The Dwarika’s Kathmandu is a pioneer in sustainable heritage conservation. It has become a living example of how cultural restoration and tourism can be complementary, leading to the preservation of historical artifacts and the growth of a rich cultural industry.
The Newari civilization of the Kathmandu Valley has a rich history of arts and traditions. This includes a legacy of intricate wood carvings, distinctive temples, sculptures, bronze and terracotta works as well as the unique lifestyle of the people themselves. The Dwarika's Kathmandu is a heritage hotel composed of an unparalleled collection of art works from this civilization and continues its tradition of warmth and hospitality.
The Dwarika's commitment to heritage conservation dates back to 1952, when the founder of the hotel, the late Dwarika Das Shrestha came upon some carpenters sawing off the carved portion of an intricately carved wooden pillar. These pieces of exquisitely carved wood, several centuries old, were being used as firewood. The destruction of Nepal's heritage profoundly influenced Dwarika Das and he bought the half sawed pillar. What began as an impulsive action grew into a passion and ultimately a lifetime of work.
Dwarika Das Shrestha’s commitment towards meticulously collecting and documenting artifacts soon took on a life of its own. Faced with the problem of storing these works of art, Dwarika Das decided to construct a building in the old Newari style of Kathmandu, using the rescued doors and window frames. He envisioned that this new building, which would operate as a guest house, would give these restored treasures a new life and allow more people to appreciate Nepal’s ancient cultural history. The vision behind the Dwarika's Hotel was thus born.