The most used transit point between India and Nepal is from the Indian town of Sonauli in Uttar Pradesh to Siddharthanagar, formerly known as Bhairahawa or Bhairawa, on the Terai plains of western Nepal, 265 kilometres west of Kathmandu. From there it is only 25 kilometres to Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha, who was born there in 563 BCE. There is a Buddhist monastery there.
From there it is about 75 kilometres north to Tansen, in the “hills” of the western part of Nepal; and 130 kilometres to the northeast is the city of Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city. There are great views here: from the road between Pokhara and the village of Sarangkot to Lake Phewa. From there the Dhaulagiri massif and the peak of Macchapucchare (“Fishtail Mountain”) in the Annapurna massif, can be seen as well.
From Pokhara it is 200 kilometres east to Kathmandu, passing many towns and villages, like Mugling, Darechok and Khanikhola.