The Mountain Botanical Gardens in
Daman, 80 kilometers from Kathmandu was probably made by the
English, many years ago. The main subject is plants from the ultra north
of India; Sikkim. The altitude of 2322 meters are perfect for that.
It might once have been a magnificent botanical collection, but lack of
maintenance have made its mark.
That said, it is still one of the most special gardens I have seen. The
setting is awesome, in a huge, south facing gorge, and with the most
perfect view to the Himalayas one can imagine. It comprise over 78 hectares of
mainly forest. In February to Marts, the national flower; the
Rhododendron is in flower, and both the Garden, but also the entire area
have a lot of them. I was here in 2014 - in wintertime.
The Himalayas are
Within the rather open orchid house.
The upper part of
Some of the
Within an other.
Part of the central
A huge part is wild forest,
containing many interesting plants, like orchids.
The ever present
The national flower; Rhododendron arboreum was in full flower when I visited
in early February.
Guess the summer
will bring more plants.