Changu Narayan to Nagarkot

1 night / 2 days
Mode of trekking: Camping
Grade 2

Located inside the Kathmandu Valley Hiking Tours Nagarkotabout 20 kms. Northeast of Kathmandu city standing at an altitude of 1541m. the temple of Changu Narayan is considered the oldest Hindu shrine. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the protector and one of the holy trinity. The temple site was listed in The World Monument List in 1979 A.D. and thus is recognized as a World Heritage Site.

The temple dates back to 325 A.D. The time of King Haridutta Varma who built the shrine along with the temple of Goddess Chhinnamasta Adidevi. Later the settlement of 700 houses around the temple wasSunset View From Nagarkot constructed by King Vishnu Gupta. In 464 A.D. the first historical king of Nepal, the Lichhavi King Manadeva erected a stone pillar with inscription written on it which still is evident.

The site is very important from historical, religious and cultural aspects. The temple is of two storeys and built in pagoda style. The wood carvings, metal carvings and stone carvings found in the site portrays the rich art and architecture of the country.

For the Hindu devotees the site is very sacred therefore they come here from all around the country.

The site is located on the western hillock of the Dolagiri ridge from where one can get a magnificent view of Kathmandu valley.

The Hike:
Approximately 4 hours of gradual uphill walk from Changunarayan brings one to Nagarkot (1985m), a highly popular hill station for viewing the mountains. Here, the scenery of bright reddish rays of the sunset over the valley and hills is simply beautiful. The night is spent in a hotel furbished with essential amenities. At sunrise a fresh morning welcomes with a grand view of sweep of Himalayan peaks washed by golden sunrays. From West to East the snow capped mountains nclusive of Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar himals are highly visisble.

Itinerary:

Days Destinations Altitude (m)
01 Drive to Changunarayan / Sightseeing tour of the World heritage site / Hike up to Nagarkot � lunch on the way  
02 Check into a hotel / view sunset / Dinner
View sunrise / Breakfast / Drive to Bhaktapur for a sightseeing tour / Lunch / Drive to Kathmandu
 

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Dear Ajaya,

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! We loved our stay, you made us feel so at home! Delicious food too! Wish we could stay longer but will definitely be back.

All the best.
Dr. Cathleen Cummings
February 5, 2015