The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the primordial waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a new civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its deeply religious Newar inhabitants built fabulous cities and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as rampaging invaders.
Nagarkot is popular tourist resort of Nepal. It is situated 32 Kilometers east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175m above the sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Sagarmatha, (Mt. Everest), can be seen from here Himalayan peaks like Manaslu (8,463m) Ganesh himal, Langtang (7246m), etc. are also clearly seen from Nagarkot.
The Newar town of Dhulikhel (altitude 1440m) offers a traditional atmosphere along with its spectacular views. Situated just past Banepa some 32 km east of Kathmandu, Dhulikhel is a magnificent place to spend the night and awaken to the sun rising across the wide Himalayan range.