Pokhara, a gorgeous city of Nepal has a lot to offer. Having only one international airport in the country in Kathmandu, there is no possibility of flying directly to Pokhara from you country. Pokhara is not that far from Kathmandu. It’s just 200 KM. However, the road of Nepal are not like of the western country. Thus, it takes around 6-7 hours to arrive Pokhara from Kathmandu by Local bus. There are 3 other different way you can reach Pokhara from Kathmandu depending upon budget.
1. Kathmandu to Pokhara by Bus
It is the cheapest way to go to Pokhara from Kathmandu. You can get the tourist bus from any travel agency from Thamel which cost around NRS 700. The cozy bus, wonderful landscape view on the way is some of the positive aspect traveling by bus. However, for the people who wants luxury and for the people who haven’t traveled to south East Asia, this can be the disaster. The wash room on the way are pathetic. If you are on the strict budget you can get a local bus which cost you around NRS 500.
2. Kathmandu to Pokhara by Car
Car is the most convenient and safest way to travel to Pokhara by Kathmandu. You see the beautiful view on the way and want to spend some times, don’t worry just ask the driver. It’s easy, convenient and very effective way to travel in car. You can choose any restaurant to stop by on the way to have your lunch or breakfast. There is no any hard and fast rule. Normally the various car rental company in Nepal offers the Kathmandu to Pokhara car service for around $9. The rate might varies on company to company.
3 Kathmandu to Pokhara by Flight.
The 30 minute flight take you through the beautiful Himalayas and the glance of the mountains. Pokhara by flight is the most convenient way to travel to Pokhara. There are lot of Airlines from Nepali company like Buddha air, yeti air, Simrik year operate the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The one way flight cost around $117. Despite of all these benefit by flight, the security concern is the recent issue problem in the Nepal. The European Union backlist all the Nepal based airlines and urge the citizen to not take the flight. It’s a dilemma whether to take the flight ticket or not for most of the foreigners.
If you traveling on budget I think bus is the most suitable solution for you. If you want a bit more luxury and care about the hygiene car is the best solution for you. Don’t forget to ask about the type of the car while booking with trekking agency of Nepal. If you don’t’ have time then flight might be best solution for you.