7 most popular viewpoints near Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu is the largest and the capital city of Nepal. Only the international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport is located in Kathmandu. And definitely the global tourists first encounter with Kathmandu and begin to explore it.

In course of discovering this capital city, they visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy their favorite cuisines in luxury restaurants. Further, those who have booked their hiking or trekking in the mountain are going to experience breathtaking mountain views and those who only prefer to spend their holidays in Kathmandu seek for best mountain viewpoints near Kathmandu and make a search like ‘What are the popular viewpoints near Kathmandu?’

Frankly speaking, tourists are not satisfied with Kahtmandu City Tour and move on to find some more options. These options include day hiking, mountain flight,  helicopter flight etc.

In fact, majority of the people say that without witnessing mountain panorama, Nepal trip remains incomplete. So, people at any cost wish to see mesmerizing mountain panorama including Mt. Everest, the top of the world.

Many tourists ask that is there any hill station near Kathmandu valley to escape hustle and bustle of the city and capture mountain views? Kathmandu is such valley surrounded with high hills and ranges. These hills are always incredible viewpoints. Looking to North from those Hills always give an incredible glimpse of mountains and Himalayas. These mountain view-points are considerably making tourists happy offering astounding mountain panorama ever.

Here are 7 popular and most visited hill-stations/ viewpoints near Kathmandu from where incredible mountain views and glimpses surprise you any time.

1.Chovar Hill Station

Chovar is one of most popular viewpoints near Kathmandu valley. This attractive hill- station situated at the outskirt of Kathmandu is popular for both domestic and international tourists. Many scene shooting of most of Nepali film before few years are done in this area. The views of mountains from the top are awesome to see. Along with the mountain views, Chovar is also land of some Pilgrims and Temples. Jal Vinayak temple, Majushree temple etc are also most visited place in this area. Chovar is on the way to Dakshinkali Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site near Kathmandu and one can make a best one day excursion to this place. Along with mountain panorama, this also offers incredible views of the valley of Kathmandu.

Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Langtang range is clearly visible from Chovar Hill station.

2.Nagarkot Hill Station

Nagarkot, the most popular destination for Himalaya’s views near from Kathmandu, is the scenic site for breathtaking sunrise view over the Himalayan Range. One can enjoy the incredible views of the almighty Mt. Everest from the station along with several other mountains and peaks. From the views of Upper Himalayan range to down the Indrawati River Valley this is one which everyone seeks for. This is also best to look back to Kathmandu valley with panoramic views. With the popularity of the hill-station, several hotels and restaurants with high class facilities and services are established. Even star resorts are also on the hill for you. This is also known as the most popular picnic spot for many colleges and schools and organizations too.

1.30 hours drive from Kathmandu takes us to Nagarkot. We go to the hill station and capture the most astonishing mountain views including Everest range, Langtang Range, Annapurna range and many other alluring mountain summits to the northern part of Nepal.

3.Dhulikhel Namo Buddha and Panauti

Dhulikhel is an ancient town 30km far from Kathmandu providing panoramic views of Himalayan range. This is also populated for a day hike or excursion too. The beauties of the land and grassy plains and grounds will mesmerize everyone at Dhulikhel. Many tourists visit for night stay at Dhulikhel. It is a peaceful place for relaxing and forgetting your works and tensions. From Dhulikhel, you can also reach to some famous place near there.

Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Mansiri etc are incredible from Dhulikhel.

Namo Buddha- Quite and pure environment with clean field, no pollution and fresh and healthy air will make you more relaxed and joyful. With a beautiful sunrise and sunset views it is a best place for mediation and practice. Visiting the monastery based on the top of the hill is so spiritual and ritual. It is one perfect hill station for Himalayan mountain ranges views. Peoples believe that this one of three Major pilgrims for Buddhist- Swayanbhunath, Bouddhanath and Namo Buddha. 

Panauti- This is the home of more than 40 ancient temples and around 30 unique festivals. This is one of sacred and serene places for prayers. The holy land gives the travelers an incredible experience while in the old town of the area. The joining of the Punyamati River and Roshi River is home and playing ground for thousands of ducklings. This is one of the best places to escape from crowed Kathmandu valley.

4.Kakani Hill Station

Kakani is also fantastic site for amazing mountain scenery. Top of the hill covered with lush forest of Rhododendrons and pines giving more charm to the village, this is the perfect point for majestic views of Himalayan range from Mt. Ganesh to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. Kakani is very popular for short trek and excursion, picnic and night out.

Most importantly, Kakani is popular for Trout fish. Getting Kakani is 2-3 hours drive from Kathmandu via Osho Tapoban.

5.Shivapuri Hill Station

Shivapuri hill at Shivapuri National Park is another most visited and best for short trek- specially a day hiking. Passing the way through blooming rhododendrons in spring in front of white snow capped hills, it is best from looking at the Himalayan region more close from near Kathmandu. Flowers like orchids and Pitula are whole on the way. This conservation area is a home for different wildlife animals and bird which may be seen while on the way. At the top of the hill, there is Buddhist monastery. From the top views of different Himalayan ranges and its several peaks are so awesome.

We take a drive via Bhdhanilkantha and begin our hiking. After 2-3 hours hiking, we get top of the hill station. We feel absolutely amazed to experience the serenity, wilderness and awe-inspiring mountain views include Ganesh Himal and Manaslu and some part of Annapurna too. A day out in Shivapuri Hill station or in Shivapuri National Park will be magnificent.

6.Phulchowki Hill Station

The highest among the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley- Pulchowki is known for hills of flowers. The forest of lust rhododendrons and orchid flowers is pretty much awesome for visiting. This hill top is also popular for magnificent views of Himalayan ranges. Peoples of Kathmandu valley often reach the place for snow playing in winter, for picnic and more fun and enjoyment.

If you are looking an option for escaping busy Kahtmandu valley and your tensions, Phulchoki Hill Station will be a marvelous choice.  Ganesh Himal and Manaslu are dominant from the top of the hill.

7.Chandragiri Hill Station

Currently hundreds domestic and foreign tourist visit the Chandragiri hill. Due to the majestic views of mighty Himalayas and serene and pilgrim temple at the top, many people visit the area. One can reach by walking or by Cable car or by riding (currently roads are under maintenance). For awesome views of Kathmandu valley, outside the valley towards, Chittlang and Kulekhani Dam, it is so much beautiful for looking the lower ground from up the cloud.

Can we see Everest from Kathmandu? The simple answer is ‘Yes’.  From Chandragiri hill station, we can see Mt. Everest in fair weather. People visit Chandragiri for two distinct purposes: pilgrimage and mountain views.

Putting it All Together

So it is not wrong to say that Kathmandu city is blessed with all beautiful green and serene hills which provide an opportunity for capturing astonishing mountain panorama. Shivapuri Day Hiking, Dhulikhel Day Hiking, Nagarkot Day hiking, Chandragiri Cable Car Day Tour etc are the best ways of discovering popular hill stations near Kathmandu valley. With the fabulous views of high Himalayas and its mountain peaks, it is much more incredible to visit while snow fall occurs during winter. These all hills are sometimes covered with snow in winter. Natural beauties of wildlife of the areas and clean and pure environment companied with fresh air without pollution makes these places more priceless.

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