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1. Posted by skibloke (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

skibloke has indicated that this thread is about India

Hello!

So we found a flight for our Nepal/Thailand trip! We have some questions regarding our ground transportation. We are flying from the U.S. to Delhi and wish to travel by land from Delhi to Kathmandu. For our trip to Thailand we are flying out of Kolkata and so we need to get from Kathmandu to Kolkata via land travel. How are these 2 trips best arranged? Are there rail lines between all destinations? Or is it a combination of rail and bus? Any input such as ideas or folks to contact would be greatly appreciated! You guys have been great :)

Thanks

Steve :)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 29, 2008, at 7:26 AM by skibloke ]

2. Posted by Harry668 (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Hi steve,

Though its difficult to reply the post becoz---
1) you didn't mention how many days you have for this trip!
2) What is the most facinating factor for the tour like jungle or wild life tour,great mountaverest tour or the Budha religious tour....

As per my view below are the itinerary:-

1)Thailand-Delhi(air)
2)Delhi-Agra(train)
3)Agra-Varansai(train)
4)Varanasi-Nepal(By road)
5)Nepal-/varanasi/Patna(road/train)
6)Patna-vaishali-Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda-kakolat water fall(Road)
7)Bodhgaya-Kolkata(road)
8)Kolkata-thailand(air)

2nd options
1)Thailand-Delhi(air)
2)Delhi-Agra(train)
3)Agra-Varansai(train)
4)Varanasi-Gorakhpur(road)
5)Gorakhpur-Nepal(By road)
5)Nepal-/varanasi/Patna(road/train)
6)Patna-vaishali-Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda-kakolat water fall(Road)
7)Bodhgaya(gaya)-Kolkata(road)
8)Kolkata-thailand(air)

Thanks

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

I can only give a couple small peices of info from the Nepal side of things:

In Nepal I don't think any trains exist, so it would be via bus. Also aside from a road going into Tibet, there is only one main hwy that goes into Kathmandu, therefore for a good portion of the trips in the Nepal side you may be seeing the same thing.

Is Pokhara on your itinerary? If you're in Nepal for 6 days or more it probably should be! It's about 7 hours bus west of Kathmandu. If you wanted to include this you may be able to go Delhi-Pokhara-Kathmandu-Calcutta.

But yes some more info would be nice!

4. Posted by skibloke (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hello again...

thanks for the info! We have not planned to spend much time on the ground in India....we essentially would like to get from point A to point B the easiest way possible (i.e. Delhi to Kathmandu - Kathmandu to Kolkata). If this takes a day or 2....so be it. India was not originally on our itinerary....but, we figured what the heck? Why not see what we can see from the ground also spending a bit of time in Delhi and Kolkata in the process. Obviously...we are open to any suggestions though!

I hope this is enough info. This is my first trip to the region and consequently I don't know much about it yet. We are leaving in October, so I figured it wise to get started on this now :)....most of our site seeing will be done in Nepal.

Thanks Again :)

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

The fastest way from Delhi--Kathmandu overland would be to take an overnight train from Delhi to gorakhpur and travel in Air conditioned 3tier sleeper which is much safer and it costs slightly more than an ordinary sleeper class ticket. From gorakhpur u can reach the Nepal border at Sonauli in 2 hrs by bus, where u can complete the visa formalities and take the bus to Pokhara and Kathmandu from the Nepalese side of the border.

Similarly u can return back to Gorakhpur and take a fast train to Kolkata

Hope this helps

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

What you can also do is take a bus from Kathmandu to Kakkarvitta (13 hours) at the Nepalese-Indian border at the east side of Nepal. From there clear customs and then travel to Darjeeling (which is a beautiful Indian hill-station, another four hous by jeep). I would stay a few days. From there you can take a jeep down to New-Jaipalguri (4 hours by jeep) and take the train to Kolkata (10 hours)...

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

What you can also do is take a bus from Kathmandu to Kakkarvitta (13 hours) at the Nepalese-Indian border at the east side of Nepal. From there clear customs and then travel to Darjeeling (which is a beautiful Indian hill-station, another four hous by jeep). I would stay a few days. From there you can take a jeep down to New-Jaipalguri (4 hours by jeep) and take the train to Kolkata (10 hours)...

Nice and precise information Wouter, hats off to u:)

honestly i was not aware of the Kathmandu---Kakkarvitta--Darjeeling route

8. Posted by dinu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hello I am from Kathmandu !
When you visit Kathmandu? Can we meet and talk?
Hope to see you !
I can help you in Kathmandu !

9. Posted by skibloke (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi all!

Thanks to all of you for the input.....this is great!!!!!

steve

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