Himalayan Shangri-La Resort - INTRODUCTION
Himalayan Shangri-La Resort is just 30 km countryside, located at the highest ridge between the famed Kathmandu-Lhasa trade route. It is built near the temple of Kali above the town of Dhulikhel. This pinnacle commands the view of the entire Himalaya to the north, and overlooks the Charkhal valley down below. The trail to Namobuddha passes by it, Palanchowk Bhagwati is on the north east and the settlement of Panauti is on southwest. It's an enchanting natural spot where one can breathe fresh mountain air and savour the majestic view of snow clad Himalayan ranges. Here you will also come across rhododendron and wake up to the singing of Cuckoo. While in Himalayan Shangri-La, you can go to watch the ethnic life in surrounding villages and hamlets at closer range. A day long hiking or bicycle trip to Buddhist shrine 'Namobuddha' and ancient town of Panauti is quite popular. If you are more adventurous you can venture for rafting, fishing or swimming on Sunkoshi river 25 km down the valley.
The resort is a paradise for bird watching. A large variety of birds and butterflies can be found around the resort complex. The views of sunrise and sunset from Himalayan Shangri-La is the most superb in Dhulikhel. Here, you can do as much or as little as you wish.
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.