In a Nutshell

Dwarika’s is a delightful luxury hotel and is the most luxurious option in Kathmandu, beautifully echoing Nepal’s architectural heritage and local craftsmanship.

At a Glance

  • Considered widely to be the best hotel in Kathmandu with 87 rooms and suites
  • Constructed using a host of antique wooden carvings, pillars and window frames
  • Superb cuisine from three restaurants
  • Delightful inner courtyard featuring a swimming pool and opportunities for al fresco dining
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The Detail

It all started with one man, Dwarika Das Shrestha, who saw two local carpenters burning some intricately carved 16th-century wooden pillars as firewood. Shocked that these amazing pieces were being destroyed, he bought them and so began his collection of local carvings such as amazing wooden windows, door frames and pillars. He then incorporated all of these wonderful historic pieces in the building of Dwarika’s making it almost half museum, half hotel.

Located in Old Baneshwor in eastern Kathmandu, you are close to the airport where you also find the temple of Pashupatinath and the Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath, and with easy reach by car of either Kathmandu or Patan Durbar Squares. It is very much an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounds a dreamy central courtyard featuring al fresco dining and a swimming pool. There are 87 rooms and suites, all exceptionally unique and bursting with individual character, using hand-printed curtains and bedspreads, antiques and local furnishings yet totally up to date in terms of the standards excepted of a luxury hotel. There are three restaurants; a fine dining Nepalese Restaurant called Krishnarpan, Mako’s which is a Japanese restaurant and Toran which offers international cuisine. There is a superb spa and also a great bar.

Dwarikas leads in with the Heritage Deluxe Rooms, offering ample space with many of the rooms overlooking the inner courtyard. The Heritage Junior Suites are larger, complete with a divan (or day bed). The larger Heritage Executive Rooms have a larger open-plan bathroom and even more living space. The Royal Suite has its own private outdoor breakfast terrace, separate living area and bathroom complete with sunken bathtub.

Dwarikas is famous for its culinary offerings, and Krishnarpan is a must. You can choose from six to twenty-six courses (yes this isn’t a typo), served on low tables and taking you through all the various cuisines from around Nepal. Mako’s is a intimate Japanese restaurant featuring minimalist and zen-like decor. Toran is the all-day dining international restaurant that can be enjoyed outside in the courtyard.

Dwarikas feature a central swimming pool, designed to reflect the 12th century Nepalese Malla Dynasty baths. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The spa is superb offering a range of treatments, ideal to rectify those post-trek aches and pains. There is also a fitness centre and library.


Millis Potter Insight

We think Dwarikas is one of the best city hotels to be found anywhere in the subcontinent, it really does really pleasantly surprise you.. When you walk in, most people simply say ‘wow’ and there is good reason. It is like walking around a museum, with intricate carvings, antiques and features around every corner all surrounding a heavenly courtyard, almost like an oasis in Kathmandu. The rooms are exceptionally well thought out, blending local art and design with 21st century comforts. The food is fantastic, from the multi-course dining in Krishnarpan to just sitting out in the courtyard having a nice lunch with a chilled glass of wine. Nothing really compares to Dwarikas in Kathmandu – with many of the larger luxury hotels being very traditional international styles of hotel. You do have a few smaller boutique hotels that have a fairly similar style (Traditional Homes or the Inn at Patan), yet will not have all the facilities you get at Dwarikas. It is the most expensive hotel in Kathmandu, but we really do think you will love Dwarikas and a perfect first stop on any Nepal holiday.

Dwarika’s Itineraries

Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.

Cleansing Body and Soul in Nepal

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Dhulikhel  

There are fewer better destinations than Nepal for cleansing both body and soul; and we promise you will return back glowing! Combine three nights in Kathmandu, a four-day trek and then a five-night spa break at Dwarika's Dhulikhel.

14 days from £3830 p. p.

Mountains & Monasteries: Classic Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

This two-week suggested itinerary gives you the perfect blend of everything that makes Bhutan such a magical destination; amazing views, local culture and walks.

12 days from £3475 p. p.

Honeymoon to Nepal and Oman

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Dhulikhel - Muscat  

Nepal and Oman is a perfect honeymoon combination, blending an colourful dash of culture, adventure and beach. Head in the mountains of Nepal before kicking back on the beaches of the Arabian Sea.

14 days from £2700 p. p.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Snow-capped mountains, Buddhist Monasteries, trekking and historic cities await you on a luxury private tour of Nepal and Bhutan, a perfect combination that makes the most of your time in the mountains.

14 days from £3750 p. p.

Luxury Helicopter Tour of Nepal

Kathmandu - Everest - Mustang - Annapurna - Langtang - Dhulikhel  

If you are looking for the ultimate luxury adventure to Nepal, then it has to include helicopters! Delve into remote corners of the Himalayas that take weeks to reach on foot.

10 days from £10795 p. p.

Nepal’s Golden Triangle

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan National Park - Dhulikhel  

This classic itinerary combines Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park, taking your time to sit back and enjoy the views, without needing to head off trekking in the mountains.

13 days from £3090 p. p.

Classic Nepal

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Pokhara - Bandipur - Seti River Rafting - Chitwan - Dhulikhel  

This itinerary to Nepal has it all; exploring Kathmandu, a trek in the mountains, rafting down the Seti River, wildlife in Chitwan and relaxation at the end of the trip.

14 days from £2320 p. p.

Nepal Trekking Holiday

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Pokhara - Dhulikhel  

This is the ultimate Nepal Trekking Holiday. The mountain scenery of Nepal is impossibly spectacular, combine Kathmandu with a five day trek in the Annapurna Range and some R&R in Pokhara.

11 days from £1775 p. p.


Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.