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More museum than hotel, Dwarika's is inspired by the valley’s rich cultural heritage and is modelled upon the architectural grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. A heritage hotel, it is comprised of carved wooden door and window frames and Nepalese artefacts, some dating back to the 14th Century.
There are 87 rooms at this heritage hotel, all individually designed with Newari motifs and handmade furniture. Luxury is not compromised however, and all the necessary mod cons are there. Lucky guests may even have bagh-chal in their room, a traditional game where goats are pitted against tigers, set out on low tables.
There are three restaurants at Dwarika's. Krushnarpan is famed for its Nepali cuisine and aims to evoke memories of the Maharajas of Nepal with the slow dining experience - they provide amazing set menus from 6, 15 or 22 courses. The Fusion Bar is in the family's old house (they still live on site today), and is traditionally Nepalese with a hint of German mountain hut influence thrown in - this may seem odd, but it works. Finally, Mako's serves delicious Japanese food.
Facilities include a swimming pool, gym and spa which offers a range of massages as well as yoga classes.
The location of Dwarika's is incomparable, and despite being in Kathmandu, it is extremely quiet - it takes a trip into the centre to really grasp just how surprisingly quiet it is.
Mr D Surestra (D for Dwarika) started collecting such treasures in the 1950's, when the rest of the country was trying to modernise and often using the intricately carved frames as firewood. His collection grew so big that he opened a small guesthouse, which is now the luxury heritage hotel we see today, still made up of the frames and other such treasures he has collected over the years.
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