Kathmandu Hill Side
Kathmandu Hill Side
Kathmandu is popular for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historical monuments, festivals and cultural splendor. But Kathmandu Hill Side provides the excellent views of himalayas and Nature On clear day. Dhulikhel ( 30 km from Kathmandu ), Nagarkot (28 km from Kathmandu ) and Daman ( 80 km southwest of Kathmandu ) afford magnificent views of himalayan range. These hills stations are very popular for nature lovers and honeymooners.
Not limit to this, Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and latitudinal variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 m above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, all with in a distance of 150 km resulting into climatic conditions from sub-tropical at Arctic.
Nepal occupying only 0.1% of total landmass of the earth is home to:
- 2% of all the flowering plants in the world.
- 8% of the world’s population of birds ( more than 848 species ).
- 4% of mammals on earth.
- 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies ( more than 500 species).
- 600 indigenous plant families.
- 319 species of exotic orchids. and Kathmandu Hill Side give you an lifetime opportunity to explore what Nepal have in its natural treasure.
Nagarkot is one of the loved destination by travelers seeking relaxation and pleasure. Nagarkot is a village located about 35 kms east of Kathmandu. Just located on the northeastern side of Kathamndu valley at an elevation close to 6800 feet above seas level, Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas, with a panoramic view of Kathmandu valley and and majestic views of Himalayan range. Nagarkot is favorite destination for short stay travelers. Early morning sunrise from the view tower is just a perfect beginning of the day which makes this place more appealing and attractive. Following a sunrise tour one can also enjoy panoramic views of mountain range like Annapurna range, Mahalangur range, Manaslu range, Rowaling range, Langtang range and many more.
Nagarkot is more preferred as a short stay travel destination. Most of the travelers go for one night or two night, Many travelers even choose another option of one night at Nagarkot and following day at Dhulikhel. For the nature lover and adventure seekers, they can hike unto Nagarkot from Sundarijal. Cycling and Mountain biking is also popular here, many routes are explored and use as per interest and need of the travelers.
Dhulikhel is another most visited Hill destination around Kathmandu valley. Dhulikhel is situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu and easily accessible, reached within few hours of drive. Dhulikhel is destination rich in both nature and cultural beauty. Dhulikhel is top destination for international and domestic tourist, Everyday and usually on the weekends many people love to come here and stay for a night. As one of the best place for natural beauty, Dhulikhel offers spectacular views of Mountain ranges and a perfect sunrise and sun set view on a clear day. Around Dhulikhel there are many places to visit, Panauti around 30 mins drive from Dhulikhel is one of the oldest village of Nepal. Panauti is a typical Newari village with a unique culture and customs completely different from the near community of Kathmandu Valley, Old houses and temples and uniqueness to the place.
Around 30 mins of drive, 15 km away from Dhulikhel is Namobuddha. Namobuddha is another important shrine of Buddhist. A huge monastery within small forest is biggest highlight of Namobuddha. Namobuddha is said to be place where many Buddhist monks in early time lived and meditated. Even now in this monastery many monks and nuns live and meditate to attain enlightenment. Namobuddha records hight flow of visitors during Buddha Jayant and special according to Buddhist calendar.
Shivapuri Nagarjun Nationa Park
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is the 9th National park of Nepal and was established in 2002 AD. It is located in the country’s mid-hills on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley and named after Shivapuri Hill. It covers an area of 159 sq. km in the districts of Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk, It was established as a protected watershed and wildlife reserve, In 2002 it was gazed as Shivapuri National Park. Initially covers 155 sq. km. It was extended by the Nagarjun Forest Reserve covering 15 sq. km in 2009.
Shivapuri lies int he transition zone between subtropical and temperate climates. The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including pine, oak, rhododendron etc, Depending on altitude and aspect. Recorded wildlife in the park includes mammalian species as Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Himalayan Pikke, Clouded Leopard, Red Panda and Rhesus Monkey, The park is also home to 177 species of birds, including at least 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushroom. Spotted Dove and Magpie Robin can be seen here.