Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu is a heritage hotel, housed in a 19th-century palace in the heart of Kathmandu city. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal, from 1894 until 1964, when it was converted into a hotel. The facade and traditions were kept intact but the interiors were redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world class hotel. The hotel is characterized by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old.
Background and History
At the turn of the 19th century, Gen. Jit Shumsher Rana, brother of HH Sri Tin Maharaja Bir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, hired architect Kumar Narsingh Rana to build the most elegant palace in Kathmandu. Items such as gilt mirrors, velvet and marble were imported from Europe. The sunburst chandeliers were constructed locally and the exteriors were fashioned in neo-classical style. The construction was completed in 1894 A.D.
After Gen. Jit Shumsher's death in 1913, this palace came under the control of HH Sri Tin Maharaja Juddha Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, one of the most distinguished of the powerful Rana Maharajas. Thereafter, his son, Gen. Maharajkumar Agni Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana and his family resided in this palace. Agni Shumsher's grand-daughters -
Nepal's Late Queen Aishwarya, erstwhile Queen Komal and Princess Prekshya, were born in the palace.
Our Founder's legacy
In 1964 A.D., this Palace was bought by Late Mr. Ram Shanker Shrestha and converted into the hotel as we know today. Operations were started with a mere 23 rooms and gradually expanded to its full capacity.
In 1964 A.D., Late Mr. Ram Shanker Shrestha bought this Palace and converted into the hotel. Operations were started with 23 rooms and were gradually expanded to its full capacity. His ingenious concept of maintaining the old age beauty and merging it with today's modern comforts is the existence of Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu. Today, the hotel maintains and cherishes its position as a grand beauty of unmistakable class.
He posthumously received the Order of the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu, an order of knighthood of Nepal. It is one of the highest honours given for the distinguished contribution to the country traditionally by the King and now the President.