Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
69Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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We waited at the bus station in Roxall (Indian Border Town) until we were able to get on the bus to Patna which left at 9pm. Typically it was the least comfortable of all the buses heading for Gaya that night but at least it had a TV I thought. The video wasn't the latest American blockbuster unfortunately, it was some bollywood rubbish consisting of 75% high pitched wailing and 25% very high pitched wailing at full volume. Even with ear plugs It was like trying to sleep backstage at a Kate Bush concert. Luckily there was a period of silence after the film was finished but then the bloke put another one on, at 1 o clock in the morning. Even the locals were sleeping.
After a bumpy ride we arrived in Patna at 4am then asked a bloke from the bus if he knew where we might find a bus to Gaya, our next destination. Given our experiences this far we did not expect much but to our surprise he took us to the right bus (there were hundreds in this bus station, none labeled in English), woke the driver up for us and went on his merry way. The driver then went about moving seats around to accommodate our gear and said the bus left at 6am, which ordinarily would be a bummer to wait but after what we had been through we were delighted.
Perhaps India will be okay after all.The trip to Gaya took around 4 hrs (we had been on the road about 36hrs by this point) and there was a nice bloke on the bus who treated us to a nice cup of tea and sorted us out with a rickshaw when we got to Gaya which would then take us to our final destination (for now at least), a place called bodhgaya, where the original Buddha gained enlightenment, apparently. We were hoping this be a reasonably gentle introduction to India.