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Heaven on Earth The Shangri-La Village

The resort is spread out arranged up into split levels, and attractive and unique features of this delightful resort. If the theme may be one of rustic elegance, the amenities provided are fully modern and up to date.

In the year 1952, the well known geologist and author Toni Hagen took a photograph in Pokhara, facing north towards the Annapurna range. This classic picture soon enough became representative of Pokhara’s beauty to people abroad. In 1990, Shyam Bahadur Pandey, hotelier and patriarch of the Shangri-La Hotel in Kathmandu, looking for a site to open a deluxe resort in Pokhara, chose the very same spot from which Hagen took his famous panorama of the Annapurna mountains.

This view was the key feature defining not just the location of the resort, but also the way it was designed and built. This has been done in a most creative manner using locally available material and keeping in mind the architectural traditions of the region. Architecture has been inspired by the forms and textures of Nepal’s villages suitably enhanced by charming garden and delightful bodies and water, including a clear flowing stream and a swimming pool with a waterfall. The whole effect is one of total enchantment. “The western Himalayas belong to the Shangri- La Village, Pokhara. The Annapurna, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri all gaze down at the cuddle of ethnic buildings that reflect the timeless villages of Nepal. Every room has a view and for every guest at the Shangri-La Village, the Himalayas become up close and personal”.

Rustic elegance

The resort is spread out and arranged in split levels, which is one of the unique features of this delightful resort. Even if the theme may be one of rustic elegance, the amenities provided are fully modern and up to date with the rooms having air conditioning and heated with individually controlled thermostats. All the rooms have private balconies facing the mighty Annapurna range and each room has a mini bar, hair dryer, satellite television, tea/coffee maker and international direct dialing. The rooms open out directly to the gardens via the large French windows. The gardens are also easily accessible from the central walkway that leads to the guest rooms, the lobby and the restaurants. The resort’s conference hall known as the “Traders Hall” is designed to portray resting-places for caravans in ancient times, with strategically placed wooden columns, a thatch roof and a verandah that goes around the hall.

Nestled in the tranquil heart of Pokhara, not far from the tourist area around the famous Fewa Tal (lake), the Shangri- La Village Resort most certainly lives its name, that of a Shangri-la here on earth.

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