You don’t have to trek for numerous days to experience the magnificence of the Himalayas. The hilly region of Nepal has an abundance of hill stations from where you can get splendid panoramas of the highest mountains in the world. Take a look at our top 5 suggestions of hill stations around Nepal.
Nagarkot is a small village located on top of a hill, only 40 minutes away from the capital – Kathmandu. It is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway from the crowd. Its serene forests and spectacular vistas of the Himalayas and the Kathmandu Valley below will leave you breathless. Nagarkot is connected by road and there are local buses and taxis heading there on daily basis. Nagarkot has an excellent choice of hotels ranging from budget lodges to luxurious resorts. Going to Nagarkot is probably the easiest way to get a glimpse of Mount Everest, as it is perfectly visible from the top on a clear day! You can easily combine your trip to Nagarkot with a side trip to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple found in the Kathmandu Valley or the ancient city of Bhaktapur and its famous Durbar Square.
Situated 32 km east of Kathmandu on the highway towards Tibet, Dhulikhel is famous for its natural beauty and ancient culture. The town is full of beautiful old Newari buildings and heritage sites. The hill station is ideal for magnificent vistas of the snow-capped peaks during sunrise and sunset. Dhulikhel also offers splendid day trips to the Tibetan monastery Namo Buddha and the ancient city of Panauti!
Sarangot is a hill top overlooking the famous city of Pokhara and the Phewa lake. Apart from the amazing vistas of the Annapurna Himalayan range and the city and lake below, Sarangkot offers splendid experiences for the thrill seekers! Paragliding is one of the most famous things to do in Sarangkot and it offers a unique opportunity to fly above the Phewa lake with the mountains on the horizon. Don’t miss it!
Bandipur is a small Newari town located 4 hours drive away from Kathmandu on the way to Pokhara. Bandipur is much more than a hill top as the town itself is a marvel of architecture. The old Newari architecture combined with the magnificent views of the Himalayas make for a perfect destination for your weekend getaway. In the close vicinity there is also Siddha Gufa – one of the biggest caves in Nepal, definitely worth the visit!
Known as Nepal’s Darjeeling, Ilam is the biggest producer of tea in the country. Located in the far eastern side of Nepal Ilam will charm you with its long stretches of tea plantations. Ilam has many spectacular places to visit, such as Mai Pokhari – a pristine lake surrounded by beautiful forests. Kanyam, on the way to Ilam Bazaar, has large tea estate that has made Ilam famous for more than a hundred years. Kanyam tea gardens is popular among tourists for picnicking, sightseeing, and photography.