Garden of Dreams, Kaiser Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu is one of the dirtiest cities I have ever come across. However in amidst the dirt and squalor is an oasis of splendour in the form of the “Garden of Dreams” the Kaiser Mahal. The Garden was famous as the garden of Six Seasons which was created by late Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920. After the completion of this Garden, it was considered as one of the most sophisticated private gardens of its time. Within the Garden walls, Kaiser Sumsher created an exquisite ensemble of pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furnitures and European inspired features such as verandas, pergolas, balustrades, urns and birdhouses. He erected six impressive pavilions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal. The park is surrounded by a circle of trees which filters out the pollution from the air; which Kathmandu is famous for. This creates an amazing respite from the noise and hubbub of the crowded city. The park gardens are public now and contain a restaurant with prices beyond the reach of most ordinary citizens of Kathmandu.