Nagarkot is a village and Village Development Committee which
is located about 32 kms east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur
District in the Bagmati Zone. At the time of the 1991 Nepal
census it had a population of 3,504 and had 655 houses in it.
It is well-known for its sunrise view of the Himalaya
including Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of
the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It is located at an
elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered to be one of the
most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. Nagarkot also offers
a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is an
international tourist destination with amazing views of the
whole Langtang range, sunrise on the mountains and sunset
Nagarkot is a world famous hills station which offers
breathtaking views of the magnificent Himalayas, rolling
hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests in a quaint rural
atmosphere. It is located about 2000 m above Sea level and 28
km from Kathmandu international airport.
Situated in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort
of the Kathmandu valley to monitor external activities of
another kingdoms. Later, it became a summer retreat place for
the royals before becoming popular as an international hill
It is considered as the best viewpoint spot to enjoy the
wonderful sunrise and sunset with impressive Himalayan
landscapes, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the
snow capped Himalayas in the Kathmandu. The ranges include
Numbur range, Annapurna range, Jugal range, Langtang range,
Rolwaling range, Manaslu range, Mahalangur range (Everest
range) and Ganesh himal range with amazing views of the
Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri national park.
Places to Visit in Nagarkot
Nagarkot is enclosed by thickly forested hills of pine trees
which give an idyllic scene. It is a rustic resort high on the
northern edge of the Kathmandu valley. It is an outstanding
hilltop that offers great views of Himalayas, awesome mountain
scenery and the most imposing views of sunrise and sunset.
From Nagarkot, one see the wonderful views of the major
Himalayan peaks of Nepal like Gauri Shankar, Manaslu, Ganesh,
Choyu, Dorje Lakpa, Sisa pagma and Langtang 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
Things to do in Nagarkot
those who wish to spend more than one night in Nagarkot, there
are plenty of 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, one can savour the beauty of
majestic mountains under quiet and comfort. Or one can also do
pony-riding, a visit to Tamang Village, bird-watching, yoga and
meditation, hiking or simply stretch out in a terrace with a
vodka cocktail and listen to the noise of rattling winds, one
will definitely caught up the holiday mood. Nagarkot is enclosed
by thickly forested hills of pine trees which gives a peaceful
escape- with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves to
The way from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot is steep and adventurous yet
many tourists enjoy mountain biking and it may be one of the way
you can get to Nagarkot.
Best Season / Time to visit Nagarkot
The weather of Nagarkot can be categories into 4 distinct
seasons and the best time to visit is from October to March.
Summer (June to August) season experience dry weather and
the temperatures range from 28 degree Celsius and this is
considered to be the warmest. The weather at Nagarkot is
different from the other part of the hill. One can have a
pleasurable stay here during the summer season.
Spring (March to May) is a beautiful time to visit the city.
It will be flourishing with flowers and greenery all around,
one can hear the bird singing in the air. This city provides
comfort, pleasure and natural wealth to who so ever visit it
on any day, and in any month of the year. The maximum
tourists who visit Nepal will visit this city to take back
home a memorable experience.
Monsoon (September to November) in Nagarkot is from the end
of June to the middle of September. This is the time when
the days are cloudy and you may experience a little chill.
The cloudy weather does not hamper the tourist rush.
Winter (December to February) experiences snowfall and the
people of Kathmandu valley go to Nagarkot. The reason for
this is that Nagarkot is famous for snow fall and also for
sunrise. The landscape is wonderful during this season and
people from Kathmandu crowd this city. The hotels during
this season are full, but there is always place for
How to reach Nagarkot
To reach Nagarkot, it is most convenient from Katmandu, Chitwan
and other cities that are connected by road. There are buses
very often from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. These buses ply in more
frequency during the season time. During the off season one will
need to take a bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur and change a bus
to reach Nagarkot. The journey from Bhaktapur takes an hour and
a half. There are tourist shuttle buses that operate from the
international airport which is in the city of Bhaktapur. This
journey takes about 40 minutes from the city centre. The bus
passes through the tiny villages along meandering mountain roads
before arriving at Nagarkot.
To reach Nagarkot, the nearest airport facilities are only
available at Bharatpur and Kathmandu. International flights land
at Kathmandu and there are also shuttle flights to Bharatpur.
From these destinations one has to travel by road to reach
Trekking is a very exciting way to get to Nagarkot. One can
follow the route from Kathmandu to Sundarijal through Chisopani.
First one has to drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, and then
follow the route by climbing up through the mixed forest to
Chisopani Danda. If the day is clear one can get a good view of
the mountains and the Kathmandu valley from East to West. The
Chisopani- Nagarkot trail is a climb of above 2000 meters.