If it is an enlivening experience far from urban chaos that you are looking for, you can count on Dhulikhel Mountain Resort (DMR). Since its establishment in 1981, the resort has been constantly researching on new concepts and implementing proven ones, so that the luxuries it offers do not come with irreversible impacts on its surroundings. This means, as you enjoy being pampered, a team of conscious staff is always working behind the scenes to help preserve the aesthetics of this wonderful destination.
Arun Shrestha and his family take great pleasure in welcoming their guests to their remarkable property, which was founded in 1981 by his late father, Mr. Vishnu Shrestha. As a visionary successor, Arun has earned a very good reputation owing to his dedication and passion for promoting not only his business, but also the livelihood of the local community.
Apart from his official responsibilities, Arun is also actively involved in an organization called Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF). The foundation is committed to empower rural economy through sustainable tourism.
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Social - Priority to local produce and manpower, excellent workplace ethics
Cultural - Promotion of cultural heritage
Environmental - Water conservation and waste management
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
At Dhulikhel Mountain Resort (DMR), priority is given to local produce and manpower. It provides training to the villagers so that they can build their careers in tourism, hospitality and related sectors. Such trainings also cover organic farming and environmentally sustainable tourism practices.
About 90% of the employees at DMR are from the villages around the resort and are working at different levels, including management positions. They are all given a fair and equal wage regardless of their ethnic background or sex and hence are proud to be working at a place where there is absolutely no discrimination among the employees. It also extends its support to its retired staff and their families.
Conservation of cultural heritage is one of DMR's underlying concepts and is implemented from its very foundations. All of the rooms use traditional, locally produced furnishings and decoration and our entire resort is built using local materials and reflects the style of the surrounding villages.
You can learn about Nepal's culture in general and that of Dhulikhel in detail by taking a guided tour/hike organised by DMR regularly. Your guide will tell you about the local culture and environment and also about the areas to avoid. Besides, you will also find a document in your room folder with details on how, as a tourist, you should respect the local communities and their customs. For example, photography, dress, temple etiquette etc.
On the environmental front, DMR has policies for water conservation and waste management. To minimise misuse of water, improved flush systems are used in the toilets. Signage is used in rooms to encourage guests to use less water and ensure that taps are properly turned off after use. Biodegradable kitchen waste and roof straws are made into compost. Environmental awareness and clean up campaigns are regularly held, in which you too can volunteer.