The eight rooms are bright, with Newari motifs, and through the windows offer views of the bahal, hiti and street through which the Machindranath Chariot passes every year. Shakya has thought of everything — even an Amsterdam-style suitcase hoist for the upper floors.
“My target clients are those who have a deep understanding of and appreciation for culture and heritage,” adds Shakya.
There is more to Patan than just Darbar Square.”
Indeed, the hotel could provide a unique cultural base camp to explore Patan’s little-known religious sites, and would be ideal for tourists tired of one-size-fits-all hotel rooms, Nepal-based expats, and Nepalis.
“The residents of Kathmandu could come to Patan as weekend tourists, why not?” asks Shakya.
The in-house restaurant Omrit, named after the Amritbarna Mahabihar shrine outside, has a rich menu of Newari delicacies: kwati, chaku, chatamari, yomari, as well as a healthy choice of continental. The restaurant also serves a 12-course Newari bhoj dinner as well as the aila rice spirit made by neighbours.
Says Shakya: “Much of Patan is still a hidden treasure. And what could be a better way to preserve the heritage of my own neighbourhood than through cultural tourism?”
Heranya Yala opens from 16 August at $90 per night at booking.com.
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