Nagarkot: The Perfect Getaway

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is full of history, art and culture – no wonder it is on everyone’s travel itinerary when visiting Nepal! However, if you want to be with nature some more and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life, this post is for you. Only 32KM Northeast of the capital city, Nagarkot is the perfect getaway you need to visit!

Colorful Pop Tutorial Youtube Channel Art.jpgThe scenery in Nagarkot is simply refreshing! You see, this was my first time visiting Nagarkot and boy was I in awe by the beauty that surrounded me. I kept finding myself admiring the scenic view before me. img_4566-e1527295988432.jpg

My car ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot lasted around 2 hours. Luckily I did not get stuck in traffic plus the weather was great so I did not face much delay on the way to Nagarkot. Getting stuck in traffic would not be fun, especially on a hot summers day. I mean…let’s be real here, when is it ever fun?

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 Tea time ☕️

Upon reaching Nagarkot, I was excited to check out this serene place from a viewpoint area. But before I made my way to the viewpoint area, I saw a small, local tea store AND I HAD TO stop for a hot cup of Nepali masala tea! Have you ever tried Nepali tea? It is SO good! Tea is an important part of Nepali culture. In my family we drink tea every day – some family members even drink tea 2-3x in a day and that is in fact not uncommon in most Nepali households.

After stopping for tea, I finally made my way to the viewpoint area. Seeing Nagarkot from the tower at the viewpoint area was something else – I mean, just look at the greenery! T’was beautiful.

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Where to stay? 

  1. Club Himalaya 

Club Himalaya is a resort that is a favourite among many travellers who visit Nagarkot. I had heard a lot about this resort prior to visiting Nagarkot so I knew I had to check it out. IMG_4765

IMG_4997IMG_5550.jpgIMG_4970I found my stay in the resort to be comfortable and the service was quite great too. The staff were friendly and kind plus the resort itself was beautiful. My personal favourite? The view that you can see from the resort – it was absolutely gorgeous! I felt so calm as I sat down, sipped my drink and looked outside. It was super relaxing! You can find out more about this hotel here.

2. Hotel Mystic Mountain

Hotel Mystic Mountain is the newest addition to the hotels and resorts in Nagarkot. This new hotel has quickly become a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Additionally, it is thought to be one of the most instagramable places in Nagarkot. Unfortunately, when I visited Nagarkot, the hotel was still under construction so I was not able to have the mystic experience but I do hope to check out this place in the future. The pictures I have added here are taken from their Instagram. Feel free to check it out and support them! This hotel has great reviews so far and if you take a quick look at their website, you will see why that may be the case after all this place looks very attractive!

~ If you are visiting Kathmandu, I highly recommend that you add Nagarkot to your itinerary.

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If not a weekend getaway, consider staying overnight in Nagarkot for one night if your schedule allows. If you cannot fit that into your schedule, I’d say take a drive to Nagarkot and spend the day there. Oh and definitely try the Nepali masala tea at the local tea shop which you can find once you enter Nagarkot.

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“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind” – Seneca

Tell me, are you ready for a change of place? Leave the bustling city life behind for a while, travel to Nagarkot.

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Destination: Chandragiri Hills|Nepal Travel Diary #4

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Quick Snapshot of Chandragiri Hills:

  • Chandragiri Hills is located in Thankot, which is a 30-40 minutes drive from the Capital city, Kathmandu (That is, if you’re lucky and the traffic is on your side. It took me around 1.5 hours to get there)
  • As a result of a recent cable car project, Chandragiri Hills has become a popular tourist destination in the last two years
  • On top of the hill, you will find the Bhaleshwor Mahadev temple and thanks to the new cable car project, you no longer have to hike 3 hours to get there

🚡 C A B L E  C A R  R I D E  + W E A T H E R ☔️

“Rain, rain, go away – come again, another day” – I never thought that a nursery rhyme could so accurately describe how I felt when it started pouring cats and dogs as we reached our destination. While the cable car ride was great, I was not able to see the view well because it was really foggy.

Chandragiri Hills is known to offer a beautiful view of Kathmandu and I was really looking forward to checking it out. But of course, it had to rain. Best day to visit wasn’t it? Alas, that is the life of a traveller – no matter what life throws at you on your travels, you have to make the most out of your experience. Well, at least that’s how I view it and so I was grateful to be able to finally check out Chandragiri Hills as I had heard so much about it.

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They say your wishes will come true when you pray at the Bhaleshwor Temple. I made it right on time for the morning puja (prayer) and honestly, it felt so peaceful and serene.

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F O O D + D R I N K @ The Chandragiri Hills Cafe:

Growing up, on the days that we visited the temple, my family always ate vegetarian food and so I opted for a vegetarian meal at the cafe. However, the cafe does offer non-vegetarian food items too. At the cafe, I ordered veggie chowmein and potato wedges (the potato wedges comes with a small side of salad). While the veggie chowmein was nothing out of the ordinary, the potato wedges tasted really good – I personally loved the chilly powder that came with it as it complimented the wedges really well. You see that red powder in the picture? Doesn’t it look like it would be really spicy? Well, in reality, it was not spicy at all which was perfect for me because I can’t really have spicy food!

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As for drinks, I went with sweet lassi. The good: The lassi was not overly sweet! I know, I ordered the sweet lassi, but you see, there is a huge difference between sweet lassi and suuuupeeer sweet lassi, which not a lot of places understand, and so they just dump A LOT of sugar into the drink. But honestly speaking, this lassi wasn’t anything too special. Nothing beats the lassi that I mentioned in my previous post, yes that’s right, I’m talking about the lassi in Indirachowk.

 T H E  V I E W: As I was making my way back down, the weather became slightly better as it stopped raining and so I was able to see the gorgeous view, finally. It made my trip all the more better and I remember thinking to myself,  “Now I see why they say that you can see a beautiful view of the city from Chandragiri Hills”.

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T H E  V E R D I C T:

Chandragiri Hills is a wonderful place to visit. You can go to the temple, check out the lovely view of the capital city, eat at the cafe, and there is even a gift store, where you can buy nice souvenirs to make your trip memorable. With all that said, I would definitely recommend you to make plans to visit Chandragiri Hills during your stay in Kathmandu.

Let me know if you liked this post, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Favorite places to get Food and Drinks in Kathmandu|Nepal Travel Diary #3

Hello lovelies ~ long time no chat but I am back and this time I have a post for all you foodies out there. I am a big foodie myself and I also love going out for beverages, be it bubble tea, milkshakes, mocktails or cocktails – you can count me in. So, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite places I went to eat and drink in Kathmandu, Nepal from my last trip there. If you are going to Kathmandu, make sure to check out these places. Continue reading “Favorite places to get Food and Drinks in Kathmandu|Nepal Travel Diary #3”