Nagarkot altitude 6,560 ft.
Make a separate pack for one-night outing in Nagarkot and leave the rest of the luggage at the hotel.
First, we visit some major attractions before heading to Nagarkot. Boudhanath Stupa will be our first stop. This claims to be the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal! This is also among the most revered Buddhist shrine for Buddhist people. Besides the main shrine, there is a number of Buddhist monasteries associated with different Buddhist schools. The area is predominantly Tibetan and reminds of Barkhor Square of Lhasa.
Our next stop will be at Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal. The temple is situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River a tributary of holy Ganges. The main temple sanctum is reserved for Hindu worships and rituals and non-Hindus are not allowed inside but we will be still able to view the temple and rituals inside from other side of the river. The river also provides sites for Hindu funeral services.
Now, we continue to Bhaktapur - the smallest of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley, but the best preserved in its original form! Bhaktapur served as the capital of United Nepal before it split in to three (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) in the mid-14th century. We visit the former palace complex with beautiful Golden Gate, the palace of 55 windows, the royal bath tank,etc. We take leisurely stroll on the cobbled street and visit the 5-storied Nyatapola Temple, Duttratraya Temple, and Pottery Square among others.
Now, we take 45 minutes long scenic drive on the winding road that goes through the villages and terraced fields to Nagarkot.
Overnight at Nagarkot.