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Nagarkot

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Country rank: 3 out of 12 Places To Visit In Nepal

Sub-Region: Kathmandu valley


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: October - March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Kathmandu (Check Flights)

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"Postcard of the Himalayas"

Nagarkot Tourism

If you want to see the Himalayan mountains in all their glory, Nagarkot is the place to be! This tiny village burrowed in the lap of the 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 Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Jugal, Everest, Numbur, Ganesh Himal and the Rolwaling ranges can be seen from Nagarkot on a clear day - can the scene get any more postcard-perfect than this!?

Located at a mere 28-kilometre drive away from Kathmandu, Nagarkot offers one of the best views of the Himalayas in the entire region. An erstwhile summer retreat of Nepali, Indian and British royalty, this village rose to fame after tourists thronged the area in recent years. We don't blame them - the view is spectacularly breathtaking. If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, you can find solace here. 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. This is an ideal place to relax, unwind, refresh and rejuvenate. At a whooping altitude of 7000 feet (2000 metres), Nagarkot is the perfect vantage point to gaze at the Himalayas in all its glory. 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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There is no nightlife in Nagarkot and most of the shops close after sunset.

Nothing special here.

Hiking enthusiasts cannot afford to give Nagarkot a miss - the village is the starting point for one of the best Himalayan expeditions, for both experienced adventurers and novices. The Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail, 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! Pass through tall pines, terraced farmlands, lilting trees and let the cool breeze caress your face as you hike your way to the end. The trail takes a mere 3.5 hours to complete - this makes for a perfect pastime with your family or significant other. Take along a picnic basket so you can lounge by the forest and munch on snacks as you rest!

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.

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. If you're an aspiring photographer, Nagarkot must be on your bucket list. The view of Kathmandu Valley from here cannot be put to words - it is just that beautiful!

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. The exquisite backdrop of the mountains against the statue is truly a sight to behold!

Timing is everything at Nagarkot. The view of the 8 ranges is most magnificent during sunrise and sunset, so don't miss this. The weather may sometimes play spoilsport, though - the mountains are notorious for disappearing behind clouds. To avoid 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! If this is too cold for your liking, you can also visit Nagarkot between March and May, where the temperature is warmer, and cloud coverage is minimal. There is not much rain either, but the humidity steadily increases as the year progresses. Wish on your lucky stars for the conditions to be perfect when you go there, as mountain weather is always unpredictable.

Sadly, this village was not spared during the devastating 2015 earthquakes that rocked Nepal. However, earnest rebuilding efforts are underway, and the resilience shown by the people is commendable. As you walk through the village and the trails, you can spot many afforestation attempts and construction going on - Nagarkot is well on its way to rebuilding itself better than before. This will not hamper your vacation experience though as the valley is just as picturesque regardless of construction work.

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

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Hinduism is the most followed religion in the area.

No special dress code is required in the place. However, following local traditions of Nepal will be beneficial.

Nepalese is the official language and a widely spoken language in 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.

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


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Top Hotels in Nagarkot

  • Planet Bhaktapur Hotel

    USD 32 /night onwards

  • Sunny Guest House and Cafe

    USD 25 /night onwards

  • Krishna House

    USD 15 /night onwards


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

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