Car Rental at Tribhuvan International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Where to rent a car at Tribhuvan International Airport
It is possible to book and reserve car rental services through Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, Sixt is the only confirmed car rental provider at the facility. Within Kathmandu, car rental agencies that serve the city include Blue Mountain Car Rental Service, Nepal Travels, Car Rental Kathmandu, Smile Car Rental, Auto Rental Nepal, and Overland Vehicle. These car rental companies may offer delivery of the rental car to the airport, or a courtesy pick-up to take you to the car rental location. Enquire and book ahead of the date of your arrival to minimise possible delays and other issues.
What to expect when renting a car from Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport and most areas in Kathmandu are mainly served by the Ring Road, which is mostly connected to main areas such as Patan and others. The Ring Road covers most of the places to drive in. Other roads from here include the Satdobato – Tikabhairab Road, the Araniko Highway, and others. The nearest city centre from the airport is Kathmandu, reachable via the Ring Road as well.
Driving around Tribhuvan International Airport
The major roads that serve Kathmandu in Nepal include the Tribhuvan Highway to the south, Prithvi Highway to the west, and Araniko Highway to the north. There is also the BP highway that links Kathmandu with the eastern region of Nepal.
Getting to your destination
A site on a hill overlooking the city with a large stupa and other Buddhist and Hindu iconography, the Swayambhunath or the Monkey Temple is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal, found in the capital of country. Aside from the spectacular views of the city up the hill and the ancient carvings in every available space, the temple is crowded with monkeys interacting with visitors who give them treats. At the top of the 350-step stairs lie the temple and the Boudha Stupa, and a few conveniences for travellers such as restaurants, and retailers. From the airport, head west toward the Ring Road and then take Sinamangal Road and Dilli Bazaar Road towards Siddhidas Marg. From here, follow through towards Chittadhar Marg all the way to Dallu Bishumati Bridge and then continue to Amar Chitrakar marg. Drive to Manjushree Marg and then see the Swayambhunath Stupa.
The Garden of Dreams, or Garden of Six Seasons, is a classical historical garden found in Kathmandu, Nepal. Originally built in 1920, the garden was renovated and revamped with the partnership of the local government of Kathmandu and the Austrian government, bringing life to the beautiful haven of flora. From the airport, head towards the Ring Road and then take the exit to Tridevi Sadak to reach the garden.
Built in AD 600, the Bodnath Stupa is the first stupa built when the Tibetan king, Songsten Gampo, was converted to Buddhism. According to local stories, the king constructed the stupa as an act of penance after unwittingly killing his father. In the 14th century, the original stupa was destroyed by Mughal invaders, but it was reconstructed afterwards. Physically, the stupa is one of the more graceful and pure stupas in Bodnath and even in Nepal. From its whitewashed dome to its gilded tower painted with the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, the monument is highly symbolic and serves as a dimensional reminder of the Buddha's path toward enlightenment. From the airport, head west toward the Ring Road, and then take Bagmati Road and Boudhadwar Marg to Boudhanath Sadk towards the temple area in Boudha.