Life can be quite overwhelming when you are always living in the fast lane. In today’s world, where cut-throat competition prevails everywhere, from primary school to a top-notch corporate office, you can hardly afford to take a break. However, you’re in for luck, if you are a Nepali or currently residing in Nepal. The country is absolutely dotted with picturesque and refreshing places here and there that can serve as a perfect getaway for your much-needed break. You don’t necessarily need to make a trip all the way to the green lush forests of Chitwan or serene lakes of Pokhara to reinvigorate your energy. Here is a list of five beautiful places in Nepal for weekend getaways sought after by both locals and foreigners alike.
A 30-kilometer drive from the capital, Dhulikhel is a small hilltop Newari town in heart of Kavre district. Here in Dhulikhel, you can get the best of both worlds. Walking on foot through cobbled streets and narrow alleyways and exploring the historic Newari town will feel like visiting a real-life museum. Moreover, the vantage points here offer excellent views of central mountains like Gauri Shankar, Langtang Lirung, DorjeLakpa, Melungtse, and Nuptse. The city is also intertwined with numerous 1-2-day hike routes like NamoBudhha and Panauti if you have a knack for mild adventures in this beautiful places in Nepal.
Located 32-kilomter east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is undoubtedly the most famous weekend getaway choice in Nepal. Situated atop a hill, it is famous for its arresting views of mountains stretching from east to west. What is even more appealing is the outstanding sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot, as we can relish in scenery of sunlight painting the mountains orange. Other than that, just the freshness in the cold air, the greenery, and the impeccable view of the valley beneath us will make this trip worthwhile.
A 24-kilometer drive from Kathmandu alongside river Trishuli, Kakani is situated northwest of Kathmandu valley. Given its location, the vantage points of Kakani offers fabulous views of Himalayan snow cap which consists of peaks like DorjeLakpa, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar, and Shisapangma. A peaceful and quaint getaway, while at Kakani you can also visit Shivapuri National Park and have amazing experiences in one of the beautiful places in Nepal . It is also a great point to begin your cycling and mountain biking ventures along the hilly grounds of Kathmandu suburbs.
Situated in the banks of ferocious Trishuli River, Kurintar houses exotic resorts where one can unwind, lay back, and reinvigorate. Other than chilling in the riverbank, here you can indulge in several adrenaline-pumping adventurous activities like horse-riding, kayaking, and rafting. Kurintar is also a getaway to the very famous shrine of Manakamana. Goddess Manakamana is worshipped as the fulfiller of every wishes and every Nepali Hindu is encouraged to visit the temple in their lifetime.
A 40-kilometer drive away from Kathmandu, Balthali is a great destination for a weekend getaway. Balthali may not reward you with inspiring views of mountains, but you will be bombarded with refreshing views of nearing hills that encompass the valley. Another main highlight of Balthali is incredible sunsets and sunrise views from Balthali. When travelling to Balthali, not only the destination is beautiful but also is the trail. We begin our journey from 15th century town of Panauti and travel through terraced farms, quaint villages, and choppy rivers.