Bandh and tourist bus
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2013 3:27 AM Last Post By: scoodly
Sep 12, 2013 7:30 PM
Bandh and tourist busHi,
I was planning on taking a tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara on a general strike day (25th September) and was told this wouldn't be a problem as they let the tourist buses with green number plates through.
However, I heard that yesterday during the bandh, the tourist buses weren't getting through.
Does anyone know how likely it is that the tourist buses are allowed through? Was yesterday unusual or would I be better off taking a flight (unfortunately I'm on a tight schedule so my dates aren't flexible).
Sep 13, 2013 12:56 AM
Yesterday's bandh was not the first to stop tourist buses and probably won't be the last. A flexible itinerary is the best approach but that's not possible so a flight moght be the answer. That said, bandhs do not always happen as 'advertised'. Check info locally when you are there and on-line sources before you go:
Sep 13, 2013 8:43 AM
Sep 13, 2013 8:42 PM
Sep 14, 2013 12:28 AM
Sep 14, 2013 12:32 AM
5I agree Michael, it would be great to find a website where all planned bandhs are advertised. There's a Facebook group but most of it is Nepali and I don't think it tends to give much advance noticed.
Someone told me the following bandh dates for Sept but I have no idea how accurate it is:
- 13 Sept: Far-Western Region
- 15 Sept: Eastern Terai
- 16 Sept: Mid-western Region
- 18 Sept: Janakpur and Butwal
- 19 Sept: Chitawan and Itahari
- 20 Sept: Biratnagar and Dhangadi
- 23 Sept: Kathmandu and Pokhara
Sep 14, 2013 1:19 AM
6Katy - there are lots of strikes (bandhas) in Nepal, though they tend to go in waves. Often they seem to be called by young local "activists".
My impression is that generally the strikes do not much affect tourists - I think the best thing to do is ask at your hotel in Kathmandu a day or two before you travel to Pokhara, and perhaps ask others (be aware of the local tendency to say positive things and what the speaker thinks the listener wants to hear).
Generalising again, Nepalis are usually very good at finding ways round difficulties, whether a blocked road or a strike, and I have never experienced any real disruption due to strikes in my 6 visits to Nepal which total 10 months. Also bear in mind that quite a few strikes and protests get called off, even after they have been announced.
Sep 14, 2013 10:08 AM
Nov 7, 2013 3:24 AM
Nov 7, 2013 3:27 AM
9Nepalbandh.com shows the bandh is still on but now finishing on the 16th:
It's an unpredictable situation...
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