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Nagarkot

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"The Himalayan Postcard Town"

Nagarkot Tourism

The tiny village of Nagarkot burrowed in the lap of towering peaks is a part of Nepal's Bhaktapur district. Perched at the edge of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot gives you one of the widest panoramas of the Himalayan ranges - you can spot 8 out of the 13 Himalayan ranges from the comfort of your hotel. The mighty Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Jugal, Everest, Numbur, Ganesh Himal and the Rolwaling ranges can be seen from Nagarkot on a clear day!

Located at a mere 28-kilometre drive away from Kathmandu, Nagarkot offers one of the best views of the Himalayas in the entire region as it has an altitude of 7000 feet (2000 metres)! An erstwhile summer retreat of Nepali, Indian and British royalty, this village rose to fame after tourists thronged the area in recent years. The idyllic village sits serenely in the midst of nature - the only sounds you can hear are the birds chirping and the breeze whistling through the pines.

One great advantage of this viewpoint is that it is very close to the capital, which means that you can easily access Nagarkot without spending too much time and money on travel. Accommodation is also cheap here, as is the food - Nagarkot clearly wins on all fronts!

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Nightlife in Nagarkot

There is no nightlife in Nagarkot and most of the shops close after sunset.

Shopping in Nagarkot

The options for shopping in Nagarkot are limited. Hence most tourists prefer to shop in Kathmandu which is just 28-kilometres from Nagarkot. Mala Shop is the only place in Nagarkot that sells souvenirs and gift items. 

Places to Visit in Nagarkot

  • The Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail: This is a 12-kilometre trail beginning here, composes of the Nagarkot Nature Trail and the Tamang Village Walk. Here you can hope to spot exotic butterflies of many colours and other mountain animals as well. Experience first-hand the authentic and eclectic culture of Tamang village and enjoy the hospitality of the charming locals, as you hike your way to one of the most remarkable viewpoints of Nepal. On a good day, you can spot the peak of Mt Everest from here! The trail takes a mere 3.5 hours to complete.

  • The Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park is another place you can hike to. The highlight of this park is the golden Buddha statue perched at the centre - you will have to navigate through terraced gardens to reach the statute, but the walk is worth it.

  • Paragliding: Adventure junkies can rest be assured of an adrenaline rush - you can paraglide through the towering Himalayas from Nagarkot. Adventure-sports agencies offer paragliding at specific times of the year, and we recommend the package which includes a view of Mt. Everest. Keep in mind that paragliding is allowed only if the weather conditions are conducive.

  • Changu Narayan Temple: History buffs are in for a treat - the Changu Narayan temple, almost 2000 years old, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located close to Nagarkot. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple stands as a testament to the culture and architecture of yore. Overlooking the verdant valley, the Changu Narayan temple is nestled atop a hill, surrounded by fragrant Magnolia trees. The carvings and style of the sacred site are indeed stunning.

  • The Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, the world's tallest statue of the Hindu God Shiva, is a 20-kilometre drive away from Nagarkot. This 143-metre structure towers over the villages and stands guard to the valley.

  • Time the Himalayan View: The view of the 8 ranges is most magnificent during sunrise and sunset, so don't miss this. Schedule your plans between October and December because the dry winter season means lesser humidity and cloud coverage. Remember to pack warm if you plan on going there in this time, as the temperature can drop to as low as 1 degrees Celcius!

Exchanging Money in Nagarkot

The best option to exchange your currency is from the Kathmandu International Airport.

History of Nagarkot

Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms. Later, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station.

Currency in Nagarkot

Nepalese Rupee is the official and only accepted currency in Nagarkot. You will find many ATMs in Nagarkot.

Restaurants and Local Food in Nagarkot

You can find Nepalese and Indian cuisine in almost all the restaurants in Nagarkot. Cafe du Mont is the most prefered restaurant by tourists as it provides a splendid view of the Himalayas.
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How To Reach Nagarkot

Nagarkot is around 30km from Kathmandu International airport. The best way to reach is to take taxi from the airport.

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