Pokhara Transportation

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    To Pokhara from Kathmandu

    by josephescu Written Mar 10, 2007

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    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?!

    landscape on the road to Pokhara
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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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    Air travel to Pokhara

    by Saagar Updated Aug 27, 2010

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    There used to be air links from several places to and from Pokhara. It's become reduced to the following:
    1) Pokhara-Kathmandu-Pokhara.
    2) Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara.
    3) Pokhara-Bharatpur-Pokhara.
    4) Pokhara-Manang-Pokhara.
    5) Pokhara-Baglung-Pokhara
    6) Light aircraft (micro) sightseeing around Pokhara valley.

    There is talk of adding international flights to Pokhara by Buddha Air: Lucknow and Patna. Also airlines are contemplating flights to Nepalgunj and Surkhet from pokhara. For travellers the real deal would be Pokhara-Dolpo/Jumla/Mugu/Simkot, but probably fuel restrictions (long journeys except to Dolpo) would hinder this, and perhaps powerful people who like to see all traffic diverted to the Nepalgunj hub...

    In the "old days" at the heyday of airlines privatisation, a reasonable operational RNAC, and prior to Mao's forced entry on the scene there were flights to Baglung, Bhairawa, Jumla and Nepalgunj as well, and mountain sightseeing flights.

    Taking off from Pokhara
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    Pokhara Airport will be moved

    by Saagar Written Dec 22, 2004

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    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...

    Tight spot on the approach
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    Kathmandu-Pokhara by air

    by Saagar Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    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.

    Above Pokhara
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    FROM KATHMANDU

    by cancian Written Sep 17, 2003

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    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!!!!!!

    bus waiting for us
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    Bus from Sunauli

    by illumina Written Apr 18, 2010

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    We caught a bus from the border at Sunauli, which I think should take about 8-10 hours, but because of the not infrequent road blocks it will almost certainly take longer. The roads are often blockaded due to road accidents - trucks and buses hit people, and locals close off the road until an agreement about compensation has been reached. It took us about 12 hours.

    The views are great though - green paddy fields, beautiful river gorges filled with deep turquoise water, trees with glorious red blossoms in the spring... wonderful!

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    Scooter Hire

    by illumina Written Apr 18, 2010

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    Scooters can be hired for a few hundred rupees per day, the best place to find them is at the crossroads in lakeside - the arm leading away from the lake has a cluster of shops with bikes outside, enquire within for prices.

    We hired a scooter, and the guy we hired it from said it wouldn't make it up to Sarangkot, but it did with no problems apart from me having to get off and walk a couple of times while my partner gunned it up a particularly steep bit!

    Driving around Pokhara old town takes a bit of getting used to and we did get a little bit lost, but we found our way eventually thanks to some friendly and helpful locals! Don't expect any signposts, and the map in the LP guidebook isn't really detailed enough.

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    My husband hired a motorbike...

    by NoodleT Written Sep 4, 2002

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    My husband hired a motorbike in Pokhara, I believe it only cost about £4 per day, and we could both get around on it. You don't have to have a license so it's up to you if you want to risk hiring one - helmets are provided.

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    Green Line Bus to Kathmandu.

    by euzkadi Written Sep 26, 2009

    This company has a comfortable daily air conditioning bus to Kathmandu leaving at 8,00am, the journey takes from six to eight hours (we spent nine hours due to an accident). The bus leaves from Green Line bus station in south lakeside Pokhara. The cost is about $12 and includes a lunch in the beautiful River Side Resort (an old colonial hotel). It´s a good option fo flight from Kathmandu (as i did) and return by bus, the views of the mountains really worth the time.

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    Pokhara - Tansen

    by josephescu Written Mar 10, 2007

    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.

    midnight snack
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    4-wheel drive rentals in Pokhara

    by Saagar Updated Apr 21, 2004

    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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    Flying to and from Pokhara.

    by cachaseiro Written May 21, 2012

    Pokhara has a small airport that serves a few domestic destinations including Kathmandu with several flights a day.
    You have quite a few nepali airlines operating from Pokhara so there is a little competition.
    Prices for domestic flights from Pokhara tend to be around 50 to 100 US dollars for a one way ticket.
    Taking the bus to Kathmandu is a lot cheaper, but it´s also a long journey and flying is worth considering if you have limited amount of time in Nepal.
    The airport is located very centrally in Pokhara and you can walk to the airport if you don´t feel like paying for a cab or a minibus, but be ware that it will take you around half an hour to walk there from the lakeside.

    Pokhara airport.
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    Sarangkot-Kaskikot-Naudanda Bus.

    by euzkadi Written Feb 16, 2010

    There are a lot of small guest houses along this route for those who want to enjoy the full rural experience, so if you are carriying a big backpack the best way to reach these hostels are by bus, there are some basic buses with irregular services along the road.

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