Transport in Nepal
There are several types of transport within Nepal.
– Air …
The travel distances are not great but can sometimes take awhile due to long winding roads. The quickest way to travel is via air, however there are only regular flights between Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can also take smaller flights to the starting point of certain treks. If you manage to snap up a window seat, you'll be treated to magnificent views of the Himalaya mountains as you fly.
– Bus …
If you're on a budget, the luxury Green Line Bus Service is a great option for Nepal transport (although it might be best to take the "luxury" with a pinch of salt). The buses are quick, regular and pretty clean. They run back and forth between Kathmandu and Pokhara, and also to Chitwan National Park. Of course, a road trip in the Himalayas is never without a white knuckle factor but the scenery is fantastic.
– Private car …
This is a safe enjoyable way to negotiate Nepal's roads while you relax in the back seat. The drivers are also a good source of local information ranging from the best places to see to the best restaurants to eat at, they may even tell you were to avoid.
The exact type of car will differ according to the size of your party and the nature of your itinerary. For example, if you are heading into the Himalayas to begin a trek, you might find yourselves in a 4×4 jeep or something similar, as these vehicles are fit for mountain roads.
– Short journeys …
Around town or from one town to the next, it is best to use taxis, however, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaw or bicycle are the all very good forms of transport. Always agree a price first though or otherwise it can suddenly be a lot more expensive than you first though.
Nepal Itinerary ideas
As Nepal is small there is a fairly logical route to take. This begins in Kathmandu, which is the only international airport. After a few days taking in Kathmandu, where you can also visit Patan and Bhaktapur which are very close to Kathmandu, travel to Pokhara, Bharatpur, then Chitwan National Park then finish off in Lumbini before traveling back to Kathmandu.
Of course a lot of people just come for the trekking, so once they arrive into Kathmandu they head off to begin their trail.