Katmandu-Pokhara Prithvi Highway

The Prithvi Highway is a 174 km long highway connecting Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, a tourist city in the western part of Nepal. The construction of the highway started from 1967 with the help from the Chinese Government. The construction was completed in 1974. The highway is named after the King Prithvi Narayan Shah. This landslide-prone and heavily congested highway passes through five districts: Kathmandu, Dhading, Chitwan, Tanahu and Kaski. This highway has a junction with Tribhuvan Highway at Naubise. The Narayanghat-Mugling section connects this highway to Mahendra Highway, the longest highway in Nepal. Until 2011 opening of the B.P. Koirala Highway, this highway was the only improved land route from Kathmandu Valley to all points south, and as such the main artery for heavy trucks into Kathmandu Valley and into Pokhara. The hills that flank the 206 kilometres stretch of the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara contain some of the most important religious sites in Nepal. Manakamana Mandir near Mugling, is one of the oldest temples in central Nepal and is an important destination for Hindu pilgrimage. Source: wikipedia.org