Many travelers visiting India are combining their tours to Nepal on an overland trip from Delhi to Kathmandu. From reminders of the Mughal dynasty in northern India to the snow capped Himalayas of Nepal. Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal is the gateway to Nepal Tourism and also known for hosting the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Delhi to Kathmandu is a popular trip from India, though many people prefer to travel from Varanasi to Kathmandu. Depending on your budget and the time you have to spare; there are several options, ranging from an adventurous and very long bus ride, direct flights and train & local transport combinations.
Delhi to Kathmandu by Flight
If you don’t mind spending the money, the quickest and easiest way is to fly. There are different airlines such as Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways and Royal Nepal Airways which are operated on the route of Delhi to Kathmandu with full service and low cost, having departures throughout the day. The flights from Delhi to Kathmandu offers much lower prices than the flight fares from Varanasi to Kathmandu. Flying time is around an hour and a half from Delhi. The air routes from Delhi to Kathmandu are quite frequently packed as many tourists choose this travel option, so is a good idea to make your booking in advance.
Delhi to Kathmandu by Train
This is a popular option for those who want to avoid the expenses of flying, and would like to explore travelling by train. The train journey to Kathmandu is by train to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. There are some trains that run from Delhi to Gorakhpur. You will need to board the train early in the morning because the duration required to reach from Gorakhpur to the border is 3 hours. From Gorakhpur, get on a bus or shared jeep to the border in Sunauli, then another bus or shared jeep to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa on the Nepali side of the border. From Bhairahawa bus stop, many buses and shared jeeps go to Kathmandu, a journey of about 9 to 12 hours.
The quickest option to get to Kathmandu from here is to have a flight pre-booked from Bhairahawa Airport (Gautam Buddha Airport) to Tribhuvan International Airport.
Delhi to Kathmandu by Bus
The Delhi Transport Corporation launched a new direct bus service from Delhi to Kathmandu on November 25, 2014. This Air-Conditioned luxury bus has the arrangement of 2X2 comfortable seating. This luxury bus is operated from Dr. Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal at Delhi Gate. The journey of this bus starts daily at 10 a.m. from Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal and goes via Agra, Kanpur, and the Sunauli border in Uttar Pradesh. Travel time is approximately 30 hours. The one way fare of this Volvo bus is 2,300 rupees.
Delhi to Kathmandu via the Banbasa Border Crossing (Mahendranagar)
While the Sunauli border is the most popular and busiest entry point into Nepal, there is another border crossing that’s closer to Delhi, at Banbasa in Uttarakhand. This western border crossing at Mahendranagar is also reasonably convenient for Delhi. There are daily buses from Delhi’s Anand Vihar bus stand to Banbasa (10 hours), the nearest Indian village to the border. It is better to do the trip in daylight and break the journey at Bardia National Park, about five hours from the border, on the way to Kathmandu.
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