Travelling by bus may be a hassle because of the early morning departures from Kathmandu, but the 6 hour journey to Pokhara will go by fast. Sit in the front half of the bus in order to see the most of Nepal, and be closer to the air conditioner.
There is 1 operator that run from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with 0 departures per day. If you decide to take a Minivan, you can take the Tourist option.
There is 1 operator that run from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with 0 departures per day. If you decide to take a Car, you can take the Tourist and SUV options.
While flying quickly over Kathmandu on the way to Pokhara, anyone can be enchanted by the deep forests, towering mountains, and serenity that connect the cities. It may be a pricey option but an extremely flexible one. Of course, such a short trip will allow you to avoid traffic jams between the Nepalese cities.
From history to culture to adventure, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has it all. In fact, Kathmandu is the city with the most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 7 at last count! Culture vultures will appreciate the rich history and spiritual vibes surrounding Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudha Stupa, and the Durbar Square. Adrenaline seekers will love the opportunities to go rafting, trekking and bungee jumping.
The gateway to the world-famous Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara, with its snow-capped mountains and tranquil Phewa Lake, is the perfect way to connect with nature. Watch sublime sunrises as the first rays of the sun hit the peaks of the Annapurna Mountains or head out on unforgettable treks from Pokhara.
There are multiple ways to travel the 124 miles (200 km) distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Travelers can choose from flights, bus rides, private minivans and taxis. There are multiple flight departures throughout the day and although a quicker way to travel, buses are the most budget-friendly option.
For those who enjoy the journey as much as the destination, booking a private taxi is a great option. Flexibility in timings, the freedom to take breaks and detours, and hotel pick ups and drop offs make it a very convenient choice. If you are traveling as part of a larger group, you can also book a private minivan.
Taking a bus
With ticket prices starting from $8 and around 10 departures each day, tourist buses are a popular and economical way to travel. Travel times are around 7.5 hours but with all bus operators leaving in the morning at around 06.00 or at 07.00, you will reach Pokhara by late afternoon or early evening. Air conditioned buses, cushioned seats, and multiple stops for food and restroom breaks makes the ride a comfortable one.
Taking a private minivan
If you are traveling as part of a larger group, booking a private minivan might be a good option. It is perfect for groups of up to 9 passengers and takes around five and a half hours to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The private minivans offer hotel or airport pick ups and drop offs. You can also choose a timing that works best for your group and choose to stop along the way for food, for the restroom, or simply to stretch your legs.
Hiring a private car/taxi
For families or those traveling in a small group, booking a private car is an excellent option. They offer hotel and airport pick ups and drop offs, making it convenient to get from point to point. You can choose a standard-sized car if you are traveling alone or are part of a small group (up to 3 passengers) or book a more spacious SUV if you need more legroom or have extra luggage. Private cars offer greater flexibility in terms of start times and also in terms of taking breaks when needed.
Taking a flight
For those who want to maximize the time they spend sightseeing or just want the fastest travel time, flights are an excellent option. Unlike the bus services in this route that only offer early morning departure times, flights are available from morning till early evening making it a very convenient option to travel. Travelers are required to check in 1 hour before the scheduled departure time.
The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, though short, is an extremely scenic one with expansive views of the Himalayas to be enjoyed.
Pro tip: If possible, book a seat on the right-hand side of the plane for the best views.
If you are traveling by road, your vehicle will be following the path of the Trishuli River for a significant part of the journey and pass by small towns and typical countryside scenes.
Those who choose to book a private taxi or minivan can stop at some of the attractions on the route. Taking the cable car up to Manakamana Temple is a popular thing to do and if you are in the mood for adventure, you could sign up for a 2 hour rafting experience too.
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