Nagarkot is a village on the border of the Kathmandu Valley approximately 28 Km from Kathmandu. Nagarkot is famous for some nice shorter treks and splendid views of Himalaya. You can reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu by road in less than 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. It is possible to see Mount Everest from there and stunning sunrise and sunset. Mountain watching is the most popular. Its population is just under 5,000 and there are plenty of hotels, some luxury, and small guest houses. Please read my post about my experiences after visiting Nagarkot and decide whether you’d like Nagarkot tour while you’re in Nepal.
Day- 8 Visiting Nagarkot
Being an enthusiastic mountain lover, Nagarkot was enough to make me fall in love with this little town. After getting introduced to the chaotically beautiful Kathmandu, I was hoping for a similar unrestrained experience with noisy streets, dust, narrow roads, and messy buildings when I have started for Nagarkot.
But, after leaving Kathmandu my imagination proved me wrong. As we moved away from the city, the landscape of Nepal changed vividly, making me feel close to the mountains. The valleys further from the city opened up to the snow-capped Himalayas, and this sudden transition felt irresistible.
Approximately 20 years before Nagarkot was a small hill station without any disturbances, our driver told. Today it seems that every building is a hotel. Precarious-looking multi-story guest houses adhere to the mountain-sides promising amazing Everest range views in Nagarkot Nepal.
What else is there in Nagarkot? My wife asked me. Well, other than these there are a few forests and corrugated iron shacks, a handful of shops, military camps, a famous temple dedicated to Vishnu and a group of chickens, goats, puppies, schoolkids and vehicles.
There are views, for sure, but you require choice your time and utilize that what you have. There are also some nice walks, short hikes and day treks, and a cheese factory. Moreover, a cool and chill climate will pull you there. Of course, my secondary motive was to get Nagarkot on the blog, the more destinations in Nepal I can cover, the better, ok?
Hotel Chautari offers the whole serenity of being back to nature. Sheltered near the forest in the hills of Nagarkot, provides you the experience of being spoiled in Nature, with lush greenery and sound of birds chirping which will appease your mind taking you away from hassles and chaos of the busy city life.
Each room opens to a private balcony where you can enjoy the fresh mountain wind and smell the majestic view of Sunrise over the Himalayas. The views of sunrise and sunset from Hotel Chautari are one of the best in Nagarkot. Formerly known as Hotel Keyman Chautari, it is managed by a group of innovators of hotel management in industries in Nagarkot with experience of over 30 years.
It was almost noon when we reached the property. So Front office staff takes us to the room and we saw the view from the hotel. We really enjoy it a lot there was lots of space in the hotel with beautiful flowers. The breakfast and food were truly delicious and those satisfied our taste buds.
The rooms were basic as was the dining area and the staff was most helpful and friendly. We had one night to watch the sunset and sunrise over the Himalayas. It was ideal for this purpose.
The rooms had discrete smell camphor which was a little overpowering. Other than that we found the hotel was ideal for the purpose we intended.
The warm sun got slowly being galloped away by the chill winds that grew as the sunset approached. So did the mist that blurred the views after a while. However, the foggy view didn’t discourage me much. Being here amidst the mountains in the valley of Nagarkot itself was very consoling after spending time in noisy Kathmandu.
We gathered for dinner and chatted about the Himalayas. As our hotel manager patiently answered all our curious questions about the conquest of Mount Everest, I relished the delicious momo listening to him intently. He has a champ himself, who has done the base camp trek of Everest more than 35 times! And he is just 36! This feat itself was enough for us to probe him to listen to his tales of treks, which varied from funny too dangerous to strange experiences.
So after chatting about the Himalayas at length and Sherpas – the heroes of Nepal, we hit bed hoping to catch a glimpse of the sunrise the next morning.
The manager had given his prediction on the sunrise time as after 6 AM. He is right. We witnessed the sunrise at Nagarkot. We were also lucky to witness gorgeous views of the Himalayas in the early cold chilly morning. The next day we were much relaxed. I sat on the balcony that overlooked the valley. The serene mountains looked like they encompassed each other to form a delusional horizon that never seemed to end.
We first headed to the Namo Buddha Monastery, where we witnessed the touching Buddhist prayers. The valley of Nagarkot dotted with terrace fields, pine trees, and the homes that seemed like dotted in between appeared serene from the top of the monastery.
It felt like a perfect location to pray, reflect, and watch in the temple as I got down passing through energetic young monks who smiled shamefacedly at me and looked eagerly at my camera. I managed to click two boys who flashed their best smile before joining others for lunch. After enjoying Nepali cuisine for lunch, we began our trek. It was a downhill trail in the beginning. A covering of tall trees was above us and on one side was the steep gorge. The hot sun was stopped by the trees, and hence it had been a relief to steer down.
We passed through many wooden houses, curiously looking locals, kids, and yards comprising of many orange trees. Just once I thought the landscape had begun to show static, we reached the top of the Hill and also the views changed. We were in front of many hills surrounded with terraced fields, lovely yellow flowers of mustard plants, and orange trees sandwiched between pine & oak trees.
We also noticed the devastation of the earthquake. The thought of being uprooted by homes forever in the blink of the eyes intimidated and saddened me at the same time. How does it feel to wake up one day to have no home?