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Nagarkot is in Nepal.
Nagarkot is 32 km NE of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Many wish upon arrival they would have planned for more than one day to stay.
The easyest and cheapest way to get here from Kathmandu is to take a bus at the "Bakhtapur Bus Terminal" (25 RP in May 2013) to Bakhtapur and from there another bus to Nagarkot (45 RP in May 2013). It will take between one and a half and two hours and it´s a nice trip. It is best to travel by private-hire cars and taxis to Nagarkot. Tourist shuttle buses also operate. From the international airport, it should take about 40 mins and from the city center, about an hour. A scenic drive via the ancient city of Bhaktapur and tiny villages along meandering mountain roads is a journey by itself, before arriving at Nagarkot.
Trekking is another exciting way to get to Nagarkot. The routes can be
Day 01: Kathmandu - Sundarijal - Chisapani (2150M) 5:30HRS
DRIVE FROM Kathmandu. TO SUNDARIJAL. TRAIL CLIMBS UP THROUGH MIXED FOREST TO CHISOPANI DANDA. In a clear day there are good views of mountain from east to west. there are good view of mountain and Kathmandu Valley. Day 02: Chisapani - Nagarkot (2163M)5 to 7:30HRS
An interesting trail takes us to the hill retreat of Nagarkot, perched on a ridge 28 km east of Kathmandu. It commands sweeping views of the Himalayas. Five of the world's ten highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and Manaslu are visible from here. Nagarkot is such a popular spot to watch sunrise and sunset. Day 03: Nagarkot - Dhulikhel 6:00HRS The trail climbs up to the tower of Nagarkot.
From the tower there are excellent views of mountain including view of Mt Everest and Kahmandu valley. Trail descends through rhododendron forest and villages to Dhulikhel. Day 04: Dhulikhel -Namobuddha- Kathmandu.
The trail passes many villages and terrace to reach to Namoboudha. In Namobuddha there are some interesting Tibetan monastery which is such an intresting among the tourists..
The sunrise viewed from this hill present you the ever-refreshing memory of the majestic panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from Dhaulagiri in the west the Langtang, Dorge lakpa, Gauri Shankar in the central and Mt. Everest in the east. On the way you can observe the historic and cultural town at Sankhu. Drive to Nala (30Km. north-east) of Kathmandu. Start your hiking from village. pass through the pine forests, terraces and the typical Newari ruines Villages.
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The way from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot is steep and adventurous yet many tourists enjoy mountrain biking and it may be one of the way you can get to Nagarkot.
By foot. Everything is within walking distance in Nagarkot and there are some lovely hikes around.
Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic scene.
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 the most impressive views of sunrise and sunset.
From Nagarkot, one see the breathtaking views of the major Himalayan peaks of Nepal like Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, dorje Lakpa, sisa pagma, Choyu, Gauri Shankar, etc. On a clear crystal day, one can even see the tip of Mt. Everest (8848 m) from here. Many tourists go to Nagarkot at afternoon, stay at one of the resorts to view early morning sunrise over the mountains.
For those who wish to spend more than one night in Nagarkot, there are plenty more activities to keep you occupied. For those wishing to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh mountain breeze, there are several pleasant strolls around the rural countryside of Nagarkot. Here, you can savour the beauty of majestic mountains under comfort and quiet. 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 and listen to the noise of rattling winds, you will definitely caught up the holiday mood. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which gives you an idyllic escape- with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves to disturb you.
Nagarkot is plenty of choices of accomodation of any kind. From around 400 RP (May 2013) to 35 USD or more for a double room.