After a long journey to Tayo Eco Resort, guests will find the very first place of rest in the form of Tayo’s iconic Phalcha Galli. Unlike many hotels you won’t find a big, airy lobby at Tayo. Staying true to the culture and architecture that it represents, Tayo features an alleyway tiled with chinka appa (buttery brick tiles) lined with traditional rest houses known as phalcha. You can lean your back against the meticulously carved thäan or wooden column that make the pillars of the phalcha, and relax, unwind, meet fellow guests and even work. Each of the 5 thäans featured in the Phalcha Galli is made of Nepali teak wood and hand-crafted by the craftsmen of Patan. Mr. Santosh Shilpakar of Ticchugalli, Patan spent 80 hours creating just one thäan, hand carving it with splendid traditional motifs of lotus flowers on either end.
Gājhyā: The Projecting Window
Newa architecture flaunts a range of elaborately carved wooden windows that can be seen in private residences, temples and palaces across Kathmandu valley. One of such windows is the Gājhyā — a magnificent wooden structure that is often placed under a roof and doubles up as a lounging area in a residential house, overlooking the narrow streets or the spacious bahäs (courtyards). At Tayo, the ornately hand-crafted Gājhyā proudly overlooks the restaurant and works magic as the centerpiece of the dining area. The latticed window is roofed with traditional bronze-cast sheet, lined with motif-ed bronze laces. The edges of the roof feature rows of carved deities, reminiscent of many temples in the valley. The wall that it is mounted on is itself a heritage to be celebrated. Unlike the rest of the walls in the resort, this one is made of daachi appa, a traditional mud brick; slimmer on one end, thicker on the other, used in the construction of traditional Newa houses. Adding a regal touch to the Gājhyā are the portraits of Green Tara and White Tara on either side.
Rightly placed on the pathway that leads to the restaurant at Tayo, the Annapurna Kalash is a life-size replica of the kalash at Asvalu Ajima temple in Ason. The kalash or pot is a representation of the Goddess of anna or food, a reminder that those who are faithful to her shall never go hungry.
Amidst the glory of Newa heritage and culture shines a slice of simplicity from the village of Nagarkot. Chautara, an ubiquitous resting place built usually under a sacred fig tree along village trails, finds a modern homage at Tayo. At the center of the sprawling resort is an artistic representation of chautara made of cast iron, decorated in shimmering lights, overrun by creepers and crawlers, exuding the same calm and peace that a chautara does.
The viewing deck at Tayo is built with the capacity to accommodate 50 pax at a time. Guests can enjoy fresh air, savor the breathtaking views of the Himalayan range in the north, and unwind. Below the white peaks are green hills and lush valleys that twinkle as bright as the night sky above — all accessible through the viewing deck. There is no better place to lounge at and enjoy a warm cup of brew or a glass of whiskey.
Those who do not know assume “tayo” to be a borrowed word from a foreign language. The fact is that the term is rooted in our very own Nepal Bhasa. Tayo in Nepal Bhasa refers to a traditional Newa ornament that is unique to the women, goddesses and deities of the indigenous Newa community.Discover More
A playground for all
Although the resort is tucked away in the rolling hills; a long, winding route away from the capital, the sanctuary is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure your stay leaves no room for dissatisfaction or dismay.Discover More