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Top 9 Summertime Hill stations of Nepal You must Visit

if you are travelling to Nepal in summer, you are left with two choices: either retreat indoors to a chilling bistro, boutique hotel or live like a nomad camping on Hill station.

By: Hawrry Bhattarai + Save to a List

Hill stations or a holiday resort is a term denoting towns & villages at high altitude designed for the purpose of escape & recreation during the hot season. Digging down the history it is believed that Britishers developed various places of hilly region in India as a shelter for them in summer.They were later developed as a tourist destination. As for Nepal, the country survived the British invasion no such  British colony like India. However diverse landscapes of Nepal offers cool Hill stations in the scorching summer. If you are travelling to Nepal in summer, you are left with two choices: either retreat indoors to a chilling bistro, boutique hotel or live like a nomad camping on Hill station. 

Here's the list of some summertime destinations of Nepal you must Visit


Getting To Kanyam, in the verdant tea-growing hills of eastern Nepal, requires a day-long ride along lush green hills, rivers & farmlands. Kanyam is also known as the 'Queen Of Hills'.  Emerald greenery and tea pickers' songs all blend in well to be the best place to beat the heat during summer.  Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kanyam, spend time in Phikkhal Bazaar, visit Mai Pokhari-the lake of emerald color, Witness best scenic viewpoint for sunrise & sunset from Antu Danda. 


Flippant, cheerful and pleasantly boisterous Bhedetar lies in eastern Nepal. Form canoeing to paragliding there are multiple activities to enjoy at Bhedetar. The Namaste Waterfalls locally called as "Simsuwa" is most popular among the travelers. if the weather plays ball, look for soaring views over Everest and Makalu on the distant skyline.


Located at an elevation of 2195m, Nagarkot is considered as the most scenic spot of Bhaktapur District which offers a classic panorama of the Himalayas. Nagarkot is close to Kathmandu valley, you don’t have to stay in an expensive hotel to get a fantastic vista from your window. On a clear day, one can enjoy promising views Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker, and Ganesh Himal. Nagarkot has a wide range of Hotels & lodges to choose from so no worries on accommodations.


Kakani is another cute and quiet place close to Kathmandu.The Magnificent views of the Himalayas- Annapurna, Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lhakpa and Shishapangma, Green Hills, Neighbouring Shivapuri National Park are the main offerings of this place. This tranquil place is the best spot for a picnic.


Tottering at an elevation of 2322m Daman is the most comprehensive of the Himalayan viewpoints encompassing Kathmandu.  With clear views to the north, east and west, the small village of Daman will charm the most jaded traveler. Rajpath being the highest point, the villa overlooks the serene Palung Valley towards an eminent spread of peaks. However, the mountains will probably be shrouded in mist while you arrive, so an overnight stay is recommended to see them during the morning sunlight.


 The beguiling town of Bandipur perches improbably on a ridge, underneath steep limestone peaks that rear up romantically, as if they’d tumbled out of a Chinese brush painting, and facing breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Initially, a Magar village Bandipur was colonized by the Newars amid the 1800's & became a trading stop along India-Tibet route.Unlike anywhere else in Nepal, the 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone and outdoor dining followed by boutique hotels and homestays, Bandipur is a lot like Europe.


Gandruk reputation as " best viewpoint" is hard to beat. With many ‘tick off the list’ things to do, Gandruk offers dazzling beauty of Annapurna Sanctuary, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Himchuli. Other than that, the fresh air, masala tea, rhododendron forests, & traditional stone roof houses make Gandruk an ideal destination to beat the summer. Nowhere else do you get such a varied feast of scenery and hill culture, worth every step it took to get here.


Jomsom or Dzongsam (New Fort) is the headquarter of the popular Manang district. This quaint hill station will charm you from the moment you reach here. Jomsom offers the close-up views of Dhaulagiri & Nilgiri. The dry & breezy Jomsom has really cool climate throughout the year. One can likewise take a visit to holy Muktinath temple, which is only an hour's drive from there. Additionally, you can take a visit to picturesque Marpha or Kagbeni village.


Resting at an elevation of 3100m Jaljala is one of the best places to be in the summer. The place is an hours walk from Liwang of Rolpa district which is wet throughout the year. Be it the wild blossoms, green meadows, rhododendron forests, views of Sinse Himal, Dhaulagiri & Otha Himal Jaljala hill station has enough to keep one occupied & more. 

Image source: flickr, Crusade Himalaya

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