"Nagarkot: Nepal King's Summer Retreat" Top 5 Page for this destination Nagarkot by goutammitra

Nagarkot Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 134 photos

You can view Mt.Everest from here!

Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.

Favourite spots: Many visitors prefer to visit Nagarkot in the spring when surrounding valleys break out in a rich kaleidoscope of different coloured flowers. The flowers are beautiful against the serene backdrop of the snow-covered mountains. Ever popular among the tourists are the short treks and picnics which Nagarkot offers. Treks from Nagarkot are unique and delightful. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much efforts, a hike to Nagarkot's surrounding areas would be a good option. One can traverse short distances on trekking trails and come close to nature's wonders such as the outer of verdant forests, flower-covered meadows and unusual rock formations.

Most of the people coming up here for the views simply park themselves on a terrace or prop themselves up in bed at dawn. However, if you want an even better view than the one from your lodge, hike an hour from Nagarkot to the viewing tower that can be seen to the south. From this tower, you can even see Mount Everest, which isn't visible from the lodges at Nagarkot. While the top activity at Nagarkot is sitting back and gazing at the long wall of snow-covered peaks that stretches off into the distance, this is also a great place to get an idea of what trekking is all about. Several long day hikes are possible from Nagarkot, and destinations include Bhaktapur and the temple complexes such as Sankhu, Changu Narayan, and Vajra Jogini. These hikes can be done as part of your return trip to Kathmandu, as round-trip hikes (though with arduous climbs back up to Nagarkot), or as one-way hikes utilizing buses or a taxi for the return trip to Nagarkot.

Surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farm houses, the hilltop resort is the epitome of an idyllic escape - with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves to disturb you. Bird watching is a joy in the forests here. Short hiking options abound. The most popular walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of Changu Narayan - with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. Another preferred trail leads south from Nagarkot to Nala and Banepa on the highway to Tibet.

  • Last visit to Nagarkot: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse

Reviews (6)

Comments (12)

  • mittoo's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Thanks for the review. Excellent.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    That looks a great place to visit Goutam, particularly when it's clear and Everest is visible from just up the way.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Nice greenery. I went on a day tour trip to see Mt. Everest from here but it was cloudy. SL :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2009 at 2:22 AM

    The greeness reminds me of the bottom of the south Island of New Zealand, that was bright green also. looks pretty!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    wow Goutam youve got me wanting to visit here! when is sping?!great little page thanks!

  • GopalBasyal's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    You are the real traveller. Very good pages. Thank you Gautam for introducing Nepal.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Another stunning page, India is truly stunning. Thanks for sharing with us ;-)

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Nice page. And, yes, the scenery looks very green!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Richard Llewelynn wrote "How Green was My Valley" Maybe he had been to Nagarkotat some time or other! It looks beautiful.Munu looks so much smaller!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    i envy your travelling spirit, pictures and ur write-ups. these are so well done and so quickly after you return from ur travles. the souvenir shop looks to offer many collectible items.


“Thanks Daniel & Giampiero for the Tee Shirt!”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 6 8
Forum Rank:
0 0 3 3 4

Badges & Stats in Nagarkot

  • 6 Reviews
  • 33 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 2,774PageViews

Have you been to Nagarkot?

  Share Your Travels  

Photos in Nagarkot

See All Photos (33)

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (5)