April 15, 2002
Dwarika's buildings are made of intricate carved wood and terracotta work that is said to have taken 10 million hours to make by the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work is a centuries old original- the owner collected them until he had a lot and he decided to start a hotel!
The service lives up to the architecture, and the food is really good too! My friends and I stayed there after having stayed at the Last Resort and a village for more than a week and we looked really scruffy. Despite this the hotel employees welcomed us with a warm smile and I was really impressed. And even though we were only there for one night and we were teenagers, they treated us with respect and friendly hospitality.
There is a popular restaurant that serves traditional Nepali food and it is called Krishnarpan. I would've loved to eat there but it was Holi (festival of colours) while we were there and they had a special buffet dinner. The food was absolutely gorgeous, especially the momos. There was an overwhelming variety of Nepali and Indian food and the price was definately reasonable.
You can walk to Pashupatinath in less than 10 minutes. The outside of the entrance is so busy and noisy but once you step in, you can't believe how peaceful and calm it is! It's definately worth staying here... Even a visit would be worthwhile- you can sit in the courtyard and have some chiyaa (tea).
The hotel has been constructed in the traditional Newari style and the rooms are very Nepali in character. It was really nice staying at a hotel with a very Nepali feel to it. The Frommers Guidebook votes Dwarikas as one of the best hotels with Nepali character. Although I wouldn't stay here for my whole stay in Nepal, if you want luxury, this is the place to stay!
From journal My Ultimate Holiday in Nepal!