Relaxation and World Heritage City
Trip Start Jan 28, 2007
29Trip End Mar 31, 2007
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It lies at an altitude of 2175 meters and is located 30 km north-east of capital city,kathmandu.It is the second highest point on the valley rim,that offers you the great views of Himalayas,breathtaking mountain scenery and magnificent sunrise and sunset.
Among all the places for mountain viewing in the kathmandu valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best.Nagarkot has a 200-mile panorama of the Himalayas that extends from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east.On a clear morning ,one can see the tip of Mount Everest. You can also see great views of the major himalayan peaks of Manaslu(8,463m),Ganesh Himal (7,111m), Langtang (7,246m),Sisa Pangma (8,013m),Choyu(8,153 m), Gauri Shanskar (7145 m),Dorje Lakpa.etc.It also offers an excellent view of the kathmandu valley to the west and Indrawati river valley to the east
Most of the people go up to Nagarkot in the afternoon,stay in a hotel in Nagarkot and then,get up at dawn to watch the early morning sunrise over the peaks .Once the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas,it looks spectacular as snow-covered mountain changes its colour in shades of orange,brown,gold,etc.And it is a sight not to be missed,though you can never be sure taht the mountains will be visible even in the usually clear winter months.Fog and low clouds can often obscure the views.
This is a popular hillside spot famous for it's Himalayan mountain views especially at sunrise, with Everest visible on a clear day. We found a lovely hotel and bargained down to US$20 including breakfast for their best room (usually US$50) as we were the only people staying there. We woke at about 6am for pretty good views and sunrise but we've been spoilt on the trek so it didn't wow us. Most people come here who are in Nepal for a short time and just do the normal tourist route of Kathmandu, Pokhara (Chitwan if they have time) and a night here in Nagarkot, but do not trek.
Next morning on leaving the hotel we walked down to the local bus stop
It was pretty impressive with street after street of wonderful old buildings. Sadly most of which are falling apart or at precarious angles but still standing after an earthquake some years ago. Thankfully Germany is spending a small fortune renovating the beautiful temples and also many of the beautiful residential buildings throughout the town as well which is great. The thing that also makes this town special is that they have banned most vehicles entry inside the old city so its car free (this was done to help preserve the buildings with lowering the pollution levels)
The town has 3 squares all with fantastic buildings and I arrived with my trusty list of "best guest houses" to check out
So, as I said.. thought Id been really clever with this guesthouse position.... .until we realized that people rang the bells and prayed at the temple that was sitting on our bedroom...ALL NIGHT LONG....and then at 4.30am they start setting up the market again!!! - right outside our window!! -oh well.... All part of the adventure as mum would say.
Bhaktapur is Nepals most visited day trip and is just about compulsory for anyone coming to Nepal. Most tourists come by tourist but from Kathmandu arriving at about 10.30am and leaving at 4pm for the return trip. That is why the market (which is a local one not a tourist one) must only be able to operate from dawn until 10am when it disappears for the day and then appears again at 4.30pmish until dark.
So after two nights in this wonderful city but with only about 6 hours sleep for the 2 days we checked out and head for the local bus stop for our return to Kathmandu for our final 2 days in Nepal.