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Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa, Golf resort in Nepal, Le Meridien Kathmandu - Introduction
 
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Gokarna Golf Resort

Gokarna, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Gokarna Golf Resort - INTRODUCTION

Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa is located deep inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. Situated within the city limits of Kathmandu, capital of Royal Kingdom of Nepal, this luxury Hotel Resort, Golf Course and Spa is operated by Le Meridien, a leading global chain of luxury hotels and resorts.

A winding, climbing road through the forest leads to sixteen exotic cottage rooms, set serenely besides century old trees. The perfect setting for an unforgettable experience.

An adjacent restored Hunter's Lodge, once used by Royal Shikaris, provides the reception, bar, and restaurant facilities in an authentic traditional ambiance. A comfortable conference room provides place for up to 45 people.

The Spa includes a variety of rejuvenating courses, emphasizing Ayurvedic treatments. The Health club encompasses an indoor temperature controlled pool, and the changing rooms each have a Sauna, Steam room, and Jacuzzi. The large well equipped gym (opening late 2003) will be one of the finest in the country. A quiet walk to the clubhouse brings you instant access and preferential tee times at South Asia's finest resort golf resort.

History of Golf in Nepal
1917 Rana Prime Minister's delegation returns from Scotland with some golf clubs. Started playing at Gaucharan, where  the present  T.I. Airport runway is located. G of those days were Rana Generals like, Gen  Babar Shumsher and Gen Lava Shumsher. It is believed that they had 18 holes at that time, with sand and oil/tar based greens (so called browns). Some golf tournaments were initiated at that time.

Resort Description - Spa and Health Club
Le Meridien Kathmandu Set within Gokarna Forest amongst majestic trees on the edge of a plateau, overlooking the grassed valley below, Harmony Spa combines therapeutic care within a natural environment impossible to recreate elsewhere.

Harmony Spa includes a variety of rejuvenating courses, emphasizing Ayurvedic treatments within Ayura, a dedicated Ayurvedic treatment area, the Adam & Eve, and Serenity massage rooms. The Health club encompasses Apsara, the Beauty Treatment center, an indoor temperature controlled pool complex, luxurious changing rooms each with a Sauna, Steam room, and Jacuzzi. The large well equipped gym, the finest in the country, overlooks the forest through large picture windows.

Resort Description - Golf Course
Against the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayas, close to the heart of Kathmandu city, South Asia's finest, and one of the world's most spectacular Golf Resort Courses is stunningly set within 470 acres of the hundreds of years old Gokarna Forest Reserve.

Designed by David Kidd (Gleneagles Golf Developments of Scotland), the 6,715 yard par 72 course boasts the only Bent Grass Greens in South Asia , making it one of the highlights of the professional tour circuits in the region. The serenity and settings are overwhelming. Deer and monkey wander freely, as will the spirits of all who enter. Truly an enchanting sanctuary.

Gokarna Forest Resort Data
Hotel Name Gokarna Forest Resort
Golf Course Name Gokarna Forest Golf Club
City: Kathmandu (KTM)
Elevation of Kathmandu Valley 1,336m (4,400 ft)
Country: Nepal (NP)
Rooms Available for stay: 90 rooms
Harmony Spa Indoor temperature controlled pool, Gym, Beauty Treatment Center, Treatment rooms, Spa facilities including Sauna, Steam, Jacuzzi, massages and treatments.
Golf Course 18 Holes par 72 - 6715 / 6305 / 5977 / 5586 yds
Distance/Time from Airport: 10 km. (20 minutes)
Distance/Time from town center: 10 km. (30 minutes) due N.E. from Town Center
Distance/Time from Hyatt 4 km. (10 minutes)
Distance/Time from Boudhnath 3.5 km. (8 minutes)
Taxi Fare: US$7~10
Visa fee on arrival at the Airport US$25
Airport Tax to SAARC countries US$20 (included in ticket)
Airport Tax to other countries US$30 (included in ticket)
Currency Conversion Indian Rupee (INR) NRs. 1.6 (fixed)
Currency USD NRs. 70~75 (floating)
Total Size of Gokarna Forest approx. 750 Acres (300 Hectares)
Total Size of Resort approx.470 Acres (185 Hectares)
Earmarked for project approx 240 Acres (971,280 m2) (95 Hectares)
Preserved forest for recreation use approx 230 Acres (90 Hectares)
Area of site available for hotel estate 72,000 m2
Total capacity of main car park 100
Number of jobs to be created - estimated 250 full time / 150 part time
Golf Course: Par 72,18 Hole: 6,715 yards open since 1999
Golf Club House: Pro Shop, Restaurant & Bar, Changing Rooms
Golf Practice tee: 7 open berths and 3 covered berths
Room Facilities : Forest or Garden view, Fresh Air and heated air-conditioning, Tea/Coffee making, Mini Bar, Internet Access, Satellite TV, Hair dryer, Telephone, Tub/Shower, Writing Desk.
Technical: Technical: 220V electricity supply, PABX with ISDN compatibility & Tele account facilities.
Facilities - Coffee Shop, Private Dining, Bar, Lounge hall, Travel Desk, Business Center, Conference Hall, Room Service, Laundry & Dry cleaning, Housekeeping, Souvenir shop.

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