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“Oasis in the city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams
Thamel, Kathmandu 977-, Nepal
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Ranked #5 of 59 Attractions in Kathmandu
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: The Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden, is situated in the midst of Kathmandu city, Nepal. The Garden's design has much in common with formal European gardens: paved perimeter paths, punctuated by pavilions, trellises, and various planting areas, surrounded by a sunken flower garden with a large pond at its center. It is an architectural landscape that encourages the visitor to stroll around and discover the Garden's treasures from many different vantage points.
Santiago, Chile
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“Oasis in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The entry fee is Rs 200, inside there is a restaurant with a pricy menu for Nepal standards and not as good as one would think but the lovely gardens totally makes up for it, more if you wish to scape Thamel's craziness. They are lovely creatures that live in the trees, I'm not sure if they are squirrels or not.

Visited January 2013
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“Don't miss it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

if you are traveling to Nepal then don't forget to visit this place, it seems like a heaven, beautiful garden with best breakfast. As i understood, it opens only after 9am..

Visited November 2012
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solna
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“Not a must see but worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I didn´t know what to expect but as a professional landscaper I had to take a look. My brother and son probably found it less entertaining than I did.
It is a small very well cared for & mantained garden (this in itself is unsual for much of asia, but then it´s not an open public space dependent on municipal financing).
It is very european in form and even planting perhaps and contains no real surprises, challenges or adventures. But it is a very solid and nice garden with just enough sense of place so as to reflect asia and I would argue that it´s size is a plus for even non gardeners can enjoy it without feeling that they are being ovewhelmed (or perhaps underwhelmed).
We visited during the winter so much of the charm of flowering and leafiness was lacking. Instead I could enjoy the structure (sometimes I am such a nerd).
As most people have pointed out it is a very, very nice refuge from the grime and noise of Kathmandu.
It is easy to visit as it is of no distance from Thamel.
The prices I saw for the cafe and restaurant seemed a bit high for me and I am generally not non indulgent of myself. But perhaps my memory is at fault.
My recomendation would be to visit this garden as sort of breathing out place between sites (Thamel shopping and Boudha stupa or vice versa perhaps). I´m not sure about their picnic policy but buying sandwiches and such in Thamel and taking a lunch here on the grass would be an excelent part of a tourist day.
An hour for a visit would suffice even for the most fanatical gardener. But for chilling....?

Visited January 2013
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Nairobi
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“Refreshing oasis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We had a lunch here on our last day in Kathmandu. After rather busy streets and taxi's leaking exhaust pipe causing a near death by suffocation :) the garden was a pleasant suprise. Despite the restaurant being quite busy service was prompt and food was up to our expectations. Lovely place!

Visited March 2013
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“Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

When the dirt, hustle, bustle and street vendors get too much.. stroll into the Garden of Dreams. It is an absolute haven from the outside world, beautifully restores with a wonderful cafe.

Visited March 2013
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