airlines like royal nepal,buddha air and gurkha air connect cities in the mountain kingdom.
lukla, pokhra, and other cities are just an hour or so away by air...
mercedes benz sedans (though usually not in the best of shape) are infact a usual way of getting around town. when i first got into one, i was worried about what it would cost me... but the fare is almost the same as it would be for any other taxi.
I flew from New Delhi, India, to Kathmandu.
Within Nepal, I had a car and driver, but I stayed pretty close to Kathmandu. The country is large enough that people with limited time need to fly to other cities.
If you want to take a plane from Lukla back to Kathmandu, you need to plan one or two days buffer in your schedule. Since the freight from Lukla to Kathmandu is highly depend on the climate, so the freight can suddenly cancel due to bad weather.
In high season, you also to book the freight before to ensure you have a seat.
Flew in on Royal Nepal. Sit on the left to see the Himalayas.
Buses are very cheap, but really uncomfortable. You have to do at least one of them. You see so much of the countryside and small villages, but if you are short for time, planes are fairly cheap and the views are pretty special too. To reach Lukla to start the trek, I took a spectacular helicopter ride.
We did a trekking through the Kali Gandaki valley
Our starting point was Jomsom.
To get there we took the plane in Pokhara.
The only way to get to Jomsom is by plane or on foot.
The safest and best bet is to go by plane. We took the Royal Nepal Airlines. Thank goodness it was a safe and uneventful journey. Mmmm, perhaps I've watched too many spy movies where terrorists are ALWAYS hijacking planes heading to some exotic faraway lands!!!!!!!
Be like Lawrence of Arabia and ride on a horse!!!!! (LOL). Of course not!!!! You will get a chance to ride on these cute sturdy horses when you go mountain trekking. In the mean time, hitchhike!!!! Yes, I'm just pulling your leg again. Sightseeing can be best done on foot. No, you won't faint! Well at least I didn't. Bus travel in the city is DIRT cheap but very time consuming and it is ALWAYS crowded. Your next best bet is to take the many taxis plying the dusty roads. It is also DIRT cheap to ride on these taxis; and I'm sure you are soooo brilliant and have already figured out that you do need to bargain on the price in advance as these Nepalese drivers can sometimes choose not to use the meter! Point a gun at them and insist that they USE THE METER!!!!!!!! But purleeeeease, don't tell them I taught you these things!!!! Not good for my reputation at all. :-(
I went to Kathmandu from Singapore with Nepal Airlines. Interesting flight, but I have nothing to complain about - well OK, the coffee-machine didn't work one way, but who cares. Kathmandu lies well hidden in a 'pot' surrounded by mountains, so be prepared for a brutal landing...
Bus! Great views of breathtaking ravines...
If you're coming to Nepal, I suggest taking a plane, it's too far to walk, unless you're already in India. From America you can fly either East or West. I like to go West and stop in Asia, Thailand or Japan, before continuing on to Kathmandu. It will take two days to get here from the states so it's nice to break up the trip if you have the time.
There are no trains here in Nepal like in India. There is one cable car that goes to a temple in Manakamana, but that is not really 'getting around'. You can rent a motorcycle or bicycle for the Kathmandu Valley but outside the valley you'll have to take a bus or a plane to get around.
In the Royal Chitwan National Jungle, you can ride an elephant!
In the mountains you'll probably have to walk, but trekking is why most people come here anyway. There are no roads in the mountains so if you don't have a horse, you're trekking. Unless you're injured or ill and you'll travel in a basket called dhoko on someone's back.
I like taking the bus. There are two types; tourist bus which is somewhat comfortable and the local bus which is packed to the brim with people. It's best to ride on top of the local bus I think. Better views, fresh air and no goats or chickens.
In Kathmandu, you can get around by taxi, tempoo or rickshaw. The rickshaws are fun and cheap and exciting to ride, at least once!
Air Nepal from Bangkok. Get there early as they often double book the flights. First come first serve for seats. Sit on the right side window for the best view of the Himalayas.
Very little choice. By local car. Take your Bible or whatever you use to communicate with God.
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