Top 10 Picnic Spots in and around Kathmandu Valley

Last updated on 2022-09-25
Top 10 Picnic Spots in and around Kathmandu Valley

We're sure you all would love going on a picnic somewhere nice. It makes no difference if you're with friends, family, colleagues, or someone else; when you're with the right people, you're sure to have a fun time. So, to ease the pressure of settling on the best picnic spots in and around the Kathmandu valley, we have compiled a list of the top ten picnic spots which might help you. This article aims to give you a quick overview of picnic spots in Kathmandu where you can unwind and build memorable experiences.

*The ranking is done based on the total distance from Ratnapark, network availability, and recreational activities.

9. Dolalghat

Dolalghat
Image Source: Innate Pension

Dolalghat is considered to be a terminal on the way to Dolakha and Tatopani. The foremost prominent attraction is the enormous bridge crossing the blue waterway. It may be a common area for open-air occasions such as angling and picnicking. A stream rafting benefit is additionally accessible at Sukute Shoreline if you go a little more distant. It is additionally an idealized push reliever. Dolalghat also offers dazzling views of the snow-capped mountains and a stroll along the sandy stream bed. Though we can observe local people swimming, we caution against it since the stream is turbulent. Dolalghat may be an incredible outing spot for water-related events. It takes one hour and 50 minutes to reach Dolalghat from Kathmandu which is around 56.2 Kilometers. There are few basic hotels around the area for a day’s stay.

  • Distance : 55 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 4 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Rafting, Sightseeing, Fishing, Boating
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About 2 hours

8. Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Image Source: Red Carpet Journey

Godawari Botanical Garden, formerly known as the Royal Botanical Garden, is located in Godawari. It is situated in the southeast corner of the Kathmandu valley, at the foot of the majestic Phulchoki Mountain. Godawari Park is well-known for its picnic areas, and for a vast array of flora and fauna not only to observe but also to experience. The location showcases preserving the natural beauty of approximately 200 trees and shrubs, being home to approximately 256 different birds and more than 200 different butterflies of rare and endangered species. Godawari is 20 minutes away from Satdobato. Satdobato offers easy availability of microbuses. Some activities that can be performed in the area include a study on various species of plants and animals, hiking to Lakuribhanjyang, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

  • Distance : 16.7 from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 4 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Boating, Dam View
  • Accomodation : 3 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About 2 hours

7. Tribhuvan Park

Tribhuvan Park
Image Source: Tripadvisor

Tribhuwan Park is a picnic area in Kathmandu's Thankot district. It is approximately a 15-minute drive west of Kalanki. This park is located near the highway, making it convenient for those who want to spend their free time visiting the park and having a picnic there. Tribhuvan park is considered to be Nepal's first most developed picnic and tourism destination for domestic tourists. The cost for a Nepalese national to enter the park is Rs 30 per person whereas for students it’s Rs 20 and to book a picnic spot the cost is Rs 1500 to 2000. The major activities in Tribhuvan Park are group picnics, Movie Shooting, morning and evening walks by locals. For accommodation, people can stay in Thankot or Kalanki area. This park is ideal for gatherings with friends in the greenery. Nowadays, this location is more popular among teenagers and couples looking for a place to hang out.

  • Distance : 11.7 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : Nepalese National-Rs 30, Student- Rs 20, Picnic Spot- Rs 1500/2000
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Research on different Flora and Fauna
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

6. Sundarijal

Sundarijal
Image Source: Stayfari

If you are visiting Kathmandu and are in love with nature and want to explore, simply drive to this location. It's easily accessible and ideal for a day trip. The name of the waterfall, itself defines the beauty, that is Sundarijal that signifies beautiful water. Sundarijal is the gateway to scenery and nature. We can reach Sundarijal even with public vehicles. Local buses to Sundarijal depart from Ratnapark and take about 45 minutes to reach the destination. For Nepali nationals, the entrance fee to the waterfall is nearly Rs 100. Hiking, swimming, and biking are popular activities in the Sundarijal region. For accommodation, hotels around Sundarijal are available. It's a worthwhile destination to relax and reconnect with nature and an ideal location for a lovely picnic with your loved ones.

  • Distance : 22.1 Km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 3 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Experience the beautiful green hills and small valleys, Dry picnic of not more than 4 people
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

5. Marble Dada

Marble Dada
Image Source: mcnepal

Marble Dada hilltop, was named after a long-gone Marble Factory, which is no longer in operation. Because the construction still stands there, the trail up to the hilltop is also known as Marble Dada. It's a good idea to bring some treats to eat on the way up. The small shops available on the trail offer a limited selection of food items. You will be able to see the scenic hills and narrow valleys away from the city from the top of the hilltop. This is a fantastic location for taking amazing pictures and enjoying a small dry picnic. There are a few hotels in the Godawari region for those looking for a place to stay.

  • Distance : 16.8 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : Nearly 100
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Hiking, Swimming, Bike Riding
  • Accomodation : 3 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

4. Kakani

Kakani
Image Source: Info Nepal Treks and Expedition

Kakani, a popular picnic destination, is located at an altitude of 1982 meters. This pristine location offers breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas, including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Annapurna. Similarly, this small hill station offers enticing views of the south's beautiful oak and rhododendron forest. To get to Kakani, take a bus from Kalanki or Balaju. Strawberry farm tours, fresh trout fish breeding centers, and rock climbing are some of the most popular activities in the region. There is plenty of accommodation available in Kakani. The picnic area is known as Kakani Mountain View Picnic Park. Furthermore, this picnic area is open all the seasons of the year. However, the best season to visit the destination is from September to December or March to June, for a picnic with your loved ones.

  • Distance : 24.7 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Visit the Strawberry Farm and Trout Fish Farm, Rock Climbing
  • Accomodation : 4 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

3. Lakuri Bhanjyang

Lakuri Bhanjyang
Image Source: Nepal Travel Guide

Lakuri Bhanjyang is a well-known hilltop near Kathmandu Valley that is regarded as a tourist haven. Lakuri Bhanjyang is a popular picnic spot in Kathmandu Valley's southeast corner, on the eastern edge of the Lalitpur district. Local transportation is available from Gwarkho to Lakuri Bhanjyang with the last stop in Lubhu. To get to the top of the scenic hill station, we can either hike or hire a private car. There isn't a lot of lodging in this place. Bird watching, hiking, biking, occasional paragliding, and watching breathtaking valley scenes are only a few of the activities available in the region. This location offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains, as well as a panoramic view of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur.

  • Distance : 21km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 3 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Activities : Hiking, Bike Riding, Paragliding, Bird Watching 
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

2. Jarsing Pauwa

Jarsing Pauwa
Image Source: Everest Uncensored

Jarsing Pauwa, also known as Lapsiphedi, is a well-liked destination by young people and college students. The major attraction from the destination is that you can glaze the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh, Langtang, Lakpa Dorje, Gauri Shankar, and other smaller peaks. Moreover, you can drive or hike from Jarsing Pauwa to Nagarkot for accommodation and spend a day at Nagarkot as well. It takes 1 hour to reach Lapsiphedi from Ratna Park, which is around 25.1 kilometers from Kathmandu. Some of the famous activities around this place are Paragliding, Cycling, Hiking, Trout Fish Farm, Bird and Mountain Watching. It is an emerging spot for picnics and mountain watching.

  • Distance : 25 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Paragliding, Cycling, Hiking, Trout Fish Farm, Bird and Mountain Watching
  • Accomodation : 5 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hours

1. Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel
Image Source: Devisthan Picnic Spot - Dhulikhel Top | Facebook

Dhulikhel is idyllic for picnickers; away from the hustle and bustle of the area, where you can spend quality time with loved ones. For a look, we can admire the green grasses as well as the mountains and hills from Devistan, Dhulikhel. A breathtaking panorama of peaks unfolds from the ridge's base, stretching from Langtang Lirung in the west, across Dorje Lakpa to Gauri Shankar and nearby Melungtse, and as far east as Numbur. Public buses depart from Ratnapark and take approximately one and a half hours to reach Dhulikhel. Hiking, Mountain Sightseeing, Bungee Jumping, Ziplining, and White Water Rafting are some of the activities available in and around Dhulikhel. There are numerous luxuries as well as affordable hotels and resorts available for lodging.

  • Distance : 30 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 3 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Hiking, Mountain Sightseeing, Bungee Jumping, Ziplining, White Water Rafting
  • Accomodation : 4 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

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9.

Dolalghat

8.

Botanical Garden

7.

Tribhuvan Park

6.

Sundarijal

5.

Marble Dada

4.

Kakani

3.

Lakuri Bhanjyang

2.

Jarsing Pauwa

1.

Dhulikhel

9. Dolalghat

Dolalghat
Image Source: Innate Pension

Dolalghat is considered to be a terminal on the way to Dolakha and Tatopani. The foremost prominent attraction is the enormous bridge crossing the blue waterway. It may be a common area for open-air occasions such as angling and picnicking. A stream rafting benefit is additionally accessible at Sukute Shoreline if you go a little more distant. It is additionally an idealized push reliever. Dolalghat also offers dazzling views of the snow-capped mountains and a stroll along the sandy stream bed. Though we can observe local people swimming, we caution against it since the stream is turbulent. Dolalghat may be an incredible outing spot for water-related events. It takes one hour and 50 minutes to reach Dolalghat from Kathmandu which is around 56.2 Kilometers. There are few basic hotels around the area for a day’s stay.

  • Distance : 55 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 4 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Rafting, Sightseeing, Fishing, Boating
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About 2 hours

8. Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Image Source: Red Carpet Journey

Godawari Botanical Garden, formerly known as the Royal Botanical Garden, is located in Godawari. It is situated in the southeast corner of the Kathmandu valley, at the foot of the majestic Phulchoki Mountain. Godawari Park is well-known for its picnic areas, and for a vast array of flora and fauna not only to observe but also to experience. The location showcases preserving the natural beauty of approximately 200 trees and shrubs, being home to approximately 256 different birds and more than 200 different butterflies of rare and endangered species. Godawari is 20 minutes away from Satdobato. Satdobato offers easy availability of microbuses. Some activities that can be performed in the area include a study on various species of plants and animals, hiking to Lakuribhanjyang, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

  • Distance : 16.7 from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 4 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Boating, Dam View
  • Accomodation : 3 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About 2 hours

7. Tribhuvan Park

Tribhuvan Park
Image Source: Tripadvisor

Tribhuwan Park is a picnic area in Kathmandu's Thankot district. It is approximately a 15-minute drive west of Kalanki. This park is located near the highway, making it convenient for those who want to spend their free time visiting the park and having a picnic there. Tribhuvan park is considered to be Nepal's first most developed picnic and tourism destination for domestic tourists. The cost for a Nepalese national to enter the park is Rs 30 per person whereas for students it’s Rs 20 and to book a picnic spot the cost is Rs 1500 to 2000. The major activities in Tribhuvan Park are group picnics, Movie Shooting, morning and evening walks by locals. For accommodation, people can stay in Thankot or Kalanki area. This park is ideal for gatherings with friends in the greenery. Nowadays, this location is more popular among teenagers and couples looking for a place to hang out.

  • Distance : 11.7 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : Nepalese National-Rs 30, Student- Rs 20, Picnic Spot- Rs 1500/2000
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Research on different Flora and Fauna
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

6. Sundarijal

Sundarijal
Image Source: Stayfari

If you are visiting Kathmandu and are in love with nature and want to explore, simply drive to this location. It's easily accessible and ideal for a day trip. The name of the waterfall, itself defines the beauty, that is Sundarijal that signifies beautiful water. Sundarijal is the gateway to scenery and nature. We can reach Sundarijal even with public vehicles. Local buses to Sundarijal depart from Ratnapark and take about 45 minutes to reach the destination. For Nepali nationals, the entrance fee to the waterfall is nearly Rs 100. Hiking, swimming, and biking are popular activities in the Sundarijal region. For accommodation, hotels around Sundarijal are available. It's a worthwhile destination to relax and reconnect with nature and an ideal location for a lovely picnic with your loved ones.

  • Distance : 22.1 Km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 3 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Experience the beautiful green hills and small valleys, Dry picnic of not more than 4 people
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

5. Marble Dada

Marble Dada
Image Source: mcnepal

Marble Dada hilltop, was named after a long-gone Marble Factory, which is no longer in operation. Because the construction still stands there, the trail up to the hilltop is also known as Marble Dada. It's a good idea to bring some treats to eat on the way up. The small shops available on the trail offer a limited selection of food items. You will be able to see the scenic hills and narrow valleys away from the city from the top of the hilltop. This is a fantastic location for taking amazing pictures and enjoying a small dry picnic. There are a few hotels in the Godawari region for those looking for a place to stay.

  • Distance : 16.8 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : Nearly 100
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Hiking, Swimming, Bike Riding
  • Accomodation : 3 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

4. Kakani

Kakani
Image Source: Info Nepal Treks and Expedition

Kakani, a popular picnic destination, is located at an altitude of 1982 meters. This pristine location offers breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas, including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Annapurna. Similarly, this small hill station offers enticing views of the south's beautiful oak and rhododendron forest. To get to Kakani, take a bus from Kalanki or Balaju. Strawberry farm tours, fresh trout fish breeding centers, and rock climbing are some of the most popular activities in the region. There is plenty of accommodation available in Kakani. The picnic area is known as Kakani Mountain View Picnic Park. Furthermore, this picnic area is open all the seasons of the year. However, the best season to visit the destination is from September to December or March to June, for a picnic with your loved ones.

  • Distance : 24.7 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Visit the Strawberry Farm and Trout Fish Farm, Rock Climbing
  • Accomodation : 4 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

3. Lakuri Bhanjyang

Lakuri Bhanjyang
Image Source: Nepal Travel Guide

Lakuri Bhanjyang is a well-known hilltop near Kathmandu Valley that is regarded as a tourist haven. Lakuri Bhanjyang is a popular picnic spot in Kathmandu Valley's southeast corner, on the eastern edge of the Lalitpur district. Local transportation is available from Gwarkho to Lakuri Bhanjyang with the last stop in Lubhu. To get to the top of the scenic hill station, we can either hike or hire a private car. There isn't a lot of lodging in this place. Bird watching, hiking, biking, occasional paragliding, and watching breathtaking valley scenes are only a few of the activities available in the region. This location offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains, as well as a panoramic view of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur.

  • Distance : 21km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 3 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Activities : Hiking, Bike Riding, Paragliding, Bird Watching 
  • Accomodation : 2 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

2. Jarsing Pauwa

Jarsing Pauwa
Image Source: Everest Uncensored

Jarsing Pauwa, also known as Lapsiphedi, is a well-liked destination by young people and college students. The major attraction from the destination is that you can glaze the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh, Langtang, Lakpa Dorje, Gauri Shankar, and other smaller peaks. Moreover, you can drive or hike from Jarsing Pauwa to Nagarkot for accommodation and spend a day at Nagarkot as well. It takes 1 hour to reach Lapsiphedi from Ratna Park, which is around 25.1 kilometers from Kathmandu. Some of the famous activities around this place are Paragliding, Cycling, Hiking, Trout Fish Farm, Bird and Mountain Watching. It is an emerging spot for picnics and mountain watching.

  • Distance : 25 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 5 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Paragliding, Cycling, Hiking, Trout Fish Farm, Bird and Mountain Watching
  • Accomodation : 5 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hours

1. Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel
Image Source: Devisthan Picnic Spot - Dhulikhel Top | Facebook

Dhulikhel is idyllic for picnickers; away from the hustle and bustle of the area, where you can spend quality time with loved ones. For a look, we can admire the green grasses as well as the mountains and hills from Devistan, Dhulikhel. A breathtaking panorama of peaks unfolds from the ridge's base, stretching from Langtang Lirung in the west, across Dorje Lakpa to Gauri Shankar and nearby Melungtse, and as far east as Numbur. Public buses depart from Ratnapark and take approximately one and a half hours to reach Dhulikhel. Hiking, Mountain Sightseeing, Bungee Jumping, Ziplining, and White Water Rafting are some of the activities available in and around Dhulikhel. There are numerous luxuries as well as affordable hotels and resorts available for lodging.

  • Distance : 30 km from Ratnapark
  • Scenery : 3 points
  • Cost/ Charge : No
  • Network Availability : Yes
  • Activities : Hiking, Mountain Sightseeing, Bungee Jumping, Ziplining, White Water Rafting
  • Accomodation : 4 points
  • Estimated driving time from Ratnapark : About an hour

9.

Dolalghat

8.

Botanical Garden

7.

Tribhuvan Park

6.

Sundarijal

5.

Marble Dada

4.

Kakani

3.

Lakuri Bhanjyang

2.

Jarsing Pauwa

1.

Dhulikhel