Explore The 11 Best Picnic Spots In And Around Kathmandu Valley!

    We’re sure all of us love the idea of going somewhere nice for a picnic. Be it with friends or family, colleagues or anyone, when you have the best people with you, it is sure to be fun-filled times. So, to ease out with the stress of thinking of the best spot for picnics in and around Kathmandu, check out our recommendations to these amazing 11 picnic spots!

    1. Godawari

    Godawari-garden-top picnic spot in kathmandu
    Photo by: Hari Paudyel

    It is one of the holy places and is more often known for its Botanical Garden. The Godawari Botanical Garden can be your choice for a picnic spot if you are fond of flowers and garden. This place is also a popular location for wedding photoshoots. It is located 10 km southeast of Lalitpur. You will have a chance to enjoy the greenery, forest, fish hatchery, a lovely walk and a peaceful environment! Besides this, you can also enjoy a visit to the numerous ponds and temples situated here.

    2. Nagarkot

    A view of Nagarkot, a picnic spot in Kathmandu

    Nagarkot has a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views from the comfort of your hotel balcony. Just 32km from Kathmandu, a picnic in Nagarkot offers possible views of the Himalaya, with eight ranges visible. It is also the most visited place for sunrise viewing, birdwatching, cycling and hiking around Kathmandu. People from around the world come to enjoy the scenic view so why not you?

    3. Balaju Water Garden

    If you want your picnic spot somewhere inside the valley then Balaju water garden situated in Balaju can be the best choice for you. The park is famous for twenty-two stone water taps, popularly known as Baes Dhaara. A beautiful garden and pond can add pleasure to your picnic. This place is also a perfect picnic spot for families as there are wide, green spaces where children can run around and play.

    4. Tribhuvan Park

    Looking for a nice and quiet place to spend some quality time around Kathmandu? Tribhuvan Park, the oldest park in the region, has been offering a calm environment for all who want to get away from the crowded city. It is situated at Thankot and is just around 15 minutes’ drive from Kalanki.

    5. Kakani

    Kakani is one of the scenic picnic spots around kathmandu

    Another favourite picnic spot can be Kakani. Just 23 km to the northwest of Kathmandu, it offers an excellent view of mountains like Ganesh Himal, the Langtang and Annapurna range. This picnic spot around Kathmandu is one of the best places for a day outing with family. Nature lovers will be fascinated when they see the beautiful oaks and rhododendron forests. A great spot over all!

    6. Bajra Barahi temple

    Forest in kathmandu, a picnic spot for families

    The best thing about this spot is that this place is full of biodiversity despite its small area.
    More than 48 types of birds can be spotted here along with 166 varieties of flora which grows within the forest premises. A holy temple of the goddess Bajra Barahi is situated within and it takes only an hour to reach the spot form the heart of the Kathmandu. It can be a decent choice for a short trip for a picnic!

    7. Changunarayan

    Changunarayan is a great spot for a picnic in kathmandu

    Just 4 km from Bhaktapur, Changunarayan is a peaceful spot with lots of heritage. Besides picnic, you may also view one of the finest pagoda style temples of Nepal. You will get the pleasure of visiting the forest of Champak trees as well. The ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan is located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. This place is suitable for a picnic as well as catching up on your knowledge of history.

    8. Dhulikhel

    Dhulikhel-Devisthan, a picnic spot in Kathmandu

    Dhulikhel is located 30 km away from Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the top picnic spots around Kathmandu and also one of the most popular weekend getaways. The views from Dhulikhel are just mesmerizing so it is a great spot for picnics. 

    9. Kulekhani

    Kulekhani a picnic spot around Kathmandu

    Kulekhani is a hydroelectricity dam in Makwanpur district which is around 40 km away from Kathmandu. It is very popular for its views, the reservoir lake and fishing. It is one of the nearest places from Kathmandu for picnics, a night out and camping. 

    10. Lakuri Bhanjyang

    a beautiful sunset at Lakuri Bhanjyang, a picnic spot in kathmandu

    Lakuri Bhanjyang is a hill station located on the south-east corner of the Kathmandu valley. Lakuri Bhanjyang is located just 15 km away from Kathmandu and is popular among locals for picnics and for some fresh air. It is also a good destination for a one day hike. This place also provides paragliding and has recently become a popular destination for cycling as well.

    11. Shivapuri National Park

    Waterfalls at Shivapuri, a picnic spot in kathmandu

    Shivapuri National Park is located in the north side of Kathmandu Valley. This place is popular as a hiking and picnic spot in Kathmandu. It is the perfect place for you to experience nature and to get a quiet escape from the city. Shivapuri is the second-highest among the hills surrounding Kathmandu so you can also enjoy a panoramic view of Kathmandu on a clear day. If you are lucky, you might even be able to see the beautiful snow-capped mountains. What’s a better combination than a great view, great weather and a fun picnic? 

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