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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Nepal

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Nagarkot (2175m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot is a tour of Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, two enchanting destinations in Nepal, that are perfect for a day trip that combines cultural exploration and scenic beauty. With its well-preserved medieval architecture and vibrant traditions, Bhaktapur offers a glimpse into Nepal’s rich history, while Nagarkot rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Departing from the bustling city of Kathmandu, the journey to Bhaktapur takes approximately one hour. As you arrive in the city, you will be struck by the sight of intricately designed temples, ancient buildings, and narrow alleys that have remained unchanged for centuries. Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the epicentre of the city’s religious and cultural activities. Admire the artistic marvels of the 55-window palace, the Golden Gate, and the Nyatapola Temple, which stands tall as a testament to the architectural brilliance of the Newar community.

As you stroll through the bustling streets of Bhaktapur, the aroma of local delicacies fills the air. Be sure to sample the famous Juju Dhau, a creamy yoghurt known for its distinct taste. For those interested in traditional crafts, a visit to the pottery square is a must. Witness skilled artisans as they shape clay into beautiful masterpieces, carrying on a tradition that has been passed down through generations.

After immersing yourself in the cultural wonders of Bhaktapur, your journey continues to Nagarkot, a hilltop village renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, including the majestic Mount Everest. The winding roads will take you through picturesque countryside, dotted with terraced fields and traditional Nepali villages. As you reach Nagarkot, prepare to be spellbound by the stunning vistas that greet you.

From the vantage points of Nagarkot, you can witness the awe-inspiring sunrise or sunset, transforming the snow-capped peaks into a mesmerizing display of golden hues. On a clear day, you can even spot the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, and even glimpses of the Annapurna range in the distance. It is a sight that words fail to fully capture, and one that will undoubtedly leave an indelible impression.

As the day draws to a close, you will return to Kathmandu, carrying fond memories of Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. The day trip may come to an end, but the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of these destinations will continue to resonate with you. you Whether ready for an an incredible avid day history of enthusiast exploration or a cultural nature discovery? lover Join seeking us solace, on a Bhaktapur and day Nagarkot trip offer to a Bhaktapur unforgettable experience in Nagarkot, two captivating destinations you yearn for leave more. you breathless. Immerse yourself in the rich history and beauty of these ancient cities, as we take you on a journey through time and tradition.

Our adventure begins in Bhaktapur, the “City of Devotees,” located just a short drive away from Kathmandu. As we step into this UNESCO World Heritage Site, be prepared to be transported back to the medieval period. Bhaktapur’s narrow streets, red-brick buildings, and intricately carved wooden architecture are sure to leave you in awe.

Follow our expert guide as they lead you through the cobblestone lanes, giving you insights into the city’s fascinating past. Marvel at the magnificent Durbar Square, the former royal palace complex, adorned with ancient temples and palaces. Learn about the city’s once-thriving art and pottery industries as you wander through the traditional potter’s square. Witness the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a testament to craftsmanship and architectural brilliance.

Indulge in a traditional Newari lunch at a local restaurant, where you can savour authentic delicacies that have been passed down through generations. As you relish the distinct flavours, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Nepal’s diverse culinary traditions.

After satiating your taste buds, we’ll embark on a scenic drive up the winding roads to Nagarkot, a hilltop village known for its breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas. As you reach the summit, be prepared to be greeted by nature’s majesty. The snow-capped peaks of the Great Himalayas stretch out before you, painting a picturesque skyline that will forever be etched in your memories.

Spend some time taking in the tranquillity of Nagarkot, breathing in the crisp mountain air and capturing the awe-inspiring landscapes with your camera. Our guide will share stories and legends associated with the mountains, further enhancing your appreciation for this remarkable region.

As the daylight begins to fade, we’ll make our way back to Kathmandu, cherishing the memories we’ve created throughout the day. Reflect on the beauty and cultural heritage of Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, knowing that you’ve experienced something truly extraordinary.

Day trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, a journey that promises enchanting sights, immersive experiences, and a deeper connection to the rich tapestry of Nepalese history and nature.

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur Durbar Square guided sightseeing.
  • Explore Pottery Square, Nayathapole - five storey temple, Golden Gate.
  • Observe spectacular Himalayan view from Nagarkot.
  • Witness culture & tradiioins of medieval Bhakatpur City.


Day 1: Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Nagarkot-Kathmandu

Start your day early to make the most of your trip. Leave Kathmandu in the early morning to avoid traffic and reach Bhaktapur, which is around 13 kilometers east of the capital city. 

Bhaktapur is a well-preserved medieval city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you enter Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you’ll be transported back in time with its exquisite architecture, courtyards, temples, and historical monuments. Some of the must-visit places in Bhaktapur include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pottery Square, Dattatreya Square and many more.

After exploring Bhaktapur, head to Nagarkot, a hill station renowned for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. It’s located approximately 20 kilometers east of Bhaktapur. After soaking in the majestic views and capturing some memorable photographs, begin your journey back to Kathmandu. 

What is included?

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Guided city tour as per the itinerary with a private guide.
  • All transfers & city tours by a private vehicle.
  • Professional government-licensed tour guide.
  • Monuments entrance fees.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT. 

What is not included?

  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold beverages/drinks etc.
  • Tips & Gratuities


1. What is the best time to visit Bhaktapur and Nagarkot?
The best time to visit is during the dry season from October to March when the weather is clear and you can enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas.

2. How far is the travel distance between Bhaktapur and Nagarkot?
The travel distance between Bhaktapur and Nagarkot is around 25 kilometers, which takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours by car.

3. What are the must-visit attractions in Bhaktapur?
Must-visit attractions in Bhaktapur include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, and Peacock Window.

4. What activities can one enjoy in Nagarkot?
Visitors to Nagarkot can enjoy activities such as hiking or simply relaxing and enjoying the panoramic views of the Himalayas.

5. Is it possible to visit both Bhaktapur and Nagarkot in one day?
Yes, it is possible to visit both Bhaktapur and Nagarkot in one day if you start early in the morning and plan your itinerary accordingly.

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