How to Reach Nepal
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How to Reach Nepal
Being well-connected to some major countries through the network of roadways, railway stations and airways, Nepal is quite accessible from India as both the nations share a common border. There are many India to Nepal flights, nonstop and with stops operating from different cities of the country. Other than airways, crossing the border by road is the most popular means of commuting from the major Indian cities. There are well-maintained roadway and railway networks as well. While in order to figure out how to reach Nepal from India in the best possible way, go through our below guide in detail.
The main airport in Nepal is the Tribhuvan International Airport, 5 kilometres away from the city centre of the capital Kathmandu. It is the busiest one in the country and also the only international airport that connects Nepal with the rest of the world. Those living in North India can also consider roadway travel a very convenient mode, especially from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar region. The regions where border-crossing is allowed are Sunauli in UP, Raxaul in Bihar, Banbasa in Uttarakhand and Panitanki in West Bengal.
Indian citizens are not required to acquire a visa to enter Nepal. Though, in order to travel by flight, one needs to show a valid passport or Voter ID at the immigration centre. However, visitors from other foreign countries can obtain a visa-on-arrival at the Kathmandu Airport.
Now, just go through our guide to find out how to reach Nepal from India via different modes of transport.
There are multiple flights from Delhi to Nepal on a daily basis, and many of them are direct. The nonstop flights are operated mostly by Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo and Nepal Airlines. Though, India to Nepal flight duration for these flights is around 1 hour 45 minutes, often the flights take longer to reach because of the layovers at Delhi. However, flights are the best means of transport to reach India from Nepal, especially if you are not from the northern part of the country.
The historic British-era Nepal train line running from Janakpur in Nepal to Jayanagar in India was shut down in 2014 and is currently under upgrade. Besides that, there are several India-Nepal railway lines, including ones connected with New Jalpaiguri, Jogbani and Nepalganj Road. For now, there is no direct India to Nepal train. However, Gorakhpur and Raxaul being the closest stations on the Nepal route, one can take trains up to there and make the rest of the journey by road. There are trains from Howrah Station near Kolkata to the Raxaul Junction at the border.
India to Nepal distance from Delhi to Kathmandu via roadway is around 21 hours. Coincidentally, this is also one of the better routes to get into Nepal. The most-used India-Nepal border is the one at Sunauli, Uttar Pradesh. This can be reached via Gorakhpur by train from Delhi. Other borders that can be used to get into Nepal are Raxaul which can be reached from Kolkata or Patna. Raxaul and Gorakhpur are the nearest railway stations to Nepal in India.
|Distance||By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Nepal||N/A||1.0 hours||30.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Mumbai to Nepal||N/A||3.0 hours||34.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Kolkata to Nepal||N/A||1.0 hours||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Hyderabad to Nepal||N/A||9.0 hours||35.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Chennai to Nepal||N/A||7.0 hours||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ahmedabad to Nepal||N/A||6.0 hours||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Pune to Nepal||N/A||8.0 hours||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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FAQ's of Nepal
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Travellers can travel via bus, car or flights. However, flights do get delayed now and then.
Yes. The guides understand and speak English, Hindi and Nepali.
If you are on a vacation, you can include Pokhara, Kathmandu and Chitawan National Park in your itinerary.
No. Indians don't need a visa to visit Nepal. However, an ID proof is needed for verification.
Yes. Nepal is absolutely safe for solo travelling. It is considered as one of the most peaceful countries in the world.
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