& Tempos (three wheeler auto-rickshaws)
can be hailed off the street, though it might be a bit difficult
to find after sundown. The charge for metered taxi is Rs.
7 at initial flag down and then Rs. 2 for every 200 meters
and for the tempos, it starts with Rs. 3. There is an extra
50% charge from 9 pm to 6 am. There are numerous taxi companies
and all kinds of cabs. All cabs and tempos have black plates
with white numbers and most of the cabs also carry a sign
of “taxi”. All the metered tempos are black in
color and not very spacious and comfortable as taxis. For
night taxis (8
pm to 6 am), call the Night-Taxi Service at Dharma Path (Ph:
mini-buses and three-wheeler tempos
ply on fixed routes at regular intervals. These public vehicles
do not have a schedule and leave when there are enough passengers.
The services, however, are fairly frequent. The last city
buses stop running after around 8 pm. City buses (that ply
within Kathmandu and go to Patan as well as those going to
Kirtipur, Banepa, Dhulikhel and Thankot) leave from the City
Bus Park located at the eastern side of Tundikhel parade ground.
Trolley buses to Bhaktapur leave from Tripureswor, near the
national stadium – Dashrath Rangasala. While the buses
sometimes could be highly packed with passengers standing
and hanging on the doors, three wheeler tempos are omparatively
comfortable as there is no problem of passenger stuffing.
(two-seater tricycles) are a fun way to get around Kathmandu.
They are especially useful for short trips within the old
parts of the city where cars can be a problem or are prohibited
due to the narrow lanes and crowded marketplaces. The fare
should be negotiated beforehand. These pollution friendly
pedal powered tricycles are restricted in major traffic thoroughfares.
Bikes and Cars are available for renting in
Kathmandu, Pokhara and many other cities and towns of Nepal.
The best way to see the old parts of Kathmandu is by walking
around but riding a bike or a motorbike is also another way
to tour around the city without feeling the traffic hitches.
Having a Driving License and Passport with you from your home
country can help in renting any vehicles. There are no international
car rental agencies in Nepal yet but different types of cars
as well as vans are easily available for hiring in Kathmandu
which usually comes with a driver so that you don’t
have to face the traffic hustle and bustle. Online car rental
is also available these days.
are one of the easiest and fastest means to reach the far
and remote parts of Nepal. Most of the airstrips in Nepal
are quite difficult as they lie on the mountain sides surrounded
by high peaks. Apart from the Government owned Royal Nepal
Airlines, there are a number of private companies operating
domestic flights to different sectors including the always
talked about must try one hour mountain flight also widely
known as the Everest experience which enables you to have
a tryst with the majestic snow capped mountains from Mt. Gauri
Shankar to Mt. Ama Dablam to the highest peak in the world
– the Mount Everest. This life time adventure, flying
at an altitude of 25,000 feet (8,000 m) will surely take your
breath away when your plane will fly as close to 5 nautical
miles for the closest and highest view of Mt. Everest one
could ever see.
are very popular to reach to the remotest parts of Nepal.
Since helicopters requires small landing spaces compared to
planes, the former makes it sound much safer too. Helicopters
can be reserved to fly to any destination at any time. Helicopter
charter for sight seeing is gaining high popularity in Nepal
these days. For tourists who have short time but want to see
and experience the most of Nepal, helicopter charter would
be the best bet as these are not only practical but highly
thrilling and pleasurable too. There are lots of domestic
airlines providing helicopter services. At present, two types
of helicopters MI-17 that accommodate about 22 passengers
reaching an altitude of 5000 meters and French made Ecureuil
AS35OB series which can carry about 5 passengers are being
Buses are available for short and longer journeys
alike. These are the cheapest means of transport. All the
local buses leaving Kathmandu, departs from Gongabu bus park
in Ring Road - the north side of the city at different intervals
and tickets has to be purchased in advance. Apart from the
price, these buses can be fun as tourists get to enjoy the
travel with brief stopovers in the countryside. Although it
might take 10 hours to commute a 200 kilometers distance,
bus traveling is worth when it comes to the price and fun
one can get meeting the local people in the bus and eating
the local food on the way. If time is not the constraint for
you, you should try the local buses too.
Buses are specifically meant for the tourists
only. These are run by private bus companies or travel
agencies. Tourist buses are more comfortable, faster
and less crowded and more expensive compared to the local
buses. The tickets for the bus can be booked either in travel
agencies or in the hotel itself. Like the local buses, tourist
buses also stops over at a few places in route to your destination
providing all the opportunity to see the terrific rural landscape
views and the high Himalayas. Greenline: Intercity Bus Service
at Thamel (Ph: 4253885,257544), Manakamana (Ph: 4250913,260259),
Top Ten Travel (Ph: 4415843), and Yeti Travel (Ph: 4221234,4221754).
are used to transfer goods but sometimes these trucks can
get you to places although these vehicles aren’t licensed
as passenger vehicles. When you are stuck in the middle of
your journey, you can try hitch hiking the truck which might
be traveling on the same route. These trucks may or may not
charge you depending on the driver. Most of the trucks that
run in Nepal are painted in red and they carry funny phrases
painted on the back side of the trucks like “don’t
come near me, there is no space in heaven” which literally
means avoid accidental death following the truck too close.
are practically non-existent for the traveling purposes. Railroads
are available only in few places like Birgunj, the main entry
point to Nepal for Indian tourists coming from Calcutta and
Patna which has a railway to Raxaul which lies in Nepal-India
border (Railways: total 59 km).
Transportation - Although Nepal is a landlocked
country, the Himalayan Kingdom has access to the sea through
the ports of Calcutta and Haldia in India. The port of Calcutta
is about 1150 kilometers from the Nepalese border close to
Biratnagar.. The cargo bound for Nepal is forwarded either
by rail or road to the land customs post of the Indo-Nepal
border upon the clearance of Indian port and customs authorities
in Calcutta and the average transit time through India could
be 3 to 7 days. Transfer of freight by containers from Calcutta
is becoming highly significant as this tends to reduce the
transit time. The registered clearing agents with good repute
could assist in the smooth and speedy clearance of goods through
The port of Chittagong, Bangladesh is the nearest port from
Nepal border. It is situated on the right bank of river Karnafuli
at a distance of about 9 nautical miles from the shore line
of Bay of Bengal. Nepal has been requesting India to access
this port directly from Nepal border which is just 40 kilometers
from the border. Apart from this the Government of Nepal is
planning to construct a “Dry Port” in Birgunj,
which will be directly connected to the Indian railway system.