National Botanical Garden
If you are looking for a place where you could enjoy the nature with its lush greenery, soothing colors, its beauty and serenity, then the National Botanical Garden in Godavari is the destination you have been looking for. Located on the base of Phulchoki (2715m) at the southeast corner of the valley, the place is close to the city, however, at the same time, it also feels far away from the urban chaos and pollution.
The garden has been working in conservation of indigenous plants of Nepal and in collecting them for scientific research as well as educational and recreational purpose, since its establishment. The garden which is spread over an area of eighty two hectares is surrounded by rich natural forests with sections of the garden that are populated by ornamental plants and flowers. It was established in 1962 AD by the then Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, with the interest of King Mahendra Shah. The garden is known for its grand landscape and rich biodiversity of both flora and fauna that consists of more than 550 species of plants including ferns, gymnosperms, cactus, succulents, medicinal and ornamental plants and orchids along with 290 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies.
There is orchid house, wetland flora, tropical house, rock garden and physic garden which constituents as the major attractions of the place. It also accommodates some rare as well as indigenous species of flowers and some rare varieties of plants like Lilium nepalensis, Brassica, Chrysanthemum, Clivia miniata, Veleriana jatamansi and Blooming Orchid.
With the various biodiversity in the garden, it is an ideal place for educational visit, especially for the students of botany. The place observes the immense presence of students coming here for their educational tours, couples spending quality time with each other, family and friends coming here for picnic, and also shooting crews for the shoot of videos.
The ideal time to visit the garden is during spring and autumn when the plants and flowers are in full bloom and also, the entrance fee is not as much as charged by other places. The National Botanical Garden is open every day, all year round.