Kathmandu, June 15 -- Nagarkot, the favourite selfie-station for the residents of congested Kathmandu in pre-pandemic times, is deserted and shrouded in monsoon mist with locals all busy on the paddy terraces.

The monsoon arrived on time in Kathmandu Valley, and has been vigorous. Although the farmers are happy, those who depended on Nagarkot's numerous hotels for jobs and sale of produce are going through a second year without any income.

This time of year, Nagarkot's hotels would have been full of guests. Even though the mountains play hide-and-seek in the clouds, the ridge-top town at 2,300m elevation has its own charm during the three monsoon months.

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