Delhi-Kathmandu bus service resumed – Outlook Traveler
After a long hiatus – over a year and a half – due to Covid, bus service from New Delhi to Kathmandu has now resumed. The news comes after the announcement of the latest Covid directives from the Ministry of the Interior, resuming services on the same schedule as before the services were shut down.
The Delhi Transport Corporation also issued a notification on this, indicating the link with Skyline India (Motors) Private Limited for the operation of the bus. The notification also mentioned strict Covid protocols – as stated by the MHA – in place and to be adhered to at all times.
The bus will start its journey to Kathmandu from Delhi Gate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As for the return trip from Kathmandu, the service will be available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The service connecting the two capitals of the countries will also stop at the border – Sonauli – for customs control and passengers will not be allowed to embark or disembark en route, except at scheduled stops – such as Firozabad (India) and Mugling (Nepal ).
The bus service – Maitri Bus Sewa – which started in November 2014 as a symbol of friendship covers a distance of around 1,167 km between the two capitals, and was interrupted in Mach 2020 during the first wave of Covid -19.
For the trip, all passengers must have their Covid vaccination certificate. Along with this, a negative RT-PCR report – obtained within 72 hours of the start of the trip – should also be produced. Travelers who do not present these documents will not be allowed to board. The bus fare has also been revised and placed at Rs 2,800, as opposed to the previous Rs 2,300.