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Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is famous as one of the best spots to the view of sunset and sunrise. It offers an excellent view of the beautiful landscape, green jungle, and rural areas. The trekking trail offers stunning views of snow-peaked mountains such as Langtang(7234m), Gauri Shankar(7134m), Mt. Everest(8848m) and more. Nagarkot Hill (1800m) is a vantage point to watch sunrise and sunset. You will also visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Changu Narayan Temple. Moreover, the Changu Narayan temple is a double-roofed temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. Also, the temple is decorated with ten incarnations of the Narayan. Stone lions guard all the four doors of the temple. The temple is surrounded by sculptures and arts related to Lord Vishnu. Also, we can find the temples of Lord Shiva, Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor, and Krishna inside the courtyard of the main temple.
Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hike, One of the great day Hike in Valley
There are four entrances to the temple and these gates are guarded by life-size pairs of animals. Such as lions, Sarabhai, griffins, and elephants on each side of the entrances. The Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike offers you, ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and the other idols are carved in the struts, which support the roof. The entrance door is gilded with carvings of Nagas (snakes). Likewise, on the main entrance gate (i.e. western entrance gate). You can find the Chakra, Sankha, Kamal, and Khadga all at the top of a stone pillar. These stone pillars have an inscription in Sanskrit. This inscription is considered to be the oldest inscription of Nepal. The stone inscription pillar was erected by Lichhavi King Manadeva in 464 AD. The following monument is located while visiting the temple from the right side after entering from the main entrance (Eastern gate) to the courtyard.
Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike, the tour package is specially designed for a day tour. Specially, who are very interested in nature walking or additional day in Kathmandu. This package fully entertains your additional day in Kathmandu. However, the hiking trail gradually descends through the terraced fields. The first part of the hike involves an amazing cultural encounter of ethnic villages, unaffected by the nearby capital city.
- Day 01
Kathmandu – Drive to Nagarkot (01hrs) hike to Changu Narayan then return back to hotel
Wake up early in the morning our guide will our guide will receive you from your hotel early in the morning (4:30 AM). Start drive towards Nagarkot for stunning sunshine view mountain. If you don’t want the sunrise view you can start the trip after breakfast in your hotel. It will take 45 minutes to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu as it is 30 KM away from the city (Thamel). On fine weather day, you can see sunrays hits on the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Langtang, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ganesh, etc. After the sunrise view from view Tower, you will back to the restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, you will hang around for a few hours and then we start our hike. We will walk for the downhill to Telkot (Bhaktapur) within one hour. The trail passes along the local villages, traditional agricultural fields of mustard and wheat on the terrace (Seasonal), stone built a thatched house, cattle grazing on fields. Then continue hiking down to the Changu Narayan temple; which takes a couple of hour’s leisure walk along the beautiful nature. It will be a unique experience jaunting in the 5th century temple. After the sightseeing, we will have our lunch there then we will drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at Hotel – (BB)