Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nagarkot, Nepal - Cradled in the Mountains

The ornate pines that stand guard en-route the journey from Bhaktapur, seemingly whisper  about the beautiful hills that approaches you !

Nagarkot, lying barely 32 Kms. away from Kathmandu, is a different world in itself. With ascent from Bhaktapur, the weather changes dramatically. The clean but cool air flowing across the mountains can blow your fatigue away and can catch you by surprise ! ( Indeed a welcome and pleasant surprise.) 

Newari Architecture
Architecture at the Nagarkot
The beautiful valley filled with dense pine trees paves way from the dust bowl that would be encountered on account of an ongoing road construction. Swiftly, the air keeps on getting pleasant with real freshness. Nagarkot, that is regarded as a 'Hill Station' (terminology common to the subcontinent and to an extent,  the Anglicized world) stands nestled and cradled among the Himalayas.

While the morning trip from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur is a pleasant surprise in terms of beating the city traffic, the trip to Bhaktapur, in true sense is a respite from the weather in Bhaktapur.
Lush Green Pine Valleys
Lush Green Pine Valleys

The Kathmandu Valley below is associated with unique history and architecture however, Nagarkot is more about stunning landscapes and guess what, even better sunrises and sunsets!

It is common for visitors to come to Nagarkot for sunrises and even sunsets, but trust me even the scenery and landscapes on offer across the day can take your heart away!

The astounding resilience and determination witnessed across Nepal was rightfully captured in the poster below which as seen at Nagarkot.
Nepal, Determination and Resilience
Nepal : Story of Resilience and Determination
The beauty of Nagarkot grows on you, so much so, that to an extent, the beauty itself becomes a monotony. A monotony that you'd wish to get more monotonous than ever. The undeterred flags of faith splurge colours while they stand guard to un-wavered conviction in ever-wavering winds.

Unwavering flags waving in the crystal clean air
Unwavering flags waving in the crystal clean air
Smiling sunshine sit atop the densely populated pine trees and mingle with clear flowing breeze around. And the biggest bonus is that all of it comes with exquisite views.

Lush green Forests criss-crossing the sunshine and the wind



The prayer flags apparently spray colors in the air as the wind progresses under the spotless blue skies, almost persuading the clouds to clear up the mountains !



Eventually, I had the opportunity to view the Langtang valley as the mountains cleared up for the views ! And as the luck got better, couldn't believe that Mount Everest (locally known as Sagarmatha) lay ahead for the views, sneaking through the white clouds.

That feeling of witnessing the Everest is simply inexplicable ! Way more than Amazing, a truly lifetime experience !



Tips for the Place :
  • Nagarkot is definitely more than worth a day trip, best to reach during evening stay overnight and then decide as per your schedule.
  • At times, you need to be patient for the views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest.
  • Even you are moving from Kathmandu Valley, the chill in air at times can be a big surprise.
  • Needless to say, Nagarkot has access to excellent sunrises and to an extent sunsets as well.
  • Definitely do go to the Nagarkot 'Tower', known locally as 'Tower'. The views up there are really amazing.
  • I'd suggest Club Himalayas for food and stay as I had been to the place and found the services to be quite good, but then it is on the higher side of the economics !

4 comments:

  1. Excellent! Nepal has a special place in my heart. Love these forests and meadows. Did you try the Thalis at Nagarkot?

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    1. Thanks for dropping by on the Blog. Very True ! Nepal is indeed a treasure to be unrevealed. Incidentally, I did try the Thali in Nagarkot.

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  2. It's such a lovely place! Hope to make it there some time soon!

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    1. Thanks Archie for dropping by! Indeed it's beautiful.

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