RUPAKOT RESORT – An Oasis in the Hills

A resort true to its theme ‘nature, heritage and luxury’

Built in a theme ‘nature-heritage-luxury’, the resort offers world class luxury in a natural setting respecting local heritage. Accommodation is in luxury villas that borrows design from village homes in western Nepal – stone-covered slanted roofs, attic, wooden staircase and stone-paved alleys. The villas are arranged in a village setting – some elevated, some at low level. Stone-paved alleys connect all the villas. To give a true village experience, there is even a community tap, flowing water round the clock. Swimming pool and spa add to the luxurious value of the property.


A 10-kilometer jeep ride on a dirt road may be tiring for some and adventurous for others. But the first view of the sprawling property on the hilltop that you get from the comfort of your SUV generates ‘wow’ from all. Welcome to Rupakot Resort!

Rupakot Resort is a little oasis in the Rupakot hills of Kaski district. For visitors used to the hustle and bustle of the Lakeside – the heart and soul of Pokhara city, Rupakot Resort offers a different experience altogether. Rupakot Resort is a luxury accommodation in a rustic setting. The resort’s strategic location offers you breathtaking view of Begnas and Rupa lakes below and magnificent mountain peaks like Machhapuchhre and Annpurna, among others, in the horizon. The view of these snow-capped peaks glittering gold in morning sun is something that will be etched in your memory for long. Have a romantic date in the evening, watching the sun set far in the horizon.

Built in a theme ‘nature-heritage-luxury’, the resort offers world class luxury in a natural setting respecting local heritage. Accommodation is in luxury villas that borrows design from village homes in western Nepal – stone-covered slanted roofs, attic, wooden staircase and stone-paved alleys. The villas are arranged in a village setting – some elevated, some at low level. Stone-paved alleys connect all the villas. To give a true village experience, there is even a community tap, flowing water round the clock. Swimming pool and spa add to the luxurious value of the property.

The Panorama Restaurant offers panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, green hills, and lakes glittering in sun. It has a well-stocked bar offering you best of the wines and whiskeys sourced from all over the world. Food served in the restaurant is delicious. Most of the vegetables used in the restaurant are organic and grown locally. The ever smiling staff members are interactive and courteous. They greet you with a Namaste and ask if they could be of any help to you. The hospitality of this standard in a far-flung place Rupakot is simply amazing.

Rooms are warm and luxurious. You get all the amenities that you expect from a luxurious property – running hot and cold water round the clock, coffee maker, luxurious bedding, air conditioners, LED television with satellite channels, telephone, high-speed Internet, among others. You don’t expect to get such amenities in a resort set in a place like Rupakot. Each room has a spacious terrace with chairs and tables. Imagine sipping coffee in one of these terraces enjoying magnificent view around.

Rupakot Resort aptly reflects the vision of its owner, Pushpa Raj Adhikari, who conceived the property while plying his trade in Belgium. Adhikari, who grew up in the Rupakot village before his family migrated to Chitwan, felt Nepal should have a property that everyone should be proud of. “I wanted to build a property that offers luxurious accommodation in a natural setting without compromising with our rich cultural heritage,” Adhikari, who rejected three designs, before finalizing the current design, said.

Why Rupakot? There is an interesting story. While operating a travel agency, Adhikari happened to take a client to his birthplace in Rupakot in 1993. The client invited Adhikari to his place when they met in Finland six years later. “I was surprised to see the photograph of Rupakot hanging on the wall. Snow-capped mountains, abundant greenery and two lakes separated by a green ridge. I was awe-struck with the photo and realized the commercial value that the place carries,” he said, adding: “Then I determined to build a world class property in Rupakot.”

A determined Adhikari started buying land plots in Rupakot from 2001. “Though there was no road, no electricity and no water at that time, I went on buying land plots which continued for eight years. After conflict ended in 2006, I conceptualized a luxury resort and design works started in 2009,” Adhikari shared. He rejected three designs before settling for a fourth one in 2012 which he felt reflected his vision of luxury, nature and heritage.

Construction work officially started on November 9, 2012. And, as they say, the rest is history.

“Only 50 percent of the works have been completed so far.  Work to build presidential villas and honeymoon huts has already begun. Also we expect the road that links the resort to the Prithvi Highway to be blacktopped very soon,” said Adhikari. “We are also planting saplings of wild fruits in our property to bring back birds that have left the village.”

Adhikari is satisfied with what he has been able to give back to the society. “I have managed to instill confidence among local people that there is plenty of things that we can do in our village,” he said, adding that the resort gives priority to local people when it comes to hiring. “We source most of our workforce locally. We provide them trainings and orientations. Similarly, we buy vegetables and other stuffs from local villagers. This way they are benefitting from our project,” he added.

Though only two years in business, Rupakot Resort has managed to receive accolades from far and wide. “When you have good property, you don’t have to put much effort on marketing and promotion. Your guests will do that for you, free of cost,” Adhikari added. “We are encouraged by the response received from our guests. Their suggestions help us to improve our services.”

Rupakot Resort’s major clientele comes from the Japanese and Chinese markets. “But we are getting visitors from Asia, Europe and Americas alike. Movement of Nepalis is also increasing. We are getting lot of conference groups,” he said, unveiling plan to build an international standard meeting venue in the resort premises. He also has plans to build tennis courts, basketball arenas and gymnasium.

Rupakot Resort is just a stepping stone. The visionary entrepreneur is on a mission to make Rupakot as a tourism hub. He has already prepared plans to build a hotel management college, conference hotel, 18th century village, and a treetop restaurant all in Rupakot. Given his determination, it won’t take long for Adhikari to translate his plans into action.

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