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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a total of 24 departures every day from Kathmandu to Pokhara. These include 10 bus and 14 flight departures. If you are looking for a little more flexibility in terms of when you want to leave Kathmandu, then you could always book a private car or minivan.
The preferred way for Bookaway customers to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu is by the Tourist Bus by Salvation (Mokshya) Adventure Travels. Ticket prices start from $9 and the ride takes around seven and a half hours. The bus makes multiple stops to provide passengers restroom breaks and a lunch break.
The Tourist Flight by Kora Tours is the fastest way to Pokhara from Kathmandu and takes only 25 mins to cover the distance.
With ticket prices starting from $8, the Tourist Bus by New Road Travels & Tours is the most cost-effective way of traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The air conditioned bus takes approximately 7 hours to cover the distance and stops along the way for food and restroom breaks.
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.