Located on a hill above Dhulikhel, Dwarika's Himalayan Shangri-La Village Resorts offers panoramic views of the mountains in a peaceful location just a short drive from Kathmandu. Run by the same group as the luxurious Dwarika's in Kathmandu, this mountain resort offers a high quality of accommodation and service.
The 36 rooms are built in a traditional Newari or Gurung style, and all a bright and spacious, featuring large bathrooms and picture windows with amazing views. At the heart of the resort the Himalayan Restaurant offers fine meals, while the Shangri-La Bar provides drinks and traditional music. The resort spawls over a wide area and has been built in harmony with the landscape. It is a steep climb from the main road up to the restaurant, and can be an even steeper hike up to your rooms, so this is not a place for the lazy, but the reward as you climb the hill is the amazing views that open up before you. There are several excellent short walks that start from the grounds of the hotels, with longer hikes leading through the attractive small town of Dulikhel and the nearby villages. Mountain bikes are also available to hire from the resort.
The rooms at Dwarika's Himalayan Shangri-La are not equipped with TVs or radios, and you are encouraged to spend your time here exploring the great outdoors. This is not the place to come if you want to lie by a pool and enjoy room service, but if you want to enjoy a peaceful location and a comfortable base fort exploring a beautiful region, it is an ideal spot.
This tranquil setting is the ideal place for a spa, which a key part of the resort. Treatments are designed to bring about harmony of mind, body and soul and encompass yoga and meditation.
Open: All year.
Location: The hotel is located in a forest area an altitude of 1700 metres, a 45 minute drive from Kathmandu and 30 minutes from Dulikhel. It occupies 20 acres of gently sloping land with its own forest, cascade pools, birds, butterflies and deer.
Rooms: The resort has a total of 36 rooms built in traditional ethnic style. All have en-suite bathrooms with a shower rather than a bath, and modern amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities. They have picture windows looking offering panoramic views of the scenery beyond. Each room has its own garden space complete with hammocks and chairs. There are no TVs in the rooms.
Activities: The emphasis is on the great outdoors with such activities as mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting, kayaking and bird watching. Visits to local villages, temples and monasteries can be arranged. There is a viewpoint with spectacular views of the Himalayas and the valleys below.
Facilities: The central block houses the lounge, library, stocked with books, magazines, photos and newspapers, the bar and restaurant. The Himalayan Restaurant offers multiple cuisines and is open all day. It has its own fireplace and terrace. The bar is open daily from mid-morning. The Himalayan Spa offers comprehensive treatments under the guidance of an ayurvedic doctor, meditation, yoga and astrology masters, The hotel offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables, or in the privacy of your own room (on request).
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
Notes: Renovation work is being carried out add a spa to the resort. This is expected to be completed in 2013.