Belying its diminutive size, the town of Nuwakot (meaning nine forts) holds great significance in the history of the Kathmandu Valley. Set near the confluence of the Trisuli and Tandi Rivers, for centuries it served as the hilltop fort to the west of the Valley. Nuwakot was also an important post on the old trading route between India and Tibet. The seven-story Nuwakot Durbar complex towers over the little town. The vast complex includes the main 18th century palace built in the local architectural style, the Hindu Bhairav Temple and numerous other shrines and temples. The complex was slightly damaged in the earthquake of 2015, however, and is being currently renovated by an international team.


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • Heritage and Architecture
  • Nuwakot Durbar Complex
  • Numerous Temples and Shrines

Places to Stay

Balcony at The Famous Farm Hotel in Nuwakot, Nepal
The Famous Farm

Style: Heritage

Famous Farm, located within easy walking distance of the Nuwakot Durbar, offers you a tranquil getaway steeped in history. The ‘farm’ is a renovated heritage property that retains its traditional architecture of intricately carved wood and stone elements.

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Activities in Nuwakot

Highlights of Nuwakot with an English-speaking Guide

Nuwakot is a tiny newari village filled with various durbars and temples. A serene place to visti, with one of Nepal’s oldest durbar square. From Nuwakot, you can witness a beautiful view of the trishuli river and hill top scenery. The aesthetic attraction of this town is the Saat Talley Durbar; a seven storey fort built by Prithivi Narayan Shah during his regime.

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