Dwarika's Hotel is a unique place in South Asia. It is a living example that tourism need not destroy heritage and the environment. 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.
HISTORY OF A MISSION
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.
LOCATION : The magnificence of Dwarika's is its buildings of intricate carved wood and terracotta work that must have taken 10 million hours of the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original. But Dwarika's is also about intimate luxury and the spirit and hospitality of the Nepali people.
The spirit of a bygone era still echoes within its courtyards where a terracotta pillar: a first of its kind, stands proud, an example of superb craftsmanship. Rox Restaurant & Bar - A three level signature outlet, accessible from three different entry points.
ACCOMODATION : Guests enjoy a tradition of casual elegance; comfort assured by an uncommon attention to detail and personal service.
74 Deluxe Rooms and Suites. 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
CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS : Look no further than Dwarika's for a very special venue for your conference, seminar or workshop. As well as a beautiful setting of authentic Nepali architecture, wood carvings and terracotta brickwork, Dwarika's provides modern conference facilities.
Our Lohn Hiti conference hall can accommodate 100 people theatre style and up to 50 people in hollow-block-seating style. All your audio visual, security, decoration and stationery requirements can be met. Catering is handled in-house with a wide range of snacks, full meals and special menus available.
Optional programme such as cultural shows and spouse tours can easily be arranged.
Whether your meeting is non-residential or residential we will welcome you at Dwarika's.
|BUSINESS CENTER: Dwarika's Business Center has modern facilities and up to-date equipment|
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Dwarika's Hotel, winner of the PATA Heritage Award now offers you not only the secrets of Nepalese art, architecture and hospitality but KRISHNARPAN. A special Nepalese restaurant in an historic and beautiful setting.
For the best recipes of Nepal, the finest meat, vegetables, aromatic spices, purified oils and saffron are selected by the chef every day to create for you an exotic meal from 6 to 20 courses.
KRISHNARPAN invites you to capture a moment of history of a rich and ancient culture, to dine at tables designed with centuries old lattice woodwork, served on antique traditional plates and glasses by charming hosts and hostesses dressed in different ethnic wear.
|2009 - 2010 Year Rates||Jan. 01 - May 31||June 01 - Sep. 31|
|Oct. 01 - Dec. 31|
|Single||$ 235||$ 200|
|Double/Twin||$ 245||$ 220|
|Heritage Junior Suite||$ 350||$ 330|
|Heritage Exec. Suite||$ 400||$ 380|
|Royal Suite||$ 1700||$ 1600|
|Tripple||$ 320||$ 285|
* All above rates are net rate in US Dollars inclusive of Airport pickup service, Breakfast, Government Tax and Service Charges.
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