Pokhara and Chitwan are now connected again by air transport. The Mugling-Narayanghat road widening project has caused a serious concern to the Chitwan tourism. The bus journey to Chitwan has become hectic these days due to landslide and halt of ongoing construction work. In the meantime, local entrepreneurs from Chitwan initiated to resume flights between Pokhara and Bharatpur of Chitwan.
A major private sector Airline Company, Buddha Air has started direct flight between Pokhara and Bharatpur with its 18-seater Beech 1900D aircraft on Friday, 15th of September. Similarly, the aircraft operated flight from Pokhara to Bhairahawa later on the same day. The three major tourist destinations- Pokhara, Sauraha and Lumbini are now connected by air.
It takes only 16 minutes for Pokhara-Bharatpur flight and 20 minutes for Pokhara-Bhairahawa sector. Buddha Air has published the fare for Pokhara-Bharatpur sector as Rs 3,650 for Nepalis and US $92 for foreigners. Likewise, the fare for Pokhara-Bhairahawa sector for Nepalis will be Rs 4,200 and foreigners have to pay US $97. Buddha Air has mentioned on its daily schedule that it will fly at 10:00AM from Pokhara to Bharatpur, Bharatpur-Pokhara at 10:35AM, Pokhara- Bhairahawa at 11:10AM and Bhairahawa-Pokhara at 11:40AM.
The Pokhara-Bhairahawa flight is expected to become valuable to the Indian tourists who are willing to visit Pokhara in short time. Most of the Indian pilgrims are keen to visit Muktinath and this flight will make their journey more comfortable. Similarly, those who are likely to visit Sauraha from Pokhara or vice versa can now benefit from the flight.