Hiking from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot

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Title: 2005 Sep – D2Hawkeye Hiking from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot
Hiking Route: Changu Narayan to Nagarkot
Date: September 4, 2005
Distance: 15 KM (9.4 MI)
Time: 5hr
Participants: Amit, Amulya, Bhaskar, Niraj, Raju, Surendra and Vishnu
Report: VishnuK & BhaskarB
Photos: Team
Caption: VishnuK & BhaskarB

Sunday, 4th of September, the destination of our odyssey for this time was the magnificent hike from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot. We would drive up to the Changu temple (hill) start the hike descending to Telkot village. Then walk up the Jalpa Devi hill and again descend to a small village of “Pipalbot.” Finally we would be walking up the final assault all the way to the Nagarkot hill tower at an altitude of 2158m above the sea level.

Speaking about Changu Narayan, it is one of the earliest religious settlements, set on a rock peninsula running from the Nagarkot range to the east. Changu would have been prominent when the valley was a lake. It is also the holiest shrines of Vaishnava followers of the valley with its origin dating back to well beyond the 4^th century AD! After paying devotion to Lord Vishnu, we began our journey to our ultimate destination, Nagarkot. The journey commenced around 8:30 AM. We took some snaps while paying homage to the Lord in the courtyard of temple.

The journey of miles began with gentle stride on slanting stiff earthen motorable road which showed us way to a sloppy hill trails. On right hand side,we could enjoy the beautiful rice field terrace, along with the sights of Bhaktapur valley civilization, following the trend of modernization. On the other side appease valley of Shankhu city with traditional settlement carved by the gently flowing “Sali” river. After walking on for about an hour or so, we reached the Australian Funded Community Forest full of lush green trees. Too bad we did not have any arboreal or a botanical expert to classify them.

After climbing a concrete staircase built by Paramhansh religious group for an hour, our next stop was Pipalbot. On way to Pipalbot we rested a bit at the Jalpa devi temple, where Bhaskar got rid of a leech that had found its way to the middle finger of his right foot! Despite being the monsoon season there were almost no leech on this trail compared to the leech attack in the case of the Jamacho hike where everybody got bitten except for Bhaskar! At Pipalbot, we took some refreshment and rested for a while. The track took the form of upward slope accompanied by typical village sight. We came across the traditional way of making a dram. After an hour and half journey we reached Nagarkot bazaar.

As soon as we arrived at Nagarkot, a gentle drizzle showered upon us. To go together with weather we bought a fowl for our lunch on the hill. We asked a local restaurant to prepare a lunch for all of us and they prepared a delicious one, we really enjoyed the meal. We walked for another hour after the lunch to climb up to Nagarkot tower. Nagarkot is a very popular hill station famous for its panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range, world-class resorts and fine local restaurants (even recommended by Lonely Planet!). Further it is a very popular destination for the Kathmanduites who flock together there to catch the glimpse of breathtaking sunrise. Unfortunately, we could not see panoramic view of Kathmandu valley, as the foggy weather began to cover us while we were at the tower. However, on the way to the tower we could see the Rohini village, the Melamchi riverbed along with the Ghimire village. The gentle cool breeze at the tower revived us from heat and congestion of the Kathmandu valley. We felt as it we were in the middle of the cloud with the wet mist drenching our skin with calm droplets and the greenery soothing our eyes (the green color is the middle of the spectrum, very good for eyes!). The excursion was superb and left all of us very relaxed both mentally and physically. This was of course due to the joyous company of Amit, Amulya, Bhaskar, Niraj, Raju, Surendra and Vishnu. This time we hiked 15 kilometers (9.4 miles) that lasted for 5 hours in total.

Nevertheless, this noteworthy trip was not the end, but the milestone showing us another exciting journey ahead.

Its already 715am! Sipping morning tea and gearing up to go!
01 Its already 715am! Sipping morning tea and gearing up to go!
We picked Mr. Surendra at Marco Polo in Hattisar
02 We picked Mr. Surendra at Marco Polo in Hattisar
Clicked from the van on way to Changu Narayan Temple (oldest in Nepal!)
03 Clicked from the van on way to Changu Narayan Temple (oldest in Nepal!)
The gang with the Changu temple on the background
04 The gang with the Changu temple on the background
The next Backstreet Boys  Watch out America!
05 The next Backstreet Boys Watch out America!
Temple profile
06 Temple profile
We started from there!  Try to spot the temple in the farthest hill
07 We started from there! Try to spot the temple in the farthest hill
The valley below ...
08 The valley below …
The boyband becomes a rock band now
09 The boyband becomes a rock band now
The valley below Part 2 ...
10 The valley below Part 2 …
Zoomed we were walking quite high
11 Zoomed we were walking quite high
Who is meant to be in the picture ahem ...
12 Who is meant to be in the picture ahem …
Mr. Photographer himself.
13 Mr. Photographer himself.
Another photographer.
14 Another photographer.
Viagra discussion took place right here.
15 Viagra discussion took place right here.
This is Telkot.  We would shortly walk up the stairs to Jalpadevi.
16 This is Telkot. We would shortly walk up the stairs to Jalpadevi.
Village at the base of Bajrayogini (aka Sankhu)
17 Village at the base of Bajrayogini (aka Sankhu)
Jalpadevi temple
18 Jalpadevi temple
We descended from there to get to Telkot (earlier).
19 We descended from there to get to Telkot (earlier).
Rural house in the village (things still remain ancient in these part of the world)
20 Rural house in the village (things still remain ancient in these part of the world)
Motor road to Nagarkot seen from our hiking trail
21 Motor road to Nagarkot seen from our hiking trail
Water buffalo, his son and a human being.
22 Water buffalo, his son and a human being.
We thanked Mr. Surendra for the delicious cool cucumbers.
23 We thanked Mr. Surendra for the delicious cool cucumbers.
Local brewery.  Trust us this is good stuff.
24 Local brewery. Trust us this is good stuff.
Local brewery factory.
25 Local brewery factory.
Stream was refreshing after a tiring 4 hours walk.
26 Stream was refreshing after a tiring 4 hours walk.
Man (70 yrs.), woman (60-70 yrs.) carrying Doko walking bare feet.  Daily routine.
27 Man (70 yrs.), woman (60-70 yrs.) carrying Doko walking bare feet. Daily routine.
Nagarkot village where we took lunch.
28 Nagarkot village where we took lunch.
This is where we took lunch.
29 This is where we took lunch.
Well, the lunch before.
30 Well, the lunch before.
The white liquid is called chyang locally brewed alcohol (high)
31 The white liquid is called chyang locally brewed alcohol (high)
The lunch after
32 The lunch after
Looking below on way to Nagarkot tower. Below is Rohini village and we could see Melamchi riverbed from here.
33 Looking below on way to Nagarkot tower. Below is Rohini village and we could see Melamchi riverbed from here.
2 PM.  Misty at the top of the hill.  Weather was heaven here.
34 2 PM. Misty at the top of the hill. Weather was heaven here.
Almost at the top of the Nagarkot hill.
35 Almost at the top of the Nagarkot hill.
Some of us were lagging a bit behind
36 Some of us were lagging a bit behind
General Surendra in charge (ofcourse this was his day off
37 General Surendra in charge (ofcourse this was his day off
Gravity Center.  One of many in the country.
38 Gravity Center. One of many in the country.
Climbing up to the tower
39 Climbing up to the tower
Up in the Tower
40 Up in the Tower
Mr. Vishnu, well, what can we say.
41 Mr. Vishnu, well, what can we say.
Lineage of the monarch of Nepal (in Nepali).
42 Lineage of the monarch of Nepal (in Nepali).
Lineage of the monarch of Nepal (in English).
43 Lineage of the monarch of Nepal (in English).
Rambo wannabe.  French Guy.
44 Rambo wannabe. French Guy.
From the top of tower.  Things are not what they seem.
45 From the top of tower. Things are not what they seem.
Returning home.
46 Returning home.
Hiking from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

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    To D2 Employee: u r a fool I think, the No. 36 will never die . it is there, it was there and will always be there. If You buy an I-Phone Set, it does not mean I-Phone Set has no existence.
    If you buy rice to eat, Rice would not turn into something else.

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