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.