ARCHITECTURE

Dwarika’s Hotel’s elegant courtyards, buildings, and rooms aim to revive the stunning Newari architecture, capturing the beauty and spirit of ancient Kathmandu. The unique craftsmanship, heavily invested in the local art and culture, is conserved with a notion of utmost care. Dwarika’s antique wooden masterpieces date as far back as the 13th century, creating a certain indefinable aura that enfolds the hotel. Artifacts of Newari wood carvings depicting Hindu and Buddhist deities and mystical creatures attest to the architecture’s deep involvement in the Kathmandu valley’s cultural landscape.

OUR STORY

Our commitment to heritage conservation dates back to 1950, when the founder of the hotel, Mr. Dwarika Das Shrestha, witnessed carpenters sawing off the intricately carved portions of an old wooden pillar for firewood. What began as an impulsive action grew into a passion, and soon Dwarika Das Shrestha’s commitment to saving, documenting and restoring artefacts took on a life of its own. The rescued carved wooden pieces were employed to construct a building in an traditional Newari style. He envisioned that his new building, which would operate as a guest house, would allow more people to appreciate Nepal’s architectural and cultural legacy, giving the restored treasures a new lifespan. The vision behind the Dwarika’s Hotel as a living tribute to heritage of the Kathmandu Valley was thus born.

Biman Jhya

The beauty of Newa Art is that, just as other Nepali art forms, it is rich in detail, lively, capable of influencing even connoisseurs of art around the world. When we look at the structure of the window frame, we see a combination of elements which mimics a miniature shrine with its pair of free-standing columns, supporting a roof like entablature above and resting atop a large, decorative pedestal, like a building plinth.

Biman jhhya is known for its highly valued window. Biman jhya was the respresentation of a higher class and was kept in the palaces, temple and highly valued places.

Bhairav is carved on each section of the window with the horses on the edge, we will come to- why is horse carved at the edge of the window when we go around the ram palace. Where we will see about the sun window and moon window.

The window is also carved with toran. Toran is known as the gateway or pass. Toran is the name in Hinduism of a sacred or honorific gateway in Buddhist architecture. Its typical form is a projecting the temple shrines carved in the toran. Torans are the first thing that welcomes guests as it not only enhances the charm of the main entrance but also gives friendly welcome to the guest.

Taken aback, Nepal was culturally enclosed in caste system the lower-class people couldn’t enter the temple thus, they used to worship the toran from outside.

Bhairav is known as the protecting deities. The Bhairav meant to demonstrate power, affluence and supreme sophistication by incorporating balcony windows flanking a central window frame from each side. The transformation of the Courtyard windows into a museum space aims at presenting the original spatial configuration of the north, west and south wings and its main exhibit. These wings date to the early 17th century.