This is a really pleasant spot where you can enjoy a walk or organize picnics. Though it seemed to me a bit neglected, maybe because it is winter now. It was opened in 1962 and nowadays there are approximately 500 specimens of flowering and non-flowering plants, including some 66 different species of fern, 115 orchids, 77 cacti and succulents, and about 200 trees and shrubs, some of them endangered or rare.
The Garden covers 200 acres of the natural forest-land with a rushing spring of the Godavari river. The place attracts many visitors during weekends but what I didn't like there were no brochures or maps or any information - you just go on your own. And besides many plants were not labeled that's why I couldn't recognize this tree that had so beautiful flowers.
Also they say there are 256 varieties of birds and 300 variations of the butterfly living in the Garden. Unfortunately I managed to spot only this orange dragonfly.
So if you want to escape the noise of Kathmandu city and enjoy a nice calm place, go straight to Godavari Botanical Garden. Even if you do not find out something new about plants, at least you will have a good rest for your soul.