Taudaha Lake

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Kiran S
45 contributions
May 2019
The place is very amazing, peaceful and the lake has a great number of fishes and we were allowed to do fish feeding. I went there with my friends for my weekends and the place has a beautiful photogenic view. It is 1hr away from the ratnapark bus park and the entrance fee was about Rs.20 for students.
Written March 22, 2020
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Suraj TM
7 contributions
Mar 2021 β€’ Couples
One of the best places to visit at the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. Good memories.
Safe parking (for 2 wheelers).
Clean water/Lake management should be considered in order to add more beauties to the site.

Overall good experience indeed.
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Written March 23, 2021
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supremeranabhat07
Pokhara, Nepal1 contribution
Dec 2016 β€’ Family
Taudaha Lake is a small lake in the outskirts of Kathmandu, in Nepal. The name comes from a combination of Newari words β€˜Ta’, meaning snake and β€˜Daha’, which means lake.

Mythological origins

The Taudaha Lake is believed to be a remnant pool of the huge lake that once existed where now the city of Kathmandu sits. According to mythology, a Buddhist mythical character Manjushree cut the hill in the valley’s south, allowing the lake’s water to drain off, thereby creating land that was duly occupied by people. Folklore suggests that that β€œcut” in the hill is the Chobar Gorge, a narrow passage from which the Bagmati River exits the Kathmandu Valley. After the water of the ancient lake drained away, a few small lakes and ponds were created beyond the hills. Taudaha is believed to be one of those ponds.

When the lake was drained, countless nagas, mythological creatures that were half human and half serpent, were left homeless. This made the Naga King Karkotak livid. In order to allay his wrath, the locals living near Taudaha built an underwater palace, studded with precious stones and riches beyond imagination. The Serpent King was pleased and ruled his serpent subjects in their underwater kingdom. The king also promised to protect the humans living around the lake, on the condition that the tranquility of his water abode never be disrupted. It is due to this that even today locals do not swim or fish in the lake.

Migratory bird haven

The lake, arguably the only clean water body remaining in the Kathmandu Valley, is a stop over for numerous migratory bird species. Some of the visitors to the lake include the cormorants, Ruddy Shelduck, Serpent eagle, common teal.
Written December 17, 2016
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bhumi1008
Mantua, Italy55 contributions
Sep 2016
Considered to be the abode of Karkato Naga, on special occasions locals and devotees from far off visit this sacred lake to offer prayers and gratitude to the serpentine power. The realm of the nagas/serprents are responsible for timely rain and the fertility of the earth. It is on the way to Dakhin Kali Temple to the Southern part of the Kathmandu Valley.
Written January 6, 2017
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Jaya N Bhandari
Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal140 contributions
Jan 2022
Taudaha is a good place to see migrating ducks in winter in Kathmandu valley. the development is ruining the real natural habitat of migrating birds
Written February 5, 2022
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Kalena D
6 contributions
Dec 2017 β€’ Solo
I only had a few days left in Kathmandu and I was lucky enough to have a local show me this very interesting fish infested pond. He said there was a lot of fish but there is way more... Its really nice to buy a bag of fish feed and walk around the lake to get photos and try to guess just how many fish are in there.

If you are up to trying 'street food' there is a lady who serves pani puri and it is to die for! I would travel back just to have it! Its vegetarian too!
Written January 9, 2018
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bose_rima
Bengaluru, India584 contributions
Mar 2017 β€’ Solo
The lake is a favorite for winter migratory birds. It is a tranquil and undisturbed waterbody that houses a variety of fresh water fishes and snakes.
Written September 17, 2017
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Nepal Trekking Trails Pvt. Ltd.
Kathmandu, Nepal33 contributions
Mar 2017 β€’ Friends
Taudaha is the historical lake about the Karkat Nag Snake god. This place is not only holy place it also best winter Migrating wetland bird watching place.
Written August 21, 2017
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Rojan Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nepal95 contributions
Aug 2017 β€’ Friends
People follow the culture of releasing fishes here during birthdays as positive karma. fish are awesome/..
Written August 16, 2017
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GelatikTimor
Kupang, Indonesia58 contributions
Mar 2017 β€’ Couples
If you only have few hours in Kathmandu and want to do some bird watching, this is a good place. Need about 1 hour from downtown Kathmandu to this lake.

People said over 100 species are spotted here during winter. I came in March 2017 and still manage to see 20 species.
Written June 29, 2017
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