If you're looking for a green escape in crowded Kathmandu, you could certainly do worse than the Garden of Dreams. This neoclassical garden was created in 1920 by Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana and styled after Edwardian gardens of the time. With the help of a prominent local architect, Kaiser Sumsher designed and built six pavilions within the garden, one to represent each of the six seasons in Nepal.
This once private garden has been beautifully restored and is now open to the public; and while it’s only half the size of the original, you can still meander past the fountains, statues, pergolas and birdhouses scattered throughout the grounds.
If the crowds, traffic and pollution of Kathmandu are wearing on you, take an afternoon to relax in the gardens. Bring a book along, or just find a spot to sit and people watch. There’s a restaurant and teahouse on the grounds with WiFi available throughout the gardens for an hourly fee.