Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park is situated in the north of Kathmandu valley and is the nearest National Park from the capital city of kathmandu. It was established in 2002 with an area of 159 Sq. Km within Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk districts. The Park includes two separate forest patches of Shivapuri and Nagarjun. Shivapuri is located between 27° 45′ to 27° 52’N and 85° 16′ to 85° 45’E whereas Nagarjun in between 27° 43′ to 27° 46’N and 85° 13′ to 85° 18’E which is the true representation of the mid hills (1300m-2700m) in the protected areas system of Nepal. Around 2,122 species of flora has been estimated from the park with 16 endemic flowering plants.
The park is well known for diverse bird species, therefore designated as Important Bird Area of Nepal. Around 311 species has been recorded from the area, of which 73% are true residents and other migratory. Some charismatic bird areas which are frequent in the area are: White-throated Laughingthrush, Spotted Forktail, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Kalij Pheasant, Booted Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Long-tailed Broadbill, Brown Dipper, Little Forktail, White-capped Water Redstart, Blue-capped Redstart, Yellow-browed Tit and Long-tailed Broadbill etc. A day bird watching can be done from three places, PaniMuhan (Shivapuri Gate), Nagarjun Gate and Sundarijal areas of Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. Spring and winter is the best bird watching season in the area. The mammalian fauna found in the park are Chinese Pangolin, Common Leopard, Black Bear, Barking Deer, and Assamese Macaques etc.