Mountain Resorts of Nagarkot & Dhulikhel with Namobuddha

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Annapurna Encounter organizes a scenic destination in the mid hills of Nepal Himalaya just mere distance from Kathmandu city life, this scenic tour passes through rural farm houses and traditional villages and observing country life as it was for hundreds of years with their old rich culture and religions, an opportunity to look on the country rural life behind the modernization of Kathmandu city area.

This trip leads to beautiful Nagarkot the highest spot of this trip at 2,100 meters with amazing sunrise and sunset views over wide range of mountains panorama in the comfort of deluxe lodge and resorts, from here visiting another mid hills area at Dhulikhel with more captivating views of snow capped peaks and sunrise and sunset within an old Newari town with its rich culture, history and religions and then visiting the famous Buddhist monastery of Namobuddha to conclude this interesting tour and then back to Kathmandu.

Nagarkot is located 30 km to the east of Kathmandu on the valley rim, Nagarkot is the favorite weekend gateway for those who seek Himalayan Scenery and rural serenity. From Nagarkot, you witness the stunning view of mountains that extend all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west past Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. The surrounding countryside of Nagarkot is great for walking.

Nagarkot is situated at an elevation of (2,175 m.) and provides a grandstand panorama of the Himalaya. You can see five of the world’s tallest mountains – Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.) – and many other lesser summits. The snow peaks look especially gorgeous during sunset and sunrise.

Nagarkot, surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farm houses, the hilltop resort is the epitome of an idyllic escape – with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves to disturb you. Bird watching is a joy in the forests here. Short hiking options abound. The most popular walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of Changu Narayan-with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. Another preferred trail leads south from Nagarkot to Nala and Banepa on the highway to Tibet.

Dhulikhel (1440m.) is a small town with a long history. Records show that it has been around for more than 500 years. The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping title roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues everywhere. You will think you have wandered into a cultural theme park.

The major places of worship here are the Narayan and Harisiddhi temples which are adored with profuse wood carvings. The Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, a 30 minutes walk to the eastern part of town, is a peaceful and scenic spot. The Bhagawati temple is situated at a height in the western part of Dhulikhel and dominates the skyline. From here, you can get a beautiful vista of the town and surrounding areas. There are many vintage points in Dhulikhel which offers a panorama of the Himalaya that will leave you spellbound. Looking out over low hills and valleys, the mountains rise up in an extended arc stretching from the far left to the far right. More than 20 Himalayan Peaks can be seen in all their glory. You should get up early in the morning to watch the first rays of the sun hit the summits and their colors change. Sunset views are equally spectacular.

One of the unsurpassable supreme sacred sites known as the Three Stupas in Nepal is Tagmo Lüjin (place where the future Buddha sacrificed his body to a tigress).

It is the very sacred place where the teachers, the perfect and supreme Buddha-at that time still on the path of learning-offered his own body without regret to a tigress suffering from great hunger. What follows is a history of this supreme and distinguished sacred site, whose location is unmistaken based on the clear identification given in the Sutra Requested by the Tigress and so forth.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hiking
  • Total Trip : 4 Days
  • Higest Point : Nagarkot (2100m)
  • Trip Grade : Easy
  • Season : Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Trekking : Yes

Day 01: Drive to Nagarkot and transfer to hotels or resorts.
Day 02: Morning sunrise views over snow capped mountains
afternoon hike towards view towers the highest spot of
Nagarkot rest of the day at leisure.
Day 03: Drive to Dhulikhel and transfer to hotels / resorts.
Morning catch the striking sunrise over Himalayan peaks.
Afternoon visit old historical Buddhist monastery area at Namobuddha and visit the local Newari town of Dhulikhel.
Day 04: Drive back to Kathmandu with an interesting journey.