The National Botanical Garden, Godawari, Lalitpur, Nepal has established in 1962 AD (2019BS). This botanical garden was designed by two British designers G.A.C. Herklots and Tony Schilling. It is widely regarded as a center of plant conservation, education, research and recreation. It spreads over an area of 82 ha. of varying topography, among which, 40 ha. has been developed into various garden units. It is surrounded by natural evergreen forest dominated by Schima-Castanospsis and Alnus. It is located at the foothill of Mt. Phulchowki (2765 m) highest peak of Kathmandu valley and lies about 16 km south east from central Kathmandu. A natural stream (Godawari) is running from the mid garden.
It comprises a natural plant landscape with various thematic gardens like physic garden, biodiversity education garden. rock garden, taxonomic family garden, fern garden, special garden, Japanese style garden, VVIP plantation garden. This botanical garden conserves about 1000 plant species including ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms.
It is an internationally recognized botanical garden and a member of Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI).
More than 400 thousands visitors including about 70 thousands students visited this botanical garden every year.
This garden opens daily from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM during the month of Mangshir, Poush and Magh (mid November to mid February) and from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM for the rest of the months. Visitors can enter this garden by paying entrance fee.
Students come here for their educational tours, family and friends come here for peace and relaxation to spend holidays, naturalists come here for bird watching and shooting crews for the shooting videos & films.