nightfall.

On the Indian side, at the town of Chengrabandha, there are no direct buses to Siliguri so you will have to go first to Jalpaiguri and then onto Siliguri (Rs 40). From Siliguri you can travel to Nepal, Darjeeling and Sikkim. There are also taxis and minibuses milling about in Chengrabandha.

If you’re coming from India, you can arrange a coach to Dhaka (Tk 250 to Tk 400, 10 hours) directly from Burimari. The scenery is a typical introduction to the varying landscapes of Bangladesh.