Rudyard Kipling wrote that the wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu. This still holds true for the city that is the world’s most exotic destination.

With views to the high Himalaya, the ancient buildings, venerable temples and narrow lanes of Kathmandu reveal never-ending secrets. Its magic entices visitors from all over the world.

The cultural richness of this society creates an intricate fabric that can be overwhelming. The perfect retreat is the charming Shangri-La Hotel. This intimate 97 room property has the warmth of welcome for which the Nepalese are renowned, plus a high degree of comfort. Each air-conditioned room offers multi channel television and music, direct dial telephone, mini-bar and pleasing modern decor.

The Top Floor is a recently added cloister that offers a serenity that invites the Business Traveler to 22 state-of-art rooms created to offer every luxury, every convenience and 2 Deluxe Suites that rival the finest in hoteliering. A club lounge, individual safes and coffee makers that match the very best in the world are some of the other facilities that await you at The Top Floor.

Taking tea in the award- winning gardens, served by uniformed waiters, it is easy to imagine that you are in another era. However, the modern world is certainly evident in the fitness center, swimming pool and the range of cuisines on offer at Shangri-La’s restaurants. The Jazz Bar serves fine continental cuisine and also specializes in Chinese and Oriental dishes. The Shambala Garden Café and the Bakery have a wealth of sweet delights.

Whether sipping a High Lama cocktail in the Lost Horizon Bar or watching a performance of masked temple dancers in the garden, the mystery of Kathmandu is ever present. Indeed, this is Shangri-La.

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