You’ll need a day or two to drive to Nuwakot from Kathmandu for a visit of the delightful Nuwakot Durbar (palace) perched in the mid hills of central Nepal. You could also spend a night in the Trishuli Bazaar and opt for a day hike up to the palace.
At an elevation of 900 m, the ancient citadel stands proud as if untouched by changing times, amid the quaint Nuwakot Bazaar. While the interior of the durbar suffered some damage during the recent earthquake on 25th April 2015, the buildings are still intact and a tour of the premises is still possible. Reconstruction efforts are underway to conserve the heritage site that played a pivotal role in shaping the history of modern Nepal.
The durbar is still an undiscovered treasure, despite its historical and cultural significance. The seven-story palace fortress was built during the reign of Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century. It shows little evidence of the attacks by Malla and later Chinese forces.
Nuwakot is an interesting side trip from Trisuli Bazaar, reachable in an hour's climb from the main road. Trisuli Bazaar can be reached in 3-4 hours on a regular bus service from Kathmandu. Modest food and accommodation can be found in the Bazaar. Those seeking better services can head for the luxury farm house nearby.