Nepal has recognized itself as a travelers and backpacker’s destination, displaying its magnificent landscapes, unspoiled lakes, and rivers, vast mountains, diverse cultures and traditions attached by peace and harmony. Tourism has not only helped with the exchange of culture and traditions, thoughts and principles, beliefs and ethics among nations but also has helped Nepal with its financial growth and liberty. This is the result of my extensive research of ‘How to reach Nepal from various Indian Metros’.
Tourism is the major industry in Nepal and its main source of foreign exchange and revenue. Owning 8 of the 10 highest mountains within the world, Nepal is a hot spot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and other people seeking adventure. The Hindu and Buddhist heritage of Nepal and its cool weather are also robust attractions.
If you are enthusiastic to visit this intoxicating land, here is my guideline on the different ways to reach Nepal from 4 metros of India. Scroll down and keep reading!
Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only International airport in Nepal which has direct flight from India. There are a handful of airlines that operate daily from Delhi including Royal Nepal Airlines, Vistara, Indigo, Malindo Airlines and Air India. Other international airlines that connect Nepal to Delhi are Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airlines, Silk Air, Oman Airlines, Air China, Air Asia, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia.
You might find some great deals if the flight is booked well in advance. The approximate travel time is one and a half hours. It is easy and quickest mode to fly from Delhi to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayas as you fly low over them. The Delhi-Kathmandu route is the cheapest by air among all other air routes. A second international airport is under construction in Pokhara and it is expected to be operational in the year 2021.
An economical way to travel from Delhi to Kathmandu is by train to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, then by bus or shared jeep to the border in Sanauli, then another bus or shared jeep to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa on the Nepal side of the border. The travel time is approximately 3 hours to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa.
After reaching Bhairahawa, the Nepal side border point, take another shared jeep or bus to reach Kathmandu. This bus travel will cost you around INR 600 to 800(depending on the class of bus).There are 14 trains that run from Delhi to Gorakhpur Jn. The journey will take 12 to 14 hours. Take a walk, from Sanauli to Bhairahawa, the Nepalese side of the border.
The quickest choice to get to Kathmandu from here is to possess a flight pre-booked from Bhairahawa Airport (Gautam Buddha Airport) to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A common and economic option is to break up your journey. If you arrive at Bhairahawa in the early morning, you can get on one of the many daytime buses bound to Kathmandu and enjoy the gorgeous scenery along the 183 km route.
The first passenger train to run on broad gauge between India and Nepal is likely to run from December this year (2020) as per Indian Railway report. The train will start from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa district in Janakpur Zone of south-eastern Nepal, which is a 34 km stretch.
Bus is the most convenient and cheapest option to reach Kathmandu, Nepal from Delhi. There are direct buses that run between Delhi and Kathmandu.
This AC luxury bus has the arrangement of 2X2 comfortable seating. This luxury bus is functioned from Dr. Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal, located near Delhi Gate.
The journey of this bus starts every day at 10 a.m. from Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal and reaches Kathmandu at 1 PM. This luxury Volvo bus passes through Agra and Kanpur to reach Sunauli border in Uttar Pradesh. It will take around 30 hours to reach Sunauli border. The fare of one seat in this Volvo bus is 2,300 rupees. DTC bus tickets can be booked online by clicking in this link.
Travelling by car is also a common practice. You are mandatory to pay a toll fee and a transport permit at the border crossing. Do not forget to collect the receipts as you might be asked for it at other checkpoints. Please note, there is a lot of traffic at the border that often makes the journey wearisome.
The crossing from Uttar Pradesh to Nepal at Nepalgunj is another boarder point that is rarely used, though it is open to tourists. It is tough to reach on the Indian side, and therefore less popular. There is no visa requirement and this choice is only open to Indians and Nepalese.
Though the nearest Nepal border from Delhi is Gadda Chauki (Bhimdatta), I would suggest Sanauli border to visit in Nepal. Sanauli is the most common border, and most people going by road to Nepal, reaches Bhairahawa in central Nepal. From there, you can find numerous frequent connections that can take you to Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini. By the way Delhi to Kathmandu distance is 1115 km.
From Kolkata there are also several airlines that operate daily from Delhi including Vistara, Indigo, Malindo Airlines and Air India. Other airlines that connect Nepal to various international destinations are Etihad Airlines, Silk Air, Turkish, Cathey Pacefic, Biman Bangladesh and Silk Air. You might find some great deals if the flight is booked in advance. The approximate travel time is one and a half hours.
Another way to reach Nepal from Kolkata is by flight up to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra to Panitanki by bus/car and up to Kathmandu via Kakarvitta by bus. If you’re looking to fly to Kathmandu, there are regular flights from Bhadrapur, around 25 kilometers from Kakarbhitta. Fare Rs 5500 ( approx.) and takes 45 minutes. Do not do the mistake to take flight from Bagdogra to Kathmandu.
This is the most cost effective way to reach Nepal from Kolkata. From Kolkata to NJP (Siliguri) by train. From Siliguri(Pnitanki) to Kathmandu(17 hour) /Pokhra( 14 hour)/Chitwan(9 hour) by bus via Kakarvitta. There are many trains from Howrah/Sealdaha/Kolkata stations.
From NJP there is no visa requirement and this option is merely open to Indians and Nepalese. The nearest Nepal border from Kolkata is Kakarbhitta. The Panitanki (West-Bengal) crossing point to Kakarbhitta is well accessible from West Bengal , and is most utilized by people traveling from Darjeeling, Kolkata, Sikkim and therefore the rest of northeast India.
Panitanki is a small village in Darjeeling district of West Bengal , India. It is located on the India-Nepal border; a border crossing to Kakarbhitta in Nepal is located here. Regular buses run from Kakarbhitta to Kathmandu which take around 15 to 17 hours, or Pokhara, which can be reached in about 14 hours. You can also stop off at the Chitwan National Park on the way; just get off at the park’s travel hub, Sauraha, 9 hours from Kakarbhitta.
Another option from Kolkata to Raxaul by train. There are regular passenger trains that connect Kolkata and Raxaul (India). These train(s) is/are Mithila Express (13021), Hwh Rxl Express (13043) etc. The minimum time a train takes to reach Raxaul from Kolkata is 17 hours.
After reaching Raxaul you have to reach Birgunj, which is in Nepal. From Birgunj, it is around 6 or 7 hours to reach Kathmandu by bus, or about 8 hours to Pokhara. However, there are shared jeeps that run to Kathmandu for a little over the cost of a ticket , which arrive there in just 4 to 5 hours.
There are no direct buses that operate between Kolkata and Kathmandu. But you can avail bus from Siliguri (West Bengal). The 44 seater air conditioned deluxe bus will complete 650 KM journey between Kathmandu and Siliguri in approximate 18 hours. The bus will leave Siliguri daily at 3 PM and reach Kathmandu via Kakarvitta-Panitanki border next day at around 9 AM.
The bus fare is 2,000 Nepali Rupees and it is having free WiFi facility.
Travelling by car is also a common practice. You are required to pay a toll fee and a transport permit at the border crossing. Do not forget to collect the receipts as you might be asked at other checkpoints. Please note, there’s tons of traffic at the border that always makes the journey tedious.
From Chennai there are many airlines that operate daily from Chennai including Vistara, Indigo, Malindo Airlines and Air India. Other airlines that connect Nepal to various international destinations are Etihad Airlines, Silk Air, Turkish, Malayasian Airlines, Biman Bangladesh and Silk Air. You might find some great deals if the flight is booked in advance. The approximate travel time is seven and a half hours.
Most cost/time effective way to reach Nepal from Chennai. It is advisable to visit Varanasi or Delhi by flight and so cover the rest of the journey to Nepal by road. To travel from Chennai to Nepal by Train, one can access the Gorakhpur or Raxaul railway line from Chennai by direct trains to Delhi or Kolkata. There are not any other ways to travel from Chennai to Nepal by train.
There are no direct buses that operate between Chennai and Kathmandu. It is advisable to travel to Varanasi or Delhi by flight and then cover the rest of the journey to Nepal by bus.
From Mumbai there are several of airlines that operate daily from Mumbai including Royal Nepal Airlines, Vistara, Indigo, Malindo Airlines and Air India. Other airlines that connect Nepal to Mumbai are Etihad Airlines, Turkish, Malayasian Airlines, and Silk Air. The approximate travel time is two and a half hours.
The best route to travel from Mumbai to Nepal by train, one has to first go from LTT terminus in Mumbai to Gorakhpur Junction, and from there travellers can take a bus or hire a car. Kushinagar Express, Godan Express, and Gorakhpur Express are direct trains between Mumbai and Gorakhpur.
Points to Remember While Travelling to Nepal
During the course of the journey, Indians and Nepalese nationals need to carry valid photo identity proof issued by the govt . Foreign nationals need to carry their passport and visa.
Carrying objectionable articles including inflammable, matchbox, explosives and acids are strictly prohibited by law.
It is advisable not to carry jewelry and precious objects.
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