Durbar Square In Kathmandu

Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal

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About Durbar Square in Kathmandu

Out of the three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley, the one in Kathmandu is the most visited one in terms of tourists. Kathmandu Durbar Square and the other two at Bhaktapur and Patan are three of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Kathmandu Valley. The Durbar square once served as the courtyard for the royal palace. The kings of the valley used to be coronated here years after years. All the different festivities and celebrations held under the king’s rule were also celebrated here. In a sense, Durbar squares of Nepal are the bearers of the age-old legacy that the country has witnessed and experienced. This one is no different. The courtyard of Kathmandu Durbar Square bears specimens of authentic Newari architecture and dozens of temples catering to both Hindu and Buddhist faith. The original construction of the quadrangle goes back to the 3rd century during the Licchavi reign. It has seen several reconstructions afterwards under the rule of Mallas, Shahs and Gorkhas.

Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex:

The entire Durbar square is made of three separate but linked quadrangles. Towards the south is the Basantapur Square which was formerly the royal elephant stable and now an area for souvenir shopping. The main Durbar is towards the west. In the northeast is the entrance courtyard known as Hanuman Dhoka. This is where the royal palace stands. The Mallas and the Shahs ruled over from this place. There is a stone image of Lord Hanuman in the entryway, which gives this square the name. The rooms inside the royal palace can be visited to have a glimpse of the royal Nepalese lifestyle. The palace also houses two museums – King Tribhuvan museum and the Mahendra Museum that displays artefacts, coins, weapons, instruments and other items the royal family used back in the day.


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    The Kathmandu Valley houses 3 Durbar Squares. Namely Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Once the royal palace, Durbar Square was built in the middle of the 16th century, and later it went through constant extension.

    Inside Durbar Square it is the pedestrian-only area. Vehicles are allowed till the entryway.

    The entrance fee will cost between 500-1000 NPR. A guide can be hired for 700-800 NPR upon bargaining. Other costs depend on whether you shop something or not.

    Early morning is great for a visit to the square area only. There are lots of pigeons, and the ambience is calm. To visit the palaces and temples, go in the afternoon before the places close for the day.

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