When you get to a new place, one of the first things you need to figure out is transportation. After walking around in your neighbourhood, you’re going to want to explore different parts of the city. But how do you do that? The best way is to ask the people where you’re staying. If it’s a guest-house or hotel, they might just recommend a taxi because it’s easier to explain. However, if you ask about a specific route (ideally, from where you’re staying to a well known area/destination), like “Can I take the bus from Baluwatar to Pulchowk?”, they will either tell you which bus to take, the price, and where to wait for it, OR they will say “No, not a bus, you can take a tempo”, and then explain that route. At first, you will only know 1 route, but after awhile (and asking a few different people), you will figure out the best route for your daily commute and other weekend adventures.
Random vehicle – some sort of modified tractor. They are not super popular, noisy, and are mostly used for carrying construction-type materials.
Note: Due to the current fuel shortages, all public transport vehicles are much more crowded than usual, and all taxis are more expensive. If you’re planning to buy your own vehicle, you either have to be prepared to wait in long lines, or pay the “black market prices”, which can be between 2-5x the normal price. However, this is likely to fluctuate over time. This blog does not have any more information about owning/driving your own car – that’s too rich for my blood!
P.S. The Nepal Rupee is currently at about 0.092 of a US dollar. For convenience sake, it’s easy to think of 1 rupee as a penny – so 10 rupees is 10 cents, 100 rupees = $1, and 1,000 rupees = $10.