Nepal is a wonderful and scenic country all on its own. But when the sun touches it and spreads its ray of light over the snow-capped mountains and paints the sky with reds, yellows and oranges, the country becomes even more mesmerizing.
Sunrise in Nepal is a must-watch affair. And if you want to get the best position for this event, here are the top 6 places to go.
Located in the beautiful district of Bhaktapur, Nagarkot has one of the most strategic locations to view sunrise in Nepal. With an elevated height of 2,195 km, Nagarkot easily has the broadest view of the enormous mountain ranges in Nepal where 8 out of 13 are in sight.
Witnessing sunrise in Nagarkot is such a magical experience. Since it is far from dust and pollution of the busy streets of Kathmandu, Nagarkot also guarantees fresh clean breeze as the sun makes it ascent behind the mountains and unto the clouds.
The best time to visit Nagarkot for that perfect sunrise is view is on March and October. Expect the weather to be pleasantly colder than the city of Kathmandu, but skies are often clearer during these months.
Just half an hour away from Pokhara is a mountain ridge called Sarangkot. The ridge is elevated at an altitude of 1600 meters, making it a very perfect place to view sunrises in Nepal. Sarangkot has the best location to see the sun rising with its rays touching the snow-capped ranges of Annapurna, Machhapucchare and Dhaulagiri.
Many tourists flock to Sarangkot between the months of October to April to experience the almost surreal beauty of sunrise. It’s easy and worthwhile to visit Sarangkot when you’re in Pokhara. You can either go hiking in the afternoon and catch the sunset the same day. Stay in the tea house overnight then wake up early to see the majestic sunrise.
Or, you could drive early in the morning from Pokhara to Sarangkot and get there just in time to see the sun making its first appearance. Stay for a while to see more sights, eat breakfast then drive back to Pokhara.