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“I avoided the smog of the Kathmandu valley”

National Botanical Gardens
Ranked #71 of 181 things to do in Kathmandu
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I was trying to avoid the air pollution in the Kathmandu valley so I focused on birding here at the National Botanical Gardens and in the nearby Community Forest. I contacted birding guide GOKARNA KHANAL. ( 91+ 9841816400) who was knowledgable, easy to be with and fairly priced as a guide. I stayed nearby at the lovely Godavari Village Resort. Got amazing photos of White-capped Redstart, and spotted Grey-headed Woodpecker, Blacked-Laured Tit, Himalayan Barbet, Scarlet Minivet and Himalayan Tree-pie...Gardens were well maintained with lots of butterflies.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This botanical garden used to be very well maintained,in spite of the crowds,with an excellent orchid collection as well as a number of interesting cactus greenhouses.Nowadays,there is hardly any maintenance,and very few plants.The private plant nurseries outside the gates seem to be flourishing at the expense of this venerable garden.

3  Thank kadambini
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

The place is in a very bad condition and it looks like nobody cares for these gardens. Most of the trees dont have a sign with scientific names. If they have a sign you are not able to read it. Everywhere is plastic trash that nobody collects. Tropical house and all other locations were closed.

3  Thank El_Martin11
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Godavari is a small village situated at the foot of Phulchoki, at an altitude of approximately 5000 feet above sea level, and 14 km southeast of Kathmandu. The road of Patan city (9 km) passes through the small scenic Newari town of Harisiddhi, Thaibu and Badegaon, where people still hang chillies and onions on their windows. Godavari is famous for its picnic spots and the Royal Botanical Garden. A fish hatchery, the St. Xavier’s School, and the Phulchowki (the highest hill in the valley – 2715 metres.), are part of the landmark of Godavari.

the garden is landscaped over 72 hectares of land. Over 500 species of plants can be found in the various gardens. The peak flowering seasons in the garden fall in spring and in autumn. The coming of spring is indicated by the bloom of Rhododendron arboretum, the national flower of Nepal, and the dramatic appearance of a number of colorful flowers in the garden beds and the surrounding forests. The gardens are also the dwelling place for butterflies, Godavari area being the reservoir for hundreds of species, Maps and plant listings are available at the gate. A small admission fee is charged. The gardens are open from 9 am to 5 pm during Spring, Summer and Autumn and 10 am to 4 pm during winter months.

19  Thank durgesh R
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

it is not big territory. and have cheet code: you could come inside from restoran. I've never seen so big sinamon tree. but nobody speek english

2  Thank AnnaGusevarus
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