Car Rental in Kathmandu
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Kathmandu
Several car rental companies are stationed in Kathmandu's city centre. Apart for some major car rental companies such as Sixt, which is located in the airport, in Durbar Marg, Sinamangal, and the city centre, Kathmandu is served by a multitude of local car rental companies. These include Smile Car Rental, Car Rental Kathmandu, Auto Car Rental Nepal, Car Rental Nepal, Blue Mountain Car Rental Services, and many others. These rental companies provide various types of cars, from sedans, family vehicles, or even luxury vehicles. Limousines and mini-trucks or vans are also available, albeit rarely. Offices for these car rental companies can be found at the heart of the city, around the areas of Lazimpat, Swayambhu, and Chetrapati.
Those who intend to rent these vehicles should start preparing the necessary documents including valid identification cards, driver's licence or international driving permits, payment confirmation details, and others, which should also be brought when driving around. Also check for the vehicle insurance, and if the unit that was rented out to you does not have any problems.
What to expect when renting a car from Kathmandu
Driving around Kathmandu can be quite a chore especially for first-time visitors to the city. Street names and signs are rarely seen, apart from those placed in the major roads (including Tri Devi and the Ring Road). Address numbers are also rare here, so directions that will be provided by the locals will probably be relative to the nearest intersection, square, tourism attraction, and other noteworthy locations. This can be a burden – so it is best to prepare a map or ask your respective car rental companies for GPS systems for rent. Meanwhile, traffic situation in Kathmandu reaches heavy levels during peak hours that happen between eight in the morning and ten in the morning, and four in the afternoon until early evening. Although it cools off during off-peak times and in the early hours in the weekend, it is still best to note of these times so that it will be easier to avoid the traffic. Be careful with motorcycles (which are actually plenty here) who swerve and cut through lanes, and pack a lot of patience when travelling within the busier and high tourism areas.
Getting to your destination
A sub-metropolitan municipality and considered as the second largest city after Kathmandu in Nepal, Pokhara's main selling point is its spectacular sceneries, adventure activities, accommodation that is quite on the traditional Nepalese style, and food choices that are unique to the city. Reach Pokhara by travelling from Kathmandu through the Prithvi Highway towards Pokhara. The journey will take about four hours and would cover some 207 kilometres.
A village located 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is the best place to view the Himalaya from the comfort and cosiness of your own hotel balcony. It is packed with touristy comforts such as restaurants, hotels, and others – which can provide a diverting past time before heading to backpack or trek the many national parks of Nepal.
From Kathmandu, Nagarkot can be reached via the F26 through Suntol and towards the central business district.
Apart from being the capital and the largest municipality of Nepal, Kathmandu boasts of its many ornate temples and shrines that show the cultural heritage of the country. Unique, urban, and yet truly beautiful, Kathmandu is sure to make travellers look in awe.
From Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu is accessible from the Ring Road.