Internationally popular as a breathtakingly beautiful destination, Nagarkot is situated snugly on the hilly laps of risen sections of Nepal to provide one of a kind panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. However, the biggest attraction of this place remains the sunrise view of the Himalayas, including the Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the eastern area of Nepal. Located approximately 7000ft above sea level, it is one of the most exceptional locations capable of showcasing 8 out of 13 Himalayan ranges of Nepal. The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park.
Only about 28km away from Kathmandu’s International Airport, it is possible to head straight to Nagarkot to experience the rising sun right after landing if the city is to be avoided for extended time with nature. Nepal Social is dealing with the trip to Nagarkot usually provide transportation in the perfect timing since the mountains are infamous for hiding behind the clouds as soon as the sunrise passes. Therefore, it is important for the travelers to refrain from delaying if the view is not to be missed.
Upon reaching, it is not absolutely necessary to stay on top of hill to observe the delight of the rising sun because in the recent years, the hotels in Nagarkot have started offering rooftop and balcony viewing facilities. For anyone trying to lay back and enjoy the natural process in the comfort of a hotel, the accommodations can be made earlier through booking.
If anyone wishes to experience the optimum level of being surrounded by nature, the scrubland around the town is the absolute epitome of trails and home to various species of rare butterflies. For the outdoor enthusiasts, Nagarkot Eco Trail (nature walk) along with Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail are the best available options to explore the magnificent biological diversity this small area holds. If truly the journey is better than the destination itself, these trails are perfect to immerse and become one with nature, calming the inner essence of your soul with the deep cleansing of the scenic exquisiteness.
Once everything is set into place and the clockwork of Mother Nature begins to commence—the sun starts to ascent the Himalayas, spreading the rays of serenity that scatter across the blue skies, hitting the white clouds and enveloping the atmosphere with the golden radiance of a new day. The light bounces off the smooth and rough creases and ridges of snowcapped peaks, illuminating one mountain after another. In a matter of minutes, the whole range stands proudly, distinct peaks flaunting one of its kind characteristics, not overpowering each other but harmonizing to the sweet tunes of the climbing sun. In simpler words, the time stops. You face one of the most glorious scenes a living being can capture in its lifetime and the experience will leave you breathless, reminding the greatness of nature and its supreme splendor. To induce an even more enthralling experience, paragliding is also available or the free souls willing to fly with the winds to observe the tallest mountain on the earth in its morning magnificence.
Falling in the warmer temperate region, the best months for travelling to Nagarkot could be September to December when the clouds are at bay and the sky is much clearer. The dry winter and peeking spring time of March to April is also ideal. However due to heavy rain during the monsoon time, May to August usually brings dark clouds which hides the mountains.
Viewing the sunrise in Nagarkot is magical moment however does not last all day. To fill in the void of lack of things to do throughout the day and avoid wastage of time, exploring the village is an adventurous choice most travelers choose. Changu Narayan, one of the most exclusively ancient Hindu temples is situated near the area and can be reached easily. The 110ft tall Kailashanatha Mahadev Statue is also an alternate option for those looking for the residence of a Hindu god or goddess. The other attractions near to Nagarkot are the Sankhu Bajrayogini Temple and the Buddha Peace Park.
Nagarkot offers a full day of interaction with the natural beauty of the excellent mesh of diverse surrounding and the religious experience of ancient cultures. Therefore, Nagarkot remains a fulfilling destination among others offering spectacular sunrises.