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A glance at India - Our days in Raxaul, part 5

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How did we get to Raxaul?

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... As you can read in the previous issue of Nature Photo Magazine, having finished the photo tour in Rajasthan most of the people in our group returned home, but I stayed in India to discover another region of this huge country which is barely visited by foreigners.The philantropic disposition of my wife (who is an obstetrician and gynaecologist) made this trip possible as she decided to spend her well-deserved holiday in 2011 (just like in the previous year) working in the small town of Raxaul, North-India as a voluntary obstetrician and gynaecologist. ...
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Photo: © Pál Teravágimov - Girl in the afghani village close to the hospital

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... The journey started in the capital city of India, Delhi, followed by a 26-hour train trip to Raxaul, 950 kilometres to the north-east.The train journey from Delhi to Raxaul was fabulous. ...
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... We travelled third class as there is no other option on the train to Raxaul.There are no compartments here, only „blocks”. ...
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Bihar state

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... Raxaul is situated in the Bihar state of India, right at the border of India and Nepal.Bihar is one of the poorest states of India, the annual income per capita is only 115 dollar. ...
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... Local people make their living from different services and commerce, and a significant proportion from agriculture.When we asked our friends working in the hospital about the underdevelopment of the state, everybody blamed the incompetent and extremely corrupt local government as the main cause of the troubles. ...
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Photo: © Pál Teravágimov - Indiain graffiti

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... Before Emese travelled there the first time we check up in several guidebooks what they write about Raxaul.What we found was not really promising, we can more and less summarize it that Raxaul is a dirty dusty hole and if possible try to avoid spending even a night there. ...
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... But unfortunately I have to say that in case of Raxaul, that description is quite exact.The city cannot be called particularly attractive even with the greatest benevolence, although people are extremly kind, almost without exception. ...
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