Dwarika's

A Heritage Hotel in Nepal That Gives Back
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.
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A Stunning Architectural Marvel of a Hotel in Katmandu
This hotel is a result of one mans personal passion. As modernity encroached upon Nepal, Mr. Dwarika, a private business man collected wooden artifacts, pillars, windows, etc. from temples, homes, and buildings being demolished in the interest of 'advancement'.

The Dwarika's hotel remains family owned and is built around an extensive collection of artefacts from the 13th century onwards, and the buildings and courtyards house some of Nepal’s best craftsmanship – capturing the beauty and spirit of an ancient city. The amalgamation of Nepal’s heritage with its longstanding tradition of hospitality makes The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu an intimate experience of a refined Nepali lifestyle.

The wood craft workshop is the place to see on property (you have to ask) and also stay in the original main building. Stunning!
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