Gokarna Forest Golf Resort
Nepal, Himalaya, Kathmandu, Gokarma

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The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

Gokarna Forest Golf Resort is located within the city limits of Kathmandu, yet in a secluded setting deep inside Gokarna Forest, a conservatory area and traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. The majestic Himalayas, holy valley and ancient forest provide a stunning backdrop to the resort which comprises a historic lodge, a luxury hotel, a beautiful spa and a world class championship golf course.

Accommodation is distributed between the heritage Hunter's Lodge and various Cottages scattered amongst towering century-old trees. All rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished with a fusion of modern and ethnic Nepali styles. ess, while enjoying beautiful views over the lush forest and courtyard gardens. Dining venues at Gorkana Forest range from all day dining restaurant, to fine Nepalese and Indian, as well as international cuisine. Steps away from the hotel and nestling in the tropical forest, the Harmony Spa combines therapeutic care based on Ayurvedic techniques with a pristine natural setting.

Traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal, Gorkana forest in the medieval Kathmandu valley has been carefully preserved over the centuries and a shelter to wildlife. Extending over 470 acres, this tranquil heaven provides for a range of activities including nature walks, bird watching, picnics and golf. 

Built to exacting USGA specification, it was laid out by reputed architect David McLay Kidd, of Gleneagles Golf Developments, Scotland. who was inspired no doubt by the myth, magic and mystery of this once Forbidden Valley, delivering a spectacular course that extends through deep forests and open fields with the ever present backdrop of the snow capped summits of the Himalayas.

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Gokarna Forest Resort
Gokarna Forest Resort

Gokarna Forest Resort

Accommodation is distributed between the heritage Hunter's Lodge and various Cottages scattered amongst towering century-old trees. All rooms are spacious and tastefully designed with a fusion of modern and ethnic Nepali styles. They are also well appointed with every modern amenities, including broadband internet access, while enjoying beautiful views over the lush forest and courtyard gardens.

Dining venues at Gorkana Forest range from The Courtyard all day dining restaurant, to Hunter's Lodge, the resort fine dining venue featuring Nepalese and Indian cuisine, and the Clubhouse Restaurant, offering international cuisine in a relaxed tropical setting overlooking the golf course. These are nicely complemented by the Library Lounge and Agni Bar, both perfect to enjoy a drink or spend an evening. The hotel also provides a perfect venue for events.

Steps away from the hotel and nestling in the tropical forest, the Harmony Spa combines therapeutic care with a pristine natural setting. The Spa includes a variety of rejuvenating treatments based on Ayurvedic techniques while facilities encompass specialised treatment rooms, beauty centre, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well a fully equipped gymnasium. 

 

Accommodation

100 Guestrooms, comprising Superior, Deluxe, Club, Junior Suite and Gokarna Suite

Heritage Country Club Rooms + Deluxe Rooms • All guestrooms with Forest or Garden view, Fresh Air and heated air-conditioning, Tea/Coffee making, Mini Bar, Internet Access, Satellite TV, Hair dryer, Telephone, Tub/Shower, Writing Desk.

Amenities

Room service • Laundry/Valet service • Concierge • Travel desk • Currency exchange • Shop

Dining

Durbar (All day dining) • Clubhouse Restaurant (International cuisine) • Hunter's Lodge Restaurant (Indian cuisine) • Tripti Bar • Library Lounge

Leisure

On site activities: Guided Gokarna Forest walks, bird watching & picnics 

Off site activities: Rafting, kayaking, trekking, jungle safaris, mountain biking, flying and paragliding 

Harmony Spa

Indoor Temperature controlled swimming pool, Gym, Beauty Treatment Center, Treatment rooms, Spa facilities including Sauna, Steam, Jacuzzi, massages and treatments.

Business

2 Meeting rooms for 30 to 200 people • Outdoor meeting and banquet facilities • Business centre with broadband internet access • Full meeting and banqueting supporting services

Gokarna Golf Club
Gokarna Golf Club

Gokarna Golf Club

Traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal, Gorkana forest in the medieval Kathmandu valley has been carefully preserved over the centuries and a shelter to wildlife. Extending over 470 acres, this tranquil heaven provides a perfect setting for the golf course. 

• Championship Course

David McLay Kidd of Gleneagles Golf Developments, Scotland (1999) 

18 holes -  6,175 yds - Par 72 - 1,336m (4,400 ft)

Traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal, Gorkana forest in the medieval Kathmandu valley has been carefully preserved over the centuries and a shelter to wildlife. Extending over 470 acres, this tranquil heaven provides for a range of activities including nature walks, bird watching, picnics and golf.

A preferred stop on the PGAI Tour, the championship course is the centrepiece of Gorkana Forest Golf Resort. Built to exacting USGA specification, it was laid out by reputed architect David McLay Kidd, of Gleneagles Golf Developments, Scotland. Of Bandon Dunes (Oregon) fame, MacLay Kidd was inspired no doubt by the myth, magic and mystery of this once Forbidden Valley, delivering a spectacular course that extends through deep forests and open fields with the ever present backdrop of the snow capped summits of the Himalayas.

The layout is both a golfing challenge and a feast to the eyes. Haven to numerous species of birds and animals, this remnant forest of medieval Kathmandu Valley is a conservation area which has remained unchanged for five hundred years. Cynical monkey, shy spotted deer and the occasional leopard will accompany players through their round.

• Facilities

Bermuda Grass fairways + Bent Grass Greens

Walking only course + Caddies & Ball-boys available

Practice range & Putting green

• Clubhouse

Pro Shop, Restaurant & Bar, Changing Rooms

 


Golf in Nepal

Golf in Nepal

There is only one other golf course in Nepal, a scenic nine holer in the town of Pokahra, some 200 km. (125 mi.) west of Kathmandu, with the impressive backdrop of the Annapurna peak.

 

• Himalayan Golf Course, Pokhara

Major Ram Gurung MBE (1998) 9 holes - 6,900 yds - Par 73

Considered by many to be one of the 10 most unique golf courses in the world., The Himalayan Golf Course, Pokhara is a must for the golfing connoisseur. Pokhara may be better known for it's awe-inspiring mountain scenery but a great many golfers are now discovering that if you want a real golfing high, this course’s includes some of the most visually dynamic holes known to golf.

The course was designed and constructed by an Ex British Army Sandhurst commissioned officer Major Ram Gurung MBE , and opened for play in January 1998. The Himalayan has been the venue for the Nepal Surya Western (professional) Open for the past twelve years. 

Located just seven kilometres from downtown Pokhara, the 9 hole course plays 6,900 yards with a par of 73 from the championship tees. It has 11 greens and different tee positions and lies for the most part inside a sweeping canyon created by the white waters of the Bijayapur river. The course is now being upgraded to a 18 holes and is targeted to be operational soon.

Framed by the towering Annapurna range, cattle and buffalo roam freely providing most of the grass mowing. The course wanders through aerial cliff drops of hundreds of feet down to the signature island hole within the either tranquil or raging river, full of boulders washed down over centuries from the towering mountains above.

Pokhara is known for its beautiful lakeside setting and panoramic mountain views of distant Himalayan peaks as well as for its historical sights. Phewa Lake is the second largest in the country and the sight of brightly painted wooden boats rippling across the reflections of icy summits, presents a picture of perfect serenity. The city is a favourite for visitors to Nepal as a relaxing break from the noise and bustle of the Kathmandu Valley.

Nepal

Nepal

Nepal

Lying between Indian and Tibet on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, Nepal's acronym of Never Ending Peace And Love, does well to characterise this nation of good natured and accommodating people, a land of majestic Himalayan scenery comprising eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including Mt Everest, the earth summit culminating at 29,029 feet (8,848m).

Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal and is the best way to experience the natural splendour and cultural riches of the Himalayas. Differences in altitude support a wide range of vegetation types and lifestyles and famous peaks shelter remote mountain villages. Most treks follow well-used foot trails that have been in use for hundreds of years, connecting pastoral settlements, little mountain villages of stone and wood, and monasteries, temples and shrines. Mountain trekking is not a solitary wilderness experience, as trails are shared with pilgrims and traders.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal, with about one million inhabitants. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal. Presided over by snow-covered mountains, the Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by verdant agricultural hills scattered with traditional villages and  ancient temples and shrines.

The Valley is the cultural, political and commercial centre of Nepal and encompasses three cities, known as “Tricity”: Kathmandu the capital, Patan and the medieval city of Bhaktapur. For the unprepared visitor, Kathmandu can trigger a sensory overload.  it is a thriving city of intriguing smells, incessant noise and sights that etch themselves on the memory. The nation's historical centre, Kathmandu is a blend of the country's varied population and boasts an age-old religious influence visible in the daily life of its inhabitants.

The city of Kathmandu is a melting pot for the nation's population, not only today but also in times past, which probably explains the rich cultural heritage of the city. Kathmandu with its unique architectural heritage, palaces, temples and courtyards has inspired many writers, artists, and poets, both foreign and Nepalese. It boasts a unique symbiosis of Hinduism, Buddhism and Tantrism in its culture, which is still as alive today as it was hundreds of years ago. The religious influence can be openly seen in the city.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The cultural heritage recognition under the World Heritage list of the UNESCO has recognized all the monuments in the three cities as one unit under the title “Kathmandu Valley-UNESCO World Heritage Site". The Monumental Zones represent the highly developed architectural expression of religious, political and cultural life of Kathmandu Valley, with a concentration of monuments unique and unparalleled in the world. The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Address & Contact

Gokarna Forest Golf Resort

Rajnikunj Gokarna, Thali

PO Box 20498, Nepal

Tel: +977 (1) 445 1212

Fax: +977 (1) 445 0002

 

Location

Gokarna Forest, Kathmandu Valley - Altitude: 1,336 m. (4,400 ft.) 

7 km. NE of Kathmandu 

Airport

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), 10 km.

Season

All year (Hotel & Golf)

Climate

Subtropical summers and mild winters