Phulchowki.

Ask a person living in Lalitpur where they can play snow, Phulchwoki is the first place that comes to their mind. Standing (2782) meters tall, Phulchowki is the highest hill that lies in the southern part of Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the most visited hiking routes as well. Laying just above Godavari and 20 Km away from Kathmandu this hill is home to different species of birds and vegetation. Rhododendron is one of the main attractions of this place.

Phulchowki is the nearest place from Kathmandu that experiences snow fall in winter, which is one the reason it being so popular among the residents of Kathmandu Valley. Because of its beautiful and dense forest different species of birds and are found here Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, etc. are some of the birds that attracts many Bird enthusiastic. It is also home to two hiking routes one through Namobuddha that includes visiting most of the hills around the valley and is quite long. The next involves straight ascend from Godavari and is short but equally beautiful and peaceful.

There is also shrine of Phulchowki Mai; guardian goddess on the top of the Phulchowki hill. In the month of March-April or in July and August you might have a chance to watch the month-long annual religious festival held at the shrine to Phulchowki Mai in March-April, and some other major festivals on the full moon days in July and August every year.

While getting there through Godavari you can also visit the Botanical Garden of Godavari as well. Reaching there is just a bus ride away from any bus park of Kathmandu.

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