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Namaste! We welcome you to the lake of serpents which translates to “Nagdaha” in Nepali language. Although Kathmandu Valley has abundant lakes, historical ponds, water fountains and water wells, Nagdaha happens to be one of the few lakes that has historical, religious, and cultural significance.
This lake is 12 meters deep, and its special feature is that the whole lake cannot be seen from any spot of the bank!
Traditionally, it is believed that this lake came into being when sage Manjushree drained the massive lake of Kathmandu Valley using his sword to carve a passage that would lead to Chobar. Mythologies suggest, when Manjushree created this passage, all the snakes of the valley came and stayed in this lake. Hence it was named Lake of serpents! Or ‘Nagdaha’.
This lake is remarkable from environmental aspects as well as its religious significance. It is a habitat for various species of flora and fauna.You can see some water ducks floating in the lake. Some birds migrate to the lake from as far as Siberia and stay here for about three months.You can soak in this beautiful serenity by looking at Lotus flowers blooming on the edges.
You can indulge in boating or fishing, or you could relax in the vicinity and read your favorite book in the cold breeze of the lake. Perhaps you could spend a night or two at this location in the comfort of a modern hotel.
Located about 5 km South from Jawalakhel of Lalitpur district lies a prehistoric town in the Kathmandu Valley named Khokana. Let’s see you there!