Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour

Nagarkot is one of the most famous villages located in the Bhaktapur district. It is situated in the northeast region of the Kathmandu valley and is around 30 km far from the valley through road transportation. It is the only means of transportation to the place. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations out of the valley which is situated around 2175m above sea level.

The major attraction of this place is that you can witness the magnificent Himalayan dawn and sunset as well as the Khumbu and Langtang mountain ranges, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, and Mount Everest, among other magnificent mountain views. From the vantage point of Nagarkot, you will get to view the small villages around, the view of the valley, and a beautiful panoramic view around the hills.

Nagarkot is renowned throughout the Kathmandu valley as the ideal picnic location. The things to do around this place are hiking to the world heritage site Changunarayan; one of the oldest temples of centuries, short hiking to view the tower from your stay, hiking to the nearest waterfall of the valley known as Sundarijal, and campfire at your stay.

This 2-day journey can be added to your Kathmandu Heritage Tour journey and see both the cultural and natural beauty of Nepal. 

Best time to do Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour

Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour is a 1 night 2-day trip that can be done any time of the year. As the main purpose of this journey is to observe the sunrise and sunset views along with clear Himalayan views, the spring months from March, April, and May, and the autumn months from September to October are considered the best. These months have clear mornings with the most breathtaking sunrise views and the Himalayas. The forests are covered with seasonal flowers and rhododendron blossoms in spring which is a wonderful sight to see. During autumn, you will have the best weather that is neither too hot nor too cold. You can do this trip in summer/monsoon too but rains and clouds can obstruct the views. If you just want to relax and get out of your busy life, you can go here anytime.

Note: If you want a longer vacation in a serene environment and want to enjoy nature more and admire the beauty of the Himalayas up close, there are plenty of options. Spare just 7 days, go to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, and get the best close-up view of some of the highest mountains including Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) & Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m).

Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Nagarkot

We leave Kathmandu city after breakfast in the morning and head towards Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur district is also called the “city of devotees” and “a living museum” which is well-known for its Newari culture and Newari craftsmanship. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the heart of the city is a fine example of what the city is known for. We will explore the durbar square complex once we get to the city. We will probably taste Juju dhau which is the king of yogurt and have a local lunch there.

After exploring the durbar square complex and clicking the major attractions such as the Lion’s Gate, Golden Temple, the big bell, the peacock window, etc., we leave the site and drive towards our ultimate destination to Nagarkot hill. As soon as we reach Nagarkot, we will see the difference in environment and development compared to the capital. Being so close to the capital, Nagarkot still maintains its nature, environment, and its rural lifestyle.

Once we are at our hotel, we check in and rest. In the evening, you can visit the view tower to witness the sunset and the surrounding views.

Day 2: Sunrise in Nagarkot & drive back to Kathmandu

We will wake up early in the morning, before the dawn and leave the hotel and hike towards Nagarkot view tower to observe the glorious sunrise above the Himalayas. Enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayan ranges slowly rolling with the sunrays. Get the best picture of the Langtang Lirung, Dorjee Lakpa, Melungtse, Langtang Himal, Annapurna, and of course the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest on a clear day.

After spending an ample amount of time at the view tower falling in love with nature, we will return back to the hotel and have our breakfast. Before leaving Nagarkot, we will take a look around the local villages, and the terraced farms and even interact with the locals to get insight into their rural lifestyle. Interest ones can opt. to have a short hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple. If not then, we drive to Changunarayan Temple which is one of the oldest temples in the country. It is one of the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that showcase Nepali artwork. Leaving Changunarayan temple, we proceed towards Kathmandu.

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