After having traveled for weeks on end, with lots of adventures, sights that made a deep impression on me and left a lasting trace in my mind, after hassles and noise, after being active from early morning to late evening, and after a few days in the hectic pleasant chaos of Kathmandu, I longed for a moment of peace, a moment of rest, a moment of inactivity. I needed a break. When I learnt about the Garden of Dreams, or the Swapna Bagaicha, I knew that would be exactly what I needed. Its central location in Kathmandu made it even easier to decide.
The entrance on Tridevi Marg looks small, and conceals what can be found just behind the high wall surrounding the Garden of Dreams. Once inside, as the noise of cars and motorbikes, the voices and yells, disappear behind your back, you walk into an oasis of peace. Suddenly, you realise that there are actually birds singing, you hear the murmur of water, no one tries to sell drugs or trekking tours: you are, in fact, by yourself! What is more: the main relaxation areas in the Garden of Dreams provides cushions to install yourself on the grass. I could not resist, lied down and closed my eyes.
As I was blocking the visual pleasures of the Garden of Dreams, I could still discern the street noise, but it had become a background, almost monotonous noise, which I somehow filtered out. It took little time to relax completely, and I thoroughly enjoyed the silence and the very pleasant atmosphere of the surroundings. When I got up again, I made a tour of the Garden of Dreams. Much more than just a garden, it has been painstakenly restored - the garden was started by Field Marshal Kaiser Shamser in the 1920s, but deteriorated after his death. They have been opened in 2006, work is still in progress, but already now, you cannot miss the combination of overall design and the details that make this garden stand out. Small pavilions, sculptures, waterfalls, exotic plants and flowers, ponds, circular gates, steps integrated into the lawn. A highly romantic place, from which it is difficult to leave.
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