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Nagarkot

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Open Open 24 hours
Recommended sightseeing time: 4-5 hours
Address: About 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu
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Nagarkot is 32 km NE of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Nagarkot is situated at 2,195 meters above the sea level and is the second highest hill around Kathmandu Valley.Located 7000 ft above sea level, Nagarkot is a world famous international hillstation commanding the killer panorama of the snowcapped Himalayas, rolling hills, deep valleys and pine forests in a quiant rural atmosphere.Considered as the best viewpoint spot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley from where we can see the breathtaking views of the 8 major himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here. The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalanguar range(also known as Everest range) and numbur range with splendid views of the kathmandu valley in the west.As it is located in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley to monitor external activities of another kingdom. Later, it became a summer retreat places for the royals before becoming popular as a summer retreat place. Nagarkot has been the favorite summer resort of Kings and Maharajas for its cool climate and the scenic beauty around. Rana Priminister Chandra Shumsher who was advised by his physicians to retreat at the Nagarkot built the summer palace called ‘Bhangeri Durbar’.During the Coronation of the late King Birendra in 1975, the road was metalled, so that the royal guests from 100 nations, could witness the most spectacular sunset and sunrise over the Himalayas, from the best vantage point. Nagarkot offers the panoramic view of host of 8000 m+ giant peaks of Tibet and Nepal including the Mt. Everest.So near yet so far from heat, dust, smoke and city’s hustle-bustle.

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