Commuters from Delhi and nearby NCR cities can now travel straight to Pokhara in Nepal from the Anand Vihar bus terminal, without any breaks, from July 11. The Uttar Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has entered into an agreement with agencies in Nepal to ply direct AC buses between Ghaziabad and Pokhara.
The initiative is an outcome of an agreement signed between India and Nepal for regulation of passenger traffic between the two countries in November 2014. The bus service will undertake a journey of around 1,300km in 28 hours, officials said.
“Similarly, the buses will leave from Nepal at 9am. The journey will involve a travel of nearly 300km within Nepal and the rest inside Indian jurisdiction. The fare is Rs 2,200 and tickets can be booked online through the UPSRTC website. The bus would be moving to Pokhara through Sonoli and Gorakhpur. While one UPSRTC bus leaves the Anand Vihar ISBT, another bus will leave from Pokhara (on the return journey),” PK Bose, regional manager of UPSRTC, said.
For the service, the Government of Nepal formed a committee on transport that authorised Modern Era Tours and Travels Pvt Ltd to enter into an agreement with UPSRTC.
“Pokhara is a major tourism and a trekking destination. Earlier, passengers had to break journey 3-4 times but buses plying under the agreement will move seamlessly without any break in journey. There will be a single check of IDs at the border. The direct bus travel will bring people closer and encourage tourism,” Keshaw Prasad Adhikari, chairman of Modern Era Tours & Travels, said.
UPSRTC officials said that the AC buses to Pokhara are fitted with GPS devices and speed governers to check speeding in hilly areas. They said that the plan to install the anti collision devices is also underway.
At present, there are two bus services to Kathmandu in Nepal -- from Delhi and Varanasi -- and these services entail a fleet of high-end Volvo buses. The other operational route -- Delhi to Mahendra Nagar-- and the Anand Vihar-Pokhara route will have normal AC buses.
“Both sides have agreed that the buses will ply between Anand Vihar and Pokhara. Earlier, we had thought of starting the service from Kashmiri Gate ISBT but Anand Vihar would be more suitable for commuters from Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and even Delhi,” Bose said.