Dwarika's Village Hotel - INTRODUCTION
Dwarika's Village Hotel is a luxury deluxe hotel which is located in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Heritage hotel includes of deluxe and luxury categories of accommodation facilities that range from international standard star hotels with different price range. Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country's most exquisite architectural traditions, heritage hotels in Kathmandu are an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage. The spacious rooms, elegant setting and Nepali warmth make it a luxurious retreat and an experience to treasure.
Dwarika's Hotel is a unique place in South Asia. It is a living example that tourism need not destroy heritage and the environment. Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, the Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage.
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.
The hotel houses an extensive collection of artefacts from the 13th century onwards, and the buildings and courtyards house some of Nepal’s best craftsmanship – capturing the beauty and spirit of an ancient city. The amalgamation of Nepal’s heritage with its longstanding tradition of hospitality makes the Dwarika’s Kathmandu an intimate experience of a refined Nepali lifestyle. Located just a stone's throw from the famous Pashupathinath temple and the Buddhist stupa at Bouddhanath and yet just a few minutes away from the airport, the Dwarika's Kathmandu is an ideal base from which guests can explore Nepal's infinite charms. The spacious rooms, elegant setting and Nepali warmth make it a luxurious retreat, and an experience to treasure.
The Dwarika’s Kathmandu is a heritage hotel that takes its inspiration from the valley’s rich cultural heritage and is modeled upon the architectural grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. The hotel houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the 14th century onwards and for its work in preserving the heritage of the Kathmandu Valley, it won the PATA Heritage Award. This amalgamation of Nepal’s architectural history with its long standing tradition of hospitality makes the Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu a unique experience of a refined Nepali lifestyle.
The history of the Dwarika’s hotel is intertwined with the life and times of its founder, Dwarika Das Shrestha. Dwarika Das Shrestha was an extraordinary human being – a true visionary who was acutely aware of his own identity, the changing world around him and his responsibility towards it. His story is one of inspiration borne out of struggle and torment, the relentless pursuit of an aesthetic ideal, and one man’s determination to make a difference.
In 1952, the late Dwarika Das Shrestha was out jogging when he came upon some carpenters sawing off the carved portion of an intricately engraved wooden pillar. It had been part of an old building which had been torn down to make room for a modern structure. Amidst the rubble, lay the bits and pieces of exquisitely carved woodwork several centuries old, ready to be carted off as firewood as the carpenters were merely trying to salvage reusable wood.
As he stood amidst the ruins, Dwarika Das Shrestha experienced all the anguish that a sensitive soul feels when witnessing the destruction of the sublime and the beautiful by wanton and crass commercialism of modern times. He was confronted with the visible signs of destruction of an ancient culture which still lived in him as part of his heritage. Kathmandu's Newari art and traditions have a rich legacy of exquisite wood carvings, distinctive temples, sculpture, bronze works, terra-cotta work and the unique lifestyle of its people itself. Seeing the beautiful carvings destroyed, he could not control himself. Out of sheer impulse, he gave the carpenters the new lumber that they required and took the old ruined carved pillar.
This impulse, born from the inner anguish of his spirit, became progressively a hobby, a passion and a lifetime work. As soon as he heard that an ancient building was going to be torn down to make way for a modern structure, he would rush to the spot and buy as much of the ancient wood carvings as he could before they were sold as firewood or lost in other ways for ever. If he was able to buy only a part of an artistic work because other pieces had been lost or he did not have enough money, he would still do so and try to recover the missing parts later. Often he would discover their historic significance in the process. In one instance, he was able to trace and acquire a missing piece after twenty-five years.
As his collection grew, Dwarika Das Shrestha was faced with the problem of storing these bulky works of art which were scattered all over his garden in makeshift sheds. It was then he decided to construct a building in the old Newari style of Kathmandu using the carved doors and windows he had rescued from destruction. The edifice which was built to give the ancient works of art a new life is now one among several buildings of Dwarika's Village Hotel. These buildings contain some of the best woodworks of olden times restored to life and made to function for a modern age within the traditional architectural setting.
Being born into a relatively affluent Newar family, Dwarika Das Shrestha was sent to school in India at the tender age of six. With less than one percent of the Nepali population being literate, in the early 1950s, as Nepal took its first steps towards democracy, it was ill equipped to face the challenges of modernisation. It stood at a position where it could neither fully embrace the dramatic changes that modernity brought, nor fully comprehend the value and potential of its ancient cultural heritage.
Dwarika Das Shrestha completed his education with a degree in law and commerce in the early 1950s, and returned to Nepal with the dream of helping Nepal regain its past glory. His first business was the establishment of the first hotel in Nepal, Paras Hotel, in 1952, at a time when Nepal was yet to establish itself as a tourist destination. The hotel’s primary patrons were Indian and Nepali pilgrims who came to visit the Pashupati Temple. Back then, charging religious pilgrims for shelter was considered sacrilegious and earned Dwarika Das the wrath of his family.
Guests enjoy a traditional of 74 Deluxe Rooms and Suites room. 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. It has been called "a charming hotel", "a museum", "a palace".... to me its all that and more: it's a temple where man and his family devoted their lives to lovingly preserve here Nepal's history, culture and art. My deepest recognition to Family Dwarika Das Shrestha.
The enormous Royal Suite takes its architectural inspiration from the private abodes of the Malla Kings of Kathmandu. Set over 3 floors and featuring formal and informal meeting spaces as well as private lounge space, a majestic bedroom and a luxurious bathroom, a stay at the Royal Suite is a lifestyle experience that Kings would envy.
Spacious, elegant and exceptionally comfortable, a stay in a Heritage Suite is an experience to treasure. Each suite is individually designed using local materials including pottery, slate and brass; combined with the highest level of amenities, there is nothing more you could desire.
Remaining true to the earthy living that symbolized traditional life in the valley, the rooms capture the essence of such a lifestyle without compromise. The linen is organically produced and hand woven.The furniture is custom designed and handmade. The amenities rival the best luxury hotels.
The Dwarika's selection of three restaurants and a bar provide a range of culinary experiences from the world over. The spacious courtyards, amidst the architectural grandeur of Kathmandu’s ancient civilisation, are a unique feature of the hotel and provide an ideal location for all day lounging and informal dining. For those looking for a more elegant dining experience, the Dwarika's has two speciality restaurants - Krishnarpan for a Nepali fine dining experience and Mako for the best Japanese food in Nepal.