Lemon Tree Hotels announced its latest signing of two franchised hotels- Lemon Tree Premier, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal and Lemon Tree Resort, Lumbini, Nepal. The two combined bring on board almost 200 keys and take the count up to five properties in Nepal under different brands of the Lemon Tree umbrella.
Lemon Tree Premier, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal, franchised by Lemon Tree Hotels Limited, is expected to open in or before January 2024.This plush property, will feature 102 well-appointed rooms, two restaurants, one restrobar, a private dining room, three meeting rooms, one banquet hall, outdoor venues for events, an expansive swimming pool, a fitness center, aspa, a casino and other public areas.
Budhanilkantha, in Kathmandu district, has religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. It takes its name from the Sanskrit word that means ‘Old Blue Throat’, a title of Lord Shiva that was given by gods after the Lord drank poison to save the world. It has the famous Budhanilkantha Temple, which is synonymous with the 1400-year-old black basalt carving of Vishnu, draped in marigolds and reclining on a bed of serpents in a small pond. This temple is sacred for Hindus but is equally well-venerated by Buddhists. Budhanilkantha is a sprawling suburb that stretches into Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, home to leopards, monkeys, and bears, plus many species of local and migratory birds.
The Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, is about 12 kms away. The hotel is connected by both public and private transport to the major cities in Nepal.
Franchised by Lemon Tree Hotels Limited, Lemon Tree Resort, Lumbini is expected to open in or before October 2023. It will feature 81 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms, an outdoor event venue, a private dining room and other public areas.
Lumbini, best known for being the birthplace of Buddha, is in southern Nepal and is one of the many pilgrimages that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha. Emperor Ashoka, one of the most renowned Buddhists, erected a commemorative pillar in Lumbini which testifies to the birth of Buddha and survives to this day. Dayanagar, the municipality where Lumbini is located, is surrounded by lush green forests and has a serene atmosphere. It also offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range from certain areas. The place has several religious sites of historical and cultural significance.
The Gautam Buddha International Airport also known as Bhairahawa Airport at Siddharthnagar is about 15 kms from the property. The hotel is connected by both public and private transport to the major cities in Nepal. It is about 280 kms from Kathmandu and 180 kms from Pokhara. It also connected by a road from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and is a one-hour drive from Sunauli transit point on the Nepal-India border. The city is also an excellent destination for adventure enthusiasts. The municipality offers various adventure sports, including trekking, hiking, mountain biking, and paragliding. The region’s natural beauty and thrilling activities make it an ideal destination for adventure seekers.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vilas Pawar, CEO – Franchise Business, Lemon Tree Hotels commented, “We take great pleasure in announcing the latest additions to our portfolio with our valued partners Budhanilkantha Heritage Ltd. and Lumbini Palace Resort Pvt. Ltd. We are gradually making forays in the international market and expanding our portfolio in Nepal to strengthen our regional presence.