Nagarkot is one of the most renowned places in Nepal.
This small hill station is located in Bhaktapur at an altitude of 2175m above the sea level.
A day trip to Nagarkot from Kathmandu is one of the best retreats.
Kathmandu is rich in many things. This city is ancient and filled with different cultures and traditions. Newari is the primary culture of Kathmandu. Every corner of Kathmandu reflects the traces of this ancient culture. But Kathmandu city is polluted and densely populated. Traffic here can last for hours, and you can get easily frustrated.
Amidst this busy and tiring life, locals view a day trip to Nagarkot as a perfect getaway. Kathmandu offers you many places to visit and explore its beauty. Hills and villages surround this valley. People here live in harmony. There are hundreds of different races of people living in Kathmandu at the moment. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and holds the only international airport. This sole reason makes it the heart of Nepal.
There are many world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley as a whole refers to three cities. Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur are rich in culture and ancient tradition. There are hundreds of temples and shrines. The hundreds of years old culture is well preserved and practised with high spirit till date.
- Beautiful sunrise and sunset from Nagarkot
- Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur
- Visit the three Durbar Squares
- Panoramic view of mountains
- Explore different racial settlements
- Beautiful terrains and fields
- Meet and greet with the locals
- Taste delicious local foods and drinks
- Visit Changu Narayan Temple
- Visit the beautiful Nala Gumba, and stroll through its peaceful environment
- Panoramic mountain view from Dhulikhel
- World’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva
- Panoramic mountain view from Chisapani
Nagarkot is one of the most popular destinations in Kathmandu. Most people will recommend an excellent visit to Nagarkot. It lies at an altitude of 2175m from the sea level. This hill station is famous for its sunrise, sunset, and the panoramic view of the majestic mountains. It is believed that on a clear day, one can even see Mount Everest.
There are mixed settlements in Nagarkot. The lower parts of the hill are mostly covered by Newari culture. There are hundreds of hotels and resorts at Nagarkot. The view tower is the most visited place in Nagarkot. Every day hundreds of locals as well as foreigners visit Nagarkot and explore this beautiful hill station. This place tends to be crowded during the holidays.
You can find varieties of vegetation while you visit Nagarkot. Nagarkot is home to hundreds of species of butterfly. The ancient Changu Narayan Temple lies to the west of Nagarkot. And hiking from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan is another excellent way to spend your day.
Getting From Kathmandu to Nagarkot
Nagarkot is only 32 km away from Kathmandu. There are various ways to get there from Kathmandu. The most common method is to get there by bus. You can catch a bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur. Once you reach Bhaktapur, you can catch another bus that will take you to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is very near to Kathmandu, but it takes almost 3 hours to get there. It is because of the poor condition of roads.
It is better if you catch an early bus from Kathmandu. This act allows you to reach Nagarkot before noon. The mountains tend to hide behind clouds as the hours pass by. If you arrive Nagarkot before noon, you can view the astounding mountains from the top. Annapurna, Manasalu, Langtang are some of the mountains you can see from the top of Nagarkot.
You can always rent a private car from Kathmandu. It is probably the best way to visit Nagarkot. It will give you time to take as many detours as you want. This way, you can fully explore the Kathmandu valley.
Hiking is another alternative to reach Nagarkot. But it will add some days to your travel. Yet, you will be able to explore traditional villages and forest even more. There are different hiking route towards Nagarkot.
Mountain biking is gaining more and more popularity these days. There are many stores at Thamel, where you can rent a mountain bike. It will test your fitness and agility. At the same time, you will get to experience the valley in a different perspective.
Overall, it is best if you rent a private car for a day trip to Nagarkot from Kathmandu.
Things to do while you visit Nagarkot
Kathmandu valley is a beautiful place to spend your holidays. This place offers you some of the best places to explore. The ancient traditions and cultures will grab your attention, and you will be eager to learn more about them. There are hundreds of temples and beautiful shrines, which will give you an idea of its rich traditions.
You can see how different races of people with different religions live alongside each other in harmony. Bhaktapur is the smallest district in Nepal. The primary settlement in Bhaktapur is the Newari settlement. While you are on your way to Nagarkot, you can see the traditional houses and villages. People are usually busy with their daily chores and fieldwork.
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Nagarkot view tower:
The Nagarkot view tower is popular among many people. The tower sits at the top of the hill and offers you beautiful scenarios. You can see the mountains, landscapes, and the valley below. You would want to reach this place as early as possible. These mountains and landscapes tend to hide behind the clouds during the day.
After a well-spent day at Nagarkot, you can return back to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is an ancient Newari settlement. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the most popular destination in Bhaktapur. The durbar square reflects an ancient culture and tradition. You can see different houses and traditional architectural monuments. The 55 windows palace is another eye-catching monument at the heart of Durbar square.
The 5 storied Nyatapola temple is another attraction of this beautiful city. This temple is glorious and stands tall among all the other. Bhaktapur is full of narrow paths and old houses. It is very easy to get lost in between these Gallis.
Bhaktapur is famous for Juju Dhau (king of curds). So make sure to have some of these delicious curds served in a bowl made from clay.
Newari cuisine is another attraction of Bhaktapur.
Feel free to explore this place, and do not hesitate to talk with the locals. The locals are very friendly and loving.
Changu Narayan Temple:
Believed to be the oldest temple in Nepal, Changu Narayan is another ancient place to visit. This place is listed in the World Heritage sites. Every year, thousands of tourists visit this place for its rich tradition and beautiful landscapes.
It can be a short detour while you return from Nagarkot. Or, you can do short hiking from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan.
Hiking to Chisapani:
Hiking from Nagarkot to Chisapani is becoming more and more popular these days. The route is simple but exciting.
Chisapani is another wonderful hill station. The panoramic view of the mountains from Chisapani is astounding. you can reach
Nagarkot early and start hiking towards Chisapani. But I would suggest staying at Nagarkot for the night so that you can view the incredible sunrise from Nagarkot.
Then head towards Chisapani after a lovely breakfast. This route is only suitable for those who have a day to spare.
Nala is a small village, which you can manage to visit while you visit Nagarkot. This village reflects the traditional Newari culture, which is fascinating. There are old houses, narrow highway, and vast paddy fields. Nala is an example of a typical Nepalese village.
There is a beautiful monastery in Nala, which is gradually becoming a popular destination. The monastery is clean, beautiful, and has a peaceful environment. Ancient culture, incredible landscapes, and a beautiful monastery, Nala has everything. And you will not regret a visit to Nala gumba.
Dhulikhel is another popular destination close to the Kathmandu valley. It is beautiful and full of green valleys. The Namo Buddha Monastery is close to Dhulikhel, and you can reach there easily.
The other Durbar Squares:
There are three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu valley. These durbar squares are hundreds of years old and are considered to be very important. Not only the durbar squares attract thousands of tourists each year (which they do), but also they give us an idea of how people used to live in the past.
Each of these durbar squares contains a palace. These palaces once belonged to the proud Malla kings. There is a rich history linked to these places.
Patan durbar square is another spectacular place to visit. The Patan durbar square is full of local people as well as tourists. The traditional temples are beautiful and well-engineered. The Krishna Mandir (Temple of Lord Krishna) is an astounding sight. According to the experts, the Krishna mandir is constructed entirely by a single piece of rock.
Make sure you visit the local museum, which showcases the different personalities of Lord Buddha.
It is probably the most visited Durbar Square among the three. Basantapur Durbar Square is located at the heart of Kathmandu. This place attracts both locals and foreigners. The rich tradition is extraordinary, and the stories are amusing. You will see different local eateries and stores around Basantapur.
Thamel is right next to Basantapur, and it is more comfortable to stroll around this beautiful place.
There are lots of routes to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. I have already mentioned a standard route.
Another route you can follow includes the same places but slightly different follow-ups
You can visit Bhaktapur early in the morning. You can visit Siddha Pokhari, and stroll around its banks.
It is a wonderful way to spend your mornings.
After that, you can visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and The Nyatapola. After having a lovely lunch at Bhaktapur, you can visit Sanga.
A massive statue of Lord Shiva (A Hindu god) stands tall at the top of a hill. This statue is the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the entire world.
After a pleasant visit to Sanga, you can visit Dhulikhel. From Dhulikhel, you can now head towards Nagarkot. This way, you can reach Nagarkot just in time for its beautiful sunset.
After such a lovely sunset, you can drive back to Kathmandu. Or, you can stay at Nagarkot for the night, and view the astounding sunrise the next morning. The sunrise from Nagarkot is beautiful, and the mountains are clear in the mornings.