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Top 5 Destinations to Travel in Nepal by Road

Mar 17 2024

It is no surprise that Nepal is a blessed country in terms of nature, climate, and cultural diversity. When it comes to travelers who are seeking to get closer to nature, they look for some adventure, be it on land or above the land. One such adventure is a road trip adventure where you can witness breathtaking views and just fall in love with the beauty. Let's look into Nepal's top 5 destinations that serve you the best road trips.

Top 5 Destinations to Travel in Nepal by Road 

  • Dhulikhel to Nagarkot 

If you want to experience a good drive around  Kathmandu Valley, then Dhulikhel to Nagarkot would be the best choice. This trip might take 1 to 2 days. From Dhulikhel, you can move to Namo Buddha- A peaceful monastery. Then you would get to the next stop, Panauti- The city with immense Newari culture. The drive ends in Nagarkot- the place that offers you stunning views of the Himalayas, sunrise, and breathtaking sunset, provided the weather is fine.

  • Off-beaten Track of Eastern Nepal

The eastern part of the Terai is also popular for various rural attractions. You can take a tour of the city of Janakpur, home to the vivacious Janaki Mandir. You can also drive on Mahendra Highway and stop by Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. The final stop you can make is the mountain village of Ilam -The Tea spot. The tour can be for 3–4 days, so this road trip may not be for those who are looking for short trips.

  • Adventure drive on Araniko Highway

Dhulikhel–Kodari is a major driving destination for adventure sports enthusiasts who love fast drives. The whole trip is around 1 to 3 days. Kodari also has the Friendship Bridge that stretches across into Tibet. But driving on Araniko Highway is not easy. You might face hazards like sheer drops on the side of the road, landslides and flooding, particularly during the monsoon. 

  • Plains-to Hills- Birgunj to Kathmandu drives

Birgunj–Kathmandu is a 116km tour that takes 2 days of drive. Starting from the lowlands of Birgunj, you can enter the town of Hetauda and the hill village of Daman.

You can make an overnight stay in Daman and then drive to Kathmandu Valley. 

  • Lower Mustang Tour

Lower Mustang is a fascinating tourist spot where you may discover the local culture and wildlife. At the same time, tourists visit Muktinath, a revered Hindu and Buddhist monument. Even during the monsoon season, Lower Mustang tours are a simple yet exciting excursion that can be taken at any time of the year.

Why opt for car rentals for road travel?

The first and foremost benefit of car rental companies is the plethora of car options- you can choose an SUV or a luxury car. In fact, with a rental car service you can have a chance to try a car that you are considering purchasing. Unlike public transportation, with a rental car, you will have more control over your environment. Car rentals' vehicles are meticulously maintained for travel which hence makes your travel smooth and enjoyable. If you face any unfortunate road accidents, then the insurance and other safety-related rules of the rental service will cover your expenses. All in all, you can always depend on the 24-hour breakdown car rental assistance. 

Nowadays, you can make a booking online or via App and even make payments using your debit/credit card.

Why Choose Self Drive when you want to Travel in Nepal by Road?

Call it a blessing or drawback, roads in Nepal are not well-developed, which makes them a good option for the thrill; however, safety is still the question. But if you want to relish road driving, you must invest in a well-maintained car that will drive to the destination and get you back to the origin.


For that, you can take your own car but let's just see who will want their car to suffer the rugged roads and all the ups and downs. So, a better option is to get a car rental or get a rental car that you can drive by yourself. For both purposes, we, at Self Drive Nepal, are here. However, we do have a specific procedure and documents necessary to provide you with to-be-driven cars.


So, if you are looking for the best car rental in Nepal or the best Self-drive services in Nepal, always choose Self Drive Nepal.

Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any queries.

You can read our blog [Why should you rent a car in Nepa if you are returning from abroad?] to know more about us.


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