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

COVID-19 Update: The tourist bus and flight between Pokhara and Lumbini is currently unavailable. However, with safety protocol, private tourist vehicles and local buses are in operation”. 

Due to the market syndicated by the local bus operator, Lumbini was not connected with any deluxe tourist bus for a long time. Any tourist is planning 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 2019! The new government has changed the rule of what local bus trade union’s monopoly markets used to be. Based on the new rule, the private company now can operate a deluxe tourist bus in this sector between Lumbini and Pokhara. In this article, I will break down all available transport options between Pokhara-Lumbini-Pokhara with the 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 a 20-minute flight departure at 11:25 AM.  Only Buddha air conducted 1 flight a day.  Lumbini is one of the most popular touristic city in Nepal. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to reach Lumbini from Pokhara city.  The majority of foreign travelers visit Pokhara but not as much of the tourists make it to Lumbini.  Anyone planning to take a day tour, there is a daily flight between Pokhara -Lumbini and Kathmandu.

For some travelers 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 started on 27th August 2018. The bus has bigger legroom 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 the deluxe tourist bus came in 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 leaves for Lumbini which is only USD 10 (NPR 1000 per person). This journey might take you 7-8 hours while the Tourist bus only takes about 5-6 hours. The hotel in Pokhara will arrange the ticket.

Pokhara to Lumbini Private car

This might be an ideal option if you are traveling 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 5 hours if you take a 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 organize this upon your arrival at your hotel or look for some travel agents who may provide a better price with a brand new vehicle.


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 companies with multiple deluxe bus services all over Nepal. They were the first company that started a super 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 the comfort service provider as a bus company adding more service also helping promote Nepal tourism. If you enjoyed reading this article share it with your friends and family! This might be the missing exclusive information they were looking for! We would also appreciate it if you could give us a rating below. You can also comment us below.Ratings NEST Adventure

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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, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the 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 and 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 have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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