Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nepal: Garden of Dreams

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Garden of Dreams (Nepali:स्वप्न बगैंचा) is a historical garden located at the heart of the Kathmandu city of Nepal. It was created by the Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920 who was a field marshal in the Royal Nepalese Army. It was one of the most renowned private gardens when it was initially built. After the death of the creator, the garden was handed to the government of Nepal. But it wasn't properly maintained. Later in between 2000 to 2007, the government of Austria restored the garden having a collaboration with the Nepal Ministry of Education.

A very relaxing and peaceful environment inside the garden.

The Garden of Dreams now a days a destination for the relax loving and serenity seeking tourists along with the local Nepalese. During the initial design, the garden had six pavilions which denotes the six seasons of the year (similar to our Bengali seasons). It has a small pond at the middle of the garden which is a flourished with the waterlily and the lotus flowers. Also lot of foreign flowers were brought here to increase the beauty of the garden.

For the recreation, the garden has several park benches around. It has several mats on the ground with pillows so that the visitors can relax here. Also you can take a walk through the paths amid of the garden. It has a Cafe (Kaiser Cafe) at one side and a mini bar at another side for the visitors as well.

A small pond inside the garden that has Lilly and Lotus.

How to Go:

Garden of dreams is located at the middle of the Kathmandu town. In fact this is exactly beside the tourist area Thamel. Its just a walking distance of from Thamel. For your information, the road beside the Garden of Dreams is known as Kantipath. The Google map coordinate for the Garden of Dreams is (27°42'50.94"N, 85°18'51.87"E).

Visiting hours:

So far I know The Garden of Dreams use to remain open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM every day.

This is the restaurant inside the garden.

Entry fee:

For me the entry fee was 200 Nepali Rupee. For the local people the fee can be less than that (I don't know). You can stay as long as you can in between the opening time for one entry ticket.

Tourists are relaxing on the mat provided by the garden.

Where to stay:

Tourism is one of the main incomes of Nepal in recent days. That's why there are plenty of hotels and resorts all over the country. Here is a list of hotels near Kathmandu for you. It is always better to reserve your room before traveling anywhere.

As it was Saturday when I have entered inside the garden, it was packed with the foreign tourists. Very few Nepali visitors were seen that day. I have passed around half an hour by sitting on a bench at the corner of the park. I wanted to have a nap on the mats around, but all of those were occupied by the visitors and I didn't want to wait as I was living at a non tourists area which was a bit far from there. The beauty of the garden enthralled me so much and I have decided to visit this garden at least once during my every visits in Nepal.

A water lily pot.

A Marble stone statue in front of the Bar inside the garden.

Entry ticket for the Garden of Dreams. It was 200Rs for me.

This garden has lot of foreign flowers like this one blooming around.

Yellow Lily flower.

Garden of Dreams,
List of hotels near Kathmandu

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mountain Hydrangea(মাউন্টেন হাইড্রেঞ্জিয়া) - Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata

Bengali Name : মাউন্টেন হাইড্রেঞ্জিয়া
Common Name : Mountain Hydrangea, Sawtooth Hydrangea, etc.
Botanical Name : Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata
Family : Hydrangeaceae(Hydrangea family)

This flower is similar to Hydrangea flower but has a different name. It is known as Mountain Hydrangea or Sawtooth Hydrangea. This is a foreign flower in our country Bangladesh. It is native to the mountain region of China and it's proximity areas. Botanical name of the plant is Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata (sub species of Hydrangea macrophylla). It belongs to the plant family Hydrangeaceae.

Mountain Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub plant that can grow around 3-4 ft in height. It has saw-toothed leafs which are ovate shaped and arranged oppositely around the stem. It is a moderate growing plant and requires partial to full sunlight for proper growing. Compare to the regular Hydrangea, the flower cluster of this plant is smaller than the leafs.

Flowers are similar to regular Hydrangea flower, but for this Mountain hydrangea it has a cluster of smaller flower at the middle of the flower cluster. Color of the flower is white having a blue or violet touch at the center. And at the middle of the flower cluster it has again blue or violet colored small flowers.

A blue colored Mountain Hydrangea flower.

Photos of this article were taken from the Garden of Dreams of Kathmandu, Nepal. It was the month of May 2014.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Kakrol Ful(কাকরোল ফুল) - Momordica cochinchinensis

Common Name : Kakrol(কাকরোল), Golkakra(গোল কাকড়া).
Common Name : Spiny gourd, Teasle gourd, Kakrol, etc.
Botanical Name : Momordica cochinchinensis
Family : Cucurbitaceae(pumpkin family)

Kakrol(কাকরোল), a vegetable fruit grows wildly(cultivates as well) from Bangladesh and its native to the Asia. English name is Spiny gourd as the fruits are having spiny things around it. Botanical name of Kakrol(কাকরোল) is Momordica cochinchinensis. It belongs to the pumpkin family Cucurbitaceae.

Kakrol(কাকরোল) is a perennial climbing vine plant grows wildly at the road sides and the hilly area of our country. Leafs are large and five lobed. Plant has sting like things which help it to bind with the support(usually another plant) to grow. Squeezing the plant cause a pungent smell.

The flowers of Kakrol(কাকরোল ফুল) are white in color and having a touch of yellow at the middle of it. It has file petals and the soft petals are having corrugated texture on them. Fruits are elliptical/ovate shaped and having spiny things around it.

We use to cook Kakrol(কাকরোল) as a vegetable and the the demand of Kakrol(কাকরোল) has increased rapidly and hence the cultivation of this vegetable fruit is increasing in our country. Also, this plant has several medicinal uses which has been practicing by the Tribal people from our hilly area.

Photos of this article were taken from the Jaypurhat(জয়পুরহাট) District of Bangladesh. It was the month of May 2013. The flowers were trying to get an attention inside from a bush.

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