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Hotel Vajra Kathmandu Nepal

HOTEL VAJRA

Hotel Vajra Pvt. Ltd.
Bijeswari, Swayambhu
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4271545
Fax: 977-1-4271695
Email: info@hotelvajra.com
 
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July 1983 The Hotel Vajra (Tel: 977-1-272719; 39 rooms, $10) is conveniently located on other side of the Vishnumati River. Catering primarily to tourists, it has heaps of atmosphere, smog-free air, excessively clean rooms, a big circular fireplace in the main dining room, splendid little manicured terraces, unquestionably the finest view of the city. and much more. It's a modern hotel built in traditional style, even keeping to Asian-style bathrooms (which may be a bit too authentic for some tastes). But the jaded businessperson to whom hotels have become much of a muchness (and who can get away with doing so) will probably find a stay at the Vajra a joy and a real bargain.

 

 

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THE HOTEL VAJRA, A SERENE ASSEMBLY OF brick buildings, grassy courtyards, ivy-covered walls and Hindu statuary, is a calm oasis overlooking crowded, chaotic Katmandu. Built in 1980, the Vajra has 51-brick- and wood-lined guestrooms in three buildings, a sunny library (and resident librarian) and painted frescos. A popular retreat for visiting writers and Sanskrit scholars, it offers performances (from rock music to Nepalese theatre) plus roaring bonfires and dancing at its three rooftop patios in the evenings. Or simply savor the view of the Himalayas in the distance.

 

 

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THE HOTEL VAJRA, A serene assembly of brick buildings, grassy courtyards, ivy-covered walls and Hindu statuary, is a calm oasis overlooking crowded, chaotic Katmandu. Built in 1980, the Vajra has 51-brick- and wood-lined guestrooms in three buildings, a sunny library (and resident librarian) and painted frescos. A popular retreat for visiting writers and Sanskrit scholars, it offers performances (from rock music to Nepalese theatre) plus roaring bonfires and dancing at its three rooftop patios in the evenings. Or simply savor the view of the Himalayas in the distance.

TIME - February 24 2003
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The Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu has a swimming pool, the Yak & Yeti has a luxurious reputation. But what Kathmandu's Hotel Vajra lacks in television and hgh speed internet connections, it more than makes up for in charm, comfort and personality. A pleasant distance from the tourist area of Thamel and a stone's throw away from the landmark Swayambhu stupa, the 22 year old inn was designed to resemble a traditional Nepali palace, complete with a tranquil flower garden, fountains and a rooftop terrace ideal for watching the sun set over the capital. You get it all for less than half the price of the luxury hotels.

 

 

East Meets West at Hotel Vajra

The Settings: Hotel Vajra is definitely one of the most unique hotels within the Kathmandu Valley. It displays an outstanding talent architecturally by affording a fine balance between a rich eastern flavour in décor and style and the proper touch of western convenience and comfort. You would feel equally at home if you were a Buddhist follower on retreat or an overworked businessman seeking to get away from it all.

The Location: Hotel Vajra is located on the slopes of the Swayambhu Temple on the Pilgrims Road to Swayambhu temple. This is about 15 minutes walk from Durbar Square or Thamel. This hillside offers a breathtaking view of both the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding mountains, from the rooftop terraces.

The Architecture: The style and structure of this hotel are a warm and welcome sight. Hotel Vajra is built in the typical Nepali Pagoda style with the use of entirely locally available materials which definitely helps to create this attractive warmness.

The hotel is jewelled inside and out with wood carvings, stone and marble tile, hanging brick gardens and traditional Tibetan ceiling-paintings. The traditional Nepali wood carving were done by local wood carvers from Patan and the intricate brightly colored ceilings at the Big Pagoda and the Pagoda Bar were completed by a Tibetan Monk which studied Lhasa. The building is structured to be "earth-quake proof" and is built on the rock base of the Swayambhu Temple itself.

The Food: The explorer's Restaurant is at your service for meals from the unique marble open kitchen to satisfy every hunger from continental foods to traditional Tibetan dishes. Room service is available and lunch boxes may be easily arranged for your outings. Food and drinks are also served in the shady gardens and terraces.

Drinks: The Pagoda Bar on the rooftop overlooks the entire Kathmandu Valley. It offers a cozy bar with the added attraction of the Tibetan Thangka style ceiling in the bar and the free open spacious skies and view of the valley from the adjoining terrace. A perfect combination for relaxing over an afternoon or evening drink.

The Rooms: The bright cozy rooms are certainly the heart and embodiment of the Vajra concept. Every detail is coordinated to create a distinguished flavour of its own. From the deep rich monk's robe reds to the gentle peaceful pastels a clear statement is easily read, simplicity and beauty.

A single or double room is available with an attach bath or you may choose a room with out bath and utilize the bright common baths. Abundant hot water is readily supplied by the roof top solar heating system. The trekker's house is also available. This is an annex so named because of the convenience for trekkers of the slightly larger rooms, which are lower priced especially when shared between a number of persons. The rooms are very reasonable.

Extras: The Naga Theater regularly presents Nepali, Tibetan, and Avant-Garde events. Presently this is being used to offer lessons in Tantric Dance, classical song and classical drum courses. Events in the theater are also open to non-guests and have become quite a local attractions.

The October Gallery is combined with the Naga Theater and is affiliated with the October Gallery in London. Exhibits of works of outstanding artists of Asia, both traditional and modern are regularly displayed.

HOTEL VAJRA: A Cultural Centre as well...

"East meets West" is more than a catchy slogan for the Hotel Vajra. Authentic Nepali architecture combined with contemporary comforts, entertainment and a long list of traveller services, reflect the hotel's aim to provide more than the basic needs for food and lodging.

The Vajra's buildings employ traditional materials in a Nepali design, but with a touch of Western influence. The buildings were designed by a London architectural firm, chiefly by a Canadian and an American student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Sangpo Lama, of the hotel's management, worked closely with a community of Tamang builders during construction and continues to oversee the grounds and buildings.

Elaborated carved wooden windows and doors were made by descendants of Kathmandu Valley's great old palace woodcarvers. In the main building, carved panels of the eight good luck symbols sacred to Hindus and Buddhists separate two levels of glassed sun porches. The interior of sanded brick is complimented by variously colored marble stairs, window seats and floors. Traditional masks adorn the walls alongside colorful Tibetan carpets and hangings.

One stands in the lobby and looks upward through three stories to ceiling frescos painted by a Tibetan master. The dining room is decorated with a Tamang painter's bright designs and warmed by a fireplace with a gleaming copper hood.

Of the hotel's favorite features is the rooftop garden terrace which offers a magnificent panorama of Durbar Square's pagodas and medieval Kathmandu. Early risers can see sunrise light the gilded spire of Swayambhu; the hilltop temple is just a twenty minute walk away. Sunset worshippers will enjoy a view of the Himalayan skyline, perhaps with drinks served from the roof-top Pagoda Bar whose intricately painted ceiling colors vie with the rosy sky.

Also at the rooftop level is a reverently beautiful Big Pagoda room, a rather unconventional meeting room where one removes shoes and sits on colorful cushions and carpets under another of the Tibetan painter's ceilings. Meditation sessions, yoga classes, Buddhist ritual dances, lectures, drama and even private dinner parties are held here. And in this ceremonial setting, the Hotel Vajra receives an annual blessing by a Tibetan Buddhist leader, a Rinpoche, alternately from Boudhanath and Swayambhunath monasteries.

With Nepali and American backing, the Vajra's first single building opened in 1980 with the intent of providing a quiet environment for trekkers, scholars and artists. In the ensuring years, facilities have been joined by offerings in the arts.

The General Manager, Ms. Sabina Lehmann, augments her hotel management skills with a background of international theatre which began in her native Germany. Under her direction, the international Studio 7 presents several plays a years in the Hotel Vajra's first floor theatre.

The Naga Theatre Room, its name taken from the sacred serpents over the door, also houses the October Gallery which features works of Nepali artists (October refers to harvest). The visit in 1986 of Nepali artists to the October Gallery's namesake in London marked the first showing of Nepalese art outside of the Kingdom. Enthusiastic acclaim has given their work its deserved international stature.

The East-West Library on the second floor possesses a number of Tibetan as well as Sanskrit texts. There are also books in English on Western scientific management, ecology and natural history (especially of Nepal) and Philosophy. Reference volumes cover many subjects. The library is presided over by Mrs. Tsering Choudon, who cataloged the Tibetan texts, and by Swami Dharmajyoti, a scholar of Sanskrit and philosophy.

The Kalamandapa Institute, under Rajendra Shrestha, offers classes in traditional music (voice and drum) and ritual dance. Adult classes are held during the week, and on Saturday mornings the theatre vibrates with an energetic class of Nepali youngsters. The hotel has a new workshop theatre and rehearsal hall that may be rented by groups in the community.

Throughout the year one may find lectures on Buddhist philosophy, exhibits of Newar thangkas, seminars on subjects such as Tibetan medicine, or concerts of classical Indian music at the Vajra. Throughout April, Studio 7 is presenting "Gesar of Ling", from Tibet's national epic. This dramatization represents a portion of the life story of the Tibetan 'superman' in the victorious war against the demon Lutzen in the evil kingdom of Kurkar. The drama will be presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 in the Naga Theatre. Please call the hotel for ticket information.

Besides being an architectural showpiece and cultural center, the Vajra is also a hotel. The third member of the management team, Mr. Narendra Bajracharya, is a public relations specialist who provides an interface between Nepali culture and the Vajra's Western clientele. Mr. Bajracharya, Ms. Lehmann and Mr. Lama encourage questions and comments from the hotel's guests.

The Explorer's Restaurant offers a complete menu of well prepared food, as well as full bar service. The hotel has its own water well and treatment plant for drinking water. Bathing water is heated by solar panels with electrical backup. There is also a Finnish sauna.

Set on a terrace overlooking Kathmandu, every room at the Vajra has a view of the mountains, the hills or the city, and some have balconies. Separate buildings are placed to complement the main structure, and attractive garden areas enhance the surroundings. Some rooms have floors patterned in colored terrazzo. The smallest rooms have a marble sink with bath down the hall; the largest have a private bath and separate sitting room. Prices range from $10 to $23, subject to the 12% government tax. A new building with eight rooms, all to have balconies fronting on the garden, is now under construction.

Some feel art is an escape from reality. Sabine Lehmann sees art as opening doors to reality. The Hotel Vajra holds open its doors for a new experience.

 

 
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Very Nice, A good place to stay in busy Kathmandu for its quietude. Outstanding service. Friendliness and helpfulness of the staff was every time on very high level. In our opinion, this is one of the best places to stay in Nepal.


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The Classical Dance Performances take place in the Great Pagoda Hall. These Dances provide a very special and authentic taste of the ancient arts of Nepal. Rajendra Shrestha founded Kala-Mandapa in 1981 for the purpose of preserving the traditional performing arts as well as creating contemporary works. An emphasis is placed on conveying an understanding of the historical background and deep philosophical meaning THE PAGODA HALL. Contact reception for reservation

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Hotel Vajra's management and staff are grateful to announce that the Vajra's earthquake resistant buildings have stood strong through

he 25th April quake of 7.6 and the 12th May quake of 7.3 in the Richter scale.

In order to help with the relief program for Nepal, the Management has decided to offer all guests a 30% discount valid through the months of May, June and July. 

This is also applicable for 2016.

 


 

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