Driving the amazing BP Highway in Nepal
Located in the heart of eastern Nepal, BP Highway is a very scenic journey with stunning views. You have to be careful on your drive as the road with sharp bends is narrow.
How long is the BP Highway?
The road, also known as H06 road and Banepa Bardibas Highway, is 158 km (98 mi) long, stretching from Dhulikhel (30 kms east of Kathmandu) to Bardibas (where it meets the East West Highway). It’s totally paved. It is named after the former leader of Nepal, Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala.
Is the BP Highway worth it?
The road links the Kathmandu Valley with the Eastern Terai region passing through many rivers, hills and valleys. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. The highway offers an interesting and enticing drive with beautiful and picturesque bends. Various points on the road provide great vantage points to look at the majestic mountains and admire their beauty.
Is the BP Highway dangerous?
The road is risky, locals warn. It is in good conditions but narrow with too many curves and sharp hairpin turns. At few points it hardly accommodates two crossing vehicles. Public vehicles having more than 18 seats have been prohibited for operation along the road. In the lack of speed control, accidents have become casual. Drivers don't consider the risk factors and enticed with the sleek road they drive at high speed. The road is vulnerable to floods from local streams, earthquakes and landslips. Several bridges along the 160 km long BP Highway have fallen into disrepair, damaged by floods, landslides and soil erosion.
How long does it take to drive the BP Highway?
Allow 4 hours to complete the drive, without stops. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way.
When was the BP Highway built?
Construction of the highway began on 1996 and opened on 3 July 2015.
Road suggested by: Jorge Manuel Gómez Sánchez
Pic: Live Nepali News