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Dwarika's Resort & Dwarika's Hotel

Kathmandu

The care and attention put into Dwarika’s two properties is exquisite. In both of these stylish offerings, Dwarika’s blends rich Nepalese heritage with crisp, contemporary lines to create an aesthetic that celebrates both the past and present of this extraordinary country. At the centre of the Dwarika’s story is a commitment to preserving cultural history in a living museum context, where it can still be used and enjoyed to its fullest. 

Dwarika’s began in 1952 as the visionary project of its founder, Dwarika Das Shrestha. Having witnessed first-hand the destruction of many of Kathmanndu’s intricately-carved wooden buildings in the name of modernisation, Dwarika made it his personal mission to rescue as many of the beautiful carvings and structural elements as he could. By 1964, he had accumulated enough to build a Newari-style hotel incorporating all the pieces of traditional structure he had collected. Then, he employed local craftspeople to create Newari furniture and fabrics, doing his part to keep the traditional techniques alive. Out of this, the original Dwarika’s was born, and although Dwarika Das Shrestha sadly passed away in 1992, his extraordinary legacy continues today.

Location

Dwarika’s Hotel enjoys a convenient location in central Kathmandu, whilst Dwarika’s Resort is in the mountainous surroundings of rural Dhulikhel.

A little more detail

  • Restored Newari architecture

  • Contemporary comfort

  • Wellness focus

  • Diverse dining

From a client…

High quality throughout, though more rustic luxury than ultra sleek finishes, with an interesting history and bags of character.

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Himalayan Salt Room at Dwarika's Resort
Himalayan Salt Room at Dwarika's Resort
Glass-panelled restaurant at Dwarika's Resort
Glass-panelled restaurant at Dwarika's Resort
Stargazing at Dwarika's Resort
Stargazing at Dwarika's Resort
Suite at Dwarika's Resort
Suite at Dwarika's Resort
Dwarika's Hotel
Dwarika's Hotel
Executive suite at Dwarika's Hotel
Executive suite at Dwarika's Hotel
City views at Dwarika's hotel
City views at Dwarika's Hotel

Why we love it

Discover what to expect from staying at Dwarika's Resort & Dwarika's Hotel

Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel

On a mountainside in Dhulikhel, Dwarika’s Resort is dedicated to enriching body and mind in one of Nepal’s most beautiful locations. At this exceptional resort, you can truly leave the world behind for a while, rewarded by jaw-dropping Himalayan mountain views. Exposed beams and floorboards compliment naturally-finished wooden furniture, while bare brick terraces surround daybeds where you can lay and look at the mountains beyond. Along with the broad range of yoga and spa treatments you would expect from a resort of this calibre, Dwarika’s also has a specially-designed maze to enhance morning meditations, sound chambers, Vedic astrology consultations and a Himalayan salt healing room.

Dwarika terrace

Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

Housed in an extraordinary building that showcases a passion for Nepali culture and craft, the Dwarika Hotel is a sanctuary amidst the temples and monuments of historic Kathmandu. Carved window frames and pillars are restored to their original glory, or replicated via traditional Newari techniques. Everything feels well-balanced and thoughtfully designed. Dine on multi-course Nepali feasts, delicate Japanese specialities and international dishes. Enjoy spa treatments, a fully-equipped fitness suite, indoor pool and complimentary yoga sessions, and unwind at the end of a long day with a drink or two listening to live music in the chilled-out poolside bar.

Traditional décor at Dwarika's Hotel

What can you do there?

At Dwarika’s Hotel, you can spend time exploring the wonders of Kathmandu, including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and the sacred Ram Mandir temple. Relax around the sheltered courtyard pool, or unwind with a treatment at the spa. Out at Dwarika’s Resort, on the crisp, forested mountainside, the focus is firmly on wellness and nature. Revitalise yourself with yoga and meditation in the peaceful gardens, and rejuvenate in the Himalayan salt room. At the end of the day, have a long soak in the infinity pool whilst gazing at the snowy peaks.

Sun loungers amongst the trees

Heritage & Conservation

With the entire ethos of the hotel focused around conservation of original Newari architecture and support for traditional artisan methods, Dwarika’s Hotel has a strong eye on sustainability and community engagement. Similarly, Dwarika’s Resort is fully focused on giving back to the community and protecting the pristine Himalayan landscape, taking steps towards a zero waste and fully organic operation.

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