Travel Guide

Waterfalls in Nepal

One of the coolest things to do while you visit Nepal is to behold the gorgeous waterfalls in Nepal. Nepal, being a landlocked country, is unable to serve you with sea and beaches.

But, not to worry. This void is relieved by the wonderful waterfalls in different corners of Nepal. The waterfalls in Nepal are some major tourist attractions that are worth relishing in some spare time.

The waterfall is pronounced ‘Jharana’ in the Nepali language. Waterfalls in Nepal are found tripping from hillocks where there’s dense forest. These charming waterfalls just spice up your trip and leave you with extraordinary memories for life.

Waterfalls are suitable to explore during several of your special occasions like dating, honeymoon, a family trip, a group trip, a solo trip, a romantic trip, picnic, short drive, long drive, etc. But, you are suggested to visit waterfalls mainly during the monsoon season if you really want to enjoy it.

In the summer season, the waterfalls are not scenic due to drought. Similarly, the water is freezing in the winter season, and you don’t want to catch a cold. It is better to enjoy the snowfall in hill stations in Nepal than chase the waterfalls during winter.

The spring season is also suitable for visiting waterfalls. But, you’ll not get the spectacular, sparkling, and picturesque waterfalls that you’ll encounter in the Autumn season. The waterfalls are broad, thunderous, and graceful during the monsoon season in Nepal.

Waterfalls in Nepal

Here is the list of magical waterfalls in Nepal that you must explore if you like to admire the magic of nature.

Waterfall Near Kathmandu ValleyWaterfall Outside Kathmandu Valley
Jhor WaterfallDavi’s Fall
Simba WaterfallRupse Waterfall
Sundarijal WaterfallAnnapurna Roadside Waterfall
Mohini JharanaHyatung Waterfall
Tindhare JharnaSuligad Waterfall
Jalbire WaterfallPurandhara Waterfall
Chiseni JharnaNamaste Waterfall

1. Davi’s Fall

Davis Fall Pokhara

If you are new to exploring waterfalls, then head start from one of the incredible waterfalls located in the beautiful city of Pokhara, Davi’s fall. Davi’s fall is nearly 500 ft tall and liberates a thrilling ambiance. It is because the waterfall is fenced for safety reasons.

It is said that people have fallen into the waterfall in the past and the name of this waterfall is dubbed after the victim. This vigorous waterfall is enthralling to watch during the rainy season.

Davi’s fall carries numerous names, like ‘Patale Chhango’ in the Nepali language and Hell’s fall. Over the years, the waterfall has formed a 100ft deep tunnel below it. Davi’s fall flows through Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, which is a popular cave in Pokhara.

You can visit Davi’s fall during your trip to Pokhara. It is included in the Pokhara tour package too. You can select this package to explore Davi’s fall, in which you’ll be picked at Thamel by a reserved vehicle.

You can also take a public bus to Pokhara from the Kalanki bus stop. The wonderful journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes around 7 hours as you drive through the Prithvi highway.

2. Rupse Waterfall

Rupse Falls

Rupse falls, one of the hidden gems of central Nepal, is a 300 meters tall waterfall. It is located in the Myagdi district in between the Beni to Jomsom route that is mostly traveled during the Mustang tour.

Rupse falls is a graceful waterfall that lies110 km from Pokhara in the Annapurna village community. Rupse fall is called “Rupse Chhahara” in the local language.

As you head towards Jomsom, Mustang, you come across Rupse fall in the middle of the road. This waterfall is easily accessible. You can stop by the road and enjoy the waterfall to relieve fatigue.

Those who pass by the Rupse fall get sprinkled by the shimmering water jumping from a height of 300m. The melodious sound of the waterfall makes you forget about all the stress in your life for a while.

During the rainy season, the current of the Rupse waterfall increases. Rupse fall flows beside the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge.

You can see the thunderous Kali Gandaki gorge flowing on the side, the sight of which elevates the adventure of your journey. Exploring Rupse fall can be an excuse to skip the bustling city for a while and rest on the lap of nature.

3. Tindhare Waterfall

Tindhare Waterfall

Tindhare waterfall, also popular as Bahubali waterfall, is a 300 meters tall waterfall located in the Kavrepalanchowk district. This waterfall looks exactly like the waterfall shown in the Bahubali movie, hence the name.

Tindhare literally means three-stream. This waterfall features three-stream passing from the Mahabharata range.

You can go on a bike ride or hire a jeep for the trip. From Kathmandu, you go along Dhulikhel via the BP highway and cross Namobuddha.

You soon reach Kavrebhanjyang, where you see a statue of the late Prime minister of Nepal, Madan Bhandari. You leave the highway and take a right turn.

You will also be crossing the thrilling Roshi river bridge. You can see the locals involved in fishing in the Roshi river, which is a part of their means of livelihood.

It would take around 4 to 5 hours to reach the waterfall. Pave your way before the sun is up because you have to hike a few miles after you park your ride.

The offbeat trails to Tindhare waterfall are slippery so, be careful during your ride. Ask for directions while you are walking, or you may get lost.

The paths are confusing for someone who is not used to the Tindhare waterfall area. You’ll be treated with a glimpse of the Tindhara waterfall as you walk towards it. So, your energy will not lower any soon.

All the difficulties endured to reach the waterfall will be worthwhile when you stand under the Tindhare waterfall. Enjoy the natural shower as much as you want.

4. Annapurna Roadside Waterfall

Apart from the spectacular mountain views and enthralling trekking experience, the Annapurna circuit trek offers an astounding view of Annapurna Roadside Waterfall.

Annapurna Roadside Waterfall, located in Lamjung, is also called Chamje jharana. It is named after the Chamje VDC of Lamjung district.

Gliding through the isolated forest of the Annapurna region, trekkers usually seek the rainbow view, which frequently occurs near the waterfall.

To get there, you can take a ride from Pokhara to Besisahar. From Besisahar, you can start your trek along Bhulbhule, Syange, Jagat, and finally reach Chamje. It could take you 3 to 4 days to arrive at Chamje village. 

As you explore the Annapurna Roadside waterfall, get a chance to explore the isolated subtropical forest, mountain passes, the village traditions, and foods.

5. Hyatung Waterfall

Hyatung Falls
Source: FB/Love Terhathum

With 365 meters in length and 200 meters in width, Hyatung waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal. It is located in the Terhathum district in the Koshi zone.

It is a spectacular waterfall that elevates the beauty of Eastern Nepal. In the middle of a dense forest, the waterfall becomes fierce and breathtaking during monsoon season.

Travelers are fascinated by the sound of the waterfall that feels like a constant storm. The greenery, distinct bird species, and vegetation around the waterfall elevate the scenic beauty of the Hyatung waterfall.

To visit Hyatung waterfall, first, arrive at Dharan from Kathmandu. To get to Dharan from Kathmandu, you can choose one ride from a few options.

You can either take a direct flight to Biratnagar and follow the route via Itahari, go on a bike ride, or take a bus from the bus park to Dharan. From Dharan, get to the Myanglung bazaar.

From Myanglung bazaar, reach a place known as Batase, from where you will hike up to Hyatung waterfall. The walking paths are isolated, offbeat, and slightly slippery in the rainy season. If you manage to go before the rainy season, then it would be convenient for you to reach the destination.

6. Suligad waterfall

Dolpa is not just known for its exciting trekking area but is also a destination to explore one of the amazing waterfalls in Nepal. In the remote place of Dolpa district lies a spectacular waterfall named Suligad Waterfall. This waterfall is also called Phoksundo Waterfall, named after the beautiful Shey Phoksundo lake.

Suligad waterfall has been one of the major natural attractions in increasing tourism in western Nepal. This waterfall is 167m tall and originates from Shey Phoksundo lake. Making its way from the center of two big snow-capped mountains, the view of the waterfall is an unmatched beauty.

While you explore the forest of Dolpa, the Suligad waterfall is accompanied by mountain views, a freshwater lake, distinct flora, and fauna. When you head towards Phoksundo lake, you will get an opportunity to witness Nepal’s deepest lake, Shey Phoksundo lake.

During the Dolpo trek, do not forget to observe the Suligad waterfall. It is not possible to swim or take a bath in this waterfall but, you can observe it from a view tower.

7. Jalbire waterfall

Lamo Jharana, Jalbire
Source: FB/Lamo Jharana, Jalbire

Jalbire waterfall, also called Lamo Jharana, is a remarkable waterfall located in Chitwan. The trip from Kathmandu to Jalbire takes around a 3 to 4 hours drive. There is no direct public transport to Jalbire, so a private ride is recommended.

You can take a break at Malekhu where you can savor fresh and delicious fish dishes. Along the Muglin-Narayanghat highway, turn towards Jalbire.

From Jalbire, the waterfall is about 1 km far. Observing the view of the Trishuli river, walk uphill for around 30 minutes towards Jalbire waterfall.

The walking path is not a convenient one as it is rocky and elevated. Moreover, you have to climb a few staircases to reach the foot of the waterfall. This heavenly waterfall is 60m tall and flows vigorously exhibiting a strong wind and steam.

Swimming and Canyoning is also popular adventure activity at Jalbire waterfall. It will be exciting to play water sports in the waterfall surrounded by greenery.

8. Simba Fall

When the weather is not ideal to go for long tours, a nearby place can be a travel destination. And, Nepal is full of it. Not many know that in the midst of the busy city of Lalitpur, there lies an incredible waterfall in a small village called Manikhel. The name of this waterfall is Simba fall.

Manikhel village is approx 50 km from Kathmandu, which takes a maximum of one hour to arrive. You have three options to get there. You can either choose the route from Bhaisepati, Satdobato, or Chobhar.

During your trip, you can stop at Lele to visit Tileshwor Mahadev. There is a Saraswoti Kunda which is believed to be a sacred pond.

Lele to Manikhel is 20 km. The road is not bad to go either on a bike or jeep. As you approach Manikhel, you will feel the temperature dropping and the view becoming scenic.

“Simba” is a local Tamang word, which means cold. From the small settlement of Manikhel, a one-hour hike to Simba is one of the best parts of this trip.

The hiking trail is not only rocky and slippery during monsoon, but is quite scary too. So equip yourself with proper gear and walk carefully.

9. Sundarijal waterfall

Sundarijal Waterfall

Sundarijal is a beautiful tourist destination in the vicinity of Kathmandu. Situated just 25 kilometers away from the Old Buspark in Kathmandu, Sundarijal can be accessed through direct bus services from Kathmandu.

Take a vehicle from the bus park to Budhanilkantha, a religious place where resides the temple of Lord Bishnu. One of the best-hiking destinations you can start your hike from Budhanilkantha.

About half an hour uphill walk will take you to the gorgeous Sundarijal waterfall. It is one of the most visited spots among local tourists due to its easy accessibility and closer distance from the capital city.

It is well-known as a picnic spot and dating spot. The walking path is slippery so wear sturdy footwear and walk carefully. Sundarijal is located at an altitude of 2340m.

The sundarijal waterfall is approximately 75m tall and is popular for Canyoning among adventure lovers. You can show your courage and experience adventure without going too far from Kathmandu.

Even if you’re not canyoning, you can enjoy the waterfall and take bath there. After exploring the waterfall, you can stroll around the forest and visit the Sundarimai temple.

10. Jhor waterfall

Jhor Waterfall

Jhor waterfall, a beautiful waterfall located in Tokha is natural spring water making its way from Shivapuri village. Jhor is easily accessible within 45 minutes to 1 hour from Kathmandu.

Jhor is a great picnic spot and suitable for short vacations. The waterfall is within walking distance from the parking area. Within 5 minutes of walking, you arrive at a stunning waterfall where people are mostly seen enjoying their holidays.

You can take shower there and take many pictures. You can go there with your friends and families. Beneath the Jhor waterfall, there is a small niche with the Lord Mahadev shrine.

Jhor Mahadev temple has been a tourist attraction besides the Jhor waterfall. Since the waterfall is in the vicinity of Kathmandu, domestic tourists visit the Jhor waterfall in plenty, mainly during summer to cool themselves with the cold waterfall.

11. Purandhara waterfall

Purandhara Waterfall

In the western part of Nepal, one of the waterfalls to explore is the Purandhara waterfall. Located in Babai Rural Municipality of Dang district, it is a hidden gem of western Nepal.

About 12 km south of Hapur, the heavenly Purandhara waterfall lies near Surkhet. The waterfall is 15 minutes drive from Babarpur.

Gliding from the height of 45m, Purandhara waterfall finally unites with the Babai River. Babai River has a religious significance among local people.

The pilgrims believe that the waterfall originates from the Jata of Lord Shiva. The belief is also one of the reasons that tourists are attracted to explore Purandhara waterfall.

The Purandhara waterfall is present in the midst of the jungle that is enriched with distinct animals and plants. The waterfall becomes heavenly during the rainy season.

The local tourist visits the Purandhara waterfall to observe its unmatched natural beauty. But, the route to Purandhara waterfall is rough and risky during the monsoon.

You have to be careful during the monsoon. The flood may occur blocking the driving route. The walking trails also become slippery. So, you are suggested to visit the place before the rain occurs.

12. Namaste waterfall

Namaste Falls

Located 8km away from Bhedetar village in Dhankuta district, Namaste waterfall is a major tourist attraction that enhances the charm of eastern Nepal. This 80m tall waterfall is named after a popular Nepali greeting form (Nepali Words), Namaste. Namaste is like ‘Hello’ in English.

The location of Namaste Falls is quite accessible. Several restaurants and shops are present on the way to Namaste waterfall before you reach the entrance gate.

You have to get a ticket at the entrance gate. It costs around Rs. 40 Per person, and with a camera, it costs an extra Rs. 15 (for Nepalese).

Domestic tourists, as well as travelers from India, usually visit Namaste waterfall during Spring. The stairs to the top of the hill can be daunting if you don’t have a habit of walking uphill. You need to walk around 30-45 minutes from the entrance gate.

The waterfall forms a small pond where people enjoy swimming and bathing. Similarly, the water flowing from the pond then makes its way down again like a waterfall.

The top one is the Namaste waterfall, which is broad, ethereal, and silvery bright. The view of the waterfall is spectacular. It is perhaps a paradise for photographers. There is also an availability of changing room where you can change clothes after bathing.

FAQs

How many Waterfalls are there in Nepal?

According to Wikipedia, there are more than 20+ Waterfalls in Nepal. But the list is incomplete since there is no official record of waterfalls and other falls might get added more later.

Which is the smallest waterfall in Nepal?

Among the popular waterfalls, Namaste Falls from Dhankuta district is the smallest with only 80 meters in height followed by Pokali waterfall (130 meters) and Davi’s Fall (150 meters).

Which is the highest waterfall in Nepal?

Pachal waterfall is the highest waterfall in Nepal with 381 meters in length which is 16 meters higher than Hyantung waterfall. It is also claimed as the highest waterfall in South Asia. It is located in the Pachaljharana Rural Municipality, Kalikot District.

Can you name the waterfall near Kathmandu Valley?

Some of the most famous Waterfall near Kathmandu Valley are Jhor, Simba, Tindhare Jharna, Thadokhola Jharana aka Mohini Jharana, Sundarijal, Chiseni Jharna, Nagarkot Jharna, etc.

At the End

Waterfalls in Nepal can be quite a beautiful excuse to spend quality time closer to nature. Several waterfalls are in our vicinity, while some are not even easily accessible.

If not all of the above, you can visit a few of the waterfalls for an exquisite experience. You will feel relaxed and at peace once you get in touch with the freshwater of Nepal’s waterfalls.

Hope this blog is helpful to you. If you have any queries or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Suraj is a travel enthusiast who believes in finding solace in the heart of nature. He enjoys exploring new destinations, different culture, and encouraging people to travel.

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