Kathmandu to Nagarkot by car is the best alternative to explore ancient city of Bhaktapur and watch amazing sunrise and sunset over Langtang Himalayan Range from Nagarkot. Kathmandu is capital and prime city of Nepal with International Airport where as Bhaktapur is close neighbor of Kathmandu, which is around 35 km northeast and Nagarkot is further 12 km east on Bhaktapur. Being a local area there is no such facility of tourist bus in between Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, so only option left is either hire a private car or take help of multiple local bus.
If you decide to take a local bus in between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur then it might be the worse decision you ever made while travelling in Nepal. You need to change at least 2 local buses to reach Bhaktapur and one more from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot. There are no signs of station, even if there exist it is in Nepali language. Helper on bus might or might not speak Nepali so it might be hard to communicate and take information. While on the other hand local transport stop a lot on station one after another and no doubt it will be fun packed with full of passengers.
Talking about private rental car we offer you pick up from your hotel in Thamel and drop at respective hotel in Bhaktapur or Nagarkot. Despite of heavy traffic road condition is excellent all the way to Bhaktapur, however onward from Bhaktapur road get narrowed and gained lots of uphill turns to Nagarkot. You will definitely saw fun packed local bus with passenger even on roof rail of local bus from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot. It will take around one and half hour to two complete hours to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu. Day trip can be made from Kathmandu to Nagarkot along with short hiking trip too.
There are few other places to explore in Bhaktapur apart from regular Durbar Square and Nagarkot Viewpoint. If you don’t have idea where to go and what to see in Bhaktapur Nagarkot then know more about things to do in Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. We are capable of arranging day trip and multi day trip in Bhaktapur Nagarkot along with drop and pick up service too.