The Prithvi Highway is an asphalted road with a length of 174 km (108mi) located in Nepal. The road links Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, a tourist city in the western part of Nepal. The scenery along the road is dramatic.
The road is asphalted. It was completed in 1974. It offers many visitors to Nepal their first vision of the middle hills. It remains a fabulous vision, even if it is through a bus window clouded by the grit-laden exhaust smoke of the overloaded lorry in front. It’s a heavily congested highway and landslide-prone.
The highway is named after King Prithvi Narayan Shah. It follows a series of deep river valleys, passing ancient stone villages, cascading rice terraces, rocky gorges and roaring rapids crossed by precarious suspension bridges. Its dramatic views come at a potentially high cost. In addition to beautiful views of the Himalayas, you will see vehicles that have ended up in the river chasms.
Pic: Sim Reaney