Pokhara Transportation

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    Yeti Air

    by PierreZA Written Jan 9, 2009

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    Yeti Airlines

    Yeti Air is one of the many domestic airlines offering flights to different destinations in Nepal, and also offers ‘Mountain Flights’.
    We flew to Pokhara with Yeti Airlines. The flight to Pokhara is only 22minutes (opposed to the 6-8 hours by bus).
    If you do take this option, try to sit on the R side (window) for spectacular mountain views! (It is as R side as you are in your seat facing the cockpit). From Pokhara to Kathmandu - on the left side. On our way back, we were pushed and elbowed out of the way by a group of tourists from the East, giving no chance to get a seat. At least we had on the KTM - POK flight.
    A return flight was around 90 US$, and flights are quite full

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    Pokhara Airport

    by Saagar Written Apr 29, 2008

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    Check-in at Pokhara

    Pokhara airport is small and quite efficient. It has easy access from Lakeside and downtown (10 minutes), you pass two ticket/access checks prior to be let into the check-in counters. Easy to see/ask if your flight is ready to check in/delays etc. If seriously delayed, check in, security check your luggage and go upstairs to the rooftop cafe. Expensive prices for Nepal, but hey, a good way of waiting over a lemon soda or beer and snacks. When you see your plane is landing, proceed to security check and enter the departure hall. A bit confusing regarding what airline is departing, and lots of people pushing to get on what they think may be their flight, but it will sort itself out. It is a good idea to call your airline before your flight to find out if it is worth leaving the hotel or not!

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    Kathmandu to Pokhara & Back.

    by goutammitra Written Sep 19, 2007

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    Kathmandu - Pokhra Toyota Micro Bus.
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    We decided to go to Pokara by Micro Bus as we wanted to travel with the locals in a comfortable way and also to learn about them. Let me tell you that these buses are not at all uncomfortable as said by the travel agents. We were told that the fare is Rs.900/- per pax in Nepali currency to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We paid only Rs.300/- in Micro Bus per head. And to our surprise we returned from Pokhara in Tourist Class bus by buying tickets from Dharma Inn by paying only Rs.350/- NC per head!!!!
    One advise to fellow traveller, please try to buy your tickets from the company itself as the travel agents make huge money9 Comission) by selling the tickets for Bus or Air. I have seen travel agents give their own tickets and mention the bus no only.

    Our experience in both the buses were excellent and we enjoyed the trip both ways.

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    Greyhound Tourist Bus-Don't do it.

    by traceyspacey Updated May 7, 2007

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    For 390 rupees you can get to Pokhara with squashed knees and people who love to recline their seats as far as they can no matter how uncomfortable you are and they know it. I don't recommend this. It was an uncomfortable ride. The bus broke down part way. They used a lit candle to melt a rubber pipe so it would stay put, this was done whilst standing over the engine. There was water coming from the air vents. Don't do it unless you really have to.

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    Pokhara - Tansen

    by josephescu Written Mar 10, 2007
    midnight snack

    Now this route was a perfect example as to how much deceiving a map can be to an ignorant westerner mind. A comparative analysis of the meaning of the word “highway” in Nepal seemed to indicate us that the distance to Tansen should be covered in between 2-3 hours, and that there are many buses leaving to Tansen all along the day, until late afternoon.

    WRONG! It was winter time, and there were no buses leaving to Tansen after 5 pm. Nevertheless, “I have solution for you”…we were told by an old man selling tickets….”you take night bus to Tansen…leaves in one hour, at 7 p.m.”. What on earth can we do in Tansen in the middle of the night? “no, bus arrive early morning in Butwal…from there you catch bus to Tansen, veeery frequent”. This is how we arrived to a nightmarish ride….bus route Pokhara – Mulging – Narayangarh – Butwal, with the last 2 seats at the end of the bus (6 seats in a row in total), crowded like sardines in a cane with no space to move a single finger unless the whole row moved another finger, we began a 10 hours adventure on Nepali roads by night…with a decrepit bus barley holding pieces together…..bearing in mind the LP recommendation of “significant risk of accident” and “it’s uncommon to drive for more than one hour on any stretch of road without passing the burnt-out shell of a public bus crushed like tin foil into the canyon below”. Thanks god we had a 2 hours “sleep break” after midnight. The friend I was travelling with saw the bright side – “the only foreigner in the whole bus is a Japanese. He’s quite thin, his shoulder is pressing my ribs like hell, but I guess we can get some extra centimetres if I push him a little further against the window”. And so he did…

    Once in Butwal, it was easy enough to jump in the first bus for Tansen, where we arrived on hour later for the price of 50 Nepali rupees.

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    To Pokhara from Kathmandu

    by josephescu Written Mar 10, 2007

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    landscape on the road to Pokhara

    The mountain road between Kathmandu and Pokhara is called “highway”, although it would not qualify not even as a secondary road as per other standards – average speed 30 kms/h.

    Pokhara being a major town and a favourite week-end destination, there are many buses between the two, leaving before lunch. There maybe some night buses as well, but cannot be sure, better ask for yourself. Hence, we simply got up early morning and around 7 a.m. arrived in Kantipath, the road from where buses to Pokhara usually leave. We didn’t even manage to get our luggage off the rickshaw when a typical “quarrel” started among the locals, as to which bus should we take and who should leave first, thus taking us as well. Knowing it will not make any difference to us, we simply waited for the drivers to decide our faith, and in no time our luggage was up on the roof of some bus. Now the decision was clear enough, so we knew we should jump in that bus.

    These being said, we arrived in Pokhara after 3 short stops and 5 1/2 hours later, for the price of 250 Nepali rupees each. Pretty straightforward, isn’t it?!

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    Taxi or Bus to Pokhara?

    by JohnniOmani Written May 15, 2006

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    Getting to Pokhara is not a challenge but it can be extremely hazardous because the buses fly there through the mountains and in 9 hours on the public bus I saw 8 crashes with about 4 of them being fatal. I shared a taxi back to Kathmandu because I didnt want to end up a statistic. The taxi cost about 30$ and well worth it, you can always fly for dirt cheap but I wanted to see the scenery in between the two cities. Think twice about the bus to and from Pokhara.

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    Reliable driver and jeep in Pokhara

    by Saagar Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Finding a 4x4 vehicle and a reliable driver isn't so easy as a lone or independent tourist in Pokhara.
    But try to contact Shyam Lama who lives out in Lekhnath 2 just east of Pokhara on telephone 9846021272 and enquire with him.
    He may well show up with his landrover, helper, local knowledge of people, places roads and conditions in the vicinity of Pokhara.
    I want to give him my best recommendations. Price is a bit higher than for a less well maintained vehicle and for a less knowledgeable driver, but I'd put my bet on Shyam for getting you safely there and back.

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    Pokhara Airport will be moved

    by Saagar Written Dec 22, 2004

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    Tight spot on the approach

    Due to the dangerous approach path planes have to take, the current airport will be closed eventually, and a new one is slowly being constructed in Leknath municipality, some 5-6 km out of town along the Kathmandu road. As long as the insurgency goes on, this work will not be prioritised, but it is bound to happen some day. The sign for the new airport has already been put up...

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    Kathmandu-Pokhara by air

    by Saagar Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Above Pokhara

    These airlines service Pokhara:
    Buddha Air
    Cosmic Air
    Yeti Airlines
    Gorkha Arlines
    Everest Air
    RNAC - Royal Nepal
    Sita Air.

    The fare hovers around 70 USD one way, nearly the same for all airlines. The fastest is Buddha, but they have troubles with schedules these days (see Nepal transportation tip), the best bet for availability is probably Cosmic, which has larger aircrafts.

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    Air travel cancellations and delays

    by Saagar Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Foggy runway

    Maybe a danger or warning tip??? I may just duplicate it there...

    Pokhara Airport's relative lack of technical infrastructure and a nasty ridge/hill to the south in the flight/take-off path, makes the airport very prone to cancellations due to bad sight conditions, fog, rain etc. Sometimes they use the weather argument to cover up technical mishaps and no info available-situations as well.
    Just bank on this - don't think you'll be able to connect with an international flight out of Kathmandu the same day.
    Calculate the delay hours, and perhaps opt for the bus or taxi to KTM instead.

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    Taxi fare to/from the airport

    by Saagar Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Landing in Pokhara - the adventure begins!

    First of all, the city bus (doing its rounds passing by the airport) will take you to the key accommodation spots for next to nothing in terms of money.
    If you take a taxi you will discover it will take about Rs 100 to Dam Side locations and 150 to Lake Side locations. Count on 70-80 Rs for city centre locations if the driver understands you know the place a little.
    They insist that there is a fixed price from the airport - yes, that may be true - the taxi drivers have fixed the price! They certainly won't use the meter.
    But never mind, it's not much after all and they'll take you to the door of your hotel/guest house. I have never had any trouble with taxi drivers in Pokhara, even if it seems confusing at times such as with the dishing out of taxis at the airport (this for you, that one for them etc.), they will get you to your place. And not with the KTM aggressiveness - things are slow in Pokhara. The only trouble you can get is a taxi break-down, language problems regarding little-known destinations and if you hire a private car/fake taxi. Taxis have black licence plates. But not necessarily meters, here in Pokhara.

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    4-wheel drive rentals in Pokhara

    by Saagar Updated Apr 21, 2004
    Travel in style once in a while

    To reach remote road destinations outside the Pokhara Valley, an 4-wheel drive vehicle may be necessary.
    However, to find such a vehicle is apparently extraordinarily difficult. Some hotels have connections, but the fee is very high.
    The better the car, the rougher the terrain, the more Maoists, the richer appearance of passengers, the higher the price.
    The only organised rental agency I have found is Vardan Vehicles. I made use of a Toyota landcruiser to a very rough area, and the price was high, 6500 Rs for about half a day. But then we crammed in 15 people. For a trekking group of say, 5-6 persons, 6500 Rs is affordable to get out to the trail head with allthe luggage, safely.
    Local people often use Russian jeeps, Indian Mahindra or Savari jeeps, and some of them ply as public taxi services on rough country roads. These can be hired for charter as well (best through your local connections) and the 6500 may easily come down to 1800-2000 for the same distance this way, but with less certainty of arrival due to technical quality.
    Travelling on the back bumper on a Russian jeep once from Begnas Bazaar to Taal Besi I counted 36 persons on board. This was probably not very safe, and if you do not want to go local, go for the more expensive hire solution. The more time in advance you ask, the more negotiation room you have. From the Lake Side or airport of Pokhara and two hours drive out, about 4500-500 Rs would be reasonable for a good vehicle.

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    TO INDIA

    by cancian Updated Sep 25, 2003

    There are many agency that can help you but your hotel also.
    To Sunauli (Nepal- India border) you can take a bus (no tourist bus) or a taxi.
    Taxi take about 6 hours so when you are in Sunauli you can spent the afternoon in Lumbini (22 km).
    About 65 euro for a taxi.
    Bus is cheaper but 9 hours again.

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    FROM KATHMANDU

    by cancian Written Sep 17, 2003

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    bus waiting for us

    From Katmandu take a bus.
    Ask for roads condition at your Hotel.
    The best Bus Company is GREEN LINE and start in front of Royal Palace.
    We pay about 300 Rs and bus take 9 hours and not 5 or 6.
    Road can be very bad and may be you must walk for 30-45 minutes.
    Don't want a trekking?
    Our Company was Peace and Heaven Bus!!!!!!

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