The optimism of Pokhara's tourism entrepreneurs is evident in the expansion of 400 hotels and addition of new ones. Temple Tree Resort and Spa is one of the newest in the business. Its distinctive western Himalayan architecture by Siddharth Gopalan with slate roofs, stucco walls and hand-made furniture is an example of clever fusion between Nepali tradition and modern comfort. The hotel attracts the conventional tourists, health and wellness enthusiasts as well as serve as a stopover for trekkers. Basanta Gautam of Temple Trees says they have invested in raising the standards of hospitality in Pokhara. "We have tried to integrate a Nepaliness to the architecture and raise the quality of tourism to international levels," says Gautam.
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