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Sahid Sukra Marg, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

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travel ktm to varanasi

by Michael73

Want to travel from ktm to varanasi, by train and/or bus, no fly. Anyone has done that yet and have some suggestions? And down in Chitwan NP, are there buses going into India?

Re: travel ktm to varanasi

by into-thin-air

From Sauraha (Chitwan) you will have to catch a bus to Bhairawa, then walk across the border to the Indian side (Sunauli)
From there its bets to catch a jeep to Gorakhpur form where you can catch a train to Varanasi.(Trains being a lot more comfortable than busses)
However at the moment there are strikes in the Terai and these are badly affecting transportation – so best re- access the situation when you are there.
Good Luck

Re: travel ktm to varanasi

by travelinxs

Just to add to Robs helpful posting above (hi Rob, hows it going?) be careful of any offers of 'through buses' that promise to take you all the way. You will almost certainly havr to change buses at the border, and its best to have a choise of which to get on next... and be sure you dont get stranded when the connecting bus doesnt exist! Yea, the 'indefinite strike' was still going strong a couple of weks ago. Also the mahouts, or elephant drivers at Chitwan went on strike over pay! Guessing they might be back to work again by now!

Re: travel ktm to varanasi

by Michael73

Thanx guys!

Travel Tips for Kathmandu

Walking in the streets, prayerwheels

by sachara

I enjoyed to walk in the streets of Kathmandu. There is so much to see !
At many places in the old city are prayerwheels. In town I didn't see often devotees circumambulating clock-wise and spinning the wheels, carrying the sacred mantras ''om mani padme hum''.
At the base of this tiny stupa with prayerwheels some streetvendors have settled down.

Nepalese currency - rupees

by SLLiew

Nepalese currency is pegged to Indian currency.
1.6 Nepalese rupee = 1 Indian rupee.

1 USD = 73.4 Nepalese rupee.

1, 5, 10, 25, 50 paisa,
Rs 1, 2, 5, 10

Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000

Everything you need

by PierreZA about Thamel Area

You will most probably find everything you want to buy in Nepal in Thamel. There are many, many shops selling souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, carpets, books etc. There are also a fair amount of bakeries and supermarkets for everyday needs.
There are many shops selling similar goods, so do shop around to get the best deals. Clothing
Wool products
Books etc etc Haggle!

Kathmandu Airport

by nattybabe

The system at the airport is a strange one which I've never seen before. They are highly security consious and you will be checked 3-4 times before you board your plane.

When you first arrive you cannot get into the terminal without your bags being X-rayed and then tied with plastic ties. Then, you will need to pay your departure tax (different amounts depending on where you're going). I paid 1700rs to Bangkok and others paid 1200rs to India.

After you pay your tax, check in as normal and then proceed to the pre-departure area. Take my advice, stay there until your plane is boarding. There are shops, cafes and duty free shops in this area and is easy to pass the time in.

Once boarding, you will need to be checked by 2 different security areas and your bags completely unpacked. Then proceed to a large shed area which caters for all flights leaving. Wait there until you see people moving and board.

It's a very strange system, but it seems to work for them!

Tibetanbread and Kumari pie!

by nigelw6443 about Kumari

We spent five days under curfew so we could only eat in this restaurant but everyday they managed to feed us with what little food they could get. We mostly ate Tibetan bread with honey for breakfast and then evening meal would be spaghetti bolognaise or chicken chowmein depending on what food was available. Of course after the curfew the menu went back to normal and we could get the famous pie again! Kumari pie!


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