43 Best Picnic spots in Kathmandu and nearby KTM

We have listed the Best Picnic spots in Kathmandu and nearby Kathmandu. We’ll talk about major attractions that will make your day.

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Adeshwar Mahadev Ichangu

Adeshwar Mahadev Temple is located in Ichangu, Nagarjun Municipality, Kathmandu. It is on the way to White gumba. It is near Sitapaila Chowk and Swayambhunath.

Attractions: temple, city view

Balaju Park

The Balaju park is the nearest picnic spot in a beautiful location. There is a small peaceful hill where you can also enjoy your dry picnic.

Attractions: swimming pool, baish dhara (22 stone taps), park, pond, forest, Budhanilkantha temple.

Budhanilkantha

In Budhanilkantha temple there is a statue of Lord Bishnu sleeping on a bed of snakes. There are a few small picnic spots in this area. You may combine a picnic with a short hike. You may also contact Natural View Resort, Budhanilkantha to organize picnics. For dry picnics, there are many spots near the jungle.

Attractions: Budhanilkantha temple, Jamchen Vijaya Stupa, Nagi Gompa monastery. This stupa is located on the top of Budhanilkantha Hill. It is a newly built Buddhist stupa.

Chobhar picnic spot

Chobhar picnic spot is located approximately 9 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. The hills surrounding Chobhar offer excellent hiking and nature walking opportunities. You can explore the trails, enjoy the panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

Attractions: Chobhar Gorge is a deep and narrow canyon carved by the Bagmati River. It is a great spot for taking selfies and group pictures.

Chobhar Caves: Chobhar is known for its historical and religious importance, believed to have been used by Buddhist monks for meditation.

Adinath Lokeshwar Temple: The Adinath Lokeshwar Temple is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is situated near the Chobhar Gorge.

Manjushree Park: It is a park with lush gardens and viewpoints.

Taudaha Lake: It is a natural freshwater lake located near Chobhar. It is popular for its scenic beauty and bird watching.

Dakshinkali picnic spot

Dakshinkali picnic spot is a beautiful place where you’ll find a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Dakshinkali is wishing fulfilling goddess. It is located about 19 kilometers from Kathmandu.

Attractions: The Main attraction of this area is the temple of the wish-fulfilling goddess Dakshinkali. There is lush greenery, a small waterfall and a river.

Gokarna picnic spot

Gokarna picnic spot is a nearby location for picnics in the northern area of Kathmandu. It is 12 kilometers from Kathmandu. There is a temple of Gokarna Mahadev.

Attraction: There is a lush green forest and there are parks in that area. Gokarna Forest Resort is a popular place in this area which gives a luxurious experience.

Jhor Picnic Spot

Jhor Picnic Spot is located in Tokha Mahankal, Kathmandu. The spot lies on the way to Trisuli. There is a picnic spot in Jhor, and alongside the picnic spot, there is a Jhor Children’s Park. Jhor waterfall is near the picnic spot which is one of the main attractions of this place. There is a Shiva temple inside a cave known as Baudeshwor Gufa. It is about 30-45 minutes far from Grande International Hospital, Dhapasi, Tokha.

Attractions: waterfall, temple, cave

Mhepy Picnic Spot

Mhepy Picnic Spot, situated at Mhepy Temple in Kathmandu, is the closest picnic location to the city. Positioned atop a small hill, the temple overlooks the picnic spot just below it, providing a scenic view of Kathmandu city. The site offers water and toilet facilities, and if you’re within the ring road, choosing this spot can save you transportation costs. Accessible by foot or local buses, it’s a convenient option. Additionally, the picnic spot has a shelter, making it suitable even on rainy days.

Attractions: Mhepy temple, Kathmandu city view

Pharping

Pharping is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus.
It is said Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava meditated in Pharping and attained enlightenment. Pharping lies on the way to Dakshinkali temple after passing Taudaha Lake. Nepal’s first hydropower project and South Asia’s second is the Pharping Hydro Power Project.

Attractions: Guru Rinpoche’s Meditation Cave, Shesh Narayan Temple, Vajra Yogini Temple, Nepal’s first hydropower project

Single Tree Hill

Single Tree Hill is located near Swayambhunath stupa in Nagarjun Municipality, Kathmandu. This place is named Single Tree Hill as there lies a single tree on the hill on the foot of Nagarjun Forest (Jamacho Hill). One can also find a swing named Single Tree Swing. The view of the Kathmandu Valley from the top is mesmerizing. It is the best place to have a dry picnic.

Attractions: city view, swing

Swayambhunath

There a place where people can organize picnics and feasts. During the Chaayaeke puja at Harati temple in Swayambhunath, some individuals arrange feasts for their relatives. It’s important to note that a religious feast and a picnic differ in that there is no music played during the feast, whereas people often play loud music during picnics. A committee at the site grants permission for feasts and picnics.

Ranibari Picnic Spot

There used to be a beautiful picnic spot at Ranibari (near Gonganbu), Kathmandu. Now there is a space built for morning walks and not sure if picnics are still organized here.

Ranibari picnic 2005 A.D. Kathmandu
Ranibari picnic 2005 A.D. Kathmandu

Sundarijal picnic spot

Sundarijal is a wonderful picnic spot nestled in the lush greenery of Nepal. It’s a perfect destination for families and friends looking to spend a relaxing day amidst nature. With its serene atmosphere and picturesque surroundings, Sundarijal offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful waterfalls nearby. Visitors can explore the charming trails, have a picnic by the riverside, or simply unwind in the tranquil ambiance. The refreshing air and stunning views make Sundarijal a favorite spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Attractions: Green forest, dam and beautiful waterfalls. It is also popular as a hiking trail.

Taudaha picnic

The peaceful ambiance and natural beauty of Taudaha Lake make it an ideal spot for picnics and outings with family and friends. Visitors can relax on the grassy shores, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the scenic views.

Taudaha Lake is also known for its rich birdlife, making it a popular spot for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Attractions: lake, birds

Tarakeshwar Picnic Spot

Tarakeshwar Picnic Spot is close to Tarakeshwar Temple in Kathmandu, and you can get there from Pach-manae. It’s in the middle of a dense forest, away from pollution. To reach the spot, you have to walk for about 25-30 minutes from Pach-manae. After leaving the main road from Machapokhari to Trishuli in Pach-manae, you enter a village and then walk into a forest. Utensils for the picnic are provided by Shree Nath Baba, but cooking meat items in these utensils is not allowed and cheating might lead to consequences.

Once, a person named Madhav from the nearby village cooked chicken using the utensils given by Shreenath Baba. A few days later, he experienced a severe stomach ache, and realizing the cause, he went to Shreenath Baba. Madhav apologized, and after seeking forgiveness, he found relief from his suffering. Shree Nath Baba lives in a kuti near Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple, above the picnic spot near Tarakeshwar Mahadev temple.

Tarkeshwor mahadev temple

One can cook vegetarian food there. There is 24 24-hour water facility, flowing from the jungle but there might not be electricity and proper toilets. It’s a forest, so there’s only an open toilet in the jungle. It’s not a very popular picnic spot, but it’s free from pollution inside the jungle. Only a few picnics are organized here, and sometimes there might not be any humans around.

It is advised to visit this place with groups only as sometimes wild animals are also spotted here. It’s not advisable for girls to travel solo or in small groups in this place. Sometimes you may not find a single human along the way after entering the jungle until you reach the Tarakeshwar temple. There might be crowds during festivals like Shivaratri and Janaipurnima. There’s an army barrack near the temple.

Attractions: Tarakeshwar Mahadev temple, small waterfall, beautiful view of Kathmandu city, dense forest with Katus, Rhododendron (Laliguras), Aiselu (yellow berry), Orchid etc.

Tribhuwan Park picnic spot

Tribhuvan Park is a popular picnic spot which is located approximately 6 kilometers from Kalanki in Thankot, Kathmandu. It is a big park that has 31 different spots for picnics and plenty of space to play and dance. This park was built in the name of King Tribhuvan in 1972.

Attraction: At the entrance, you’ll find a statue of King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah. It has lawns, a flower garden and water fountains. People visit this place to have picnics and events.

Tokha-Chandeswori

It offers a blend of religious and natural attractions, best for family picnics. Chandeshwori temple is also a popular temple in this location.

Bajra Barahi picnic spot

Bajra Barahi picnic spot, there is a temple of the goddess Bajra Barahi which was built by Shree Niwas Malla in 748 B.S. It is 37 kilometers from Kathmandu.

Attractions: It is at the meeting point of Thecho, Chapagaun and Jharuwarasi, three Newa settlements. Bajra Barahi picnic spot is a small area but this place is full of biodiversity. Different birds and plant species are found here.

Bishankhu Narayan

Bishankhu Narayan Temple is located at Badegoun, Lalitpur, Nepal. Bishankhu Narayan Temple is one of the four Narayan’s of Kathmandu Valley. There is a small cave inside the temple. Bishankhu Narayan temple is located on the way to Kot Danda. There is a public bus available in Lagankhel to the temple.

Attractions: temple, beautiful views, cave

Godawari picnic spot

Godawari is 17 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. Godawari has several picnic spots perfect for family gatherings and group picnics.

Godawari Kunda is a sacred pond considered to have a religious significance, located near Godawari Botanical Garden.

Attractions: Godawari Botanical Garden is one of the main attractions in Godawari. This Botanical Garden has a diverse collection of plants, trees, flowers, a small waterfall and a bridge for taking pictures. Godawari is home to a wide variety of birds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

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Karya Binayak picnic spot

Karya Binayak picnic spot is located 13 kilometers south of Kathmandu in Bungamati, Lalitpur District. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, devotees visit this temple before starting work to wish for their success and it is believed worshiping in this temple brings success in life.

Attractions: It is on top of a small hill and the area is surrounded by a lush green forest. You can also visit nearby ancient Newa city. Karya Binayak temple is one of the four famous Vinayakas temples of Kathmandu built in 1661 AD.

Lakuri Bhanjyang picnic spot

Lakuri Bhanjyang is a place for a picnic at the top of a small hill in Lalitpur district. It is located on the southeast corner of Kathmandu. It is one of the famous hill stations near Kathmandu. It is also popular for tours, camping, and hiking. It is approximately 12 km from Godawari. There is a public bus service from the Lagankhel Bus Park to Lakuri Bhanjyang. It is located 24 km away from Kathmandu.

Attractions: view of the snow-capped mountains, view of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, sunrise view, suitable for short hikes and cycling

Lele

Lele is located in Lalitpur District. Lele is approximately 16 km from Lagankhel, Lalitpur. There is PIA Memorial Park where people lost their lives in the Pakistan International Airlines plane crash at Bhatte Danda. Lele is also a good spot for a picnic.

Attractions: beautiful village, Manakamana temple

Sunakothi/Balkumari Picnic Spot

Sunakothi Picnic Spot is located in Sunakothi, Lalitpur, Nepal. There is a temple of Shree Balkumari Mai in the middle of the Balkumari forest. It is also known as Balkumari Picnic Spot. Sunakothi is a small town in the south of Lalitpur. Nearby, approximately 15-25 minutes on foot, lies Nagh Daha, where visitors can enjoy boating. Additionally, there’s a big football ground measuring about 100 by 100 square meters (1,100 by 1,100 sq ft). There is a tall Bhimsen Statue and a beautiful place with a picnic spot. It has good facilities for water, electricity and a toilet. The peaceful surrounding of this spot makes it a better choice.

Attractions: Temple, small dhunge dhara, small forest, football ground, Bhimsen Statue, city view and Nagh daha.

Swet Barahi Picnic Spot

Swet Barahi Picnic Spot is located in Godawari-10, Badegau, Lalitpur. There is a temple of Shree Swet Barahi Mai. The Swetbarahi is one of four well-known temples (others include Bajrabarahi, Nailbarahi, and Dhumbarahi). It is a perfect picnic spot near the city. There is a facility of water and a toilet.

Changunarayan picnic spot

Changunarayan Temple is a UNESCO world heritage site, one of the finest pagoda-style temples of Nepal. It is located 19 km from Kathmandu. The temple is on a high hilltop also known as Changu or Dolagiri. Changunarayan picnic spot is located in a peaceful area with lots of heritage.

Attraction: temples, beautiful views

Sallaghari

The Sallaghari picnic spot is located on a hill covered with pine trees, on the way to Siddhapokhari and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. There is a temple of Adi Ganesh that locally is known as Chonga Ganesh. People visit here for worship and the environment is peaceful.

It is a perfect place to organize a picnic with family and friends near the city. There are toilets and water facilities available. Marriage, picnics, feasts, and other rituals are also performed here. There are two entrances, one is for walking with stairs and the other is vehicle road.

Attractions: temple, pine trees

Suryabinayak picnic spot

Suryabinayak picnic spot is located in Suryabinayak Municipality, Bhaktapur. It is named in the name of the famous Suryabinayak (Ganesh) temple. It is a very important religious and historical site. Ganesh temple is one of the popular Hindu temples in this area, built in the Shikhar style during the Lichhavi period. This picnic spot is a good choice because of its lush green forest. There are clean public toilets with running water, electricity, and parking facilities. People often come here for picnics.

Attractions: Suryabinayak temple, forest, birdwatching

Trishul Dada

Trishul Danda is located north of Changunarayan temple in Chaaling, Bhaktapur. It is at the top of a hill which makes it a perfect place for picnics. During the picnic, one can also be involved in a short hike.

Attractions: Shree Santoshimata temple, view tower, views of Kathmandu, Sankhu, Nagarkot, and Shivapuri hill stations, ashram of Trishul Baba

Chandreshwari Picnic Spot – Banepa

Chandreshwari Picnic Spot is located in Banepa. Chandeshwori temple is one of the attractions in Banepa, believed to have been built in the 17th century. The temple also consists of a big painting of lord Bhairava on one of its walls, popular for taking selfies and group photos.

The picnic spot provides water and toilet facilities, making it an ideal location for a picnic with friends and family.

Attractions: Temple, a big painting of Bhairava, surroundings and a small forest for a short hike.

Bhairav
Bhairav painting

D-Siltank Picnic Spot

D-Siltank picnic spot is located at Bidur-9, Nuwakot, Nepal. It is a beautiful place near to the Trishuli River. It is a big Dam site of Trishuli Hydropower. One can take a bike or car to this spot. The greenery environment makes it an ideal location to take pictures and for picnics.

Attractions: dam waterfall, river, green hills

Kakani picnic spot

Kakani is a popular picnic spot located in the Kakani Gaupalika, Nuwakot District. It is 1,982 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by lush green, approximately 22 kilometers (from Nepaltar route) northwest of Kathmandu.

If you visit during the strawberry season then you can taste fresh strawberries and you may also find strawberry local alcohol. It is also a great place for short hikes and nature walks. You can take short hikes during a picnic.

Attractions: Kakani is known for its strawberry farms, beautiful scenery, rhododendron flowers, pleasant weather, panoramic views of the mountain range and trout fish. The sunrise and sunset views from Kakani are particularly mesmerizing.

Kakani Park: There is a park in Kakani which has walking paths and gardens. It’s a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Dhulikhel picnic spot

Dhulikhel picnic spot is one of the famous picnic spots in the Kavrepalanchowk district. It is located 32 kilometers from Kathmandu.

Attractions: Dhulikhel is popular for viewing snow-capped mountains like Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Lhotse, Ganesh himal etc.

Dhulikhel picnic spot with map

Dolalghat picnic spot

Dolalghat picnic spot is located in the Kavrepalanchok district. It is about 59 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It is a scenic riverside destination known for its natural beauty. There are sandy riverbanks to enjoy a picnic with your family or friends.

Attraction: Local fish is popular here. It also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and the river.

Dolalghat Bazaar: It is a small local market where you can find dal bhat, momo, fish, fruits etc.

Namobuddha picnic spot

Namobuddha picnic spot is located in the Kavre district. It is 43 kilometers far from Kathmandu. It is one of the religious and historical places in Nepal. It lies at an altitude of 1940 meters above sea level. There is a picnic spot at the top of Namobuddha Hill.

Attractions: Namobuddha is a peaceful and beautiful place for short hiking, cycling and nature walking. Beautiful mountains and villages can be seen from the top of Namobuddha. Mountains such as Langtang, Gaurishanker, Makalu and beautiful Timal village can be seen.

Palanchowk picnic spot

Palanchowk is popular for the Palanchowk Bhagwati temple and it is believed to have been constructed during the reign of King Manadeva. It is located 54 kilometers from Kathmandu, north of the hills of Panchkhal. It is at an altitude of 1,007 meters above sea level.

Attractions: You can get beautiful alpine views from the top of the hill. On a clear day snowed capped mountains can be seen. A short hike is also popular in this region. Hiking from Dolalghat to Palanchowk Bhagwati, Panchkhal to Palanchowk and Tamaghat to Palanchowk via Lamidada are popular in this area.

Chitlang

Chitlang is located in the Mahabharat range, Thaha Municipality of Makwanpur. It is the ancient Newar settlement popular for its natural beauty. https://www.agentakash.com/a-z-chitlang-guide-including-resorts-and-homestay/

Attractions: Ashok chaitya, quad bike rides, boating, temples, Veda farm, goat cheese factory, saat dhara

Jarsing Pauwa

Jarsingpauwa or Lapshiphedi is a hilly area popular among nature lovers for viewing the snow-capped mountains. It is also known as mini Illam as there are beautiful tea gardens. The picnic spot is also popular with beautiful views. This spot is on the top of the hill so it will be a good idea to take caps or hats to be safe from cold wind. One can also reach Nagarkot via Jarsing Pauwa by road or hike. The distance between Kathmandu and Jarsing Pauwa is approximately 24 km.

Attractions: mountain views (Himalayan range of Langtang, Ganesh, Gauri Shankar and Lakpa Dorje), tea gardens

Kalu Pandey Memorial Park

Kalu Pande Memorial Park is a historical site located in the Chandragiri municipality. There is a Manakamana temple inside the park. Kalu Pandey Memorial Park is a beautiful location for organizing a picnic.

Attractions: rhododendrons, beautiful views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang

Kulekhani picnic spot

Kulekhani is a hydroelectricity dam located 46 km away from Kathmandu in Makwanpur district.

Attractions: Boating, buying fresh fish and beautiful scenery. It is also known as Mini Fewa Lake. It is suitable for those people who wish to have a boating experience without traveling long distances from Kathmandu.

Sundarijal picnic spot is another popular picnic spot near the city. It is 17 km from Kathmandu.

Nagarkot picnic spot

Nagarkot is a delightful picnic spot located in Nepal, renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. It’s an ideal destination for families and friends seeking a peaceful getaway in nature. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely picnic while admiring the panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys.

The cool breeze and serene ambiance make Nagarkot a perfect place to relax and unwind. Additionally, there are hiking trails and viewpoints where one can witness stunning sunrise and sunset scenes, adding to the charm of this picturesque spot. With its natural beauty and tranquility, Nagarkot offers an unforgettable picnic experience for all.

Nagarkot picnic spot with map

Attractions: Sunrise and sunset, snow-capped mountains

Panauti

In the 13th century, Panauti was built by the Malla kings. Panauti is a good choice for a picnic. The peaceful environment of this spot makes it an ideal spot for picnics. During holidays you can find people enjoying picnics.

Attractions: Panauti Durbar Square, Newari Heritage Town, newa culture, Brahmayani Temple, Krishna Temple, Indreshwor Temple, Roshi khola, Panauti Museum (located inside Indreshwor Temple courtyard)

Tistung

Tistung is also known as Tistung Deurali, located in the Thaha Municipality of Makwanpur District.

Attractions: temples, beautiful views

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