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Godavari and Phulchowki Hill

Trip code NNTR-1085
Package name Godavari and Phulchowki Hill
Duration 1
Max. elevation 2791 m
Transportation Private Tourist Vehicle with A/C
Accomodation Nil
Starts at Godavari Kathmandu
Ends at Botanical Garden, Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 100 per person



Godavari Botanical garden nestled on the base of the Phulchowki hill is prominent habitat for many bird species. The Garden covers the area of 82 hectares where more than 500 different species of plants and herbs are found. This is the reason the Botanical Garden is the perfect place to track more than 100 species of birds. Including Laser Racket-Tailed Drongo, Tibetan siskin, Babblers, Spotted Fork Tail, Tits, Minivets, Warblers, Thrushes, Woodpeckers, Eagles, and many more. 

Phulchowki is the highest hill situated in the southeast of Kathmandu valley. Is also known as Hill of the Flowers. The dense forest area of verities of plants and flowers makes this hill a perfect habitat for Birds. More than 300 species of birds are found on this hill. This is the paradise for the birdwatchers which is the shelter for a large number of bird species near Kathmandu valley.  Birds like a rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, rufous bellied Niltava, yellow browed tit, Chestnut-headed Tessia, red-billed Leiothrix, whiskered yuhina, besra bronzed, Racket-tailed drongos, and many more are the major highlights and commonly found in this hill.

The guided trip to the Godavari and Phulchowki Hill with proper guidance from an experienced Ornithologist will provide an excellent bird watching and tracking experience near Kathmandu valley. Where you can set the record of being in the perfect viewpoint where the highest number of birds can be viewed on a single day.

Outline Itinerary

TimeItinerary / Activities
7 AmPick you up from your hotel ad drive to Godawari
18 Km
8 AmStart hiking from Gowari to Phulchoki Hill
8 Km 1 way
2 PmHike back to Godawari and Drive to Botanical Garden
1.5 km
5 PmDrive back to your Hotel
18 Km
Note: Time is subjected to change depending on your Preference, the Weather Condatation, and the time you spent on the Attractions.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Godawari, Hike Up and Down to Phulchokwi Hill, then visit Botanical Garden and drive back to Kathmandu.

Your guide and Ornithologist will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. About 45 minutes of the ride in the private tourist vehicle will take you to Godawari from where we will start our hiking. The hill of Phulchoki is certainly the great place for bird watching, Nature Walk, and spotting some wildlife. About 2 to 3 hours of the hike will take you to the top of Phulchoki Hill from where you can see High Himalaya ranges including Mt. Everest, Langtang range, Ganesh Himal and many more and shocking views of the beautiful Kathmandu valley.
Around this perfect forested area, about 150 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic spring babbler, Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers, Black-throated Parrotbill, and many more. After taking lunch with incredible views sorrowing, you will hike down to Godawari. Leaving the mesmerizing hilltop of Phulchoki is almost heartbreaking. It was being an incredibly photogenic spot with the closest view of Kathmandu valley in one side and the Mountain ranges in another side.

After we reach Godawari (from where we started hiking this morning) we take a short drive to Botanical Garden for another chapter of the day, where you can watch numbers of birds in such a small area. More than 500 different Himalayan plants, herbs and flowers and more than 100 spices of the birds are found here. After visiting this beautiful Garden you will drive back to Kathmandu.


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