Garden of Dreams (Nepali:स्वप्न बगैंचा) is a historical garden located at the heart of the Kathmandu city of Nepal. It was created by the Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920 who was a field marshal in the Royal Nepalese Army. It was one of the most renowned private gardens when it was initially built. After the death of the creator, the garden was handed to the government of Nepal. But it wasn't properly maintained. Later in between 2000 to 2007, the government of Austria restored the garden having a collaboration with the Nepal Ministry of Education.
The Garden of Dreams now a days a destination for the relax loving and serenity seeking tourists along with the local Nepalese. During the initial design, the garden had six pavilions which denotes the six seasons of the year (similar to our Bengali seasons). It has a small pond at the middle of the garden which is a flourished with the waterlily and the lotus flowers. Also lot of foreign flowers were brought here to increase the beauty of the garden.
For the recreation, the garden has several park benches around. It has several mats on the ground with pillows so that the visitors can relax here. Also you can take a walk through the paths amid of the garden. It has a Cafe (Kaiser Cafe) at one side and a mini bar at another side for the visitors as well.
How to Go:
Garden of dreams is located at the middle of the Kathmandu town. In fact this is exactly beside the tourist area Thamel. Its just a walking distance of from Thamel. For your information, the road beside the Garden of Dreams is known as Kantipath. The Google map coordinate for the Garden of Dreams is (27°42'50.94"N, 85°18'51.87"E).
So far I know The Garden of Dreams use to remain open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM every day.
For me the entry fee was 200 Nepali Rupee. For the local people the fee can be less than that (I don't know). You can stay as long as you can in between the opening time for one entry ticket.
Where to stay:
Tourism is one of the main incomes of Nepal in recent days. That's why there are plenty of hotels and resorts all over the country. Here is a list of hotels near Kathmandu for you. It is always better to reserve your room before traveling anywhere.
As it was Saturday when I have entered inside the garden, it was packed with the foreign tourists. Very few Nepali visitors were seen that day. I have passed around half an hour by sitting on a bench at the corner of the park. I wanted to have a nap on the mats around, but all of those were occupied by the visitors and I didn't want to wait as I was living at a non tourists area which was a bit far from there. The beauty of the garden enthralled me so much and I have decided to visit this garden at least once during my every visits in Nepal.
Garden of Dreams,
List of hotels near Kathmandu
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