Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams is a go-to destination for people visiting Nepal for the first time. It was built around 1920 in Kaiser Mahal in Kathmandu. It represents peace and tranquility among the visitors.

The design hovers around a neo-classical theme. It is one of the most admired and modern pieces of work.

The Garden of Dreams boasts a diverse history. Constructed during the 1920s, originally christened ‘The Garden of Six Seasons‘ in honor of Nepal’s six seasons, it served as the private garden of Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana. He envisioned an opulent European neo-classical walled garden, replete with pavilions, fountains, ponds, pergolas, and verandas, to complement his grand mansion.

Garden of Dreams

As with many of Asia’s colonial-era remnants, the garden suffered neglect following the Field Marshal’s demise. It languished in disrepair for decades until restoration efforts were initiated between 2000 and 2007, generously supported by the Austrian Government.

Upon paying our 200 rupee admission fee, we crossed the threshold and found ourselves in a personal paradise—an oasis nestled right in the heart of Kathmandu. Elaborate neo-classical pavilions, meticulously-groomed gardens, vast lawns, and an overwhelming sense of tranquility greeted us.

Lounging under the radiant Kathmandu sun

Fortunately, The Garden of Dreams emerged from the devastating 2015 earthquake relatively unscathed, sustaining only minor damage. While subtle reminders of the earthquake’s impact were visible, they did not overshadow our exploration. We dedicated hours to thoroughly investigating every nook and cranny of the gardens, marveling at the unique plant species gathered from diverse corners of the world. We delved into the garden’s history, its period of neglect, and the extensive seven-year renovation effort. It was impossible not to feel a sense of gratitude toward the Austrian Government—they had truly excelled in their support.

Garden of Dreams

During our exploration, we stumbled upon concealed sanctuaries, undoubtedly perfect for the Nepalese youths who frequented the gardens. We also discovered the perfect spot to recline—none other than an amphitheater—where we could bask in the glorious Kathmandu sun.

For the remainder of the afternoon, we remained firmly in our chosen spot, relishing those precious moments of respite from the ceaseless cacophony of motorcycle horns and the relentless chaos of everyday life beyond the garden’s walls.

Theme

Talking about the theme, the Garden of Dreams is extended to 6,895 m2. Also, the designer of the garden is Kishore Narshingh. 

garden of dreams

Though it is a classical theme garden; you can experience six different seasons on six pavilions. You can see variants of floras. Apart from it, you can view pavilions, an amphitheater, ponds, pergolas, and urns.

Inspiration

The history and making of the garden all started from an inspiration from the Edwardian style. Features such as verandas, pergolas, balustrades, urns, and birdhouses represent European style.

It was a private garden but then it was handed to the Nepal government. Now, it is open to the public. 

Entrance Fee

For an international traveler, the fee costs around $2-$4 or NPR 200-400. But for locals, the entrance fee costs only NPR 100. Moreover, The price may vary accordingly.

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Opening Hours

Garden of Dreams is open from 9 am to 10 pm on a daily basis. You can even spend your whole day there once you have entered.

Food

After you plan to spend your day reading books or just relaxing by yourself will need to make your tummy happy as well.

There are variant-style restaurants opening inside the garden, you can order the one you are craving. Moreover, the food may cost you a little more or the same from the outside.

Internet

For the internet facility, you can just buy it at Rs 50 per hour.

Photos/ Videos

You can click the pictures of beautiful scenarios on your devices. It does not cost you anything.

Renovation

The garden was unseen until 2000 to 2007 when the Austrian government took on the initiative to restore the paths, flora, and pavilions. The process was further supported by the Nepal Ministry of Education and implemented by Eco Himal.

The restoration was done but sadly could only make it to half of the original remains. 

How to get around Garden of Dreams

If you are staying somewhere in Thamel then you can get around the Garden of Dreams on foot. It will be just a walk away from your accommodation.

If you are a little far you can always hire a taxi, cab, or even motorbike that drives your way along in Garden of Dreams.

You can also get a rickshaw to be there. In addition, the garden is just next to Kaiser Library. You can even ask a local or follow Google Maps if you get confused.

Related: Thamel: Best Nightlife in Nepal

FAQs

What is the entrance fee for Garden of Dreams?

The fee for an international traveler is roughly $2, or NPR 200. The entrance charge for natives, however, is simply NPR 100.

What are the timings?

The timings are from 9 am to 10 pm on a daily basis.

Where is the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu?

The Garden of Dreams is a beautiful neo-classical garden located in the heart of Kathmandu, near Thamel. It is a popular tourist destination in Kathmandu and is known for its peaceful atmosphere, beautiful architecture, and well-manicured gardens.


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