Kathmandu has a ton of alternatives, from historical sites to hiking trails for a day trip or a week-long culture trip. But that’s not all. When it comes to breathtaking natural scenery and landscapes, Kathmandu has them too. Nepal Traveller shares five waterfalls in and around Kathmandu Valley that are worth your while.
A quick 11 km drive to the north of Samakhushi is one of nature’s beautiful creations—the Jhor waterfall. Tokha’s most famous tourist spot, Jhor, attracts thousands of people from all over the country. For the religious bone in you, there is a Shiva temple right next to the waterfall, which opens on Saturdays and Mondays. So, whether you want to enjoy a short hike, a bicycle trip or even go for a Saturday picnic, Jhor should most definitely be on the top of your list.
Route to Jhor: Samakhusi – Greenland –Grande Hospital – Tokha – Jhor
65 km east of Kathmandu, in the Kafal Dada district of Kavre, is a waterfall that resembles the one from the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Bahubali’. Tindhara waterfall is a 300 m drop surrounded by amazing natural scenery. Made up of three streams (that is where the waterfall got its name from), Tindhara was once a hidden gem, but with its popularity on social media for its Bahubali resemblance, it is now one of Kathmandu dwellers’ favourite day trip locations.
Route to Tindhara Jharana:
Kathmandu – Dhulikhel – Namobudhha – Dapcha – Pangu – Kafal dada – Tindhare Jharana
Kathmandu – Banepa – Panauti – Sankhu – Namobuddha – Dapcha – Pangu – Kafal dada – Tindhare Jharana
Mohani waterfall, also called Thadokhola, is located in Markhu, Kulekhani. Considering its distance of just 33 km from central Kathmandu, it is the best day trip option if you are looking for a short getaway from Kathmandu. The waterfall also has a natural swimming pool, adding beauty to an already perfect location.
Route to Mohani jharana:
Kirtipur – Pharping – Fakhel – Kulekhani Markhu – Mohani Jharana
Sundarijal is, without a doubt, one of the most visited waterfalls in Kathmandu. Easily accessible and perfect for a day trip, the numerous rivers, water reservoirs, and natural scenery on the way will make your journey even more enjoyable. Named after Hindu goddess Sundarimai, the waterfall is a treat for the hikers who opt for a longer route from Shivapuri National Park.
Route to Sundarijal:
Ratnapark- Chabahil- Boudha- Jorpati- Gokarna- Sundarijal
You can also hike from Bagdwar in Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharkha and Sundarijal to add adventure to your day.
40 km away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Simba Falls—sometimes also known as Manikhel Jharana—is in Lalitpur's Mahankal Rural Municipality. A combination of five small waterfalls in Manikhel, Simba was named by the local Tamang community for its soothing yet exhilarating cold water. Simba Falls doesn’t just offer a spectacular view of the water body; an equally beautiful jungle will also welcome you.
Route to Simba Falls:
Satdobato – Chapagaun – Lele – Bhardev – Chaugharey – Gotikhel – Manikhel