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1 Day Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur Tour from Kathmandu

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This Nagarkot sunrise day tour will be set off in the early morning. Our driver and the tour guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and drive all the way to the northeast, passing through the suburbs and villages of Bhaktapur, to the top of Nagarkot at an altitude of 2,100 meters. On the observation deck, you can see the sun rising from the far Himalayas and overlook the Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna Mountains. After appreciating the amazing sunrise, we will go to a local restaurant, where you can enjoy breakfast. You need to pay for the cost on your own.

After breakfast, the guide will accompany you to visit the Changgu Narayan Temple, which is considered to be the oldest temple in Nepal. At the first sight of the temple, you will be shocked by the splendid temple door decorated with gold and silver. The temple mainly enshrines the god Vishnu and its ten incarnations. You can overlook the valley below as the temple is located 153 meters higher than the Kathmandu valley.

Later, we will drive down the mountain to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu Valley. It was not until the 18th century that the city ended its 500-year history as an ancient capital. Compared to Kathmandu and Patan, it is much quieter and has the most monuments. Many buildings in the city was first built at the end of the 17th century. The guide will lead you to visit the popular attractions here including the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and 55 Window Palace. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square preserves a 500-year-old Mala dynasty palace as well as many palaces, courtyards, temples and statues with various artistic characteristics. The well-known 30-meter-high Nyatapole Temple stands on the southeast side of the square. It is built on a square five-storey brick base. And each base has stone steps and a pair of statues in the center. Legend has it that the supernatural power of each statue is 10 times greater than that of the lower level. Visitors can climb the steep stairs in front of the temple to overlook the entire square. Dattatreya Temple is the only temple in Nepal dedicated to Dattatreya. It is said that the temple was built from a whole tree trunk. Behind it is a monastery with beautifully carved windows, especially the famous Peacock Window. The 55 Window Palace, the royal palace built in 1427, is famous for the Golden Gate and 55 windows on the three-storey balcony in the front of the palace. There are many palace courtyards inside the palace. In the middle of one of the courtyards, a large open-air bathing pool- Naga Pokhari is eye-catching. A gorgeous snake pillar is erected in the middle of the pool, and thick snake heads can be seen on the edge of the pool.

In the end, the guide and the driver will send you back to your hotel. So far, our Nagarkot sunrise day tour with Bhaktapur comes to an end. Hope you are satisfied with our service!
Nagarkot Sunrise
Nagarkot sunrise
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Tour Prices (US$ Per Person)
2-3 travelers 4-5 travelers
Year Round $120 $108
Price Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service in Kathmandu
  • Service of English speaking guide per the itinerary
  • Transfers in private A/C vehicle with experienced driver
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited
Price Excludes
  • Any airfare or train fare
  • Hotel accommodation and meals
  • Personal expenses (insurance, laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Nepal visa fee
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