Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TRAVEL GUIDE: NAGARKOT AND THE AMAZING VISTAS THAT WE FAILED TO SEE

Nagarkot is a village situated 25 - 32 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal. It has an elevation of 2,195 meters above sea level, and is considered one of the most picturesque spots in Bhaktapur District. Nagarkot is best known for its sunrise and sunset view of the Himalayan vistas including Mount Everest and other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range (8 out of 13 Himalayan ranges of Nepal can be seen from here) – ALL OF THESE AMAZING VIEWS, WE FAILED TO SEE.

Nagarkot is a popular international hill station (Nagarkot View Tower) which also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley rolling hills, and lush pine forests in a charming rustic atmosphere. No wonder it became one of the tourists favourite spots.
The Promised View
(Photo by Tennyson Lee from his blog www.tennysonlee.com)
My Actual View from Nagarkot Tower
HOW TO GET TO NAGARKOT from KATHMANDU

OPTION 1: BUS

1.       Take the bus bound to Bhaktapur from Kathmandu. The rate is 30 NPR for one way. Travel time is roughly an hour if without traffic.
2.       From Bhaktapur, take another bus bound for Nagarkot. Fare costs 25 NPR. It takes another hour to get there.
3.       The way up to Nagarkot is very scenic. The bus passes through the beautiful fields and almost-symmetrical rows of pine forest. The view gives out an idyllic scene, only that the road lies just beside steep cliffs!
4.       From the bus stop, you can hike up to Nagarkot Tower or simply rent a cab to take you up. The driver charged us NPR 800 for bringing us up to the base of Nagarkot Tower and back to the bus station.
5.       Last bus from Nagarkot back to Bhaktapur leaves at 7PM. Be informed that as of this writing, there are no buses that directly brings people from Nagarkot to Kathmandu so you have to consider the travel time.

I am not sure if there are buses that go directly to Nagarkot from Kathmandu but taking a side trip to Bhaktapur Durbar Square is actually a very good option.

OPTION 2: TAXI

Taxi from Kathmandu to Nagarkot costs around NPR 2,000 for one way and it can be pretty expensive if you will rent a cab way and back. Good thing about taking a cab though is that you do not have to squeeze in yourself to crowded buses and you can shorten the travel time. It is less of a hassle but not really comfortable as taxis in Nepal do not have aircon, so you will still inhale dust and smoke along the way.

** Since the best view from Nagarkot View Tower happened during sunrise and sunset, it is best to stay in this place overnight. There are a lot of accommodation options from which you can choose from. (Try checking hotels/inns in Nagarkot online)

If only we knew beforehand that we could’ve gotten a better chance of seeing the Himalayan vistas and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range, we could have brought our stuff with us and stayed here instead of staying in Kathmandu. We arrived in Nagarkot a quarter before 2PM and left before sunrise. Not the best time. I did not do my research before going to this place, eh? :P


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This entry is part of our Nepal Backpacking Trip which happened last June 23 – July 01, 2014 (JUST CLICK ON THE LINK FOR DETAILS OF EACH ARTICLE)
·                     TRAVEL GUIDE TO NEPAL
·                     GOING AROUND KATHMANDU
·                     TRAVEL GUIDE: BHAKTAPUR – THE LIVING HERITAGE
·                     TRAVEL GUIDE: NAGARKOT AND THE AMAZING VISTAS THAT WE FAILED TO SEE
·                     TRAVEL GUIDE: POKHARA - THE PLACE OF MAGNIFICENT HEIGHTS
·                     TRAVELGUIDE: CHITWAN – THE HEART OF THE JUNGLE
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1 comment:

  1. A beautiful place indeed. I wish I could visit Nepal. I am planning a small tour this summer, let's see if I can add Nepal to it.

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