Nagarkot: the paradise of Bhaktapur

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Nagarkot is a natural charm of Bhaktapur. It is such a mesmerizing destination that everyone prefers to go there. Be it for some sightseeing or relaxation at a hotel. And, 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 crave to catch sight of the great Himalayan trails of Nepal. In clear weather, you can have a glimpse of eight out of thirteen Himalayan ranges from that height. Also, this place is considered 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


Nagarkot somehow is more famous for a day hike. Clear weather and good company could make your hiking more worthwhile. 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.  


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

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

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 a magnificent place to spend the morn as well as the evening. For that reason, it is called the best natural site of Bhaktapur. But, natural trails are not the only things that define Nagarkot. It has indeed some of the most beautiful spots like the Nagarkot Buddhist Monastery besides natural beauty.

However, till today very few people know about this place. And they who reach out there, frantically admire the place. Although it is a destination, that you can take as a part of your hike this place undoubtedly gives you the abstract of hiking.

Furthermore, this place lies on Nagarkot Ghimiregaun Rd, Baluwapati Deupur. That means a few steps ahead of 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 a few staircases through a jungle belatedly ends your journey to the view tower. It has a very small area but it is beautiful and yes, peaceful.

Nagarkot Bat Cave

Nagarkot Bat Cave sounds interesting. However, it is not popular as other destinations in Nagarkot. Very few people truly know about it. This bat cave is about 2 km away from one of the adored destinations 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

Buddha peace park

Buddha peace park while it was in working progress

Around Nagarkot, there is also a Buddha peace park along with Nagarkot Buddhist Monastery. A park where you can end up 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 few cultural values than the 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 that are simply the grimaces of Nagarkot.  Beautiful as always.

Muhan Pokhari

Muhan Pokhari


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 a 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 Nagarkot.

To reach Kamalbinayak Bus Park, you can choose different routes. Like:

If you are staying near Thamel, then you can take a bus from Bagbazaar, which’s last stop is Kamalabinayak. From there, you can take another bus to Nagarkot. However, be sure, to get on the bus to Nagarkot. Since it is a Bus park, you will find buses going to various destinations. (The bus park is known as Nagarkot Bus Park and is located right north-west corner of Kamalpokhari of Bhaktapur)

If you are staying near the Patan area or Jhamsikhel area, then, you can take the bus from Lagankhel that directly goes up to Kamalbinayak. However, you need to make sure that you get on the bus that goes via New Thimi (Naya Thimi) or Naya Bato. And, once you reach Kamalbinayak, follow the aforementioned instructions.

Note: If you are going to visit Nagarkot Tower, then you need to go further south-east following the single road going.


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



Nagarkot is the highest point of Bhaktapur. From where one can encounter the marvellous views of the Himalayans ranges.



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 Nagarkot is Rs. 340 which was charged by the local government ( enterprising locals).



Yes, there are many economic as well as deluxe restaurants and hotels 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, horse riding, hiking, cycling, eating different cuisines, and photography. But, if you are planning to stay at Nagarkot, you must not miss the sunrise. The view of the Himalayas under the golden ray of sunlight above the clouds is something to glimpse, at least once in a lifetime.



While being in Nagarkot, you must mind a 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 travelling 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 lifestyle of Nagarkot and the hiking trails.




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  • Changu Narayan Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

  • 27.716509, 85.518265
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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

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