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Fort Resort, Nagarkot

Away from city's relentless traffic noise and pollution; clinging on an eastern ridge of the valley, Nagarkot (2166 meters) offers close up views of the majestic mountains and Himalayas without suffering blisters, altitude sickness and aching muscles. This easily accessible, great getaway was once a favorite mountain - retreat place for Royals and subsequently turning into the most famous hill station in Nepal.

The clear views over the eastern entrance to the Kathmandu Valley and the vital ancient trade route with Tibet explain why Nagarkot was developed as a strategic location. And there's a great array of mainly downhill hikes: to Sankhu, Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, or Nala and Banepa.