Trasportation in Nepal – how to travel in Nepal

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One word to sum up transportation- vehicles and roads in Kathmandu: Bizarre!

Yes, if you have been to Kathmandu then you will know exactly what I mean. Even walking in the some of the streets like Ason or Thamel is such a pain at times. If you land up taking a vehicle in these streets, you will be honking horns like crazy, to people who would seem to be deaf and blind or even suicidal. Nepal, Kathmandu, Traffic on Kantipath Rd Now, let me get back to the topic if I may (I believe I got a bit carried away). These are the basic modes of transportation in Kathmandu.

Public Transport:

• Cabs:

This seems to be the best way to get around places, although it’s a bit expensive.

I am very certain that you won’t be able to get child seats in the cabs even if you ask for it in advance.

It is always better to have a taxi fare app in your smart phones or tablets so that the drivers don’t charge you more. The fare system is pretty good in case of taxi, Rs 50 for 1km of distance covered.

What makes is complicated is the taxi drivers not willing to use distance meter (not all of them) and bargaining the fare. So, if you’re good at this art, it’s a treasure for you. The app would be an extra support, material for reference!

•    Micro:

You can find micro vans almost everywhere in the main routes. They have cheap fare and usually take less time to get to the destination than buses.

But get ready to be squeezed by other passengers because a seat meant for 3 people will be occupied by 4 and sometimes even 5 people. So, if you want to travel in a micro, in a relaxed manner, get the front seats beside the driver.

The basic fare ranges from Rs. 15- Rs. 25 per person depending on the distance. They even offer special discount of up to 40% on basic fare, only for students.

•    Buses:

If you are in Nepal and don’t travel in a bus at least once, you are missing out on something. Best time to have a bus experience would be after 5 p.m. when they are packed with people.

The beauty of buses lies in the smell they have. That pungent smell is something that you have to (and will) get used to if you are going on a long ride.

The other thing is that a bus is considered packed not when the seats are full but when there is no space at all, even to stand. Sometimes on long routes, you may have to sit on the roof which is also an adventure. local_bus_nepal Best place to sit in a bus – beside an open window.

The basic fare ranges from Rs. 15- Rs. 40 per person depending on the distance. They even offer special discount of up to 40% on basic fare, only for students.

•    Sajha Bus:

These are big green buses which you will see on the roads. These are government owned and operated, and pretty much decent as they have been here only for like a year.

When the service first started years back (which got discontinued for some years), they even had a theme song for these buses. Now you know how important Sajha Buses are for us.

If you happen to travel on these routes, I recommend you to try Sajha Yatayat.

Route No 1: Lagankhel – Jawalakhel – Tripureswar – NAC – Kantipath – Teaching -  Maharajgunj – Basundhara and Gongabu New Bus Park and back same way.

Route No 2: Kalanki – Kalimati – Tripureswar – Maitighar – New Baneswar – Tinkune – Sinamangal – TIA Airport and back same way.

The basic fare ranges from Rs. 15- Rs. 25 per person depending on the distance. They even offer special discount of up to 40% on basic fare, only for students.

•    Tempo:

These battery operated vehicles are again very delightful. They follow the theme of ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. If you are not in a hurry or just want to kill some time, try the tempos.

Again, if you want to have the best seat, sit on the front seat beside the driver. This way, you will know how these things are operated and you won’t have to sit sideways staring at the other passengers.

The basic fare ranges from Rs. 15- Rs. 25 per person depending on the distance.

Hiring:

If you think you have a heart of a lion, that you can drive your own vehicle on the roads here, you can hire.

•    Bicycles:

For beginners, I would recommend starting with bicycles- just to get the feel of how it is like. Bicycles are easy to travel with, esp. in the traffic.

Now, when you are able to ride your bicycle around Kathmandu, you can upgrade to bikes or scooters – obviously if you have a valid license.

If you land up getting stuck here during Nepal Banda, you would most definitely like to get a bicycle.

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You may hire standard quality mountain bikes in around Rs. 125 per day whereas imported bikes could be rented for Rs. 400 per day.

•    Bike/ Scooty:

I personally feel that bikes and scooters are the best travel vehicles for Kathmandu. They are small, can easily get across crowded roads and traffic, and are pretty fast.

But make sure you have the helmet on and the clip locked if you don’t want to pay Rs. 200 fine. Also, be aware of the ‘Ma.Pa.Se.’ (a traffic police division set to check drunken driving) You cannot even have a sip of alcohol and ride. If you do, you will have pay Rs. 1000, stay for an hour in road safety class the next morning and have your bike seized for the night or even spend the night in a jail.

You can rent a 125 cc bike in Rs. 600 per day. The better the models, the higher the price

•    Car:

Cars are also ok to drive around Kathmandu but I would recommend you to get smaller cars because they are easier to get through the traffic here.

The ‘Ma.Pa.Se’ rule is also applied in this case.

You can rent a car in Rs. 1500- Rs. 2000 per day, again depending on the mode and other facilities.

I’m not sure how you were planning to handle your transportation issues but I hope that things are pretty clear now. I mean, who would have thought there are so many options available for you.

Think over what you find comfort in and choose your ride!

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