Bordercrossing between Myanmar and India in Tamu/Moreh

I am in India since yesterday. The bordercrossing between Tamu in Myanmar and Moreh in India took a bit time, but it was very easy. I could cross the border without any permissions.

I crossed the border together with a friend, she is from India. We went to the gate from where you have to take a taxi to the border. The driver took us to a small house where we got our exit stamp for Myanmar. From there we went to the big house on top of the hill, where we got our entry stamp for India. It tooks a bit time because they are not using computers.

After we got our stamp we went around two kilometers to Moreh, the border is a bit outside of the town. We found a taxi, we took our backpacks in this taxi and went to the ATM. When we went back our taxi was not there anymore. The driver just drove away, without talking to us, without leaving our backpacks there. After 45 minutes of waiting we went to the policecar, which stood just opposite on the road. We told them our problem, they went away, and an other car was coming around ten minutes later, with a lot of police officers. The problem was: while we was waiting for this police officers our taxi driver went back. The officers told him he does not have to drive away with our bags and they also told us that each of us have to pay fivehundred rupees. At this time we was four passengers, the couple from the UK we have meet at the first military checkpoint behind the border decided to share the taxi with us. After the checkpoint they had to go to the border station to get the indian stamp first. The driver spoke hindu the most of the time, but my friend told us what he said. She said, he said a few times that he loves her, wants to marry her. He knows her since we asked him in Moreh to bring us to Imphal!

So after few hours of driving we changed the sits so, that all of us girls was behind the driver. Less than one hour later he stoped next to the road and asked for the money. And he also started touching the men on his legs, which he was not allowed to do. We did not understand why he wants to have the money before we are at the hostels. We told him that we will give him the money when we are at the hostels. He tried this a few more times on the way, told us also the road to the hostel is close (the road was open all the time). We had big discussions with him, sometimes with other people too. But finally we arrived at our hostel in the evening. The couple from the UK would go to the airport, but they decided to take an other taxi from our hostel. We gave him the money and went in the hostel. He did not follow us.

Nice experince for the first day. But I think the most other people in over here are not like him. He was just one person from few million people in India.

We met two other travellers in the hostel, and we played with them a game, I don’t remember the name. Few hours later we went to bed.

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