Friday, July 4, 2014

Nagarkot- Gateways to Mount Everest

 Attractions and Places to visit Nagarkot

NAGARKOT: Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu-Nepal is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. Nagarkot is a simple farming town, had a population of 4571 and had 973 houses in it, according to census conducted in 2011.

Kathmandu valley near Nagarkot
Kathmandu valley near Nagarkot

Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east with an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers an panoramic view of the valley

Nagarkot, historically, used to serve as the summer retreat for the royal family and many other aristocrats from Kathmandu. While the town offers great views of the mountain, there are few monasteries and temples

.The Village of Nagarkot in Nepal is 7,200 feet above sea level and not far from Mt. Everest
Things to do in Nagarkot: The city has plenty to offer visitors in the form of panoramic sights, hiking, nature trails, mountain biking and more. Nagarkot is most beautiful during spring

The stunning sights of the Dhaulagiri range in the west and the Mount Everest in the east are the most popular with tourists. Along the way the historic town of Sankhu is a much frequent tourists spots.

.Inhabitants to use special farming techniques called terrace farming to deal with the steep terrain
Bhaktapur, Sundarijal and Banepa are excellent hiking destination. While on their hikes, you can also visit the temples of Sankhu, Changu Narayan and Vajra Yogini. Cafe Dumont is a peaceful place, where you can watch the sunset

For those who wish to spend more than one night in Nagarkot, there are plenty more activities to keep you occupied. Here, you can savour the beauty of majestic mountains under comfort and quite, or if you wish you can do pony-riding, a visit to Tamang village, bird watching, meditation and yoga, hiking or simply stretch out in a terrace with a vodka cocktail.

.Nagarkot is famous for its incredible sunrise and sunset which tourists from around the world go there to witness
Things to see: Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which gives you an idyllic escape. It is a rustic resort high on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. It is an outstanding hilltop that offers great views of Himalayas, breathtaking mountain scenery and most impressive view of sunrise and sunset. From Nagarkot, one see the breathtaking views of the major himalayan peaks of Nepal like Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Hill (7,111m), Lantang (7,246m), Dorje Lakpa, Sisa Pa Choyu, Gauri Shanker etc. On a clear crystal day, one can even see tip of Mt. Everest (8848m) from Nagarkot.

Sunset in Nagarkot
Get in: The easiest and cheapest way to get here from Kathmandu is to take a bus at the "Bhaktapur Bus Terminal" located east of Ratna Park to Bhaktapur , 40-50 minutes trip and from there another bus to Nagarkot 1.5 hours, nice trip although buses are very overcrowded.
There is also a tourist bus which goes directly from Kathmandu. Departs Kathmandu at 13.30 from Shorankhutee Tourist Bus Park Narayan Bazaar. And from Nagarkot at 10.15. But please check first if it still operates.

View of Mount Everest Peak near Nagarkot

It is best to travel by private-hire cars and taxis to Nagarkot. From the International airport, it should take about 40 mins and from the city centre, about an hour. A scenic drive via the ancient city of Bhaktapur and tiny villages along meandering mountain roads is a journey by itself.

Where to stay: If you plan to stay overnight during the high-season, it is best to book your hotel room on arrival or in advance, as they often become full later in the day. Many of the hotels are booked by agents in Kathmandu, who often charge highly inflated prices. It is best to call to the lodge or hotel directly to book a room. Budget hotels do not usually have hot water or heating. It can be cold here so you might want to bring a sleeping bag in the winter.

  Map of Nagarkot

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mountain Biking In Nepal

NEPAL is a heaven for cyclists with plenty of adventurous trails spanning across the country's amazing landscape, mountains, valleys, cliffs, riverbeds etc.Nepal has been recognized as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the worldwide. Mountain Biking is one of the best ways to experience this Himalayan Nation. Nepal's diverse terrain is a mountain biker's dream adventure come true.Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring the magnificent country,with diverse landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty, challenging trails through some of the most stunning scenic and cultural landscapes in the world. With the stunning backdrop of the Himalayan ranges, the extreme valleys and forests of the rugged middle hills, the charming terraced fields and bright smiles in the timeless villages, you will remember this journey for its unique beauty as well as its challenging mountain biking terrain.

Mountain Biking in Nepal: Nepal Mountain Biking Tours has always been a pleasure for a person who loves adventure and sports. The exquisite and varied topography of Nepal offers a wide scope for mountain biking. Mountain Biking is fantastic way to explore to explore Nepal. Nepal Mountain Biking offers a challenging and pleasant scenic ride from the tropical plains of terai, mid-hills mountainous terai and its lush valleys to the arctic climate of the high alpine region. Nepal offers some hard to beat tracks for the adventures lovers. Nepal has many trails. Nepal adventure track can make a challenging climb thousands of meters to reach of view point with fantastic views. Fascinating mountains villages, nomadic lands, winding rivers, rice fields, temples and monasteries and backdrop of majestic snowy Himalayan peaks makes mountain biking trails in Nepal an extremely inspiring play ground for riders. To Ride on Nepal provides you a truly unforgettable mountains biking experience. The land of Himalayas consists of series of uphill and downhill cycling trails spanning all across most part of the country with flatland occurring only in the southern plains of the narrow terai belt. Ridding terrains vary from.
  • Lush and flat tropics of terai.
  • Steep and rolling mid-hills.
  • Towering mountainous region with lush river valleys and
  • High alpine regions with arctic type of climate.

Best Time to Bike in Nepal:

Nepal has four seasons. So depending on what you would like to do, you can choose your seasons to get involved in Nepal.
  1. Winter (Nov~Jan) One of the best time to cycle in low altitudes of Nepal as the sky is clear.
  2. Spring (Feb~Apr) Another best time to cycle in any altitude of Nepal as the weather remains beautiful and the temperature is moderate.
  3. Summer (May~July) Good for riding the high altitudes such as Mustang area where there is almost no rain.
  4. Fall (Aug~Oct) Generally good for ride in the high altitudes.

Photo of Kathmandu - Tikabhairab - Badi Khel - Godavari
Near Dhobi ghat, Bagmati Zone, Nepal
Grading of Cycling Biking in Nepal

A. Casual Recreational Cyclist no mountain biking of off-road experience but having general bike skills and enjoys cycling.

B. Intermediate Mountain Biking/or road cycling experience with some skills developed and enjoys off-road trails.

C. Intermediate Plus good riding skills with off-road experience and enjoys some challenging trails.

Photo of Nakhu River Trail 23/10/2010 7:05 am
Near Dhobi Ghat, Bagmati Zone, Nepal
D. Advanced Regular mountain biker seeking tough/ challenging single track. No matter what earth bound expeditions tour is chosen, safety and health are of major importance.

The Best Mountain Biking Trails in Nepal

For details: The Best Mountain Biking Trails in Nepal

Best Mountain Bike Trails in Nepal

downhill mountain biking nepal
Nagarkot biking trail-Nepal
1.Mountain Biking Around Pokhra Valley: offers one of the most exciting experiences, breathtaking mountain views, picturesque villages, gently rolling chains of hills with terraced fields of rice, subtropical forsts and the unique outline of Himalayas.

2. The Anupurna Circuit: is one of the best bike rides in Nepal, offering a unique insight into the physical and cultural diversity of this fascinating country.

Biking in Anupurna Circuit-Nepal

3. Kathmandu Valley Day Biking: Mountain biking day tour in Nepal is the best way to explore the Kathmandu Valley and around is on a mountain bike, Nepal's diverse terrain is a mountain biker's dream adventure come true. Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage.

5. Nagarkot Biking Tour: This tour is for the intermediate level cyclist, taking you into the small villages around the valley, Shivapuri National Park and the mountain  resort of Nagarkot from where you get fantastic panoramic views. This is a great ride for those people who have limited or short time. It's beautiful ride with lots of good action down hill and some challenging climbs, it's a great ride for the recreational to intermediate level ride.