The forest of Shivapuri-Nagarjun National park is a place that has a lot to offer near Kathmandu. Inside the perimeters of same national park, Nagi Gumba is one of those. Nagi Gumba originally known as Nagi Gompa is basically a Buddhist monastery of Tibetan origin.
How would you get to Nagi Gumba?
You’ll initiall need to go first to the Shivapuri check-post of Buddhanilkantha to get to Nagi Gumba which is not that hard. You can possibly take a bus to Budhanilkantha and ask locals for the Shivapuri check-post or else you could probably take a cab directly. You will need to buy an entrance ticket to enter the premises of national park. The tickets costs Rs. 50 for Nepalese, Rs. 300 for SAARC nationalities and Rs.500 for other foreigners (exclusive of VAT). These prices are as same of Sundarijal because these two places belong to the same national park.
You’ll still need some directions..
Now once you have the ticket all you need to do is walk up the hill in the forest and on your trail all you are going to see is the forest. Unlike Sundarijal, this trail is not too crowded which means you can have a serene environment around you. But if you are a social person then this might be a little boring for you. So, it depends upon your taste. Another downside is that you’ll hardly find anyone to help you in case you get confused on your trail. So I suggest you to stick on the right side of your trail. In about an hour you need to take the stairs which will be right beside a tap. That particular stairway leads you to the monastery.
You still might face some problems,
But relax and don’t get confused. Walk till the end until you find the main monastery. There are high chances that you’ll find Nagi Gumba to be closed but don’t worry. Just go and approach a monk and simply request them to open the monastery and probably you’ll have it done. Well, in my case I was lucky enough because when I was just about to check out, they opened the monastery. Lucky me!. Once you stepped inside the monastery you will step into a mini Tibetan world. A very well maintained and cordially organized stuffs are going to blow your mind. So, the main attraction of this hike is the monastery itself and the stuffs you encounter inside the monastery.
I hope you may want to watch my travel vlog and photos of Nagi Gumba: