It is very windy in Nagarkot
Perched at an altitude of 7000 ft above sealevel, Nagarkot is in a windswept ridge which is very windy and cold in afternoon time. The winds blow fiercely in evening and it is noticeably cool than kathmandu which i really enjoyed it. It was freezing which is beyond description and can be experienced but can't be explanied easily. Do not forget to bring warm clothes like pullovers, sweaters, jackets or sleeping bags if you are staying in budget guesthouses. It is an experience that you won't easily forget. I was out there in the rooftop of Peaceful cottage & café du mont, Nagarkot Hillstation and it was freezing when i went out there. i was in the middle of nowhere and i could the international airport from the view point clearly with the lights sparkling down in the kathmandu valley like a diamond. Go and experience it . It is really worth a visit.
Funeral processions and pyres
Whilst in Nagarkot we toured the village, right into the valley bottom. The deeper you go the lower the cast of people. However, all seems understandable to the western eye, even if the entire family slepp in one room with the cattle!
It came as quite a shock when a long procession, banging drums and blowing horns, with women wailing, snaked its way up the hill to the grass outside the hotel. They carried a small bundle, the body of a still-born child, which was promptly cremated in front of us.
This was a profoundly moving experience, but something which made us appreciate how very different cultures are when you start to dig under the surface.
Nepal is home of Gurkhas, the legendary strain of locals known for their ferocious fighting skills and considered world's most feared soldiers. Their military skills are such renowned and esteemed that, to this day, the UK's Army contains a special brigade made entirely of Gurkhas, known as the British Gurkhas. This unit is sent into the toughest military actions and has seen action throughout the past and modern-day history of the UK's military engagements, from the landing in Sicily during World War 2 to the War in Persian Gulf to the UN-led British participation in peace-keeping operations in East Timor and Kosovo today. Wages and pensions paid to Gurkhas by the British government are now Nepal's third biggest source of foreign currency! To this day, the arms of the Gurkha soldiers comprise a famous Gurkha knife - a broad-bladed curved dagger, which the Gurkhas are known to be the best and most feared users of. I met this retired Gurkha soldier in Nagarkot where he was working as the security at the Club Himalaya Resort.
Pony trekking in the hills
Pony trekking allows you to get further into the valley, to see more of the remote settlements that day hiking doesn't usually let you reach.
Bhim owns 2 horses and he rents them out for 300 rupees per hour per horse. If you're not a competent rider he'll come with you. There are no helmets!
The saddles have no padding... be warned.
Peaceful cottage & café du mont
If you are visiting Nagarkot for the first time, i bet you won't find this resort easily. Tucked away in an offbeat location, this resort is located northwards from mahankal temple and is at the heart of nagarkot. You also won't find the hoarding boards easily , so, you have to refer to lonely planet guide book or rough guides map of nagarkot to pinpoint the location of the resort. Or simply call the resort number: 977-1-6680077 to pick up from the nagarkot bus stop