5 Best Things To Do in Nagarkot

5 Best Things To Do in Nagarkot

Nagarkot, a hill station located 32km east of Kathmandu, is a perfect destination to enjoy the sunrise/sunset views and the sights of the Himalayas. The proximity to the city makes Nagarkot the most visited place by National and International tourists. Well, who will not want to visit a location that offers the majestic sights of sunrise together with the glance of Everest? Yes, you heard it right. Visitors can enjoy the panorama of impeccable mountains like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Gaurishankar, and Ganesh Himal from Nagarkot without spending days on trekking trails, allowing you to plan a budget trip to Nepal.


Apart from mountains and sunrise views, Nagarkot has a wide range of attractions and activities, which we will reveal with our blog, Nagarkot Sunrise Tour-5 Best things to do in Nagarkot. So, stay with us till the end of our blog to plan your next Nagarkot trip with us.

 Nagarkot Sunset View


Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour - 5 Best Things To Do in Nagarkot:


Enjoy sunrise/sunset:


Located at an altitude of 2195m, Nagarkot is the best place to enjoy sunrise and sunset views from Kathmandu. The golden rays of sunlight hitting the magnificent snow-capped pinnacles is a sight to behold. Everyday, hundreds of visitors climb the Nagarkot view tower to enjoy the panoramic sights.


However, you can also enjoy the views from the balcony of your hotel room if you book your hotel room prior to your arrival.


Mountain biking:


Almost everyone who has heard about Nepal knows that the country is blessed with the best natural scenery and terrains that are perfect for various adventurous activities. Activities like paragliding, bungee jumping, zip-lining, canyoning, rafting, and mountain biking are popular among visitors looking for some adrenaline rush in Nepal.


Among these activities, mountain biking is another attraction for nature enthusiasts visiting Nagarkot. There are several options available for the biking trip. You can either do uphill or downhill biking according to your preferences. The uphill journey can be started either from Kathmandu or the city of temples, Bhaktapur. And the downhill journey is from Nagarkot to the Changu Narayan temple, the oldest UNESCO-enlisted cultural heritage site, or you can follow the same route back to Bhaktapur.


The Kathmandu-Nagarkot biking trip covers around 38km, where you will leave the bustling city behind and paddle through the green scenery of Nagarkot. During the Kathmandu-Nagarkot journey, you will ride past Bhaktapur city, famous for the Bhaktapur Durbar square. You can stop by the place, admire the outstanding architecture of the palaces and temples, and then head on your journey towards Nagarkot. The Bhaktapur-Nagarkot trip covers approximately 20km and passes through terraced farmlands, an army barrack, and the ethnic Newari village of the region. The trip is exciting as well as refreshing. Just like the Uphill journey, the downhill journey to ChanguNarayan temple also passes through the lush woodlands, farmlands and village of the region providing you ample opportunities to relish in the beauty of the area.


Nagarkot-Changunarayan Hike:


The Nagarkot-Changunarayan hike is one of the short and popular hikes around Kathmandu that allows hikers to visit the UNESCO site Changunarayan and enjoy the nature trail passing through terraced fields, forests and Newari villages with beautiful architecture. Changunarayan temple is a two-storey roofed temple that is believed to be the oldest in Nepal. The temple has unique architecture and is surrounded by sculptures and art related to Lord Vishnu. Inside the courtyard are temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor and Lord Krishna.


For your hike, you can choose between an uphill or downhill trail. You can either drive to Nagarkot, enjoy the sunrise and then hike down to Changunarayan or ride to Changunarayan and commence your upward journey to witness the beautiful sunset from Nagarkot. The views of the Himalayas and surrounding hills will accompany you throughout the hike giving you exposure to the trails and trekking experience in Nepal.


Savour local cuisines


When it comes to flavour-packed dishes, Nepal will never fail to amaze you. Being a culturally rich country, Nepal offers a wide variety of food options ranging from the staple Nepali Dal Bhat, Momos to Samaya Baji, Khaja set, Nepali pizza (Chatamari), Sekuwa, Bara, Yomari, Selroti, Samosa, and many more. As Nagarkot is a popular destination for tourists, it caters to different cuisines like Nepali Continental, Chinese and Indian allowing visitors to eat according to their preferences.


However, if you want to enjoy the rich flavours of Nepal, do not hesitate to visit local shops and order like a local to amaze yourself with the varieties you will be served.


Visit the Buddha peace park:


The land of Buddha, Nepal has several monuments and stupas built to commemorate different life moments of Buddha. During your visit to Nagarkot, you can visit the Buddha peace park, which has a golden statue depicting an Earth Touching Buddha. The posture is also known as the “Bhumisparsha Mudra, where Buddha’s right-hand approaches the ground, with his middle finger touching the ground, symbolizing the moment of his enlightenment.


One of the best things you can do during your visit is, plant a tree in memory of your loved ones. The park management committee will nurture your planted tree. Another thing that will win your heart in the park is the unadulterated sights of the hills. The scenic beauty of the remote setting makes Buddha Peace Park an even more desired destination.




Nagarkot is undoubtedly the perfect getaway destination far from the hustle and bustle of city life. The sunrise, Himalayan views and the thick forest surrounding the location make Nagarkot ideal for holidays. If you are planning a short trip to Nepal, do add Nagarkot to your list to unravel the beauty of this beautiful hill station.


Here at the Trekking Guide Team Adventure, we offer customize tour and trekking package according to the needs of our guests. So do contact us for further information.


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Best time to visit Nagarkot


Nagarkot is a lovely place to visit throughout the year. However, if you hate the rainy season and want to enjoy the panorama, Spring (March to May), Autumn (September to November) and Winter (December to February) is the best time. On a clear day during these seasons, you can spot Everest and relish in the beauty of the snow-capped pinnacles. The months, March to May and September to November, are the choice for many as the weather is clear, the lush forests and blossoming flowers make your hike wonderful, and the temperature is moderate. So you can have the best time. Activities like sitting by the fireplace are popular during the winter season.

Most Asked Question (FAQ) on Nagarkot:


1_ How far is Nagarkot from Kathmandu?

✔ Nagarkot is located 32KM east of Kathmandu and can be reached with an hour's ride. If you have bought the Nagarkot package, then the company will drive you off to Nagarkot. Or you can hire a taxi or travel by local bus. Travelling via local bus is the cheapest one. You can catch the bus from the Bhaktapur bus stop located at Bagbazar, Kathmandu.


2_ What is Nagarkot famous for?

✔ Nagarkot is famous among visitors for its sunrise/sunset views and the panorama of the Himalayas.


3_Can I see Everest from Kathmandu?

✔ Yes, you can see Everest from Kathmandu. Nagarkot is one of the best places in the valley to witness Everest.


4_What is the weather like in Nagarkot?

✔ The weather in Nagarkot varies with the season. June is the warmest month with an average maximum temperature of 29˚C, the coldest is January with 19 ˚C, and July marks Monsoon with an average precipitation of 362mm.

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