Next to the hustle and bustle of the busy district of Thamel, the Garden of Dreams seems a world away from its inner city location. This tranquil garden acts as a sanctuary for people who want to step away from the noise and dirt of the lively city for a while.
Built in 1920 by Kaiser Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, the garden is situated adjacently to the former Royal Palace (which is now a museum.) Like many other South Asian gardens built at the time, the style is Neo-Classical, reflecting the contemporary attitudes to Europe during the period of Empire. After the demise of the Kaiser, the garden fell into disrepair for decades, until it was restore between 2000-2007 in co-operation with the Austrian government.
Entrance to the gardens cost Rs 160 and with this ticket you can spend as long as you like in the serenity of the garden. At first the garden might seem a bit on the small side but after an initial wander its great place sit and unwind for a few hours. Inside, you'll find the Kaiser Cafe which overs a variety of dishes and light bites, but is a little on the pricey side considering what else can be found nearby.
The garden can be a very romantic location, and if you find yourself there early evening, there will be couples around every corner. If you're on your own, then this is one of the garden's only downfalls.