Friday Facts: Nagarkot

16, Dec 2022 |

There are plenty of hiking opportunities and breathtaking mountain views in Nagarkot for those who enjoy being outside and being active in nature.

Nagarkot is a popular destination among both domestic and international tourists for a reason. The distance to Nagarkot is only 32 km from Kathmandu. This place is situated at a height of 7000 feet above sea level, which is around 2000 meters. It lies on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. This place is also the highest point of Bhaktapur. 

From here, you can see the Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri National Park, and the mountain ranges such as the Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Jugal Range, Rolwaling Range, and Everest Range. Both the sunrise and sunset here are spectacular. In clear weather, you can catch the glimpses of eight out of thirteen Himalayan ranges from this place. 

This gorgeous settlement was previously an old fort built to keep an eye on the suspicious activities of the neighboring kingdoms. Later, the royal family and dignitaries from Britain, Nepal, and India used it as their summer getaway. These days, this paradisiacal destination is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in Nepal. 

This location is well-known among the young crowd, who come here frequently to get away from the hecticness of the city. There are many facts related to Nagarkot, and some of them are listed below:

  • Nagarkot is also known as the “country of sunrise and sunset” because of the breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset at the Himalayas. This place offers one of the most expansive views of the sun’s first rays striking on the snow-capped mountains and, in the evening, its final beam leaving them. 


  • Hiking is ideal in this highest hill of the Kathmandu valley. We get a stunning 360-degree view of the snowy mountains and its surroundings, while on a short hike. From some spots, you can even see all eight mountains above 8000 m. 
  • Nagarkot town served as the Royal Family of Nepal’s summer getaway before it gained popularity as a hill station. The royal families used to gather around for a wonderful time of refreshment, while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.  

  • As it is one of the highest places accessible for paragliding, this is one of the ideal places for adventure lovers. Adventure sports organisers provide paragliding to those, who are interested, from Nagarkot with the great Himalayas as the backdrop. 


  • March and April are the ideal season for visiting Nagarkot. In the fields and meadows, you can see lovely flora bloom. 

  • Nagarkot’s bat cave is also quite popular among the locals. The distance between this bat cave and Mulan Pokhari, one of Bhaktapur’s most popular attractions, is roughly 2 km. 

  • Nagarkot is also popular for its natural endowments such as the Nagarkot Waterfall, and Muhan Pokhari Waterfall. 

There are many numerous myths and tales surrounding Nagarkot, as is with every famous place. Both domestic and foreign tourists have long been familiar with this destination. To experience being close to nature, while also not going so far to a remote destination (with the bustling metropolis of Bhaktapur being nearby), a vacation to Nagarkot for a day or two is something you might want to look into. 

Compiled by: Nikita Gautam

photo credit:  Ghana Shyam KhadkaSudeep TimalsinaAashish ParajuliSebastian Mittermeier, travelling Nepal tips 

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