11 Best Places To Visit Near Kathmandu valley

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Popular Places To Visit Near Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the densely populated city which is surrounded by green hills. There are many exotic places to visit in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is also popular for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you don’t have the time or energy to trek for long days, you can still experience short hiking or travel within one day around Kathmandu’s hills.  Here is the list of best places to visit near Kathmandu.

1. Nagarkot

view from nagarkot
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Nagarkot is situated in the east of Kathmandu valley which is popular for sunrise and sunset views. It is famous for viewing snow-capped mountains, hiking, and picnic spot.  Nagarkot is one of the best places to visit around Kathmandu Valley.

2. Kulekhani

kulekhani dam
Kulekhani, Wikimedia image by AfzalKhan1981

The Kulekhani Dam is a rock-fill dam, which is the largest man-made lake in Nepal for Kulekhani Hydropower project. Kulekhani is famous for fishing, hiking, and boating. It is also one of the popular places to visit near Kathmandu valley.

3. Chitlang

one hill tree
one hill tree – Chitlang, Wikimedia image by Saroj Pandey

Chitlang is a small paradise which is popular for organic products. Short hiking to Chitlang has become popular for those who are in Kathmandu. Chitlang comprises magnificent landscapes, delightful sense, green forest and beautiful villages. The place is also popular for one hill tree. These both are nearest places to visit near Kathmandu.

4. Sundarijal

Bagmati river
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Sundarijal is one of the coolest places in Nepal where one can have thrill and hiking experience. Visitors are attracted to the natural beauty, waterfalls, and rivers. Many tourists come from the Kathmandu Valley to enjoy the nature because of its closeness. It is the nearest place to visit and also starting point to Chisapani for hikers.

5. Chisapani

chisapani lake
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Chisapani is one of the shortest hikes in Kathmandu valley. It is popular for the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains green hills. The village Chisapani is also the gateway to Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Nagarkot trek. Sundarijal and Chisapani are the nearest places to visit near Kathmandu.

6. Phulchowki

Landscape from Phulchowki
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Phulchowki is one of the highest hill situated near Kathmandu valley. This is one of the most beautiful hiking in terms of vegetation and bird watching destination in Kathmandu valley. The journey starts from the Godavari. From the top, you get a breathtaking view of Kathmandu valley. Pulchowki is surrounded by the dense forest.

7. Dhulikhel

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Dhulikhel lies in the east of Kathmandu valley.  Two major highway B.P Highway and Araniko Highway passes through Dhulikhel. One has a panoramic view of Himalayan from Dhulikhel. It is famous for the natural and historical reason. It is getting popular for picnics.

8. Namo Buddha

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Namo Buddha is a beautiful place located at Kavre district which is few kilometers away from Dhulikhel. It is one of the most important religious sites of the Buddhist. There is a monastery on the hill-top from where visitors can enjoy the great views of mountain hills and green fields. Its environment is very clean with no pollution, and the natural air is so fresh, cool and healthy environment.

9. Lakuri Bhanjyang

view from lakuri
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Lakuri Bhanjyang is one of the most scenic spots renowned for sunrise view and panoramic views of Himalayas. The journey starts in Gwarko. The place is famous for the great view of cities like Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. It is also a really good destination for a day hike.

10. Kakani

view in kakani
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Kakani is located in the Nuwakot district. Kakani is one of the destinations where many tourists visit every year. It is a fantastic site for viewing the mountain scenery and popular for a short drive, picnic and cycling.

11. Bhotechaur Tea Garden

Bhotechaur tea garden
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Bhotechaur Tea Garden is a village lies in Sindhupalchowk district. It is well-known for the tea garden which is also popular as “Mini Ilam” is one of the beautiful places to visit near Kathmandu for short duration outing.



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