Transportation In Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country.It is located in between India and China. There are also many village and agriculture roads. The total length of roads in Nepal, stretch to about 28,000 kilometers. The International Airport at Kathmandu is the sole international airport in Nepal, while there are 42 domestic airports in the country.

The domestic airports enhance the growth and development of the economy of Nepal.The international airport at Kathmandu connects the country to other international destinations. The transport and communication system in Nepal is constantly being updated and upgraded with time. The facilities are being improved and infrastructure is being developed to make Nepal an advanced country.

1)Public Transportation:
There are many buses, minibusses, and microbuses available at Ratnapark (Old Bus Park) which depart to different destinations in the valley. Three wheelers run by the battery are also available for Kathmandu commuters.

2)Meter Taxi
Consult Kathmandu Valley map to find out the direction of your destination. Hail a taxi, which is easily recognizable by its taxi sign on top and black license plate. As a rough guide, a trip inside the city will cost anywhere between Rs 20/- to 200/- (depending on the distance). No tip is expected. A metered taxi from the airport to downtown will cost about Rs 150 to Rs 200. Private taxis may charge slightly higher than the ordinary taxis. There is also an arrangement of Night Taxi service operated by the major hotels. the fare is slightly higher than the metered taxi. One can rent a private car through a travel agent or a car rental company.

3)Hire Mountain Bike/ Ordinary Bicycle
Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles are cheap and the best form of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari, and Jhochhen.

4)Long Distance Bus Service
Long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all cities of Nepal. A new bus park has been constructed at Gongabu on the Ring Road near Balaju from where buses depart for the different destinations.

5)Domestic Air Service
Royal Nepal Airlines (RA) has an extensive network of air services in the interior of Nepal. It has scheduled connection flights from Kathmandu to Taplejung, Bhadrapur, Rajbiraj, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Lukla, Lamidanda, Tunmlingtar, Rumjatar, Biratnagar, Simara, Janakpur, Ramechhap, Bharatpur, Meghuli, Pokhara, Jomsom, Manang, Baglung, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj Chaurjhahari, Surkhet, Dang, Dolpa, Jumla, Bajura, Baitadi, Dipayal, Darchula, Mahendranagar, Dhangadi, Tikapur and Sanfebagar. Besides RA, other domestic airlines such as Buddha Air, Cosmic Air, Lumbini Airways, Gorkha Airlines, Karnali Air Services, and yeti Airways provide regular and charter services to popular domestic destinations.

6)Airport Bus
An Airport Tourist Bus now shuttles passengers between Tribhuvan International Airport and downtown Kathmandu. Metered taxis are also easily available. One may also avail of the prepaid taxis upon arrival.

7)City Bus
There are many buses and minibusses available at Ratnapark (Old Bus Park) which depart to different destinations in the valley. There is also a Trolley Bus Service which starts at Tripureswor (near the Dashrath Stadium) and runs along the Arniko Highway and ends at Surya Vinayak (Bhaktapur). Bus services operate from early morning (5 or 6 am) till 8 or 9 p.m.

8)Walking around in Nepal
It is possible to walk around many parts of Nepal’s main cities. Tourist zones are in fact best seen on foot as there are often lots of interesting side streets and buildings.There are however a few things to keep in mind when tackling Nepal by foot. There are very, very few street names. Between motorbikes, taxies, the odd rickshaw, cow and a sea of humanity it can be quite a struggle if you are not used to it. Nepal’s pedestrian pathways are also basically nonexistent.It’s certainly very possible to walk around Kathmandu city or Pokhara and enjoy yourself. Just watch your step! Meanwhile out in the mountainside villages the lack of vehicles makes for some fantastic walking and trekking experiences.

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