Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Nagarkot offers a breathtaking view of the highest peak in the world- The Everest. So near, yet so far away from the hustle and bustle of chaotic Kathmandu, Nagarkot, is a resort village located in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. It attracts tourists from far and wide due to its mountains and breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise. Let’s unveil some interesting facts about Nagarkot:
1. A perfect view of Sunset and Sunrise!
Nagarkot in Nepal can be called the land of sunrise and sunset due to its spectacular Himalayan sunset and sunrise views. Nagarkot in Kathmandu Valley provides one of the broadest views of sun’s first ray touching the snow capped mountains and the last ray leaving it.
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2. A window to the Everest!
On a bright day in Nagarkot, you can get a clear view of the mighty Mount Everest. Nagarkot is the only point in Kathmandu Valley which provides such close view of the mighty Everest.
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3. The 360 Degree View!
This is a walk on the top hill of Kathmandu Valley national park. This walk gives us a spectacular 360-degree view of snow capped Himalayas and lush greenery around it. One can get a view of 8 ranges of Himalayas while standing at a single spot!
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4. Hiking Trail
Most of the people visiting Nagarkot have two things in mind sunrise– sunset and trekking. Fresh mountain air, greenery, sparkling snow on mountains and the sense of freedom… nothing can beat the refreshing hiking trail in Nagarkot.
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5. Mountain Biking
There are many ways to visit Nagarkot. But if you are in for an adventurous experience then try Mountain Biking from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot. The ride is steep which will add to your adventure.
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6. A fort town!
In the ancient period, Nagarkot was a fort of the Kathmandu Valley, which was built to monitor the activities of the neighboring kingdoms.
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7. An Address to Royal Families!
Before becoming a popular hill station, Nagarkot town was used as a summer retreat for the Royal Family of Nepal.
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8. The Black Day for Nagarkot!
14 December 2005, was proved as a Black Day for Nagarkot when an off-duty soldier named Basudev Thapa opened fire indiscriminately at villagers, celebrating at the Kali Devi Temple in Nagarkot, killing 11 and injuring 19 people.