Published On: March 17, 2023 08:15 PM NPT By: Republica | @RepublicaNepal
LALITPUR, March 17: The National Botanical Garden at Godawari in Lalitpur district has recorded a rise in the number of visitors after the COVID-19 pandemic subsided.
The garden, formerly known as the Royal Botanical Garden, had almost worn a deserted look during the pandemic time, resulting in dismal collection of revenue from ticket sales.
The 82-hectare garden, a home to 1,088 species of plants (flowering and non-flowering), 25 species of mammals, 290 species of birds and 250 species of butterfly, is thriving with the influx of visitors, both domestic and foreign, lately.
According to Gaurav Paramar, information officer of the botanical garden, altogether 328,960 domestic visitors and 1,821 external visitors (including those from the SAARC countries) visited the garden since mid-April last year to mid-March this year.
Among the domestic visitors, most of them were students, shared Paramar.
The garden, which was established 60 years ago, collected over Rs 17.9 million in revenue from ticket sales during this period, adde Paramar.
According to him, the revenue collection from ticket sales was recorded at Rs 7.8 million during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. "The income is better this year," said Paramar.
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