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