Nagarkot Changunarayan is the closest route to the short walk in Nepal that takes place in the Kathmandu valley. The Nagarkot hiking trail in Chagunarayan gradually descends through the terraced fields. If you only have one day in Kathmandu and are looking for a simple climbing experience, this day trip to Nagarkot Changunarayan is the best alternative way to escape from this bustling city and discover the countryside. You will be amazed by the magnificent views, the local villages and the traditional lifestyle in the countryside, even though you are so close to the city on your day of hiking in Kathmandu.
Nagarkot is popular for a stunning sunrise and sunset view and is one of the most popular hill stations. Situated at an altitude of 2100m from the sea level and 32 km from Kathmandu this small hill station provides a spectacular view of the northern mountain, sunrise, and sunset. However, timing is everything, as the mountains are notorious for disappearing behind cloudy skies. The best viewing seasons are summer time and slightly in winter when clear skies are likely. For those wishing to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh morning air, there are charming walking trails as well as a lookout tower from which the sights can be taken in.
Whereas, Changunarayan is the historic temple. Old as old itself, the Changunarayan Temple has a history that dates back to around 3000 years. Perched on a hill, the temple stands majestically over the rice fields of Bhaktapur, around 22 km away from Kathmandu. The Changunarayan temple is a double-roofed temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. The temple is decorated with ten incarnations of the Narayan. Stone lions guard all the four doors of the temple. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today.
We organize the pick-up from your hotel for an hour or two drive to Nagarkot through the green fields and climb through terraced fields. The drive is scenic with the green valley views and the fabulous Himalayas. Nagarkot is a hill station at 2100m and it is where day hike in Kathmandu valley starts for you. The hiking trail from Nagarkot to Chagunarayan gradually descends through the terraced fields through the ‘Tamang Village.’ It is also popular to enjoy wilderness and serenity via lush rhododendron and other vegetation viewing Kathmandu valley and alluring mountain summits to the north. The strolling is simple with steady downhill and genuinely level ways. It will take around 4 hours to reach Changunarayan, the most established pagoda style Hindu Temple in Nepal. Subsequent to visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site and having our lunch, we return drive back to Kathmandu to end our intriguing day hike.
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