Kalamasi-Bojini dam site and picnic spot

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Kalamasi-Bojini dam site and picnic spot

Kalamasi is a very petite agriculture-based village which by acquisitions comes under the Changunarayan Municipality. But it loves to be designated as a village that endures under the western lap of Nagarkot.

The village stays far away from the hustle and bustle of the Kathmandu Valley and is still managing its purity. There are still village settlements, agriculture, and nature, foremost. 

Within the periphery of Kalamsi, there are many more renowned sites of Bhaktapur like the Saraswati temple (the locals of Bhaktapur call it Lashapakhe ), where every year Hindu devotees come to worship Goddess Saraswati and Buddhist comes to Worship Maha Manjushri. 

Along with that, there is Muhan Pokhari, one of the finest weekend destinations which as a matter of the season, blanks out in the winter season. Yet it is quite popular among today’s generations.

In between these tranquil, there is Kalamasi, which has one of the best gifts of nature, the bojini dam and picnic spot.

Historical background of the Kalamasi lake

Bojii dam site was a small pond then and a capacious playground. According to the local people, it was a tremendous place with no use at all. There were no fields nor it was used for any other purpose. So, it used to be called Bajo Jamin. Synonymously, it means a free grassland.

Later on, Bajo Jamin transmitted it into Bojini. And came to existence as the Bojini Damsite and Picnic Spot. However, it is also titled the hidden lake of Nagarkot.

Archeologically, there is no important historical background of the destination. Besides, it was a small village before and momentarily too. But a shred of evidence and a word of the local somehow connects it with history. As per the inquiry, there used to be a grinding mill near the bojini pond. There is no exact conformity but it is said that the grinding mill was built after the then ruling queen ordered it to do so. A specific study might analyze whether it was made in the king’s ruling or Rana’s ruling era.

Furthermore, the present dam site area and the then Bojini pond was a natural swimming pool. The local people used it as a natural pool while foraging to the cows and other domestic animals.

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A study on Kalamasi, an off the beaten trail to Nagarkot


No, it doesn’t. It lies at Changunarayan municipality in the north-east hill station of Bhaktapur.

It is famous for an artificial lake, the Bojini Dam, and a nearby picnic spot.

You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.

You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur. Then you need to take another bus from Kamalbinayak-Nagarkot bus park to reach there which approximately takes 20-25 minutes to reach Kalamasi yet you need to walk a little bit to reach the dam site.

No, you don’t need to pay any entrance fee to enter there.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.

Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.

Well, there are a lot of things that you can do like shopping, sightseeing, eating different foods, also photography. But, capturing one corner of the square and having a sunset view would be the most satisfying thing that you would experience.

While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or places. You should consider these things.

As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo traveling which means you can travel without a guide. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments.


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