Nepal is a large country with towering peaks, low valleys and plains, forests, and rivers. Some parts of the country are very remote. Thankfully, there are many different ways of getting around Nepal. The first, of course, is by plane. Although not all destinations in the country can be reached by air travel, there are now a lot more available airlines for travelers than there were years ago.
Getting around Nepal by plane is possible through various airlines like Buddha Air, Yeti Air, and Cosmic Air. From Kathmandu, you can take flights going to Biratnagar, Janakpur, Pokhara, Bharatpur, Nepalganj, Jomsom, and Simikot. You can book your flights ahead through Nepal Flight Centre, the only online ticketing agent for all airlines operating within the country. Payments are accepted via credit or debit card and even PayPal. Otherwise, you can buy tickets when you arrive in Nepal. Make sure that your travel dates are flexible because flights can be cancelled or delayed because of weather disturbances. Buying tickets in advance is recommended as some flights run out of seats fast.
You can also go for land travel. Getting around Nepal on land is the most common method of going from one point of the country to another, especially between neighboring towns and districts. Local buses provide the cheapest way to travel between towns and districts. However, they are not the most comfortable, and you might find yourself traveling together with goats and other animals. Some buses do not follow a fixed departure schedule and wait until a certain number of passengers is reached before leaving. If you want to experience transport as the Nepali experience it, then taking a local bus is best.
Most travelers prefer to take the tourist bus because each passenger is ensured a seat and the travel is more comfortable. Furthermore, you do not have to worry about sitting next to a goat. The best thing about tourist buses is that you can book your seat ahead through travel agents in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
The Micro Bus is gaining popularity among land transportation options of getting around Nepal. This mini bus seats 10 to 12 passengers. Many people prefer it because it travels faster than the bigger buses. With its new routes covering additional areas, it has become more accessible to travelers. Although the Micro Bus fare is higher than that of the local bus, it takes you to your destination faster. However, you should keep in mind that it has earned a reputation of running into road accidents because of its speed.
You can always get private taxis to get you around the town. However, you cannot ride a taxi for long distance land travel. Some taxi drivers may try to rip you off by giving a fixed fare. Insist on using the taxi meter but do give them a tip. A reasonable tip would be 10% of the meter. A rickshaw is another way of getting around Nepal, particularly within small areas in a town. If you want nothing more than experience local culture, then you would enjoy being transported in a rickshaw. Don’t forget to haggle for a reasonable fare.