After uploading pictures and videos about nepali traffic I thought it became time to establish some rules:
- There are no real rules
- The driver of a motorbike/ scouter always wears a helmet, the 1 to 3 passenger on the other hand don’t
- Same for cars, only the driver uses a seatbelt and only in range of a police checkpoint
- Traffic lights do exist, they just don’t work
- Generally you drive on the left sight or the middle of the road or the right sight, wherever there is space
- Bikes are not only good to transport people. Goats, dogs, ladders and furniture also fit comfortably on a motorbike
- While crossing a street cars might wait for you, bikes will drive you over
- Generally just go and make your way slowly across hoping everything will go smooth. Joining a group or a local also helps you to reach the other side.
- Busses can still take more passengers on as long as the door closes. Also a bus made for 15 people can of course carry 30.
- Backpacks, ricebags and luggages fit inside the bus, goats however have to take a ride on the roof.
Also overland travel is quite different from city busses. In Ktm micro busses function more or less. A ton of people fight for a place in the bus. Let me outline a few roules here:
- Never travel after 5
- If you travel after 5 be prepared for some serious pushing and crazy people behaving like the bus will be the last one to ever come
- First row is reserved for women
- In summer get a window spot or suffocate otherwise
- Don’t eat on the bus (don’t know why but people always stared at me when I did)
- Be prepared to be yelled at by a 12 year old boy
- All guys who open/close the door and collect the money have the same hairdresser and clothing shop
- Prices wary from bus to bus
- Strangers talk to you out of curiosity
- Busses leave when full
- Busses are old, very old.
- Tourist busses are just as local busses just without the Hindi music
- Depending on the company you get water, snacks, a toilet
- Roadhouses serve unlike Europe good and cheap food
- Dhal bhat can be refilled in the roadhouses
- The streets are horrible, holes, landslides, no asphalt
- Highways still only have one lane each side
- If they say you need 5 hours, you really need 8
- Don’t open the window unless you want a ton of dust in your lungs
- basic price for a 8 hour trip is around 8 – 10 Euros
Save travels to everyone.
If you would like an inside view on nepals street watch my video: