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Viewpoints Around Kathmandu

Viewpoints around Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a Gateway to the Himalayas, the capital of adventure tourism and surrounding hill stations with village resorts. Nepal visitors glimpse the sunrise with the Himalayas vista from the Top Six Best Viewpoints around Kathmandu Valley.

Nagarkot (2175 m)

Nagarkot (1950 m) is a village of Tamang, Newar, Brahmin, and the city fort in Bhaktapur district, 32 km northeast of Kathmandu Valley, reached in 1:30 hours driving. There are 35 village resorts, army posts, bus stops and grocery shops. Four kilometres east, Nagarkot Tower (2175 meters) suggests mesmerizing sunrise and Himalayas views on a clear day. Tea shops, picnic spots and nearby a Mahadev Pokhari Temple held Janai Purnima festival.

There can observe the eighth of the 13 Himalayan ranges of west Annapurna to east Mount Everest. The outstanding hill station west to east mountain views is Annapurna South (7219 m), Fishtail (6993 m), Lamjung (6986 m), Himal Chuli (7893 m), Manaslu (8163 m), Ganesh Himal IV (7102 m), Ganesh Himal II (7150 m), Ganesh Himal V (6950 m), Ganesh Himal I (7406 m), Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Gang Chhempu (6297 m), Shisha Pangma (8013 m), Gur Kapori (6874 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6988 m), Gyalzen Peak (6151 m), Phurbi Chyachu (6722 m), Kharane Tippa (5647 m), Choba Bhamare (5970 m), Cho Oyu (8201 m), Gauri Shankar (7134 m), Melungtse (7181 m), Lindartsubugo (6690 m), Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Chobutse (6660 m), Takargo (6782 m), Dongiragitao (6940 m), Numbur (6945 m), and Karyolung (6681 m).

Nagarkot Hill Station is beneficial for viewing Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, the airport, the terraced field, villages, and the Indravati River Valley. The hill station is famous for panoramic views, tranquil, fresh breeze, various plants, birds, sunrise, sunset, and hiking paths to Changu Narayan, Dhulikhel, Sankhu, and Chisapani. The winter, December, January, and February will be snowfalls overnight temperatures get zero.

Chandragiri Hill (2550 m)

Chandragiri Hill (2550 m) in Kathmandu district is 16 km southwest of Kathmandu Valley, presenting the thrilling Himalayas views from Annapurna to Everest, Kathmandu Valley, surrounding hills, city and villages. Chandragiri Hill cable car station is 30 30-minute drive away from Kathmandu. Ten-minute cable car trip (2.5 km distance) or 3 hours hike to reach the hill station Bhaleswor Temple and Chandragiri Hills Resort. The hiking from Chandragiri Hill to Hattiban Resort takes five hours with exceptional views of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas, including Mount Everest.

Dhulikhel (1450 m)

Dhulikhel (1450 m) at the Araniko Highway is 32 km east of Kathmandu, in the Kavrepalanchok district, is an outstanding Himalayas viewpoint. The Newar and Tamang towns with tourist resorts have impressive views of the Himalayas, valleys and terraced fields. The mountain views from east to west directions suggest Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Gang Chhenpu (6297 m), Shishapangma (8013 m), Gur Karpori (6874 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6988 m), Gyalzen peak (6151 m), Phurbi Ghyachu (6722 m), Kharane Tippa (5647 m), Choba Bhamare (5970 m), Gauri-Shankar (7134 m), Melungtse (7181 m), and Lindartsubugo (6690 m).

Dhulikhel hill station is exciting for all visitors, honeymoon couples, college students, and others. The resort town is well-known for sunrise, Zipline, cycling and sightseeing of Shesh Narayan, Bhimsen, and Goddess Bhagavati Temple. Dhulikhel day hike goes Nagarkot, Panauti, Namo Buddha, and Balthali villages. The renowned Palanchowk Bhagavati Temple (1562 m) is 24 km away, and the Tibet Border is 84 km from the Dhulikhel.

Namo Buddha (1750 m)

Namo Buddha (1750 m) is 45 km southeast of Kathmandu in the Kavrepalanchok district, described as the sacred place of greetings to Lord Buddha. Namo Buddha is the holy likewise Lumbini, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath Stupa. From Kathmandu, it takes 1.30 hours by car or 2:30 hours by local bus. A legend believes Prince Mahasattva offered himself to a starving tigress with her cubs in the forest. Near the sacred Monastery is an artificial status of Cubs, tigresses, and Princes.

Namo Buddha is a village and stunning hill station with the sacred Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. As a memory, Mahasattva offers his body to a tigress near the temple. Tourists enjoy impressive views of east-west mountains, sunrise, sunset, terraced fields, villages and forests. Former renowned Buddhist monks, Vashu Bandhu, Atisha, Situ Chokyi Jungne (Kagyu Lama), and Rinpoche Lama, used to pay homage to the sacred Buddhist site. Here is a Buddhist school with 250 students, a meditation centre, a clinic, and a guest house. Hiking from Balthali and Dhulikhel reached Namo Buddha hill station.

Kakani (1982 m)

Kakani (1982 m) is 29 km northwest of Kathmandu in Nuwakot district, reached in 1:15 hours drive from Kathmandu. The gorgeous hill station suggests a picnic, refresh, tranquillity, and east-to-west mountain views of Annapurna I (8091 m), Himalchuli (7893 m), Manaslu (8163 m), Dorje Lakpa, Chobba Bhamre (5970 m), Langtang (7246 m) and Gaurishanker (7134 m). A mountain biking tour is exciting from Kathmandu to Kakani. There is a museum and memorial park of Langtang Region in memory of the Thai Airlines crash (31 July 1992).

Pokhari Thumko (2005 m)

Pokhari Thumko (2005 m) is 18 km southeast of Kathmandu Airport in Lalitpur district. The hill station suggests impressive views of Kathmandu Valley, sunrise, sunset, wooded hills and the Himalayas Annapurna to Everest. Lankuri Bhanjyang is the next scenic hill station nearby. Kathmandu to Pokhari Thumko takes an hour's drive from Gwarko, Lubhu, and Lamatar roads in Lalitpur.

Besides the mentioned Nagarjun Hill (2095 m), Phulchowki (2765 m), Kirtipur Village (1415 m), Shivapuri (2732 m), Chovar Hill (1250 m), and Swayambhunath Stupa (1420 m) are the alternative top-rated hill stations for the breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley, the Himalayas, sunrise, villages and green hills.