The Garden of Dreams
A haven of tranquillity at the heart of the city, The Garden of
Dreams was originally the private garden of Field Marshal Kaiser
Sumsher Rana. Created in 1920, the neo-classically designed garden
was fully restored between 2000 and 2007 to create a green space
with beautifully maintained lawns, flowers and shrubs.
A thousand years old, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Durbar
Square is surrounded by some of Kathmandu's most historically
important temples and buildings. Abuzz with activity by lunchtime,
the magical ambience of Durbar Square is perhaps best appreciated
at sunrise or sunset.
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
Just ten kilometres north of Kathmandu, the Shivapuri Nagarjun
National Park is the perfect destination in which to become
immersed in the Kathmandu Valley's sublime scenery. Abundant bird
species and wildlife make this a must for spotters who can choose
from the many hikes and woodland trails that the park offers.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most
significant Buddhist sites on earth, the stupa at Boudhanath,
eleven kilometres northeast of Kathmandu, was built in the fifth
century. One of the largest stupas (a dome-shaped building
typically used for Buddhist meditation) in the world, the
Boudhanath Stupa is steeped in history, spirituality and atmosphere
and is a must-see landmark on any visit to Kathmandu.