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8 Destinations On The Outskirts Of Kathmandu That Are Perfect For Weekend Getaways

Rajiv Prajapati
19th September 2021 Read time: 2 mins

Nepalis have gained a great number of new pastimes in recent years. Whether it’s trying exotic foods or engaging in obscure hobbies, there is a market out there that can fulfill any of your interests. But the one timeless interest of Nepalis has always been travel. 


It’s what attracts thousands of international tourists to our country every year. But when it comes to short, weekend trips, we often draw a blank. This is especially true for Kathmandu residents who are not in the habit of traveling too often. 


So, here are 8 destinations on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley perfect for a weekend getaway. 


1. Shivapuri


Shivapuri is kind of the first choice for any novice hiker. Located in the northern part of Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri is home to its own sprawling national park and multiple hiking routes. You get many different choices of hotels and resorts if you’re looking for an overnight stay, with many of them boasting beautiful views. 



2. Dhulikhel


Dhulikhel might not appear as an immediate choice to Kathmandu residents looking to travel somewhere nearby. However, there are more than a few sightseeing locations at Dhulikhel, secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can go visit the Namo Buddha monastery, Nala Gumba, and other places. On top of that, the drive to Dhulikhel can be a treat all of its own. 



3. Nagarkot


Situated at an elevation of around 2200 meters, Nagarkot is one of those easily accessible locations for Kathmanduites to get an amazing view. This place has become something of a stereotypical tourist destination both for domestic and foreign tourists. But it comes with its own perks, as there are hotels at every price range you can imagine. 



4. Chobar


Consider Chobar if you’re looking for a day trip that is super engaging. The Chobar area features more than a few attractions that can keep you busy, including the Chobar caves that can keep you busy for hours, the Manjushree Park, the Whoopee Land Water park, or the Kathmandu View Point. 



5. Markhu


Markhu lies a good distance away from the core Kathmandu area — nearly 38 km to the east of Lalitpur, in fact. But the destination makes the trip well worth it. The main attraction of Markhu is the Kulekhali lake, which actually looks like a scene from some East Asian tourist haven in the early morning. You can enjoy a boat ride on the lake and fresh fish from the lake itself is an amazing reward for the trip. 


The Chitlang Organic Village Resort is a favorite place to stay for people who travel here, mainly because of its sprawling premises with many views. 



6. Ranikot


Ranikot is reasonably close by for the village dweller, situated towards the east of Kathmandu city. The Ranikot area can be reached easily from Arniko highway and offers a fantastic view of mountain ranges from right within Kathmandu Valley. There are multiple well-facilitated resorts and hotels in the area too, making it a good choice for an overnight stay.



7. Taudaha


If you’re interested in something different, then try Taudaha with its mythological connection. Taudaha is best for a day trip, sightseeing around Taudaha Lake, and birdwatching for exotic species of birds known to be seen around the area. 



8. Nagdaha

Nagdaha is situated a mere 6 km from Satdobato. This sprawling lake is an often overlooked travel destination for valley dwellers, but can easily fool you into thinking that it's an exotic location. Nagdaha is secluded while being easy to reach at the same time. You can visit this place if you’re looking to relax amidst nature for a few hours.



Well, these are some destinations around Kathmandu valley that can make a weekend trip worth it. Do you have any other hidden destinations to share? Put them down in the comments section of this post.


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