Kathmandu Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunrise - 3 days

Kathmandu Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunrise - 3 days

Nagarkot is the famous hill station situated approximately 27 km east of the capital, Kathmandu valley. It is renowned for its amazing sunrise and sunset with a panorama of Himalayan ranges. This 3-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with Nagarkot sunrise is an excellent combination of enjoying a cultural city tour with incredible Himalayan sights from Nagarkot. Thus, you'll dive into the treasure of architectural, historical, and cultural values of the three cities of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, along with the sunrise view from Nagarkot.

The sightseeing tour begins with exploring UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. From beautiful famous royal palaces to sacred temples, monuments, and stupas, this capital city showcases remarkable architecture and grants you a charming medieval atmosphere and traditional craftsmanship heritage. The next day you'll head out for Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing tour. Exploration of these medieval cities and their vibrant landmarks cater to tremendous cultural exploration and photography opportunities. Afterward, you'll drive to Nagarkot to witness the breathtaking sunrise and spectacular view of snow-capped mountains. After an early sunrise tour to Nagarkot, you'll return to Kathmandu. You'll end this short 3-day tour in Nepal with a final flight back to your home.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Marvel at the finest collection of ancient temples and palaces in the notable cities of Nepal; Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur
  • Learn about Lalitpur’s culture, Buddhist and Hindu heritage from centuries-old museum artifacts of Patan Museum
  • Visit the famous viewpoint of Kathmandu, Nagarkot Hill
  • Early morning hike to Nagarkot view tower to witness the magnificent sunrise view over the Himalayas
  • Experience panoramic Himalayan views, including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, etc., from the Nagarkot 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu and Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 2 Sightseeing in Patan, Bhaktapur, and Drive to Nagarkot
Day 3 Sunrise from Nagarkot and Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and Kathmandu Sightseeing

Enjoying the superb Himalayan sceneries, green hills, and Kathmandu valley, you'll land at Kathmandu International Airport. Once your airport formalities are complete, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will welcome you and drop you at the hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you can freshen up and explore the city.

Starting from Thamel, you can enjoy the walk browsing through an ancient traditional Newari market of Ason, Indrachowk, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Basantapur. The Durbar Square is a meditative and religious site, surrounded by courtyards, ancient statues, temples, small ponds, and fountains. Also, if time allows, you can go to the sacred oldest Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath temple. There are several shrines and monasteries on its premises. Besides, it lies on the top of a hill it offers alluring sights of the capital city, green hills, and mountains.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Patan, Bhaktapur, and Drive to Nagarkot

After short introductory sightseeing to Kathmandu Valley, today you'll proceed for sightseeing of two famous medieval Newari towns of Patan and Bhaktapur. This tour will be entertaining and pleasant as you connect with Nepal's history, art, architecture, local culture, and lifestyle.

Begin the Patan Durbar Square excursion in the Patan area, where you'll witness Lalitpur's artistic and architectural masterpieces, history, and culture. Patan is widely famous for woodcarving and metal crafts. In addition, there are several religious and historical monuments and temples, such as Krishna Mandir, The Golden Temple, and Bhimsen Temple, along with lovely Mul and Sundari chowk.

Likewise, you'll continue your sightseeing journey to Bhaktapur, where you will explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is an ancient place with several monuments and temples representing the remarkable architecture of ancient times. There are incredible and unique monuments such as the 55-window palace, Taleju Bhawani Temple, Golden Gate, Bhairavnath Temple, and four distant squares: Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, and Pottery Square. 

After exploring Patan and Bhaktapur cities and their heritage site, you'll drive to the hilltop town of Nagarkot. Overseeing the beauty of green hills, valleys, and snow-capped mountains in the distance has lured Nagarkot Hill's prospect.

Overnight stay in Nagarkot. 

Day 3
Sunrise from Nagarkot and Final Departure

Wake up early in the morning and make your way to the top of Nagarkot hill to enjoy the scenery of the sun looming behind the mountain ranges. As the sun gradually rises, the golden rays scatter over the distant snow-capped peaks making it worth a glare. Behold the panoramic sunrise with the sweeping view of the Himalayan ranges. On a clear day, you'll see mountain peaks such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Numbur, Mahalangur, Jugal, and Rolwaling.

After enfolding in the soothing scenery of sunrise and mountains, you'll return to the hotel and feast on a fulfilling breakfast. Later you'll drive back to Kathmandu for your departure flight. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at the airport. You can enjoy last-minute souvenir shopping at Thamel if you get a few hours.

A sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley with Nagarkot sunrise ends here with a bag full of memories to cherish for a lifetime. However, we offer several travel and trekking packages if you wish to extend your vacation in Nepal. Just WhatsApp us for further details.

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Based on 7 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Francesca Frattini
May 11, 2024


My friend and I really loved the guided tour. Both guide and driver were extremely kind and punctual, picking us up from the hotel. The guide explained all the details of life in Nepal (rural and city) as well as buddhist and hindu philosophy, making the tour extremely interesting. The guide (jaya) and driver (laxman) were very flexible and met every single need. The walk was beautiful and we loved the Changunarayan temple and enjoyed greetings the local. Would 100% recommend!
Best Destination,Good Value,
Alexis Bird
flagsUnited States of America
Jan 14, 2023

Beautiful sightseeing

Kathmandu is chaotic, this is the first impression for me. So many people everywhere. But there are historical places and landmarks in the city to explore. I did this sightseeing with the Nagarkot sunrise tour. It was worthy and lovely.
Román Demara
Oct 17, 2022

Kathmandu Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunrise

We are so in love with this place called Nagarkot. The sunrise from the hill station there is something extraordinary. This trip is ideal for anyone, specially family with children. It's easy yet rewarding.
Evangeline Lee
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 16, 2022

Nagarkot Sunrise

This is my second time in Nagarkot, first one I did it when I was 25 years old. This place for me is magical. The sunrise specially. You reach there in about few hours, sleep there to wake up early in the morning for magical sunrise over the chains of mountains. I chose this itinerary because it is perfect for sightseeing and mountain views. Third Rock nailed it with their standard service and great care.I will now always do any trip with them.
Wyatt Diamond
Oct 06, 2022

Kathmandu Nagarkot sunrise tour

The service was great, the guide was professional and Naba was genuine and expert. The 3-day trip was one of the best experiences of the year. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures and Naba for this itienrary and service
Amelie Bates
flagsUnited States of America
Sep 14, 2022

Kathmandu tour and Nagarkot Sunrise

Naba managed everything for me. I went to Nagarkot and did sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. The view from Nagarkot is the best view you can get from around Kathmandu. It was short drive to Nagarkot. The local tour guide was friendly and did his best to serve us. We learned alot from him. After the completion of this tour, we had dinner with Naba and his family.
Lupe Carcamo
Sep 05, 2022

Magical Sunrise

I have seen many Instagram post of Nagarkot Sunrise views and this time, I went to Nepal to enjoy Kathmandu sightseeing including Nagarkot sunrise. They assigned me a local guide who was expert for this trip. 100% satisfied from the company and want to recommend them to everyone for Nepal trip and avdneutre.

Based on 7 reviews
Very good

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