Shivapuri hiking is the most popular a day hill-hike and bird watching tour for all the hikers, naturalists, bird-lover and the pilgrims. It is located close to the Kathmandu valley which is 12 km away from the valley. Shivapuri national park is the conservation area best in natural vegetation, flora and fauna and water resources. The national park was established in 2002. The hike to the Shivpuri national park offers the admirable closeness to nature, eagle-eye view of the Kathmandu valley and eye luring view of the Langtang Himal from the elevation of 2732 meters.
This hike is suitable for a day and easily accessible from the Kathmandu valley. You also can visit the Budhanilkantha temple on the way, Nagi Gumba, and Bagdwar during the hike. The Gumba is popular among Buddhists and foreigners mainly for meditation. Budhanilkantha to Bagdwar is another famous route among hikers. You also can explore more than 500 species preserved in the area. During the Nepalese new year, many pilgrims visit the Baghdwar and Bishnudwar, the origin of Bagmati and Bishnumati river.
The hike officially starts with getting the permit to enter Shivapuri National Park. The vegetation of this region contains a variety of natural forest types comprising of pine, oak, rhododendron, etc., Recorded wildlife in the park contains Himalayan Black bear, leopard, jungle cat, and rhesus monkey. The park is also host to 177 species of birds, including at least 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushroom.
This fact makes this hiking trail a huge opportunity for bird watching, jungle safari and what not. It is also a great trail for cycling.
Go through the Shivapuri Hike itinerary given below for more details regarding this one-day hike.