Nepal and luxury don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but staying at Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu is the exception to the rule. Our hotel in Kathmandu is steeped in history. You will begin your Nepalese experience amongst one of the most luxurious and authentic hotels standing in Kathmandu.
Dwarika showcases Nepal’s rich cultural heritage with its extraordinary traditional architecture and Nepali hospitality. The hotel was started on an impulse when its founder, Dwarika Das Shrestha, decided to save some old wood carvings that were about to demolished along with traditional Kathmandu buildings. Some 60 years later from that impulsive day in 1952, Dwarika’s is a living museum of rescued and restored woodworks, Nepali embroidered textiles and terracotta. Dwarika is still managed by the third generation of the Shrestha family, houses one the largest private woodwork collections in the world and has won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation.
Situated just a stone’s throw from the famous Pashupatinath temple and the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, this is the ideal base from which to explore Nepal’s infinite charms. Dwarika’s Hotel is an oasis in the middle of it all.
Rooms have been thoughtfully decorated to offer an atmosphere inspired by that of the royal suites of the 14th century Malla kings of Nepal. Each room is individually designed with local materials including pottery, slate and brass, as well as genuine antiques and artefacts. Three restaurants and a bar showcase dining and refreshment options for everyone. Additional guest areas include a first-class spa, a fitness centre and yoga studio as well as a sparkling swimming pool inspired by the 12th century Malla Dynasty baths.
In 2009, the Nepalese government controversially ordered all resorts operating within Chitwan National Park — home to one of the world’s largest Bengal tiger populations, and rare rhinoceros — to exit the park to assist wildlife conservation efforts. After the final eviction deadline in 2012, Barahi Jungle Lodge moved to the wider Chitwan area and reinvented itself as an eco-lodge.
None of this has come at the expense of luxury. Barahi Jungle Lodge with its selective location on the banks of Rapti is set in a small village of Tharus. The lodge adjoining the forest from two sides offers a breathtaking view of the National Park from its river facing stand-alone cottages. The ambience and the style of the interior gives a stunning insight into the aboriginal Tharu culture of Nepal interlaced with the wilderness of Chitwan.
The architecture and interiors seamlessly blend with the jungle. Materials such as local bamboo and sustainable wood have been used throughout for furnishings and decoration. The Deluxe Cottages sit on over 12 hectares. Each room opens to a private balcony and private views of the jungle. All rooms are climate controlled, feature LED satellite television and have overhead fans.
The lodge has an in house experienced team of naturalists, 4 private elephants and a fleet of jeeps & boats. The lodge is strategically located in Meghauli, west Chitwan considered the best area for viewing wildlife.
The resort doesn’t serve drinking water in plastic bottles, runs outreach programs with the local Tharu tribe and has planted 5,500 indigenous plants, including seasonal fruits which guests are encouraged to pluck and eat.
Temple Tree Pokhara
Nestled close to Phewa Lake, Temple Tree is framed by the foothills and peaks of the Annapurna Mountain range. Located right in the centre of the Pokhara Lakeside in an area called Gaurighat, the only stretch of Lakeside enjoying a full view of the lake as well as the Himalayas. A short stroll from the resort and you are in easy reach of specialty shops selling local handicrafts.
The resort features traditional Western Himalayan architecture and rooms are housed in double storey cottages with wooden pillars and hand cut stone walls. All rooms feature a private balcony with garden views in order to take full advantage of the clean and pure air of this region. All rooms are climate controlled, feature LED satellite television, and access to free Wi-Fi in the rooms as well as around the hotel.
Extending into the landscaped gardens, The Bay Leaf Restaurant serves international cuisine and breakfast. Drinks and light meals can be enjoyed at The Tree House café, the prime position to embrace the surrounding views and The Island Bar.
This region boasts a subtropical climate and generally stays warm and pleasant all year round which allows for pleasant evenings around the outdoor pool area. The Spa features relaxing body massage and flower baths, while the outdoor infinity pool also includes a spa pool area.
Nestled amongst 37 acres of landscaped garden north west of the centre of Kathmandu your last evening in Nepal will be spent at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. This beautiful hotel and resort is located on the road to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and enjoys stunning views of this Nepali icon throughout the property.
Rooms have wooden floors, Tibetan objects d’art, a granite bathtub and walk in showers. All rooms are equipped with coffee maker, air-conditioning, LED television and Wi-Fi.
The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a jogging track, a state-of-the-art fitness centre equipped with cardio and strength training equipment, a steam/sauna and indoor/outdoor whirlpool bath and a selection of International and local dishes available throughout the resorts’ four dining establishments.