I had stayed at Dwarikas a few years ago so already knew that it was an exceptional hotel - a unique location and wonderful staff led by the unstoppable Sangeeta. However it was the events of the Kathmandu Earthquake that unexpectedly led me to revisit. The day after the earthquake I spent a fruitless 11 hours at Kathmandu Airport trying to get on a flight to Varanasi which was subsequently cancelled and so went to Dwarikas for the night.
Despite the terrible situation and the personal crisis that everyone was facing, I received a warm welcome back and was offered the opportunity to stay with the other guests, sheltering in the garden. For anyone who thinks that spend the night in the garden sounds terrible, you have no idea what living in the aftermath of a quake is like. I was incredibly grateful for their hospitality and for the surprise arrival of hot noodle soup which was much appreciated. The team worked tirelessly around the clock looking after their guests and doing their best to help despite torrential rain, no power supply and continuing shocks throughout the night - all this with many staff having no home of their own to go to or family members who were injured or killed in the earthquake.
Nepal is a beautiful country and Kathmandu an incredible location to visit and I would encourage everyone to visit. Since I am writing this only days after the earthquake it may not be the right time to visit straightaway but Im sure that given some breathing time and recovery time it will indeed be restored. Please support Nepal now by donating if you can and by visiting this beautiful country when its safe to do so. And when you're in Kathmandu, please stay at Dwarikas.Thank you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage.Originally established as a heritage restoration project, The Dwarika's hotel has become known as Nepal's premier property, and a model for heritage preservation in Nepal and beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dwarikas Hotel Kathmandu