Hotel Shanker

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Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu
General information
Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Coordinates 27°43′6″N 85°19′12″E / 27.71833°N 85.32000°E / 27.71833; 85.32000
Opening 1964
Management Hotel Shanker Pvt. Ltd.
Technical details
Floor count 4
Design and construction
Architect Kumar Narsingh Rana (Nepal's first Civil Engineer)
Developer Late Mr. Ram Shankar Shrestha
Other information
Number of rooms 94
Number of suites 12
Number of restaurants 2
Parking Outdoor, more than 200 Cars

Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu is a historic luxury heritage hotel opened in 1964 in a building dating to 1894. It is located in Lazimpat, next to the historic Narayanhity Palace Museum. The architectural style of the building is neoclassical. This palace was [1][2] made for General Jit Shumsher Rana, (Southern Commanding General of the Army). The hotel is characterised by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old.

This hotel is now a reputed address in Kathmandu, Nepal. Online booking at the official site was started for tourists since 2004.[3] The hotel won the Trip Advisor Travelers' choice awards for the years 2013 and 2014 in the top hotels category.[4]

Background and history[edit]

At the turn of the 19th century, Gen. Jit Shumsher Rana, brother of HH Sri Tin Maharaja Bhir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, hired architect Kumar Narsingh Rana to build this palace. The exteriors were fashioned in neoclassical style and the interiors were done as per European tastes of the time. The construction was completed in 1894 A.D.

File photo of Agni Bhawan (now known as Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu)
File photo of Agni Bhawan from the 1920s (now known as Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu)

Gen. Jit Shumsher, who suffered from an acute illness, died prematurely July 29, 1913,[5] and this palace eventually came into the possession of Gen. Maharajkumar Agni Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana - the son of HH Sri Tin Maharaja Juddha Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, one of the most distinguished of the powerful Rana Maharajas. Agni Shumsher's granddaughters - HM Queen Aishwarya, HM Queen Komal and HH Princess Prekshya, were born in the palace.[6]

In 1964 Ram Shanker Shrestha took the palace, which was then known as Agni Bhawan, on lease, converting into a hotel while maintaining the exterior.

Mr. Ram Shanker Shrestha
Founder of Hotel Shanker, Mr. Ram Shanker Shrestha
Reverse angle of the building of Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu
Reverse angle of the building of Hotel Shanker


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