Pokhara to Lumbini Bus

"Lumbini" a birthplace of Buddha, Located in southern Nepal near the city called Bhairahawa.  Lumbini is one of the most popular pilgrimages destinations in the world. About 1.55 million tourist visits Lumbini every year. While international tourist number is only about 300 thousand which covers the highest number of tourist from India.  

Due to the market syndicated by the local bus operator, Lumbini was not connected with any deluxe tourist bus. Any tourist willing to travel Lumbini from a major city like Kathmandu or Pokhara they had to travel either via local bus or an expensive flight. 

The thing has changed by 2018! The new government has changed the rule of what local bus trade union's monopoly market. According to the new rule, the private company now can operate a deluxe tourist bus in this sector. In this article, I will break down all available transport option between Pokhara-Lumbini-Pokhara with Deluxe tourist bus option. 

Pokhara to Lumbini Flight 

Every day in the morning there is one flight from Pokhara to Bhairahawa Lumbini.  It is only 20-minute flight departure at 11:25 AM.  Only Buddha air conducted 1 flight a day.  Lumbini as one of the most popular touristic city in Nepal. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to reach Lumbini from Pokhara city.  Majority of travellers visit Pokhara but not a lot of tourist visits Lumbini.  Anyone willing to make a day tour there is a daily flight between Pokhara -Lumbini and Kathmandu.  

For some travellers with limited time in Nepal and looking to go to Pokhara, the good news is, you can actually fly there...  And it will probably be the shortest flight you may have experienced as it is not even 30 minutes!! It's about 20 minutes to be exact.  

Pokhara to Lumbini Tourist Bus

Jagadamba Travel has recently announced 20 seaters deluxe tourist bus between Pokhara-Lumbini-Pokhara. Officially the journey will start on 27th August 2018. The bus has bigger leg room and reclining sofa-like seats. They also offer tea, coffee, unlimited drinks, breakfast and Lunch on the way. 
   Pokhara Departure point     Tourist Bus Park
Lumbini Departure Point Gate no. 1 
Pokhara Departure time 8:00 AM 
Lumbini Departure time 6:45 am
Total Travel Time 6-7 hour 
Cost for local tourist NPR 2260 with TAX
Cost for tourist USD 30 with TAX 

Pokhara to Lumbini Local Bus

Before deluxe tourist bus came into operation this was the only option available between Pokhara and Lumbini. A local bus is a relatively cheaper comper to the tourist bus but you may not get the same service and legroom for this long journey. Every morning from Pokhara bus park the local bus leave for Lumbini which is only USD 10 (NPR 1000 per person). This journey might take you 7-8 hour while Tourist bus only takes about 5-6 hour. 

Pokhara to Lumbini Private car 

This might be an ideal option if you are travelling in a group of at least 2 or more. Renting a private car from Pokhara to Lumbini might cost you in between USD 80-100 per trip. It will only take about 3-4 hour if you take the private car. It could be picked up from door to door and indeed the journey will be much more comfortable than any other overland option available as mention above. You can simply organise this at upon your arrival at your hotel or look for some travel agents who may provide better price with a brand new vehicle. 

Summary

We have been waiting for over a decade, to see the deluxe tourist bus in this section. Finally, the time has come true. Jagadamba Travel is one of the leading bus service operating multiple deluxe bus service all over Nepal. They were the first company who started a deluxe tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Largely they have been able to extend their service to several other tourist destinations like Kathmandu to Chitwan. Kathmandu to Lumbini or Kathmandu to Nagarkot.  This is indeed a milestone for comfort service provider as a bus company adding more service also helping promote the Nepal tourism. 

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang
I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I studied in the UK and three years of living experience in the United States taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America. As a backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas I'm happy to share my experience with you. If you believe I can be helpful in planning your next trip to Nepal, then please do not hesitate to contact me. at nestadventure@gmail.com. I am also available 24x7 on Whats app and Viber +977- 9851052042 Or direct phone call +1(702) 465-9789. If you are interested to know more about my travel journey follow me on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 
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