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?

~ N- A- G- A- R- K- O- T ~ 

 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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Visit Boudhanath Stupa with Darshana – Nepal Travel Diary #2

Namaste ❤

Boudhanath Stupa (Boudha) is one of my favorite places to visit in Kathmandu, Nepal! This time, I want to take you to Boudha with me!

*Om Mani Padme Hum – take a listen as you read this blog post so you can feel like you are in Boudha with me* 

Colourful prayer flags, the Om Mani Padme Hum tune that you hear playing as you walk, turning prayer wheels, stores with traditional items and the rooftop restaurants, where you are able to get good food with a lovely view – all of this can be found in one place. That place is: Boudha.

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Who can say no to MOMO (Nepali Dumplings) and a refreshing drink?

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Boudha is a peaceful site where you will find pilgrims and tourists year-round. This stupa is one of the largest in the world and it holds great significance to Buddhists.

I always find myself fascinated by how beautiful the stupa is and how peaceful I feel as I hear Om Mane Padme Hum play in the background when I walk around the stupa.

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Exploring the stores around Boudha: 

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The stores around Boudha sell many souvenir items that you can buy. When in Boudha, I like to see if there are any unique finds at these stores. I suggest you do the same because there is so much you can check out at these stores and who knows, you might find something that you like!

Also, in case you did not notice – the t-shirt that I wore on this day has prayer flags on it. Where can you get the t-shirt? These prayer flag t-shirts are very popular in Kathmandu right now and so you can get it in various local clothing stores, meaning you do not have to go to a specific store to get it. I got mine in Thamel at the Pilgrim Bookstore (as the quality of their shirts are really good) but these stores around Boudha sell this t-shirt too! My only advice would be to check the price for these t-shirts from store to store as you will find that each stores sells it for a slightly different price.

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After spending time walking around the Stupa and checking out the stores in Boudha, I like to stop for food because the food in Boudha is really good. I would highly recommend you to have food at one of the rooftop restaurants and/or try Laping!

You must be thinking: Laping? What’s that…Darshana, do you mean… laughing?

No, I did not type ‘laughing’ incorrectly. I know the spelling of the word (I was the spelling bee champion in grade 4) *flips hair* Back to the point, what is laping you ask? That’s the same question I asked those around me when I first visited Boudha as they recommended that I try it. Laping can be found in Tibetian cuisine and it is a spicy mung bean noodle dish. Now, in order to have laping, you need to wander a little bit in the area because the places that offer laping are tucked in behind the stores you will find in Boudha. Simply ask any storeowner and in most cases, they should be able to guide you to a place that makes laping. I had no clue as to what laping was or how it tasted at that time but all I knew about it was that it is spicy!

Do spicy food and I go together? Many people say, Darshana you’re Nepali so obviously you would like spicy food (while it is true that majority of Nepali people eat spicy food, not all of us can). Perhaps it will surprise you but I am one of the few Nepali people that you’ll meet who is unable to eat much spicy food. But does that stop me from trying a new food item? If you know me well, you know I’m always down to try new things, especially when it comes to food. So, despite not being too fond of spicy food, I gave it a shot!

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Featured: White Laping w/ Yellow Laping at the back

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The verdict: It was spicy! BUT I have to say, I kinda liked it , in fact… I liked it quite a lot. You see, people are generally divided over laping, some love it while others, meh – not so much. I do think it has an acquired taste. To be honest it took me a while to finish it because of the fact that it was quite spicy but the more I ate it, the more I realized that the taste grows on you. If you are unable to eat spicy food, boy are you missing out on trying this unique dish. So while I do recommend you try laping, I will warn you that it is quite spicy and because it also has an acquired taste, you may or may not like it, but I certainly think its worth a try! ALSO, I was just thinking . . . with all these challenges on youtube (ie. spicy ramen challenge) they should also do a SUPER SPICY Laping challenge – now that would be fun to do/watch wouldn’t it? Hmm.

Fun fact: the laping in Boudha is said to be the best laping in town, so of course I had to include it in this post!


Thank you for visiting Boudha with me! I mentioned Boudha in two of my previous posts and so I knew I had to make a separate post for it so that I could show you what a lovely place this is and why I felt the need to mention it in my other posts (Top Places to Visit in the Capital City) and (Namaste from the Motherland – #Nepal Travel Diary).

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I hope that through this post you can see why Boudha is one of my favorite places to visit in Kathmandu. I also hope that you enjoyed this post! Sending you positive energy and good vibes.

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Top Places to Visit in the Capital City – Nepal Travel Diary #1

Welcome to the colorful and vibrant city,

icons8-Marker-64.png Kathmandu, Nepal 

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   – View from Swayambunath –

Kathmandu (काठमाण्डु) – the capital of Nepal is the largest Himalayan state in Asia and the centre of Nepal’s history, culture, art and economy. 

Dear diary  // Dear readers,

Today’s diary entry is the first one in the Nepal Travel Diary series. To kick it off, I have created a list of the top places to visit in Kathmandu. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

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Namaste from the Motherland! #NepalTravelDiary

Namaste: a form of greeting in Nepal/India – Direct translation: ‘I salute the God in you’.

Namaste! I was born in the beautiful country, Nepal, a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. It is also home to the tallest mountain(s) in the WORLD and it is the birth place of Lord Buddha. Sounds like a wonderful country doesn’t it? It is and to give you glimpses of this beautiful country and the lifestyle here, I am starting a Nepal Travel Diary series! So, if you haven’t followed this blog yet – what are you waiting for? Get on the bandwagon (you know you want to) and you won’t miss out on a single adventure!

To get us started, here are some fun facts about Nepal:
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48 Hours in: North Carolina

Happy 4th of July!

What can you do in 48 hours in North Carolina to have a memorable experience?

That’s exactly what this post will address since I recently took a trip to North Carolina to visit my cousin who is doing her PhD at Duke university. I’ll be sharing my highlights from the short two day trip to North Carolina as well as my recommendations on where to go and eat. So, lets get right into it. Continue reading “48 Hours in: North Carolina”