Shivapuri National Park – 159 km2 (61 sq mi)
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park 159 sq km is situated on the northern edge of Kathmandu valley and lies about 12 km away from the center of capital city. The area was gazette as the country’s ninth national park in 2002. Prior its declaration as national park, it was manage under the Shivapuri Watershed Development Board, and was later declare as Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Shivapuri (SNNP) lies in a transition zone between subtropical and temperate climates. The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including pine, oak, rhododendron and more, depending on altitude and aspect.
Recorded wildlife in the park includes mammalian species such as Himalayan black bear, leopard, jungle cats, and Rhesus monkey. The park is also home to 177 species of birds species such as Kalij Pheasant, Common hill partridge, booted eagle, black eagle, sunbirds and more; this includes at least 9 threatened species; 102 species of butterflies, with a number of rare and endangered species; and 129 different species of mushrooms. Rivers, ponds, marshlands, and reservoirs are the major wetlands in this park. Preliminary surveys show that about 0.17% is cover wetlands. The major wetlands contribute to the recharge of fresh water to the Bagmati, Sunkoshi, and Trisuli rivers.
How to get there?
By Bus: You will find public vehicle up to Budhanilkantha and walk maximum 15 minutes. Then after you will reach to entrance of the park. You can easily find the bus from Ratnapark.
Where to stay?
There is no any hotel inside the Shivapuri National park. But you will find different hotels, lodge facilitating outside the park.
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