(Also Read: Travel from Lumbini to Kushinagar by Taxi and Bus - opens in new tab)
|Saleena Bus from Kathmandu to Lumbini|
I think I paid NPR 1045 or so but the price written on the ticket was NPR 1000. I got directions to go towards the bus and found it easily. "Saleena" was a real magic word. There was a guy who put my bag in the baggage bin of the bus. Now I was free to see the bus stand for the next hour and a half. (Useful tip: It would be nice to buy a ticket for the bus a day or two in advance because the seats are limited. If your hotel travel desk or agent is asking for for a price close to NPR 1000, better buy the ticket from them).
|Saleena Bus Booking Counter Kathmandu Naya (New) Bus Stand|
|Snack shops at Kathmandu Naya (New) Bus Stand|
|Boiled Pan Fried Bengal Gram|
There was not much to see at the bus stand actually. Even though it was called "New Bus Stand" there was very little in terms of passenger amenities. There was one semi-clean pay-per-use toilet, and a few snack & tea shops. I had boiled, pan fried Chana (Bengal Gram) which contained too much chilly. The accompanying tea was thankfully very sweet.
|Saleena Air Conditioned Bus from Kathmandu to Lumbini|
The Saleena bus left the bus stand at 8.15am with very few passengers in it. The bus was clean, seats were comfortable, air-conditioning was effective, and there was a small LCD TV showing Indian music videos & movies for entertainment. For the next hour, the bus went through a local route in Kathmandu picking up passengers and was full by 9.15am. Now we were on the way to Lumbini.
|Snack Shops on the Way to Lumbini from Kathmandu|
|Vegetable Pakoda and Boiled Eggs|
The first tea / snack break came at 10.00am. The bus stopped at a village where there were toilet facilities and several shops selling tea / packaged and even hot snacks like deep fried vegetable pakoda and boiled eggs. The break lasted for 20 minutes.
|Blue Heaven Resort on the Way from Kathmandu to Lumbini|
|Lunch Stop on the Way from Kathmandu to Lumbini|
|Riverside Lunch Stop Kathmandu to Lumbini by Bus|
Lunch break came too early in the day, at around 12.00 pm. It was a resort called "Blue Heaven" or something like that situated at a river bank. There were two separate vegetarian buffet meal options starting at NPR 200 per person. It was a nice "all-you-can-eat" type of spread with a good variety of food. They had set up tables and chairs by the river. The 45-minute break was enough to let the passengers enjoy a great vegetarian meal.
|Gate Number 4, Lumbini Buddha Complex|
Later, on the way, the bus stopped a couple of times on passenger demand and was in Bhairahawa at 4.00pm. Some people got down, the bus took a U-turn and reached Lumbini a little before 5.00pm. The drop point in Lumbini was Gate number 4 which is very close to Maya Devi Temple. My hotel - Ananda Inn was right opposite Gate-4. Also Read: Travel from Lumbini to Kushinagar by Taxi and Bus
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|Posted by Narinder Singh|