How To Reach Kathmandu
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Travel To Kathmandu
The Valley of Kathmandu once used to be the link between the hilly terrains of Tibet and the green plains of North India. Thousands of traders made their way up and down the routes with their merchandises all through the year. When modernization took over, these trade routes became defunct and were replaced by highways and expressways. Tribhuvan Highway towards the south, Prithvi Highway to the west and Araniko Highway to the north are the main arteries of long-route commute which connects the capital city with the rest of the country.
How to reach from India
The best way to reach is India to Kathmandu flights from any of the cities they are available from. Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, located only 6 km away from the city is the busiest and most popular one in the country. The international terminal connects Kathmandu and consequently Nepal with around 30 cities in Europe and Asia.
Other than flying to Nepal Kathmandu Airport, taking the roadways through the border is another popular form of the commute between the two countries. There are multiple border crossings between the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the south and Nepal in the north. Sunauli is the most popular one. Raxaul, Banbasa, and Panitanki are the others. From across the border, there are bus stops that take the Tribhuvan Highway to reach Kathmandu.
Here’s how to reach Kathmandu from India via different modes of transport in brief detail.
Tribhuvan International Airport connects Kathmandu with multiple Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pune, Bangalore – the list is long. It operates to other countries of the middle-east and south-east Asia as well. Flights to Kathmandu are frequent from these cities. Going from Delhi to Kathmandu is the easiest by far. Kolkata to Kathmandu is not that difficult either. There are cheap flights to Kathmandu from these two cities, and the flight duration is mostly under 1 hour and 30 minutes. The best India to Kathmandu flights are mostly operated by Air India and Jet Airways.
To go from India to Kathmandu via train, one must go through the Delhi-UP route. The nearest railway station to Kathmandu is Gorakhpur in UP which can be easily reached from Delhi. There is no India to Kathmandu Nepal train that reaches the city directly, but this is as close as it gets. There was one between Janakpur in Nepal and Jainagar in India, but the line at present is redundant. From Gorakhpur, the rest of the commute has to be made via road. There are local buses or jeeps to take passengers to the border at Sunauli in 3 hours, and then across the border from Bhairawa, there are overnight buses to Kathmandu.
There are several roadway connections between India and Kathmandu, and they are quite extensively used by residents of both countries. The Sunaili border crossing, accessible from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is the busiest India-Nepal border. Raxaul crossing near Patna in Bihar is also frequently used, although the town itself is not a very eventful one. There are direct bus services from Delhi, Varanasi or Raxaul to Kathmandu as well, which take from 7-10 hours to reach Kathmandu depending on the starting location. For people living in the east – West Bengal, Sikkim and north-eastern states of India, the Panitanki border is the best option. There are Kathmandu bus services, jeeps and hired cars from Siliguri in WB and Gangtok in Sikkim. The journey takes around 14-16 hours.
|Distance||By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to kathmandu||N/A||2.0 hours||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Mumbai to kathmandu||N/A||3.0 hours||40.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Kolkata to kathmandu||N/A||1.0 hours||21.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Bangalore to kathmandu||N/A||8.0 hours||47.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Chennai to kathmandu||N/A||5.0 hours||48.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Hyderabad to kathmandu||N/A||8.0 hours||38.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Ahmedabad to kathmandu||N/A||8.0 hours||33.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Pune to kathmandu||N/A||5.0 hours||40.0 hours||N/A||N/A|
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FAQ's of kathmandu
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Yes. There are a lot of Indian multi-cuisine restaurants in Kathmandu. Kathmandu
Tourists may avoid the month of January to visit Kathmandu because of extreme cold. Other than that, it is comfortable all year round.
Yes. Tourists can conveniently enter casinos. However, localites are not allowed.
Yes. The localites are friendly and understand both English and Hindi.
Nepalese Rupee is accepted in Kathmandu.
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