Going to Pokhara & Chitwan? READ THIS!

Yesterday we got back after the most stunning trip we’ve ever done in Nepal!

We have been driving on beautiful roads on all continents on this planet. According to Annette this circuit has some of the most beautiful roads we’ve ever seen in our life.

This is the circuit we took:


    1. Kathmandu (A) via Muglin (B) to Pokhara (C) The first time you take this road you love it. The second time its OK. After that it’s a nightmare.After Muglin – towards Pokhara – you get the first beautiful views of The Annapurna Range. Here the traffic gets easier…We left Kathmandu 6:30 am (before all the tourist buses) and reached Pokhara 5 hours later.
    1. The Siddharta Highway: Pokhara (C) via Tansen/Palpa (D)  and Butwal (E) This is the old road between between Pokhara and Lumbini. The road is stunning! through beautiful valleys picturesque and charming colorful villages,SIDDHART HW We stopped over one night in Tansen. The city itself was a big disappointment. We should have stayed outside the city in a place with a view. We left Pokhara 12:15 pm and reached Tansen 4:15 pm.
  1. Butwal (E) via Narayanghar & Sauraha (G) to Hetauda (H) We left Tansen around 6:30 am and reached Butwal in Terrai an hour later. At 10 am we had breakfast with our friend in Narayanghar where we stayed). In the evening we went to Sauraha for sun downers & dinner (30 minutes away).
    Before we left the following morning we went shopping: Tuborg Strong – the champagne of beers – is only available in Terrai. And at Tings when we get at chance to bring them to Kathmandu.


  2. The Tribhuwan HighwayHetauda (H) via Daman (I) back to Kathmandu (A) We left Narayanghar around 10:30 am and reached Daman at 4 pm.The reason why we took the circuit counter clock wise was because Annette wanted to drive towards the Himalaya Range…  a very wise decision.
    This part of our 4 days travel is among the most beautiful trips we’ve ever done…If you don’t believe us – click on the pix below

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  3. The following morning we left Daman at 8:15 am after a sunrise so beautiful that we kept asking ourselves why we haven’t visited Daman before… and why all tourists are send to Nargakot and Dhulikhel when Daman is only two hours from Katmandu…. this does not make any sense at all


Do you have the time and prefer to travel on your own by local buses this circuit is perfect to combine with popular treks from Pokhara and/or more exotic trips to Lumbini and or Janakpur and Illam in the far east.

Almost all of our guests who visit Nepal for the first time have Pokhara and Chitwan on their itinerary.

And a lot of them also want to go to either Nargakot or Dhulikhel to get a view of the Himalaya range.

We would never do this after this trip.

We would definitely skip Nargakot/Dhulikhel – the Himalaya view from Daman exceeds the both places by far!

And in stead of the usual Kathmandu (via Mugling) – Pokhara (via Mugling/Bharatpur) – Chitwan (via Mugling/Bharatpur) – Kathmandu route we would definitely take the above circuit. The only reason why we haven’t done it before is because we have spend all our time starting up Tings.

The total time of transportation is around 5 hours longer… BUT that is a very cheap price to pay to escape from the horrible Mugling/Bharatpur Highway.

The bonus is a fabulous scenery, NO TRAFFIC!, fantastic roads (the quality of the roads is much better compared to the popular tourist trail) and a possibility to drop by Lumbini (F) which is only 1 hours drive from Butwal and/or trips to Janakpur and/or Illam for long term travelers.

There are all kinds of accommodation along the way – and you can find them all online. We stayed in a modest home stay in Tansen (500 NRP) and an expensive resort (80 US) in Daman instead of the 1,000 NRP Guest House around the corner…

We had our own car. But the local buses run frequently between all destinations on the map.

An alternative is renting a car – more expensive but maybe more convenient. If you are planning to fly – DROP IT and spend the money on a car.

The ultimate way to take this circuit is a Motorbike….!

If you have questions – don’t hesitate to mail us…

Annette & Thomas

7 thoughts on “Going to Pokhara & Chitwan? READ THIS!

  1. very nice and impressiv trip, i am used to go nepal, and this time i bring friends with my to discover the country for their first time…..i am tired of nagarkot, but as we don’t trek it was the only place i know (sarangkot) to see mountains) tell me more about daman, it looks stunning


  2. Hello Sir /Madam,

    I am a photographer and isntead of having a flight to Rokhara prefer to tarvel by car and see more on the way. I would like to learn the stop points and the prices.
    with how many people do you travel. and What is the price for one person.
    My plan to travel Nepal is is between 11 April and go to Pokhara and stay one or two days.


    1. Hi Ozgur,
      If you want to do the circuit you need to rent a car. You can go by local busses and that’s not a problem – it just takes more time. BUT I guess you want to take a lot of photos along the way. So I recommend the car…

      Please check your mail – in a while 🙂




  3. Dear Annette and Thomas

    Thank you for sharing your experience and travel plan!

    I and my best friend would like to do a similar circuit by scooter. Do you think this is manageable considering the condition of the roads?
    Which is the alternative circuit that you suggest (what is different to the one you show on the map)?

    Is it possible to go from Kathmandu to Pokhara in one go or should we stay overnight (for example in Bandipur)?

    Is there any part in the south that is unsafe due to protests/roadblocks, specially around Lumbini, Chitwan and Hetauda?

    We would be thrilled to have some suggestions from you.

    Thank you,
    Pascale & Ambica


    1. Dear both,

      The circuit is perfect for scooters. You can make it on one scooter (with a powerful motor) but the perfect solution would be one each.

      According to the mail you also send you have 11 days. That is perfect – it gives you the felxibility to add a destination or two if you feel you need it.

      If you leave Kathmandu before all the tourist busses at 7 am – you can reach Pokhara in around 6-8 hrs depending on your coffee breaks etc… Sins you have a scooter maybe you should consider a stop in Begnas Lake (30 min before Pokhara).

      A stop over in Bandipur for lunch (or the night) is obvious – but we don’t know how damaged the place is after the EQ. You can check that online.

      From Pokhara to Lumbini Tansen is the obvious stop. You can stay in Tansen OR around… check online.

      When you are in Lumbini don’t forget Kapilavastu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapilavastu) – to us that sight is more interesting than Lumbini.

      At the time of writing all should be safe in Terrai – and more important – the petrol situation is slowely getting backt to normal 🙂
      BUT check again when you get closer.

      The condition of the roads are fine.

      Please dont hesitate to get back again if you have questions…

      You will have a FANTASTIC trip

      Annette & Thomas


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