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Many people can’t go trekking on the himalayas due to time constraints. On this tour, we try to give you glimpse of the himalayas and the ancient city of Bhaktapur in a same day.
So, strap on your nicest sneakers and let’s have a stroll down the road and up a small hill with a tantalizing view.
Nagarkot Sightseeing (The Sunrise Hill)
Just an hour drive away from, or say 30kms northeast of, Kathmandu, there’s a lovely hill overlooking a beautiful valley and facing the milky Himalayas. This hill, my friends, is the coveted Nagarkot. And, it’s a perfect getaway from the dirt and traffic of the modern Nepal, right onto the lap of nature with just a small tinge of civilization.
It’s just a short hike. We can climb up this little hill and emerge into the village, where a tower stands in the center, beckoning us to climb it and enjoy the scenic view it offers of snow-white mountains and green landscapes, and return the same day.
Whether you desire to see Mount Everest or seek tranquility or perhaps you just wish to have a romantic evening… whatever the reason, Nagarkot is the ideal place to be.
When the sun comes out from behind the mountains, and the peaks change their colors, you will simply me dazzled, and you will say those three beautiful words – “I love you sunrise.” Of course, depending upon our schedule and your flexibility, we might not arrive on the hill of Nagarkot early enough to catch the sunrise but we are certainly going to be there to witness the equally beautiful sunset.
The ancient city of Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (as it was known in the old days) is painted with bright colors of Newari culture and brushed with rich architectural wonders.
To speak of the distance, it’s located just about 14kms east of Kathmandu, and has comparatively small traffic than that of Kathmandu. And, like with Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur too has its own magnificent Durbar Square (palace plaza), open to the public and welcome to the tourists. It’s in fact a UNESCO world heritage site.
Let’s hear about some artistic wonders of Bhaktapur.
Other attractions in the Bhaktapur palaca plaza include, but is not limited to, the multi-handed Urachandi and Ugrabhairav statues (sadly, the sculptor’s own hands were later cut off), the temple of Badrinath (an avatar of Lord Vishnu), Gopi Nath Temple (watch out for dual-roofed pagoda architecture), Kedarnath temple (this one flaunts a shikara-style design) and the Hanuman Statue (hail the monkey god!). In case you are animal lovers, you will be awestruck by the copulating elephants carved on the struts of the dual-roofed Shiva-Parvati temple.
Besides temples and deities and their awe-inspiring legends, Bhaktapur is also famous for its Juju Dhau (king of all yogurts).
Other than that, you can also stop by popular Newar hotels and restaurants (or even street shops which has no parallel) to give your tongues a delicious treat.
As our guide takes you through Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will stumble upon the shops of Newar merchants, displaying their artistic sculptors, khukuri, khwapas and paintings for sale. Just keep your eye out for these shops and mobile shopkeepers as we tour through the architectural alleys of Bhaktapur, and perhaps you will get some time at Thamel.