A stay at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu feels like traveling back in time to another era. Much of the woodwork found throughout the hotel dates back centuries. When owner Ambica Shrestha and her husband saw people burning intricate wood carvings they embarked on a mission to preserve the dying art. They hired a team of wood carvers and set up a work shop on what is now the hotel grounds. Their craftsmanship can be seen throughout the hotel, including the restored door shown above, which dates to the 13th century.
Dwarika's woodworkers are now helping those affected by the earthquake restore their homes. In addition, Ambica's daughter has helped set up Camp Hope, a temporary shelter housing 332 villagers from Sindhupalchowk, one of Nepal's most devastated regions. Dwarika's is working to reconstruct homes and train displaced villagers in skills such as knitting and masonry. Guests can visit the camp and also opt to volunteer during their stay. I've never stayed at a hotel with such soul and such pride of place. If you want to help Nepal, book a trip and stay at Dwarika's.