It was frickin’ 2 degrees C in Nagarkot with no heater. I set my alarm at 5 AM last night (because we planned to see the sunrise from the Nagarkot Tower at 6.30 AM) and I woke up 30 minutes before, because of the cold feeling on my back, only to find that I was sleeping with my face on the pillow. Everything felt cold – from the bed sheet until the pillow. It must be due to the humid temperature which make the sheets damp. Anyway, at last I got up, went to the toilet and got back into the blanket to continue sleeping. But I couldn’t. It was just too cold! So I browsed around with my cellphone until the alarm rang. I snoozed it and finally went to sleep. I could feel my friend waking up beside me but I was too sleepy and cold to open my eyes. My friend tried to wake the 2 lazy girls (there were 3 of us in the room) but we didn’t budge. She said it was foggy outside. Half-asleep I said with a hoarse voice, “let’s just stay in bed until it’s warmer, we can’t see the sunrise anyway if it’s this foggy. Let’s just view the sunrise from our room.” And in the end we viewed the sun rise from our veranda.
Must I admit that I was a little bit disappointed with the weather as I had been expecting a clear weather in the morning so I could catch a nice sun rise and a clear view of the Himalayas from our hotel room. The night before I even planned to take video of the morning views with Coldplay’s Viva la Vida as the background music. Unfortunately I must save this for our next time visit to Nepal (I hope. Who knows We might come back?).
We stayed in a budget hotel called “At The End of the Universe”. Epic isn’t it? When my friend first told me about this hotel, I really wanted to spend the night here. So we chose this hotel for our stay in Nagarkot. It’s pretty cheap I think, we got the pent house of the hotel with 360 degree view from our window, 1 bathroom, 1 room with huge bed, 1 very large common room with 3 single beds, and a veranda (don’t imagine the one you might find in 5 stars hotel) for the 6 of us for only 57 USD. It was cheap because we could split the cost with the 6 of us. They have a cozy restaurant just one level under our room with nice and cheap food. You can even use credit card to pay for your room. Too bad we only spent one night there.
Nagarkot is 2 hours away by car from Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal). It’s a nice place to view the Himalaya especially if you want to see the Sagarmatha (the Nepalis name for Mount Everest). The landscape consists of hills and valleys (many ups and downs) and trees (oh and restaurants, I wonder why they build restaurants in the middle of nowhere along the way to the top of the hill) and the road to go up is pretty narrow. Thanks to our skillful driver, Kumar-i (his name is Kumar but we give him pet name Kumari, you know Kumari? The living Goddess… you don’t know? Well never mind!), we arrived to the hotel safely. Yes, we rented a car to go to Nagarkot since there are 6 of us so we can split the cost. But for you who travels alone, there are tourists bus (many tourists from abroad prefer this) which you can catch from any major city in Nepal to go to Nagarkot. There is also local bus which is commonly used by locals. We passed a few of them along the way but I think it’s a little bit dangerous (the bus was so packed, the passengers even sat on the roof of the bus).
Nagarkot offers a place for relaxation (by relaxation I mean to stay at your hotel while enjoying your meal or drinking hot chocolates and viewing the Himalaya). So choosing the right hotel is vital to get the best experience of viewing the mountains. I suggest you to visit here on your last days in Nepal to rest your tired bones before going back home. Happy traveling! (npa)