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7 best hill stations in the Nepalese Himalayan foothills

Hill stations in Nepal are scenic satellite towns near cities. Once strategic point for defense and merchandise, the towns are perched on the hilltops overlooking into the Himalayas and sweeping valleys. Hill stations are now developed as main touristic towns offering luxury accommodation and activities like hiking paragliding, cycling, zip flying and more.
Himalayan peaks see from the hill station of Nepal
Himalayan peaks see from the hill station of Nepal 2017-08-17 11:04:48
Hill station towns were developed during the colonial period in Asia and Africa as place for the colonialists to rejuvenate, escape the summer heat and stay safe from breakout of epidemics.

However Nepal was always independent and hill stations in Nepal have different history. Hill stations in Nepal are strategic places to watch enemies and defend the country. They were also towns developed along the trans-Himalayan trade route. So hill stations of Nepal were either developed from a military fortified town or crucial trading hubs.

At present these hill stations have developed into a tourist centers. A short drive from the cities will take tourists to scenic mountaintop villages overlooking at the Himalayas. One can plan a short hike, trek or adventure activities like Paragliding, mountain biking and Zip flying.

7 top hill stations of Nepal


Nagarkot is situated at 2,100 m, some 35 km northwest of Kathmandu valley. The place is overlooking at the central Himalayas. The place is popular spot for weekend holiday and hike and treks in Shivapuri national park and Langtang national park.


Dhulikhe is another hill station town in the eastern rim of Kathmandu valley. The town was located in the popular trading route leading to Lhasa Tibet in the ancient time. The highway to Lhasa from Kathmandu still passes through the town.


Kakani in the north of Kathmandu is overlooking at Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. The town is perched at the altitude of 2,030 m along the highway leading to Langtang national park.


Daman at the altitude of 2,330 m is believed to have the view of longest stretch of the Himalayas. One can see the Himalayan rages for Mt Everest in the east to Dhauligiri in the west. The place is situated some 77 km southwest of Kathmandu. Daman could be visited on the way to Chitwan national park.


Bandipur is beautiful medieval hill town forgotten by time. This was an active trading hub that fell along the trans-Himalayan trade route until half a century ago. Extension of highway to Pokhara bypassed the ridge top town. Tourism have revived the town since last ten years. Couple of hundred years old buildings are removed to start lodges and cafes. The place is looking at lofty snow peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.


Sarangkot is the most prominent hill in Pokhara overlooking the lake city with gigantic snow peaks in the backdrop. The hilltop town at the altitude of 1,600 m is famous for sunrise view over the Annapurna Himalayas. This is popular place for Paragliding and Zip flying.


Tansen is believed to have the most beautiful hill station west of Pokhara. The town has grown into a busy market from a medieval trading hub with beautiful Newari style houses, temples and pavilions. The Srinagar hill above the town offers the picturesque setting of Himalayas, hills and southern planes.

Driving through the Himalayan foothills with overnight stay exploration of scenic hill stations of Nepal is an awe-inspiring experience. A tour could be planned with less strenuous drive and more time to relax and with nature and cultural tour could be customized. The above mentioned seven hill stations fall along the highways connecting the major touring destinations of Nepal. Tour plan with overnight stay and exploration of these hill stations gives more opportunities to know local culture, art and architecture along with panoramic view of the Himalayas.

I Tour Nepal P Ltd have developed a road trip with overnight stay and exploration of such hill stations. The tour breaks the long tedious drive with stretching activities like gentle walk and village beautiful night’s sleep in serene and scenic spot. We have specially picked accommodations will local essence of art and architecture and serves locally produces organic delights.

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