People from Kathmandu and other metropolitan regions have started going on picnics as winter has arrived. The owners of several picnic areas in Kathmandu claim that December, January, and February are the busiest months. As a result, reservations are presently being made for picnic locations throughout the Kathmandu valley. Prices at these picnic areas are based on haggling rather than being set in stone. While some picnic areas lack essential amenities like water and restrooms, others stand out in the surroundings. Here are some of the most well-liked picnic locations in the Kathmandu valley if you're seeking for a place to go with your friends and family.
Manjushree Park, Chobhar
Near the Kathmandu Ring Road lies the picnic area called Chobhar. This region is about four kilometers from Balkhu and can be reached there in roughly 15 minutes by automobile. The Manjushree Park Management Committee is in charge of running and overseeing the area. Parking: Enough space Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilets: Two Booking: One week in advance
Tribhuvan Park, Thankot
Everyone has taken a picnic there at least once, Tribhuvan Park. In the 1990s, it was the most accessible and convenient location. Within Tribhuvan Park, there are 15 designated picnic areas, each of which may accommodate 150 to 400 people. This location is six kilometers from Kalanki and can be reached there in just under 15 minutes by automobile. Parking: Enough space Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilet: Separate for each spot Booking: Must be booked in the morning on the day of the picnic .
In the Chandragiri area, close near Kathmandu, there is a park called Switzerland Park. This park is situated in the thickest part of the forest. According to the management, it offers more amenities than other picnic areas for the same price. This location is seven kilometers from Kalanki and can be reached there in roughly 25 minutes by car. Parking: On the side of the road Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilet: Four toilets each for women and men Booking: Not required .
One of the closest picnic spots to Kathmandu is the Godavari Botanical Garden, which is located in the Godavari municipality of Lalitpur. It's around eight kilometers to this location. You can get there in around 30 minutes if you travel by automobile. Many Kathmandu residents regard this location to be one of their favorite picnic spots since it offers a tranquil and natural setting.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. Parking: On the side of the road Facilities: Water available for drinking and cooking Toilet: Inadequate (Most spots have no toilet.)
With over 30 picnics taking place there every Friday and Saturday, Dhulikhel is one of the busiest picnic areas in the Kathmandu area. About 25 kilometers separate this location from Koteshwar. By automobile, it takes roughly 55 minutes to get here. Parking: On the side of the road Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilet: Available, though not for each spot Booking: One week in advance for Fridays and Saturdays .
Nagarkot is a popular tourist area around the Kathmandu valley. At all times of the year, many tourists flock here not just for picnics. For picnics, however, there are 10 spots to choose from. Apart from this, other business owners who have a space in their personal property allow people to use their empty space and collect money.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 .
It is at a distance of 22 kilometres from Koteshwar and takes about an hour by car to reach. Parking: Enough Facilities: Drinking water is available Toilets: Two Total number of spots: 10
Dolalghat is one of the main tourist areas of the Kavre district. Located on the banks of the Indravati and Bhotekoshi rivers, this area is about 50 kilometres away from Kathmandu and takes about one and half hours of travel. There are more than a dozen picnic spots on the riverside. Parking: Enough Facilities: Tap water is available Toilet: Separate for each spot Booking: Not required
Another historical and tourist area of the Kavre district is Palanchok Bhagawati. There are nine picnic spots to choose from. It takes about an hour and 45 minutes by car to reach this area, which is at a distance of 47 kilometres from Kathmandu. Parking: On the side of the road Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilet: Two each for men and women Booking: Must be booked one week in advance
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!
Parking: On the side of the road Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilet: available Booking: Must be booked one week in advance
Bajra Barahi temple
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!
Parking: On the side of the road Facilities: Water for cooking free, drinking water available for purchase Toilet: each for men and women Booking: Must be booked one week in advance