Hey Guys...well the time has come again and Im planning my next trip!!!!Its sooooooooooooooo exciting!!!!Im leaving in July for a jaunt around India and eventually into Nepal. Basically I was wondering the best way of getting to kathmandu from Calcutta, we have debated by bus or train, I was just wondering the time approx that we are looking at to get there as by this point in the trip time will be getting a bit tight???Also Is anyone has any pearls of visdon they would like to share Kathmandu it would be most appreciated, we have done a lot of research on India but not yet on Nepal!
If you're going to Kathmandu, make sure you visit Bhaktapur. It a city close to Kathmandu and it's part of the UNESCO Heritage program. It feels like some sort of medieval city and they are not allowed to build any new buildings, just renovate the existing ones. It's brilliant, lots of interesting shops, there are pottery shops that are crammed with everything made out of clay (I bought ashtrays, little elephant candlestick holders, etc...).
It's not too far from Kathmandu and the taxis are very cheap anyway. Just make sure you agree on the price before you get into the taxi.
I travelled from Kolkata to Kathmandu via Darjeeling. From Kolkata it takes by train approx. 14 hours (till new-Jaipalguri/Siliguri)and then another 4 hours by bus to darjeeling (its great up there...go to hotel Aminent, just fabulous....great rooftop with magnificent views).
From Darjeeling I travelled in 19 hours by bus (change-over at Siliguri and at the Nepali-border) to Kathmandu. You may also go via Varanasi to Kathmandu (there are direct busses running between Varanasi to Nepali-border (10 hours) and from Nepali-border to Kathmandu (9 hours).
When are you in Nepal? Beware of the fact that monsoon hits Nepal between mid-june to mid-october (less spectacular views during this period)!!!
I have taken the train from Agra to Gorakhpur (15 hours - except waiting at the station for hours) and then 5 hours car ride to Sonauli (the border city). You spend the night there and then a 16 hour long bus ride awaits you. But I can asure you that you will experince the best moments of your life.
DO not go see the museums/temples and etc. Just walk around the city. You won't get lost. GO as far as you can.
For best long distance walking and the best Himalaya views and the best night of your life, go to Hotel Center Point.
Hotel Center Point. Almost everyone knows where it's located at. It's in the center of Thamel.
GO there and give them my name;
Ozgur Tunca (Nepali name Suhatantra) from TUrkey. Tell 'em that I was the past volunteer from Turkey. OZGUR. And ask for the guy named; Pramad. If he's not there, tell them that you wanna see the himalayas (hiking). They will help you the best they can.
And send them my greetings, peace and love from Turkey.
I missed them all.
May you have happiness and prosperity
with peace and love
Thanks so much guys for all your advice!!!!!This is so exciting!I dont think Ive chosen the best time for my India and Nepal trip as I will be there July-August so I imagine the weather wont be at its most desirable, however its all part and parcel and Im really looking forward to It!!!!I ike the sound of all the little clay delights, cant wait to do some serious shopping!!!!