Hello, I am planning on visiting Nepal and India in Feb. - March 2008 and I'm trying to figure out my cheapest option from Bangkok. I've heard it's easy to travel overland between Nepal and India, but if I bought a roundtrip ticket to india, would it be extremely exhausting to travel to Kathmandu from Delhi, and then back? Also, what airlines fly the Bangkok - Delhi/Kathmandu route? Thank you.
I flew with Biman Bangladesh Airlines from BKK to Delhi via Dakka, it was £130 & I booked a day in advance. On the way back, I flew with Thai Air from Chennai to Bali via BKK. That was £180. Via Dakka will probably be your cheapest bet. Biman's punctuality record is not great from what I can gather and my flight was delayed for 6 hrs, but if you're not in too much of a hurry it's quite interesting to spend the night in a Bangladeshi city!
I flew with Sri Lankan air (Bangkok - Delhi) and it was actually great and allowed a free stopover in Sri Lanka. On the way back the airline even put us up in a 4 star hotel in Mgumbo (sp?) for a night and flew us back to Bangkok the next morning. It was about US $160 round trip. they even let us pick a different departure city and they had a lot to choose from.
Talk to someone there - they often include a overnight stay in Sri Lanka with hotel and meals paid for if you manage to pick the right flight.
We picked up the tickets a few days ahead of time in Bangkok but talking to the office rather than going through one of the travel agents got us the free room and stay included.
Thank you both for the replies. I will be looking into both airlines and see which one is the cheapest.