be a serious oversight for any traveller to Nepal to neglect visiting
at least some of the fascinating and beautiful places of interest, most
of them lying only a short distance away by plane and bus. Nagarkot,
Dhulikhel and Kakani are only a short distance outside the Valley; the
first two, in fact, offer excellent views of the Valley and its various
landmarks. Situated in other parts of the country are Pokhara, Tansen,
Lumbini, Janakpur, Gorkha and Daman. Also of major interest are Nepal's
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves along with some other destinations
best reached by trekking.
located 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots
in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise when
the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Katmandu
to spend the night there so that they can then get up early and observe
the breathtaking sunrise.
Nagarkot has acquired the fame as one of the best spots to view Mount
Everest as well as other snow- topped peaks of the Himalayan range in
the eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the lndrawati
river valley lying to the east.
With an elevation of 2195 metres, Nagarkot also offers a panaromic view
of the Valley and is generally described by visitors as a place whose
beauty endures all year round with a harmonious blending of the changing
Many visitors prefer to visit Nagarkot in the spring when the valleys
and dales of the surrounding area break out in a rich kaleidoscope of
differently coloured flowers. The flowers stand in stark beauty against
the serene backdrop of the snow-covered mountains on the horizon.
Ever popular among the tourists are the less-exacting treks and picnics
which Nagarkot offers. Treksfrorn Nagarkot are unique and delightful.
For anyone who may want to have an adventure without exerting much effort,
a hike to Nagarkot's surrounding areas would be the best option. One
can always traverse short distances on trekking trails and come close
to nature's wonders such as the outer fringe of verdent forests, flower-
covered Himalayan meadows and unusual rock formations.
is a scenic and ancient town situated 30 kilometres east of Kathmandu
of the Arniko Rajmarg (Kathmandu-Kodari Highway). From here one has
a panaromic view of the whole Himalayan range, from west to east. From
the main town a short visit to Namobouddha, an old Buddhist monastery,
is highly recommended. Panauti, a village noted for its numerous temples
with magnificent woodcarvings, is a short distance from Dhulikhel.
is another good location near Kathmandu for viewing the mountain scenery.
From this location one can see the mountain landscape of the central
and western Nepal, a vast collection of majestic peaks stretching from
Ganesh Himal to the peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Kakani
is unique in the sense that there is an unusually perfect blending of
the imposing mountain scenery with the more sylvan environment of the
lower valley. Trees growing wild on the mountain slopes begin to bloom
in late winter and stay in bloom for several months, giving the village
even more charm.
(Picture # 117, panorama of Central Himalaya from Nagarkot)