‘Super deluxe’ buses to ply Pokhara-Kathmandu routeA transport entrepreneur in Pokhara has launched “super deluxe” buses in order provide better services to passengers.
A transport entrepreneur in Pokhara has launched “super deluxe” buses in order provide better services to passengers.
According to Keshav Prasad Adhikari of Jagadamba Travels, two such vehicles were imported from India’s Ashok Leyland Company at the cost of Rs 35 million and will be operated under the Prithvi Highway Bus Entrepreneurs Committee starting next week.
Adhikari said the buses, which are made sophisticated reducing the number of seats from 35 to 21, are launched targeting domestic as well as foreign tourists. “We assembled the seats in India using materials imported from China and Singapore and each seat cost us Rs 136,000,” he said.
The seats in the buses are sofa-like and their positions can be adjusted using a remote control. Passengers can even sleep on them and ring an attached bell to order tea, coffee, cold drinks and juice from the mini bar set up in driver’s cabin.
Likewise, passengers can also watch movies on a 48-inch television screen in the buses outfitted with air-conditioner.
“We have also prepared a menu of hygienic breakfast for our passengers and it will be changed every day. However, they can have their lunch at a hotel on the way,” Adhikari said. The floor of the buses is covered with carpet. The bus fair is fixed at Rs 2,000 for Nepalis and Rs 2,500 for foreigners. The fair includes all services provided during the journey.
“We are trying to introduce the most sophisticated bus service in Nepal,” he said, adding that the buses will be useful for the ailing and elderly who can’t travel by air.
“Likewise, the buses will be the best alternative to airplanes when flights are cancelled due to bad weather. Passengers can travel by our buses enjoying services of a star hotel and served by crew members who will be wearing uniform similar to that of airhostesses and pilots.” The buses will take six hours to travel from Durbar Marg in Kathmandu to Tourist Bus Park in Pokhara.
Likewise, each bus has a separate luggage box and the luggage will be tagged for the safety.
According to Adhikari, both buses will have green plates. “We are in the process of registering the vehicles with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation,” he said.