Nagarkot; the highest point of Bhaktapur (2,175m)

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  • 32 kilometres away from the capital of the country.

  • Highest point of the Bhaktapur.

  • Got fame because of the sunrise, sunset and the Himalaya's views

Nagarkot is such a mesmerizing destination that every generation once in their life prefers to go there. It is only 32km away from the capital of Nepal. Most of the time, travelers favor seeing the sunrise and the sunset at Nagarkot.

With that, they again crave to catch the sight of the great Himalayan’s trails of Nepal too. In clear weather, you can have a glimpse of eight out of thirteen Himalayan ranges from that height. Also, this place is considered as the highest point of Bhaktapur. So, you can also widen your eyes to have a glimpse of the outstanding burghs.

Though, those eye-catching burghs are the optimistic kingdoms of the then Malla rulers only. 

Things to do in Nagarkot

Hiking

Nagarkot somehow is more famous for a day hike. Clear weather and a good company could make your hiking more worthy. During the hike, you can connect yourself with the locals as well as with nature. You surely become the green panther once you start hiking in this region.  

Cycling

Besides that, Nagarkot is a perfect place for cycling as well. You can do cycling with your vehicles. Of course, on a natural trail. The lushing and jungles, full of life will freeze your heart. With the moment, you find your destination.

The Mahakali shrine, it’s the religious spot that you can find in Nagarkot. Somehow, this shrine also provides a magnificent sight of the Langtang mountain range.

Horse riding

Horse riding, doesn’t it sound amazing? Well if you are adventurous enough to ride a horse. Then this must be your paradise land. With a simple conversation with the hoteliers, you can manage a horse to roam around Nagarkot.

Nagarkot simply is a fantastic place to spend your weekends. Nevertheless, this small portion of land is a gift to Bhaktapur. A very precious gift.

Top places to roam around in Nagarkot

Nagarkot Buddhist Monastery

Nagarkot is such a magnificent place to spend a morn as well as the evening. For that reason, it conquers virtually the best natural site of Bhaktapur. But, besides that, there are more things, need to be discovered like the Nagarkot Buddhist Monastery.

By worst luck, till today very few people get to know about this place. And they who reach out there, frantically admire the place. Although it is a destination, you can take it as a part of your hike. A place near the wilderness and the pastoral area, undoubtedly give you the abstract of hiking.

Furthermore, this place lies in Nagarkot Ghimiregaun Rd, Baluwapati Deupur. That means a few steps ahead from Nagarkot Tower.

Nagarkot View Tower

Nagarkot somehow is more famous for its view tower. Anyone who steps on Nagarkot can not leave Nagarkot without being in the view tower. Hopping up in few staircases through a jungle belatedly ends your journey to the view tower. It has a very small area though it is beautiful and yes, peaceful.

Nagarkot Bat Cave

Nagarkot Bat Cave, that sounds interesting. However, it is not popular as other destinations of Nagarkot does. Very few people truly know about it. This bat cave is about 2 km away from one of the adored destination of Bhaktapur, Muhan Pokhari. So, you can have a better experience of hiking there. With that, one can experience the Yeti Cave too.

Buddha Peace Park

Around Nagarkot, there is also a Buddha peace park along with Nagarkot Buddhist Monastery. A park where you can end up your hiking and breathe fresh wood air. The park also offers the activity of afforestation. And, that sounds unquestionably cool.  Moreover, it has a pristine statue of Lord Buddha for praying.

Nagarkot Waterfall and Muhan Pokhari

Nagarkot is more beautiful than it shows in the images. Although it has very few cultural values than other places of Bhaktapur, it covers up all that imperfections with its natural vows.

The Nagarkot Waterfall, Muhan Pokari, MuhanPokhari Waterfall, Jungle, and Waterfall viewpoint, these all places are simply the grimaces of Nagarkot.  Beautiful as always.

Telkot

Telkot is a mediating point between the changu Narayan temple and Nagarkot. Also, a small village full of hidden streams and waterfalls. This place is perfect for the green panther as well as for the swimmer who loves to dive into a natural pool. 

Some shrines

There are some local shrines where you can sneak out for some moment in Nagarkot. That includes the Bastola Kul Mandir, Seti Devi Temple, Mahankal Temple, and Kali Devi Temple. Nonetheless, the last one holds a dark history in it.

How to reach there?

Nagarkot is not that far from the capital of Nepal. It’s only 28.8 km away from Kathmandu. That means it takes merely 1 hour and 15 minutes of a taxi ride to reach there. You can also use the local bus which departs from Kamalbinayak Bus Park, Bhaktapur to the Nagarkot.

FAQs

No, it doesn’t. It lies at Changunarayan municipality in the north-east hill station of Bhaktapur.

It is the highest point of Bhaktapur. From where one can encounter the marvelous views of the Himalayans ranges.

You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.

You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur. Then you need to take another bus from Kamalbinayak-Nagarkot bus park to reach there which approximately takes one hour.

The entrance fee to enter Bhaktapur along with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square varies as per the nationality. It costs, Rs.1500 for Non-SAARC nationality, Rs.500 to SAARC, and for Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese. And this charging rule is limited to Bhaktapur Nagar only.

No, you don’t need to pay for your infant. In fact, it is free entry to the children below 10 years of each national at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.

Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.

Well, there are a lot of things that you can do like shopping, sightseeing, eating different foods, also photography. But, capturing one corner of the square and having a sunset view would be the most satisfying thing that you would experience.

While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or places. You should consider these things.

As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo traveling which means you can travel without a guide. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments.

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