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Nagarkot is a heaven blessed with natural biodiversity, lush alpine forests and unique places for sightseeing. A mere 26 kms away from Kathmandu, it stands out as one of the most accessible places to experience life far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Immerse yourself in the local village life, witness daily activities, enjoy the sunrise view, and explore a hidden jungle waterfall in a favored short getaway to Nagarkot. Nagarkot also boasts one of the most majestic and panoramic views of exquisite mountain ranges and enjoy stunning mountain views right from your homestay.
Nagarkot Community Homestay is a settlement of Bastola clan and Teej is one of the auspicious festivals celebrated at the homestay. It is celebrated by Hindu women all over Nepal and takes place between mid-August or mid-September. The word Teej comes from a tiny red insect, the red velvet mite that appears around the monsoon period. This festival is mainly known to be celebrated by married women for the well-being of their husbands or by unmarried women who pray in the hope of having a good husband. On this day, numerous women gather to celebrate this festival together. Most of them wear red outfits, creating a beautiful red sea of people moving as one.
Nagarkot is a popular destination for short breaks from Kathmandu, known for its fantastic Himalayan views. At Nagarkot Community Homestay, you’ll experience a pleasant and homely stay, away from touristy hotels and the experience is enhanced especially when visiting in a festive period.
Upon arrival, the community host will give you a warm welcome and shortly after you will be having a delicious lunch. Embark on a village excursion to experience authentic community life and immerse yourself in the charming moments of Nagarkot village with your host. In the evening, learn to cook up ‘ Dar’- a grand feast that is made and consumed at night just before the day of Teej, to prepare for the next day of fasting by the women. The experienced hands of the hosts will guide you through the process of cooking delicious and authentic Nepali food.
Wake up early in the morning to go to Jalpadevi Temple with the locals. After returning, you will have a warm breakfast then get ready for a half-day hike around the village. This hike will take you through forests, farmland, and open spaces, small cluster of numerous waterfalls and offers fantastic hill and mountain views. In the evening, dress like locals and get ready to enjoy dances and songs performed by the local women of the community.
Shortly after breakfast, you will depart from Nagarkot Community Homestay with fond memories back to Kathmandu.