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Out of four season, Monsoon starts in June when heavy rains of the south-west monsoon arrive. The High Himalaya range blocks the northwards passage of the moist airs, increasing rainfall in Nepal and keeping the areas beyond in deep rain shadow. These same mountains also act as a barrier to the cold fronts sweeping across from central Asia, protecting Nepal and northern India and giving them warmer winters. The high mountains, deep river valleys and lowland plains combine with the effects of the summer monsoon and dry winter to form bewildering array of habitats in what is a relatively small country like Nepal. The botanical exploration has extended beyond the capital Kathmandu since the 1950's, and botanical experts estimate that over 6600 species will be listed for Nepal after exploring even the remotest part of Nepal.
The Shivapuri National Park covers the area of 144 sq km which is the major watershed supplying drinking water to the capital city of Kathmandu. Lying in the transition zone between the subtropical and temperate climatic zones, its diverse vegetation is composed of pine, oak, rhododendron and others. The park is rich in wild mushrooms about 129 species in total. The wildlife habitats Himalayan black bear, leopard, jungle cat and rhesus monkeys. The park is home to over 177 species of birds including 9 threatened species and over 100 species of butterflies including rare and threatened.
Godavari Botanical garden is located on the foot of Pulchowki hill. It consists of mainly open parkland type habitats and several fast flowing streams. Some of the special birds found here were Spotted and Black-backed Forktails, Rufous-gorgetted, Slaty-backed and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, Hodgson's Redstart, White's Thrush, Chestnut-headed and Grey-bellied Tesia, Grey Bushchat and Asian Barred Owlet amongst others. It also homes the pink, white and red rhododendrons and a variety of colorful orchids.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Day 02: Kathmandu - Nagi Gompa - Sipucho Summit Day 03: Sipucho Summit - Tare Bhir - Chisapani. Day 04: Chisapani - Dhap - Manichur Day 05: Mani Chur - Sundarijal - Kathmandu Day 06: Visiting to Godawari Botanical Garden