Nagarkot is one of the nearest touristic hills from the capital city of Kathmandu Nepal. It is also connected with Shivapuri National Park. On a clear day, it is believed that Mt. Everest is visible from Nagarkot. Hill terraces, snowcapped mountain ranges, and typical Nepali village life can be seen around there. The area is popular among travelers, 1-day sightseeing tours, Kathmandu valley hiking tour, sunrise and sunset tours, and as a picnic spot. It is also a popular destination for local students and young couples.
1. How to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu?
The easiest way to reach Nagarkot is to rent a private car but as an alternative, it is also reachable by a local bus. If you are traveling to Nagarkot from somewhere near Thamel, and willing to travel by local bus, then you should go to Bhaktapur Bus Park. This is close to Ratnapark, which is an old bus terminal. Buses here depart every 10-15 minutes which will take you to Bhaktapur. You should get off at the last stop and then change to another bus going to Nagarkot. The travel time from Kathmandu is roughly 1.5 hours by local bus. If you live somewhere nearby Ringroad or Kathmandu Airport, you could also catch a bus to Bhaktapur near these places.
2. What to do in Nagarkot?
Nagarkot is a popular touristic destination for several activities, and one of the popular destination for Kathmandu Valley Trekking, including sightseeing, sunrise/sunset, hiking, trekking, and day tour. It also connects the hiking and trekking trail from Sundarijal, Chisapani from the west and Dhulikhel from the east. If you are up for adventure and sports, mountain biking around Chisapani, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel is also a great option for those who love cycling uphill. Several locals and foreign tourists also regard the area as a picnic spot of choice because of the beautiful landscapes, breezy places, and not as congested as Kathmandu.