The Garden of Dreams or the Garden of Six Seasons, which was its original name, is a beautiful complex of walled gardens landscaped in neo-classical European style located at the entrance of Thamel, not very far from the former Royal Palace. This garden dates back to 1920, when it was built at the request of Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana who inspired by his tour in England to Edwardian styled mansions with beautiful landscaped gardens, wanted an equally elegant garden beside his sprawling mansion. This architectural marvel was designed by Kishore Narsingh who was the royal architect and also designed the Singha Durbar.
There are six pavilions inside the complex, each dedicated to one of the six seasons intrinsic to Nepal. You will see all such features as pergolas, fountains, decorative garden furniture, verandahs, balustrades, urns, flower beds, ponds, birdhouses and a promenade. After the death of Kaiser Sumsher, the garden was handed over to the government who could not maintain it. After years of neglect, only in the year 2000, renovation began with the support of the Austrian Government till 2007 to make it what it is today. This was considered one of the most sophisticated gardens of its time and still is pretty amazing today with the addition of modern facilities as well. However, today only 0.5 hectares have been fully restored which house three of the six pavilions. The original garden was built over an area of 1.6 hectares which was spread over the six pavilions. It had dozens of gorgeous details spread throughout the garden, including the original gate with an inscription in marble from Omar Khayam’s Rubaiyat and also a whimsical ‘hidden garden’ in its south which still remain. The entry fees is 200 Nepali rupees. This is an ideal place to escape from the maddening crowds of the city and enjoy a scrumptious picnic or just read a book.
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