Nepal is a stunning country filled with picturesque mountains, vast greenery, charming hillside villages and snowy peaks. But getting around isn’t easy. While the land is encapsulated with mystery and beauty, in order to see some of the most famous hotspots – natural marvels that could give the Seven Wonders a run for their money – you’ll need to pre-plan your adventure.
In Nepal it’s not the distances that are a problem; in fact, everything is relatively close together. However, the roads can be extremely challenging and public transport isn’t particularly pleasant. The truth is, every path is off the beaten track. But if you crave adventure and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, there’s really no better place to go.
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The old cycle rickshaw is still prevalent in many of the older districts. They are a fun, traditional and a surprisingly fast way to explore and traverse the narrow backstreets of Old Kathmandu. Prices are highly negotiable so don’t be afraid to haggle. If you’re walking the rickshaw routes, be wary, as it’s not uncommon for drivers to clip pedestrians on the back of the foot!
Taxis can be hired for both short and long-distance journeys. Finding them is pretty simple as they tend to loiter around the tourist districts. Look out for black license plates as they will provide metered travel. Otherwise, make sure you haggle down the price. If you need a long distance journey, look out for red license plates instead.
Buses are accessible from most towns in lowland Nepal. However, they are prone to breakdowns, uncomfortable and often very noisy, even if you choose to upgrade to what they call a “deluxe bus.” Avoid night journeys as drivers will often speed and accidents are all-too-common. Luggage is usually strapped to the roof, so keep your bags padlocked and affixed to railings to deter thieves.
Tourist buses are available, but you will have to pay for the luxury of less crowding and added comfort. That said, if you expect a pleasant and smooth journey you’ve got another thing coming. The roads can be quite unrelenting!
Traveling long distances can be difficult. The terrain and weather makes it particularly challenging and the vehicles aren’t always in good shape. Always leave early, compensate for delays and expect a few mishaps along the way, especially if there’s a major festival taking place. Use these moments as an opportunity to see other, lesser known areas. In fact, this is often the best way to discover Nepal’s hidden gems.