Top things to do

Gardens in Godavari

National Botanical Gardens

The verdant botanical gardens are a quiet and peaceful spot for a walk or picnic, except on Friday and Saturday when the place is overrun with schoolkids. The visitor centre has some good exhibits on Nepal’s flora a…
Forest in Godavari

Naudhara Community Forest

The Naudhara Community Forest is 147 hectares of locally managed woodland, established with support from Bird Conservation Nepal (www.birdlifenepal.org). Guides (who almost certainly won't speak English) can be arra…
Brewery in Godavari

Himalayan Brewery

While no official tours are run here, with prior arrangements you should be able to organise someone to show you around the second oldest brewery in Nepal – established in 1983. It’s a fascinating look behind the sc…
Hindu Temple in Godavari

Naudhara Kunda

Damaged but not destroyed in the quake, the three-tiered pagoda is dedicated to one of the Tantric mother goddesses and the two large pools before the temple compound are fed by nine spouts (known as the Naudhara Ku…
Hindu Site in Godavari

Godavari Kunda

If you turn to the right at the junction before the Royal Botanical Gardens, you’ll reach a cluster of local restaurants, the Godavari Kunda – a sacred spring on the right-hand side of the road – and, on the left, a…
Buddhist Shrine in Godavari

Shanti Ban Buddha

On the hillside above Godavari is an enormous golden Buddha image, created by local Buddhists who were inspired by the Japanese Peace Pagoda movement.
Forest in Godavari

Godavari Kunda Community Forest

Across the road from Godavari Kunda is a tiny scenic lake that leads to the entrance of a 30-hectare woodland, which is managed by local people and provides a haven for 300 species of birds and loads of picnickers.