The Dwarika’s – A Heritage Hotel
Kathmandu houses some rare cultural treasures. One amongst them is the Dwarika’s Kathmandu Village hotel. Located just a few minutes drive from Tribhuvan International Airport, the Dwarika’s can be said to be a labour of love of Late Dwarika Das Shrestha. Borne out of his love to preserve old wooden artifacts, the hotel is more or less like an old palace or museum with some artifacts dating back to the 13th century. Dwarika’s has a magnificent building of intricate carved wood and terracotta work created by the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original. For its relentless efforts towards conservation of priceless art works, Dwarika’s hotel received the PATA Award for Heritage conservation in 1980.
The hotel has come a long way since it was registered in 1977 with ten rooms, a cluster of brick cottages and courtyard. At present, Dwarika’s boast of 74 guest suites, each with an individual décor. The special ambience of the hotel is ethnic Nepali. As you step inside a intricately carved wooden door, you will feel as though you have stepped upon an oasis. A walk around the courtyard will lead you to discover interesting terracotta figures and a little shrine dedicated to the elephant headed god Ganesh. The soothing sound of water gushing out of traditional dragon headed stone spouts that feeds the aquamarine swimming pool is another cool spot of the hotel.
The hotel has a specialty Nepalese restaurant Krishnarpaan, where you get to dine on dining tables designed with centuries old lattice work. The chef at Krishnarpaan,creates an exotic meal from 6 to 22 courses. Toranrestaurant offers international dining including Continental, Chinese and Indian specialties. There is also a Fusion Bar where one can listen to live jazz music every evening.Lohn Hiti hall with a seating capacity of 100 is ideal for business conferences and seminars.
Some of the suites have private courtyards and all the rooms are furnished with hand printed fabrics and Newari traditional furniture which has been crafted without the use of nails and metal screws. Dwarika’s also runs a carpentry workshop where artisans and their apprentices get to restore and work on wooden carved pieces. For more information contact: Dwarika’s Kathmandu Village Hotel, PO Box:459 Battisputali, Kathmandu : Tel; 977-1- 4473725/ 4472328, Fax: 977-1-4471379: