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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different modes to reach Kathmandu?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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How to travel to a place is often an area of major concern and contemplation when planning a holiday. The best part about Kathmandu has to be its hassle free connectivity. Read on, make your pick and zip to Kathmandu for a lovely time!

  • Air
    Shell out some cash and reach Kathmandu in a jiffy. The Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal which has flights operating to and from Delhi (Indian Airlines, JetLite), Bangkok (Thai Airways), Gulf countries (through Fly Dubai, Etihad Airways and Gulf Air) and some European countries too (ArkeFly for travel to and from Amsterdam). Nepal Airlines, their in-house jet fleet offers connectivity with Delhi, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Singapore and Shanghai.

    Travellers who do not have direct flights from their home grounds can opt for flights to their nearest destination in India or Bangkok and take a connecting flight.
    Pack your bags and hop on to the next available flight, for you really don't want to miss this one.

  • Road

    For hardcore roadies, there are several routes that can be taken to reach Kathmandu by road. From India, travellers could choose a route via Gorakhpur, one of the most popular routes to Nepal.

    One could opt for a road-trip from Kolkata via Raxaul and get into Kathmandu through Birgunj. The other alternative is the entry point of Janakpur, near Sitamadhi in Bihar.

    Nepal shares road connectivity with China and Tibet as well, though these roads might be a little too tricky to navigate because of poor maintenance. Tread here only if you trust your driving skills blindly and can manoeuvre a heavy-duty SUV.

    If you love the roads, or a long drive while you look out of the window or simply, save up on travel expenses, then reaching Kathmandu by bus is the answer for you. The travel time can be exhaustingly long, but perhaps worth the cheap prices, for then, you can splurge to your heart's content once you're in Kathmandu. One can opt for buses to Kathmandu from Patna, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Lucknow. As Gorakhpur is one of the popular route to Nepal, check out Gorakhpur to Kathmandu bus schedule. Once inside Nepal, one can take minibuses to Kathmandu, or pay for cabs.

    Though the distance might not seem all that much, narrow roads and massive traffic jams can extend your Kathmandu trip by upto 3 days. Visa regulations remain the same, irrespective of whether you opt for a flight or a slowly chugging bus.

Given its mountainous orientation, Kathmandu doesn't enjoy a superior connectivity with rest of the world by means of railway. Make your choice and come to the City of Tea Gardens and Royals and take back home a plethora of lovable memories.

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