Hello everybody from the person in strong need of advice.
I was planning to go to Nepal for the fortnight in the beginning of October via India. Actually I already got the tickets to Delhi and back. The plan was to get from delhi to sonauli, then to pokhara, some other nepalese towns, finally kathmandu, and return to india via kakarbhitta.
But I've recently found out that at the time the whole country's life is brought to a complete standstill due to dashain festivities. why, life is actually in full swing, but all institutions closed, transportation comes to halt etc. so, how do you think, is it altogether possible to get to Nepal at the time, to travel around the country and get out of the country, and preferably without any delays? Or am I likely to get stuck there? and what other problems am I likely to face while travelling to the country during the festival?..
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 12, 2008, at 6:01 AM by amavi ]
I wouldn't worry about traveling in Nepal during festival's. I've been there during all sorts of good and bad time and never had a problem. Fuel shortages would be a bigger issue. But even then. With tourist - will travel!
In Festival times, it might be a little hard to get the local vehicles and as people travel much in this period, it will be wise to reserve the bus tickets if possible. As you have said beginning of October, i cannot know the exact date you will be here so i am letting you know the exact date of the festival in October.
Dashain Festival's Official Holiday
6 October festival starts (Difficult in getting the public bus as they are crowded)
7 October This day there will be very very few transport services as this day people worship their vehicle.
8 October Less transportation
9 October Main day of the festival so less transportation
10 October People start to come back to their original places (crowded vehicles)
11 October Crowded vehicles but starts to get normal after that
Dipawali Festival's Official Holiday
28 October Festival of Light (Dipawali) No problem with transport
29 October No problem with transport
30 October Few Vehicles in the street
Now if you are travelling in this period i will suggest you to book your tickets, from Sunauli to Pokhara there is one experess bus you can make reservation and from Pokhara to Kathmandu there are several tourist bus. You need to reserve this seats early in advance.
Great many thanks Narayan!
well i need to be back to delhi on 13th october, which means i need to pass kakarbhitta on 11th the latest. or better the 10th, as i planned to spend a day or two in darjeeling too... so if you say that transport communication gradually resumes by that time, and the possibility to book tickets for that time exists, that sounds great!
i don't think i will have to reserve bus tickets to get to nepal, as i go there on the 1st of cotober of maybe the 30th of september, that's surely too early for the festival bustle, right?
altogether I'm happy I have the opportunity to see the festival, it must be quite something extraordinary..