Forest Golf Resort & Spa is located
deep inside the serene temperate Gokarna
Forest, traditionally the private Royal
hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal.
Situated within the city limits of Kathmandu,
capital of Royal Kingdom of Nepal, this
luxury Hotel Resort, Spa, and 18 hole
championship Golf Course is operated
by Le Meridien, a leading global chain
of luxury hotels and resorts.
A winding, climbing road through the
forest leads to the majestic Malla period
architecture with the main hotel's favoured
Deluxe rooms & suites. The perfect
setting for an unforgettable experience.
Further into the forest set serenely
besides century old trees and adjacent
to the restored Hunter's Lodge, once
used by Royal Shikaris (Hunters) are
sixteen exotic Superior rooms.
Nearby Harmony Spa provides a variety
of rejuvenating courses, massages, and
beauty treatments. The Health club encompasses
an indoor temperature controlled pool,
and the changing rooms each have a Sauna,
Steam room, and Jacuzzi. The large well
equipped gym is one of the finest in
A quiet walk to the clubhouse brings
you instant access and preferential
tee times at South Asia's finest resort
The perfect getaway for sharing quiet
moments, pampering the mind and body,
a few days of challenging golf, enchanting
forest walks, and time close to nature.
Hunter's Lodge which housed the
shikaris that accompanied Royal
Family members during their hunting
trips in Gokarna Forest, is over
a hundred years old. It has been
carefully restored and now houses
quaint resting and dining areas,
and a lounge and bar in the attic,
and opens seasonally.
Sixteen exotic cottage
rooms are within this inviting
abode. Serenely set besides century
old trees, the perfect setting
for an unforgettable experience.
An artist's sketch of Le Meridien
Kathmandu's majestic Malla period
architecture which includes the
Deluxe Rooms, Suites, and dining
and bar facilities.
Forest Golf Resort. South Asia's finest,
and one of the world's most spectacular
Golf Resort Courses. Crafted by lead
architect David Mclay Kidd, assisted
by Director of Turf-grass Management,
James Kidd, under the direction of Gleneagles
Undulating Bent Grass Greens built to
USGA specifications. Soft cushions of
local Bermuda fairways. Lush unyielding
forests-hundreds of years old.
Winding streams. Wandering hills and
valleys opening to a holy river's plain.
Cynical monkey's watching your progress.
Shy spotted deer peering from the trees.
The lofty Himalayas keeping score. Truly
the time of the Roman Empire, when weary
legionnaires sought hot springs and built
baths to soothe their aching bodies, to
the town of "Spa" in Belgium
rising to fame in the 14th century for
its bathing treatments, spas continued
to develop and evolve as man realised
the importance of health, wellness, relaxation
and the unified harmony of the mind, body
There is a need and desire for effective
relaxation to counter the pressures of
the increased pace of life and the accompanying
levels of stress.
With less time available for self-renewal,
we seek temporary respites to restore
ourselves, to gain relief from overindulgence
Places where we can achieve personal
transformation that address the condition
of our mind, body and spirit. A place
that offers internal and external restoration,
providing mental and spiritual harmony
that we can take back into our daily lives.
This is what you are offered
at Harmony Spa.
Le Meridien Kathmandu, Gokarna Forest's
Harmony Spa's strengths lie in the breathtakingly
serene and tranquil surroundings, and
the Ayurveda based treatments that are
unique at adapting and developing traditional
Ayurveda treatments for discerning guests.
The concept has been caringly cultivated
and focussed to suit the resort, with
exemplary service and specialized know
how, to experienced personal and ongoing
the comfort of your room was never so appealing
Gokarna Forest trail-walks are within
the pristine 700 acre Royal Forest Reserve.
This is the only un-denuded forest of
Kathmandu Valley representing what existed
over 500 years ago, with trees up to 200
years old. A walk through this bastion
of primitive innocence is a powerful and
The ambiance within the canopy of old
forest growth, glimpses of carefree wild
life, and the fresh clean mountain air
energizes and refreshes you, leaving your
soul peacefully satiated.
On your walk, you may pass by some holy
sites of worship such as the Bandevi and
Kanti Bhairav temples.
The Front Desk at Reception or the Golf
Clubhouse can provide you information
regarding the Trail Walk and reserving
a guide. You are advised to wear comfortable
walking clothes and shoes.
are two set guided Gokarna Forest Trail
Time: Approx 1 Hour
Route: Starting from behind the Hunter's
Lodge you descend to the the 2nd green,
then climb back up to a plateau and end
up and the 5th green before making your
way up to the golf clubhouse.
Time : Approx 1 hrs 30 min
Route: Starting from the golf clubhouse,
you climb into the forest from behind
the 9th green and follow a wandering route
through the canopied hilltops, passing
the Bandevi Temple on your way. From here
you have a choice. One is ending up at
the 14th tee, descending some old steps
that were used by the elephants to get
up and down the hill, and walk back through
the golf course to the clubhouse. The
other route takes you to behind the 7th
tee, where you can slip out of a small
door in the wall and visit the Kanti Bhairab
temple on the banks of the holy Bagmati
river, just outside Gokarna.
For safety reasons you must take a guide
with you on your walk. The Golf Pro Shop
or the hotel front desk will arrange your
The fee for the guide is Rs. 200.
For an early morning start, it advised
that you reserve the evening before, however
often a guide can be arranged at short
WITHIN GORKANA FOREST
| Bandevi Temple:
deep in the Forest between the 14th tee
and the 6th green, this shrine dedicated
to the goddess of the forests is considered
the holiest within Gokarna Forest.
During the festivals of Chaitra Dasain
in late March and the great harvest festival
of Bijaya Dashami, throngs of devotees
gather here to worship and offer sacrifice.
The Palace of Raj Nikunj performs puja
twice a year for which the Gokarna Forest
Golf Resort offers assistance.
Located left of the 11th green in an area
of Gokarna called Hattisar, the temple
houses the clan deity of the Dhungana
caste, and they perform an annual puja
Located above the 4th tee is a temple
housing the clan deity of the Poudail
caste. A yearly puja is held in mid-September.
This temple is situated between the 3rd
and 4th tees. The Mahat caste gather here
every May to worship their clan deity.
Situated on the timber bridge between
the car park and the practice range, an
annual puja is performed in mid-August
in this "abode of the naag"
Kanti Bhairab Temple:
Just outside the Northern part of Gokarna
Forest, this temple near the 7th tee is
also known as Uttar Gaya.
From a special petrograph of the temple
area, it was found that this temple was
established by King Rajendra Bir Bikram
Shah Dev on 14th Falgun 1846 Bikram Sambat
(February, 1789 A.D.)
On the occasion of Mother's Day, local
residents celebrate at this temple. Other
main festivals celebrated here are Poush
Gaya Aaunshi (in Dec/Jan), Kushe Aaunshi
(in Aug/Sept) and Dashain (in Sept/Oct).
The Holy River Bagmati flows from North
to South next to this temple. There is
a legend that this river comes out from
the mouth of a tiger known as Baagdwar
and flows via Sundarijal to the temple's