8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley
A picnic is a meal taken outdoors as part of an excursion – ideally in scenic surroundings, such as a park, lakeside, or other place affording an interesting view, or else in conjunction with a public event such as preceding an open-air theatre performance, and usually in summer. There are many best picnic spot in Nepal. Among them, the 8 best picnic spot near Kathmandu valley is given below:
1. Tribhuvan Park, Thankot
Tribhuvan Park in Thankot is the biggest park for public events in Kathmandu. The park was established by late King Birendra in honour to his father King Tribhuvan in 1972 AD. The park is situated in South West of Kathmandu valley at the bottom of Chandragiri Hill. It is very popular for school picnics, corporate picnics and as a dating site among the Kathmandu youngsters. The park features several picnic spots and playing grounds. The park is well decorated with varieties of trees and flowers. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley.
The park is mostly crowded during the Nepali new year and other public holidays. The park offers a quick escape from hustle and bustle of Kathmandu into the tranquillity of nature. The park is closed during Saturdays and opens from 7 am to 7 pm other days. The park spans in a very wide and sloppy terrain beautifully designed for walking around. The park is just at an hour of bus drive from the heart of Kathmandu. The park is especially popular among the Kathmandu dwellers.
Changu Narayan is famous for the Changu Narayan temple since it is in the list of the world heritage site. Besides that, it is also famous for the picnic spot. Just 4 km from Bhaktapur, it can be one of the finest picnic spots due to its location in high hilltop which is called Dolagiri. There is no need to pay an entry charge since the picnic spot is based in an open place, however, you do have to pay for the spot.
It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley. After that, you will be provided with the facilities of water and electricity. One of the best reason I have listed this place is due to the fact that besides picnic, you can view one of the finest pagoda style temples of Nepal. You can also get the pleasure of the forest of the Champak tree.
3. Bajra Barahi Temple
Bajrabarahi is a village development committee in Makwanpur District in the Narayani Zone of southern Nepal. As of 2010, it had a population of 8821. Bajrabarahi is named after the Goddess Bajrabarahi (Devi). There is an ancient and old temple of Goddess Bajrabarahi and the locals celebrate a massive Jatra / festival on Baishakh Purnima in every 3 years. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley.
Bajrabarahi is historically important because of historical Gopali village (Kunchhal), the manuscript of King Amshubarma etc. It is also known as Tistung, Bajrabarahi because the name “Tistung” is popular and widely known to many from the time when Nepal’s first highway – Tribhuwan Highway connecting Nepal to India, came into use.
Kakani is a Gaunpalika and former village development committee in Nuwakot District in Bagmati Pradesh of central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, the Kakani village development committee administered a population of 7816 living in 1343 individual households. As one of the most accessible settlements from Kathmandu over 2000 meters, this hill station hosts a British Gurkhas welfare bungalow and a number of hotels.
The village is also home to a memorial park to the victims of Thai Airways International Flight 311. A notable local industry is strawberry farming. With the assistance of a United Nations Development Programme project, a local farmers’ cooperative now produces close to 250 000 kg of the fruit per year. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley.
Nagarkot is a former Village Development Committee located 32 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur District in Bagmati Pradesh and as of 2015 part of Nagarkot Municipality. At the time of the 2011 census, it had a population of 4571 and had 973 houses in it. At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley.
It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. It is located approximately 7000 ft (2000 m) above sea level and 28 km from Kathmandu International Airport.
Kirtipur is an ancient city of Nepal. It is located in the Kathmandu Valley 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. It is one of the five municipalities in the valley, the others being Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Madhyapur Thimi. It is one of the most famous and religious places to visit. Many people visit this place to not only to see the beauty of nature but also to visit temples. The city was listed as a UNESCO tentative site in 2008.
Originally a Newar foundation, Kirtipur is still a centre of Newar culture. It has been merged with surrounding villages to form the municipality of Kirtipur with a population of 67,171. southern Part of Kirtipur is surrounded by ChampaDevi Hill. On Nepali new Year (Bishak 1) people around Kathmandu Valley hike up to the Hill. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley.
7. Balaju Water Garden
If you want your picnic spot inside the valley where you can get access easily, then Balaju water garden situated in Balaju can be the best choice for you. It is one of the ideal places where you can rest and relax. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley. The park is famous for twenty-two stone water, popularly known as Baes Dhaara.
A beautiful garden, pond and the fish available there can add pleasant in your picnic. A swimming pool is also available there where you can swim upon paying some charges. So, for a quick and short picnic, this spot can be suitable for you.
Godawari is a municipality in Lalitpur District in Bagmati Pradesh of Nepal. It was established on 2 December 2014 by merging the former Village development committees Godawari, Badikhel, Bisankhunarayan, Godamchaur and Thaiba of Lalitpur District of Bagmati Zone. The municipality area was again expanded in March 2017 to include in total 12 previous VDCs. The six VDCs added were Devichaur, Dukuchhap, Chhampi, Thecho, Chapagaun, Jharuwarasi and Lele.
The centre of this rural municipality is located at Bajrabarahi. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, it had a population of 78,301 people living in 17,762 individual households. It is one of the popular hiking destinations in Nepal for its rich wildlife and splendid environment. Godawari is also famous for its botanical garden.”Phulchowki” is located in Godawari which is the highest peak in Kathmandu valley. It is one of the 8 Best Picnic Spot Near Kathmandu Valley.
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