Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour is a perfect destination for travelers to experience the modern and ancient cultures of Kathmandu. It is one of Nepal’s most popular tours. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. It is highly influenced by the ancient culture and tradition of Newars. The capital holds seven out of ten UNESCO World sites of Nepal.
They are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhnath, Boudhanath Stupa, Changunarayan temple, and Patan Durbar Square.
The city of Kathmandu combines people of various ethnic groups and communities. The majority of people such as Newar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Tamang, etc live together in the modern city of Kathmandu. All these ethnic groups have different cultures, traditions, attire, food, and festivals. So, Kathmandu seems a blend of different castes, cultures, food, festivals, tradition, and people living together in peace, and harmony.
The tour allows travelers to explore the majestic view of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Khumbu ranges, Mt. Manaslu, Gauri Shankar, and Langtang ranges, and many more. The tour is very suitable for the ones who want to find themselves in the lap of the Himalayas.
Overall, Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour is a very short tour. It begins with a short drive to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. The 5 days journey involves exploring the culturally significant Kathmandu valley. You will drive to Nagarkot which is the most popular to view the sunrise and sunset. The top of Nagarkot rewards you with the beautiful views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and other several peaks. The tour officially ends by exploring the smallest city of Bhaktapur.
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The route to Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1310m.)
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nagarkot 3hrs.
Day 04: Nagarkot sunrise view and Drive Kathmandu via Bhaktapur
Day 05: Farewell Day
Some of the Major Attractions of Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the largest city and the capital of Nepal. The city is home to some centuries-old art, architecture, sculptures, pagoda-style temples, museums, palaces, and many more. Kathmandu is the tourist hub of Nepal. It is the first place you will explore as soon as you get off your plane. You can find almost everything in the valley.
The local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, hotels, etc will serve their customers the best. Do not forget to try out some of the mouth-watering Nepali and Newari cuisines!!
The evening walks around the narrow alleys of Thamel and Ason are mesmerizing. The walk will provide you with great insight into the local life of people living in the city.
Below are some of the places you will visit in Kathmandu.
Basantapur Durbar Square
Basantapur Durbar Square is also popular with the name Kathmandu Durbar Square. Basantapur is in the heart of Kathmandu valley. It carries a lot of historical and cultural significance for the people of Nepal. Basantapur Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and attracts tourists from all around the world.
You can find several temples and monuments within the boundaries of Basantapur Durbar Square. They are Hanumandhoka Palace, Taleju temple, Kal Bhairav, Kumari Ghar, etc. some of the major festivals of Nepal such as Gai Jatra, Kumari Jatra, Indra Jatra, etc take place around Basantapur itself. So, during your tour, you can also be a part of such festivals if you want to.
Boudhanath Stupa is the largest and holiest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. The stupa sits in the town of Boudha on the east side of Kathmandu valley. You can find about twenty monasteries within the boundaries of Boudhanath.
Tamang Gompa remains the most popular among the other monasteries. There are several old small monasteries and Dzongs within the Boudhanath stupa which will give you a solitary experience. You can also visit the North Shechen Gompa which is rarely visited by tourists and travelers. You can also be a part of different meditation programs provided by the Buddhist Rinpoches. The soothing music playing from the monasteries will lighten your day.
Pashupatinath temple is one of the four most religiously important sites in Nepal for Hindu devotees. It is a large Shiva temple and attracts devotees from all around the world.
Visiting Pashupatinath Temple will give you religious, cultural, and spiritual experiences. The temple sits on the bank of the Bagmati River and its area includes Deupatan, Gaurighat, Jaya Bageshwotii, Pingalastan, and Sleshmantak forest. During your tour, you will get to explore around 492 temples, 12 Phallic shrines, and 12 shrines of Lord Shiva.
Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest and most sacred sites in Nepal. It is the place where the last rituals of Hindus are performed.
At last, the Pashupatinath temple is a must-visit place for Hindu devotees from around the globe.
Patan Durbar Square sits in the main city of Patan which is just 30 minutes drive from the capital. Patan Durbar Square is the smallest among the other Durbar Squares but is the most beautiful one. The durbar square holds a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu, and Newar temples.
If you are a culture lover, exploring Patan city is interesting and unique. Some of the important sites you need to explore in Patan Durbar Square are Taleju Bell, Chyasin Dewall, Krishna Mandir, Vishwanath Temple, Bhandarkhal Tank, Patan Museum, etc.
Swayambhunath Temple is often popular with the name “Monkey Temple”. It sits 3 kilometers away from the Kathmandu valley and is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas. The stupa holds a historical significance and consists of several Buddhist shrines and monasteries along with its premises.
During your visit to Swayambhunath, you will climb up the 365 stairs to view the small stupas and monkeys. Some of the major attractions of Swayambhunath stupa are The Vajra, the main Swayambhu Stupa, Ajima Temple, Shakyamuni Buddha, Buddhist Museum, Pratappur Temple, etc.
Some of the major attractions of Nagarkot and Bhaktapur
Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill stations around the Kathmandu valley. Many tourists visit this place to enjoy the majestic sunrise and sunset view with the views of the Himalayan ranges. The mountain ranges include the Annapurna range, Langtang range, Ganesh Himal Range, Number Range, and many more.
Similarly, Bhaktapur is one of the culturally rich and UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal. It is a place that is rich in art and architecture, culture, tradition, temples, museums, festivals, and many more.
Below are some of the major attractions of Nagarkot and Bhaktapur.
Nagarkot Outlook Tower
Nagarkot Outlook Tower is a popular spot that stands at the height of 2164 meters on a ridge. The site is a famous destination to have a look at the 360-degree view of the beautiful Himalayas and overall Kathmandu valley.
The site offers the best sunrise and sunset views across the beautiful hills. Nagarkot Outlook Tower is just an hour’s walk from the Nagarkot village.
Hotels and Restaurants
You can find several luxury hotels and restaurants in Nagarkot. They provide you with high-standard facilities. Some of the most popular hotels and cafes in Nagarkot are Berg House Café, Café du Mont, Hotel Mystic Mountain, etc.
You can also find several local hotels and restaurants along the way to Nagarkot. Do not forget to try out the foods served in such hotels and restaurants. They will give you a true taste of Nepali flavors.
Nagarkot Buddha Peace Garden
The Buddhist statue in Nagarkot is one of the major attractions. You can enjoy the steep climb up towards the stone steps which will take you to Buddha Peace Garden. The central attraction of the Buddha Peace Garden is the massive Golden Buddha.
Nagarkot Paragliding is the best way to explore the Everest and Langtang ranges. You will fly above the green hills of Nagarkot. This will give you a chance to witness the magnificent views of Mount Everest, Annapurna range, Langtang range, Manaslu range, and others.
Paragliding in Nagarkot will be breathtaking and will give you a unique experience. You will have an eagle-eye view of some of the beautiful landscapes, terrace farms, and captivating villages of Nagarkot. The adventure is truly exciting and thrilling.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square sits on the eastern side of Kathmandu valley. It is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Bhaktapur is home to Newari culture, tradition, festivals, temples, ancient art, and artifacts.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square includes museums of medieval art and architecture, pagoda-styled temples, woodcarving, sculptures, paintings, and many more. Some of the major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the 55 window palace, Golden Temple, Mini Pashupatinath Temple, Nytapola temple, Bhairav Nath Temple, and Lion’s Gate.
Among the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, Changu Narayan Temple is one of them. The temple lies on a hilltop 5km north of Bhaktapur. It is a Vishnu temple in his incarnation as Narayan.
Changu Narayan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal built before the 6th century B.S. You can find the temples of Kileshwor Mahadev, Nawa Durga, Laxmi Narayan, Kileshwor Mahadev, etc within the boundaries of Changi Narayan temple.
Best time for Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour
Kathmandu Valley has the most favorable weather and temperature. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. The valley offers moderate weather and temperature even in the summer and winter seasons. So, Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour is doable in every season.
Although the tour is doable in every season, the best time of the year for the Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour is during the autumn and spring season.
Autumn ( September, October, November)
Autumn is the most suitable time of the year when it comes to trekking or touring in Nepal. The season comes after the monsoon season so autumn is also popular with the name the post-monsoon season.
The possibility of rainfall is very lower during the autumn season. However, you can expect some light rainfall in early September. The weather and temperature of Kathmandu valley during the autumn season are neither too hot nor too cold. So, weather and temperature will not be a barrier during your Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour.
The weather in the Kathmandu valley remains clear in autumn. So, you will have vivid views of the snowy mountains and overall scenic views.
Spring ( March, April, May)
Spring is often referred to as the king of all seasons. It is because spring is the most beautiful time of the year in Nepal. The beauty of nature reaches its peak during the spring season. Several new plants and trees grow during the spring season.
Your Kathmandu Nagarkot tour becomes even more exciting when you get to explore the forest filled with rhododendrons. The scenery from the top of Nagarkot tower looks extremely gorgeous.
Like autumn, there are also very few chances of rain during the spring season. It is the pre-monsoon season. It would be better to carry raingear with you when traveling in the month of late May.
Is the Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour suitable for everyone?
Many tourists want to explore the beauty of Nepal, but they might not be able to visit because of the shortage of time. In this case, the 5 days Kathmandu Nagarkot tour is suitable for busy travelers as well. The Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour is easy. It does not involve hours of trekking or reaching a higher altitude. So, the tour is suitable for families with children as well as for old people.
Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour mostly involves reaching some of the attractive places through driving. So, you will not have to worry about your physical strength and stamina. However, an average level of physical fitness plays a great role to make your trip wonderful. So, Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour is suitable for people of every age.
Do you need to hire a guide for Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour?
Many people have asked if they need to hire a guide during Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour. So, is it really necessary to hire one? Hiring a guide is always a wise decision to make. But, this does not mean the Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour is impossible without hiring a guide.
If you have not traveled to Nepal before, the route to Nagarkot might confuse you. In such a case, hiring a guide would be a great help. He/ she will assist you throughout your journey. They will help you to find the best hotel and lodge for your comfortable stay. Guide also acts as a translator between you and the local people. You will get to learn a lot about the local lifestyle, culture, tradition, and festivals when interacting with the villagers.
There are different sections along the route to Nagarkot which are bumpy. You might also take the wrong route as there are several routes to reach your destination. So, guides are experts and have a lot of knowledge regarding which route you should be taking. You will not get lost in the jungles when touring with the help of a guide.
Real Adventure Nepal has well-experienced guides who will help you throughout the entire journey. If you want to get yourself a guide, we will be more than happy to arrange one. A guide will charge you around $20-$25 per day for their service. You will have a lot more easy and more comfortable journey with the help of a guide.
Food and Accommodation during Kathmandu Nagarkot City Tour
You can find different types of hotels during your trip to the Kathmandu Nagarkot tour. You can find basic hotels to the 5-star luxury hotel during your visit. The accommodation you choose during your Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour is a lot easier and more comfortable. Most of the lodges and hotels will have attached bathrooms and toilet facilities, wifi facilities, hot water, etc.
The facilities you get also depend upon the type of accommodation you choose. A normal hotel will provide you with basic facilities whereas 5-star hotels will provide you with standard facilities. Our package from Real Adventure Nepal will provide you with three-star hotel accommodation for the entire journey. If you wish to stay in a luxury hotel, the cost of your trip increases accordingly.
You will get varieties of food items during your trip on Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour. Most of the hotels and lodges will serve proper food facilities. You can find Chinese, Continental, Mexican, American, and different types of cuisines to choose from during your trip.
Do not forget to taste the traditional Nepali food Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari which is common among different visitors. The food is a combination of rice, seasonal vegetables, cereals, pulses, and pickles. You can have Dal Bhat and Tarkari for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner.
You do not have to worry about finding a decent hotel even during the peak seasons. It is because, unlike remote regions, you will find many hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu and Nagarkot. However, it would be best to book your food and accommodation early to avoid any unfavorable circumstances.
5 days Kathmandu Nagarkot City tour is a great journey to explore some of the most attractive places in Nepal. The tour mostly involves exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu, witnessing the sunrise and sunset in Nagarkot, and the culturally significant Bhaktapur.
The 5 days tour is an easy journey and is achievable by everyone. The tour is the best option for someone who wants to explore the natural beauty of Nepal. Depending on the size of your group, Real Adventure Nepal will provide you with private cars, mini-bus, or jeeps.
Real Adventure Nepal is a faithful and trustworthy travel company. We serve our customers with the proper facilities. So, for a wonderful journey, book your trip with us.