Pokhara—Buddha Air has commence the air service in Pokhara-Bharatpur and Pokhara-Bhairahawa route today. Tourists and public passengers now can have quick, safer and comfortable journey in those routes.
The first flight of 18 seater beechcraft took place from Pokhara to Bharatpur at 10.30 am and the aircraft came back to Pokhara to fly to Bhairahawa at 11.14 am. The plane reached Bhairahawa in 20 minutes. According to Buddha Air Pokhara station manager Gautam Baral, the one-way ticket for Bharatpur from Pokhara is Rs 3,600 while it would cost USD 92 for foreign citizens. Likewise,it would cost Rs 4,200 for Nepalis for a one-way ticket to Bhairahawa from Pokhara. Foreigners have to pay USD 97.
As Muglin-Narayangadh route is having renovation and passengers have been having trouble while travelling in that route, the direct connectivity between Bharatpur would be helpful to boost the tourism of Pokhara and Sauraha of Chitwan.
The condition of Bhairahawa Pokhara road is also not so good and Indian including other tourists who come to Pokhara by travelling via that route have been complaining for years. So, the direct flight between Pokhara and Bhairahawa would be beneficial to those Indian tourists.