My parents write that in 1985, the border between India and Nepal was opened and people could cross the borders freely.
From Bagdogra in West Bengal, you could take a bus and reach Dhulabari in Nepal in a couple of hours.
All the officers wives based in the Air Force Camp -Bagdogra were super excited and would plan this trip with a lot of enthusiasm !
Dhulabari is situated in the plains at the base of the Himalaya mountains. Being at the eastern edge of country, nearest border to India is at a distance of 5km.
Dhulabari is known for its shopping market. Established in 1977, the market is often referred to as the “foreign goods market” by customers scouting for overseas-made products in the area.