Tranquil Magic: Kalamasi-Bojini Dam Escape

9, Jun 2023 |

Embrace the serenity, immerse yourself in the green landscapes, and create cherished memories in this idyllic corner of Bhaktapur

Nestled in the western foothills of Nagarkot, within the picturesque village of Kalamasi (also known as Bojini or Bojinee), lies a small yet stunning man-made lake known as Kalamasi-Bojini Dam. Although initially unknown to many, the advent of social media has propelled this artificial lake into popularity. Its allure lies in its captivating beauty, especially during the monsoon season when the 16-foot-deep lake comes alive with enchanting vistas.

Originally, the area served as bojho land, a free grassland, until the resourceful villagers of Kalamasi decided to construct a dam for irrigation purposes. Fed by natural spring water and surrounded by a serene pine forest, the dam has transformed into a renowned tourist destination and serves as a tranquil resting place for those journeying to Nagarkot. Offering a gateway to Nagarkot, this scenic spot has been dubbed the "Nagarkot Damsite."

Visitors to Kalamasi-Bojini Dam are greeted by a verdant landscape, where they can relax amidst the lush greenery and marvel at the surrounding forests. The site is perfect for picnics, camping, and even romantic outings, making it a popular dating spot. Moreover, it presents an ideal location for barbecue enthusiasts, as firewood can be easily collected from the nearby forest.

The best part about visiting this enchanting dam is that there are no entry fees, making it accessible to all. Saturdays tend to be bustling, with numerous visitors eager to immerse themselves in the tranquility of this hidden gem.

Beyond the dam's charm, Kalamasi village itself is a testament to an agrarian way of life. Situated away from the chaos of the Kathmandu Valley, it preserves its pristine nature and offers a glimpse into traditional village settlements and agricultural practices. The village is also home to several renowned attractions in Bhaktapur, such as the Saraswati Temple (known locally as Lashapakhe), where both Hindu and Buddhist devotees come to worship their respective deities.

In close proximity to Kalamasi lies another popular weekend getaway, Muhan Pokhari, which captivates visitors with its natural beauty, particularly during the winter season.

While the historical background of the Kalamasi-Bojini Dam is not prominent, there are intriguing local tales that connect it to the past. It is believed that a grinding mill once stood near the Bojini Pond, possibly commissioned by a ruling queen of bygone eras. Although historical records are scarce, this anecdote adds an air of mystery to the site's origins. Additionally, the area surrounding the present dam site was once used as a natural swimming pool, serving as a watering hole for both villagers and their livestock.

Whether you seek solace amidst nature's splendor, wish to explore the rustic charm of Kalamasi village, or desire a memorable outing at the Kalamasi-Bojini Dam and picnic spot, this hidden gem near Kathmandu promises an unforgettable experience. Embrace the serenity, immerse yourself in the green landscapes, and create cherished memories in this idyllic corner of Bhaktapur.

photo credit: imfreee, myRepublica - Nagarik NetworkNamaste

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