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German Ambassador to Nepal Dr Thomas Prinz has completed his epic nine-day-long bicycle journey from Kathmandu to Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

The 63-year-old diplomat reached Dhaka on Monday, covering a distance of 1,025km through the hills and plains of Nepal, India and Bangladesh, he informed in a tweet.

He wrote: “I got a warm welcome from my friend and colleague Ambassador Achim Troster at the German Embassy, Dhaka. It was a fantastic nine-day journey which I will never forget.”

The journey was not easy, as his tweets note, as he had to pedal through Nepal’s rugged mountain and flat terrain, covering a distance of nearly 100km a day. In foggy and misty conditions, he reached Bihar, from where he headed east to West Bengal and finally to Bangladesh.

At the Bangladesh border, he wrote, he received a “very warm” welcome from local administration and journalists. “I’m impressed by … the large number of electric vehicles in West Bengal and Bangladesh.”

On Sunday he tweeted: “929 km done and only another 90 km to reach Dhaka! Yesterday [Saturday], I travelled through scenic rural roads and crossed the mighty Brahmaputra River. I learned that bicycles are not allowed on the bridge, so the bike had to be loaded on a lorry together with the biker.”

See some photos of #KtmToDhaka #BikeTrip by ambassador Dr Prinz:


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