THE DREAM OF REVOLUTIONARY NEPALESE HOTELIER DWARIKA DAS SHRESTHA, THE DWARIKA’S HOTEL IN KATHMANDU IS A STUNNING TESTAMENT TO THE RICH ARCHITECTURAL TRADITIONS OF THE REGION.
It was in the late 1950s that Dwarika bought the land upon which the hotel now sits and first incorporated ancient woodwork from his collection, including a window that is today on display in the hotel’s Fusion Bar. Together with a local potter, Dwarika and his wife revived traditional terra cotta designs that stem from the 15th century. The hotel reflects Nepal’s diverse cultural heritage, including locally crafted furniture and handwoven linens, textiles and embroideries with Nepali patterns. Eighty-three regal rooms and suites offer an experience similar to the royal suites of the 14th-century Malla kings of Nepal. Dining is a delectable treat; three restaurants and a bar offer everything from a 22-course slow-cooking experience at Krishnarpan to Japanese specialties at Mako’s. The divine Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa indulges both body and spirit with Ayurveda and Buddhist rituals and treatments. Guests may choose to begin each day with a complimentary yoga class, later shop for Nepalese handicrafts or venture out for sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and beyond, easily arranged by the hotel staff.