Godawari is a southern town in Godawari Municipality in Lalitpur District in the Bagmati Zone of central Nepal. It is one of the popular hiking destinations in Nepal for its rich wildlife and splendid environment. Within Nepal, Godawari is also famous for its botanical garden where different plants and trees can be found.
The Botanical Garden is located in the base of Mount Phulchoki (2715m.) at Godawari (1515m.) at the south east corner of Kathmandu valley. It is surrounded by evergreen natural forests. Over 500 species of plants can be found in the various gardens. 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 entry fee is charged. The gardens are opened from 9 am to 5 pm during Spring, Summer and Autumn and 10 am to 4 pm during winter season.
The Godavari Spring, found 200 metres from the Botanical Gardens’ main gate, is also well worth a look. This freshwater spring spouting ice-cold water from the Gadavari river is reputed to have been created when the Buddhist Mystic Padmasambhava struck a rock (in order to demonstrate that the ultimate truth is clear and will fulfill the people’s thirst); unsurprisingly, the Spring is a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site. Those with more energy will enjoy a hike to the top of Phulchowki, the highest hill in the Kathmandu valley, to take in the views and a small Buddhist shrine at the summit.