Nepal has eight World Heritage sites and has won two Heritage Awards. One for the Medieval City of Bhaktapur and the other for The Dwarika’s Hotel.
The magnificence of The Dwarika’s is its buildings of intricate carved wood and terracotta work that must have taken 10 million hours of the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original. But The Dwarika’s is also about intimate luxury and the spirit and hospitality of the Nepali people.The spirit of a bygone era still echoes within its courtyards where a terracotta pillar: a first of its kind, stands proud, an example of superb craftsmanship.
Dwarika Das Shrestha, the founder of The Dwarika’s Hotel whose spirit and passion laid out the master plan of this unique place and who gave the best part of his life to build it, leading hundreds of the best builders and craftsmen. Dwarika’s Hotel is a unique place in South Asia. It is a living example that tourism need not destroy heritage and theenvironment. On the contrary, it has demonstrated that a proper blending of cultural restoration and tourism leads to the preservation of historical artifacts and contributes to the growth of skills and culture that would otherwise have eroded from the crass commercialism of today. It has shown that heritage can be preserved and be used for further preservation works. In fact, it could be the model to demonstrate what must be done to preserve the look of Kathmandu Valley – a stepping stone towards the larger and more gigantic task of rehabilitating the uniqueness and beauty of Kathmandu currently experiencing severe environmental stress of uncontrolled modernization.
Guests enjoy a tradition of casual elegance; comfort assured by an uncommon attention to detail and personal service. 79 Deluxe Rooms and Suites. Each of the rooms has its own character and individuality. There are 16th century windows in many, while there are private courtyards attached to others. Buddhist symbols on hand printed curtains and bed spreads are used with traditional fabrics and accessories.
Spacious and luxurious, our suites and rooms have been individually designed with imagination and taste. Each one different and unique: you will find all the amenities of a luxury hotel; but perhaps what you will appreciate more is the elegant comfort of your room; handsomely appointed with handmade fabrics and furniture custom designed from traditional patterns.
Kaiser Cafe Restaurant and Bar
In the midst of Kathmandu’s urban bustle, the tranquil oasis of the Kaiser Mahal Garden of Dreams stands as an enduring legacy of the extraordinary vision of one man – Field Marshall Keshar Sumsher Jung Bahadur Rana (1892-1964).
Located just across the street from the Royal Palace at the entrance to the Thamel tourist area, this magnificent garden was created in the neo-classical style and themed to pay homage to Nepal’s six seasons. An architectural landscape, that encourages the visitor to stroll around and discover the Garden’s treasures from many different vantage points.
The Kaiser Cafe offers an international cafe menu and is open from 9 am until 10 pm all week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, specialty tea’s, coffees and pastries at the main Cafe. Basanta Pavillion and the Pergola at Crescent Pond. The exclusive bar is located in the Barkha Pavillion and has a wide selection of beverages. The Kaiser Cafe Restaurant and bar, serves as a perfect venue for casual meals, themed evenings, special occasions and socialgatherings. Visit one of the great and unique landscaping monuments of South Asia.
DHULIKEL: Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri-La Village Resort
Situated among pristine forests of pine, rhododendron and apple trees, The Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri-La Village Resort is a scenic journey of 45 minutes from Kathmandu and half hour from Dhulikhel city. Naturally confined at an altitude of 1700 meters, the resort endows you with the freedom of a 180-degree view of the mighty Himalayas, the Kavrepalanchok valley below and the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. The resort spread over 20 acres of gentle slopes has its own forest, cascade pools and a host of species of birds, butterflies and even deer.
Designed and built to depict ethnic “Newari” and “Gurung” building styles of Nepal, the rooms do not come with a television, but who would really need one when rooms with the best views display huge panaromic glass windows in front of your king sized beds? It is like having your own 150 inch plasma television, and it’s constantly playing the nature show, live, right in your room.
The Village Resort accommodation has been designed and built to depict various ethnic building styles of Nepal, currently has thirty six rooms with all modern amenities of which sixteen rooms are housed in four traditional Newari architectural style units with four rooms each per unit and five units built in traditional Gurung architectural style with four units of four rooms each and two single storey units with two rooms each and a central block of two storey’s comprising of the bar & lounge, the restaurant and the conference room. Pathways wind up between bushes and trees that lead to the various types of accommodations.
The rooms are unclutered and stylish with traditional soft furnishings and decorative items, wooden flooring with throw rugs on the floors and each room has its own garden space with hammocks and lounge chairs. The bathrooms are also uncluttered and offer no bathtubs, replacing it with an outdoor feeling shower stall and with the large windows offer fantastic views. Each room has tea/coffee making facilities with a choice of normal and herbal teas and coffee.
The identification, in the basic design of the rooms is that “the living space ones needs when working is different to that we need when we wish to relax”. Hence the main stress on “ones own outside space”. The guest accommodation is a combination of excellent locations, panoramic mountain views blended with essential modern comforts.