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Nepal Getting There

Getting There

Holiday Destination
Spectacular mountain ranges, raging rivers, unique wildlife mixed with an exotic cultfsure.  Nepal offers something for every heart.

By Air

Kathmandu has the only international airport and therefore it is the only arrival point for all flights to Nepal.
There are a number of International Airlines with direct flights to Kathmandu. If you are in India, you can fly to Nepal from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Banglore and Varanasi. Thai Airways International operates daily flight between Bangkok and Kathmandu. Qatar Airways flies daily between Doha and Kathmandu with connecting flights to/from Europe and America.

Gulf Air has daily flight between UAE and Kathmandu with connecting flights to/from Europe and America.
Indian Airlines have frequent flights between Delhi, Calcutta and Kathmandu.

Coming by Land

Traveling by land from India into Nepal can be an experience on it's own. There are three main entry points: Sunauli-Bhairawa, Birganj-Raxaul Bazaar and Kakarbhitta-Siliguri. The easiest way to cross them is by tourist buses from appropriate Indian cities. If you are flying into Delhi, you can enter Nepal quickly through the Mahendrenagar-Banbassa crossing, but the recommended route is to travel first to Varanasi in India, and there cross through Sunauli-Bhairawa. Buses are generally the easiest and quickest form of transport between Nepal and India.

Getting around

Buses are either publicly or privately run and you will find that most of the tourist busses in Nepal are private. For this reason, getting around by bus on tourist routes may  be slightly more expensive than getting around locally. Since they are privately owned, they are also generally more comfortable than the public busses.

Public busses are well known for being uncomfortable! Additionally, getting around by public busses in Nepal is an extremely slow experience.  They stop regularly to pick up passengers and the periods between bus stops are often prolonged due to the age and maintenance of the vehicle.

  • Rickshaw - Good for short jaunts if you don't have much luggage and don't mind being bounced around a bit. Bargain before you get in, and don't be afraid to walk away and try another.
  • Taxis - There are two types of taxi -- "private", which pretty much run from the airport to your (upscale) hotel; and "10 Rupee", which don't leave until they are full. When haggling for fare remember that Taxi drivers have been hit hard by the petrol crisis sometimes queing up overnight to get 5 litres of petrol at twice the market price. So be sympathetic but don’t get ripped off! Offer to pay 'meter plus tip', 10% is more than enough.
  • Tram - The old-fashioned street cable-car that ran from Kathmandu (near the stadium) to Bhaktapur is currently closed due to 'non-existing maintenance' and the fact that none of the drivers paid for the power.
  • Custom or classic motorcycle - Run by a European couple, Hearts and Tears in Pokhara offer lessons, guided tours and rental of 350cc and 500cc Royal En field bikes. In Kathmandu, Himalayan En fields (behind the Israeli Embassy on Lazimpat)sells/rents good bikes and does repairs. The official En fields dealer in Nepal is in Balaju Industrial Estate off the Ring Road.
  • Local motorcycle - Another choice is to rent a small motorcycle. And it can be rented in the Thamel area. Again with the petrol crisis, motorcycle rental has become a costly choice, depending on availability 1 liter of petrol will cost you 120-250 NRs on top of the rental fee (300-800NRs).
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