POKHARA. There are buses and metered and unmetered taxis
to get around.
BHAIRAHAWA. The popular way to get around is by rickshaw and
bus. Taxis can be hired. Buses leave for Lumbini where electric
tempos are available to visit the different places to see. Jeeps
leave for Belhiya on the border with India. Ox carts are
an interesting way to visit nearby villages.
NEPALGUNJ. Pony-drawn tangas are the trademark conveyance
here. Other ways to get around include rickshaw, tempo,
bus and taxi. There are buses to Thakurdwara from where you
enter the Royal Bardia National Park.
BIRATNAGAR. Mainly rickshaws. There are local buses to
nearby villages and towns. Cars are also available for hire. Buses leave
for Dharan frequently.
You can hop on a bus to get to many towns and villages in Nepal.
The roads are no autobahns, but they offer really scenic drives. All
long distance buses from Kathmandu leave from the Gongabu Bus Park,
located on the Ring Road on the north side of town. (See road map in
“Hit the Highways” chapter.)
TOURIST BUSES. Pokhara and Bharatpur (Chitwan)
are also served by “tourist buses” that are more comfortable and faster
than the ordinary buses. Greenline Tours (Tel: 253885, 257544)
operates air-conditioned buses to
Pokhara, Chitwan and Dhulikhel. They have their own terminal at Thamel.
TRAINS. Nepal’s only railway (51 km
long) runs from the holy city of Janakpur in the south-eastern Terai to
Jayanagar in India. The railroad was established in 1927.