Before its inauguration, Tribhuvan International Airport was formerly known as Gauchaur Airport, named after its geographical region. In 1955, King Mahendra renamed the airport in memory of his late father. Tribhuvan International Airport, located in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has since grown to house more than 30 international airlines that connect Nepal to the world. The airport is Nepal’s only international airport, while domestic flights are available at 48 other airports scattered around the country.
Tribhuvan International Airport is split into two terminals – international and domestic. The terminals are found within a single building, making it easy to get from one place to another. Dining facilities and shopping options are slightly limited, but more than sufficient for passing time. The distance between the city centre and airport is about 6km. Getting to the airport is simple via inexpensive public buses, or you could check with your hotel for shuttle services. Bus rides take approximately 20 to 30 minutes while taxis take 10 to 15 minutes to reach the airport. It is important to plan for buffer time in case of bad traffic conditions.
Where to go from Kathmandu
Many carriers such as Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Gorkha Airlines, Yeti Airlines and Sita Air provide domestic flights to various locations in Nepal. Places of interest include Lumbini, Pokhara and Upper Mustang.
Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha and one of the four holy places of Buddhism. The Lumbini gardens are the place where he was born. Among the pilgrims to Lumbini gardens was Emperor Asoka who erected a commemorative pillar there.
For adventure-seekers, Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city, is not to be missed; trekking and rafting are just a few of the many activities available to tourists and backpackers in the area. Known as the ‘jewel in the Himalayas’, it boasts snowy peaks, serene lakes and greenery. Enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna range from this city.
Upper Mustang is a popular destination for worldwide trekkers interested in exploring Tibetan culture. The area is dotted with monasteries, caves and rock formations. It offers scenic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and is highly recommended for travellers who love hiking and exploring nature’s wonders.
Fly to Bangkok from Kathmandu. One of the top holiday getaways, Bangkok is famous for being a shopping and food haven. When shopping in Bangkok is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is delving into over 2,000 shops at Platinum Fashion Mall and bargaining at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in the sweltering heat. Other key shopping locations include the eight-storey high MBK, airport-themed mall Terminal 21, night markets and many more. Visit Thailand’s most popular floating market, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, for an authentic Thai experience.
You can also go to Delhi, the capital of India. Must-see attractions include Red Fort, Delhi’s most renowned monument; Jama Masjid, India’s biggest mosque; Humayun’s Tomb, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, and the Lodi Gardens, a peaceful 90-acre park dotted with domed tombs of Lodi Dynasty ancestors.
You can also fly from Kathmandu to New York. Visit Times Square, take in a Broadway show and ascend the Empire State Building for a panoramic view of the city. Museum buffs will want to visit the Metropolitan Museum.
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