Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams, as the name suggests, is just like a piece of land from your dream. The Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden, is situated in the midst of Kathmandu city, Nepal. The pond covered with pink and white water lilies, a historic building reflected in the crystal clear water, a swing in the middle of a garden, and flowers of all colors twinkling all around. Although it lies in the midst of Valley, this place can take you back in the peace of 1920.

Garden of Dreams is considered one of the most attractive tranquil oasis, a tourism landmark that also houses a natural library where visitors can take advantage of natural beauty inter related to historical and architectural flavor. Garden of Dreams welcomes private and corporate functions, receptions, cultural programs, and classical concerts too.

History of Garden of Dreams:

The Garden was famous as the garden of Six Seasons which was created by late Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920. After the completion of this Garden, it was considered as one of the most sophisticated private gardens of that time. However, it was a private garden of Kaiser Sumsher, it was beautifully designed inspired by the famous Edwardian style. Kishore Narshingh, a prominent architect who designed and constructed Singha Durbar in 1907, designed and supervised the construction of the Garden of Dreams. Within the Garden walls, Kaiser Sumsher created an exquisite ensemble of pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furnitures and European inspired features such as varandas, pergolas, balustrades, urns and birdhouses. He erected six impressive pavilions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal. These pavilions provided the Garden’s architectural framework and lent a cosmopolitan flavor to the formal arrangement of flowers, shrubs and trees. Today, only half of the original garden is in existence.
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After the demise of Kaiser Sumsher, the garden was handed over to the Government of Nepal. However, it was not properly managed for decades. Seven years of extensive renovation has revived the garden as per the original concept with added modern facilities. It has now become an oasis of peace and tranquility in the urban bustle of Kathmandu city. The size of the Garden is 6,895 sq. meter including three pavilions, amphitheater, central ponds, pergolas, urns and a combination of small gardens to larger ones.
The Garden of Dreams renovation project was financed by the Austrian Government, the project was implemented by Eco Himal. This model project has become a sustainable historic site that lies dormant and could be similarly restored and developed to great benefits. The Garden of Dreams has also contributed to improving the quality of life for both the citizens and tourists in central Kathmandu.

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How to reach the garden of Dreams?

Garden of the dreams is a 15minute walk from Ratnapark, just close to Thamel and Narayanhity palace. You can get a public bus to Ratnapark from almost all nook and corners of the valley. Even before you enter the gate, you can feel the freshness in the air.

The ticket price:

The ticket to Garden of Dreams will cost you Rs 100 if you are a Nepali and Rs 200 if you are a foreigner.

Things to see in Garden of Dreams:

As soon as you enter the gate, a gate covered with flowers will be more than happy to welcome you. You can’t surely resist yourself to jump in excitement once you see the Kesar Mahal and the pond right ahead of it. The lilies would be smiling to you and you can even see the squealers jumping all around. A marble inscription from Omar Khayama Rubaiyat, Foundations and quirky hidden garden to the south make everything look so perfect. I can bet that you would love every corner of this 1.6 hectors large garden.
And the other most amazing fact is, a hotel named Kaiser cafe is operating inside the garden, which means you can enjoy the delicious food with the beautiful scenario at the same time.

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Garden Opening Time:

The Garden of Dreams remains open throughout the week from 9 am to 10 pm.

 

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