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Ghodaghodi Lake

Ghodaghodi Lake and it's companion Nakhrodi Lake are situated in the far south-west Terai of Nepal. The entire system including Nakhrodi covers an area of around 150 hectares. These fresh water lakes are surrounded by broad-leaved trees of various types. Sal (Shorea robusta) and Asna (Terminalia tomentosa) are the most dominant species. Other trees include Amala (Phyllanthus emblica), Mitho Neem (Murraya koenigii), Bael (Aegle marmelos), Kusum (Schleichera trijuga ) and on the outer fringe of Nakhrodi there is Tal Khair (Acacia catechu) and Silk Cotton (Bombax ceiba). Some Bainsha trees (Salix sp.) growing in the middle and at the edge of Nakhrodi provide a superb and unique vegetation quite different from all the other lakes of Nepal. The undergrowth vegetation is thinly dominated by Clerodendron spp., Buddleja spp. The aquatic vegetation of the lake includes varieties of Water lily (Nymphea spp.) Lotus (Nelumbo sp.), Singada (Trapa quadripsinosa). Pistia spp. Narkat (Phragmites karka) is found on both the lakes but more extensively and healthier around Nakhrodi.

A total of 142 species of birds have been recorded here, four of them are rare residents which breed in the lowlands of Nepal and have become highly endangered because of loss of habitat. Now rare species in Nepal like Yellow-wattled Lapwing Hoplopterus malabaricus and Grey headed Lapwing Hoplopterus cinereus have been regularly reported from here. Nakhroadi is the regular breeding site for the rare and localised Grey-headed Fishing-Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus and possibly the only place in Nepal where the rare Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos may still breed. Many more wonderful things are waiting to be discovered!

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