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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Trip to kathmanduTravel triangle are good and valuable information providers for us Residence at kailash kutti, Kathmandu. And visit to Pashupatinath, king palace, Manokama, and Lumbini
Trip to kathmanduHotel at Kathmandu not upto mark rooms small and smelly.,as per agent it's supposed to be 3 star, but we didt felt so. Nagarkot arrival entry fee not being informed before hand. We had wonderful tour, with Himalayas mountain view, Para gliding n elephant bath. Our kids enjoyed.
Trip to kathmanduIt was a nice & enjoying experience. Services provided by snoyoda was prompt and responsive. They were very courteous too. Thanks for all Darshan of Pashupati nathji at Kathmandu. We had the opportunity to have the Darshan twice.
Trip to kathmanduWe enjoyed our small trip to Kathmandu and Nagarkot. Bhagwat made good arrangements for the trip. His drivers are good and professional. Bhagwat also arranged for our Everest flight at the last moment. We loved the location of Katmandu Arts hotel. It is right in the midst of the market area.
Trip to kathmanduThe experience of our visit to kathmandu and pokhara was really good. The only issue was the hotel room during our stay in Kathmandu was too small. Overall the trip was awesome.
Trip to kathmanduIt was an excellent and the most memorable trip ever for us. We travel to various countries every year for vacation. This time we have chosen Nepal (based on our current budget). We traveled to Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. Kathmandu was so good. Hotel Mahadev people were a bit lethargic fellows. Laughing on us all the times (I don't know why...!). Next, in Pokhara the hotel where we stayed was Splendid View. V Nice hotel. Hospitality from the crew is awesome. Particularly, Abhilash and Eeswar were very nice people in the hotel. Finally, we stayed in Hotel Royal Safari, where we felt a bit disappointed. This is due to the reasons that the ambiance is not so good (Many people were drinking liquor, smoking around us). We were a bit terrified due to the situation as ours was a family trip (3 Couples and 2 Kids). Also, in the hotel royal safari AC was not properly working and furthermore bedsheets were not clean. The hotel wala charged us 12,500 NPR for Kumrose Jeep Safari (hyderabad zoo will be far better than that), which was not so exciting as we thought. Overall, the first two hotels were so good. Therefore, it was a great trip. Really, the agent Kunal ji was so polite. We were a team of Eight (08) and have different opinions for everybody as far as the trip is concerned. Every time, Kunal was changing the itineraries without any irritation. That was really awesome feeling what I felt. We got some other quotes from different agents, even from some Nepali Agents. But, I have chosen Trip Master only because of Kunal ji. Really, he kept the trust that we kept on him throughout the trip. Special Thanks to Kunal Ji and especially Me along with my wife decided to go with Travel Triangle (if possible Kunal ji again) in our future trips. New people may feel scared a bit to go with this agency. But, I assure you to please go ahead for experiencing budget friendly and awesome trips. Further, we should thank Raushan Kumar Ji for his timely approach and concern on us. He was calling us regularly to verify our satisfaction. Really Thanking him from our side for his tremendous support. Finally, we would like to Thank an excellent driver of the era Binda Ji for bearing us till the end :). He was an excellent and the most experienced driver. The best part of him is his smile that he carried always throughout the trip. Thank you Binda Ji. Definitely, your trip will be memorable and go ahead without any hesitation. It is the best travel agency. I will definitely go with this agency for the next time undoubtedly. - Dr. Raghu Chandra Garimella
Trip to kathmanduWe had booked nepal trip for 7N - 8D package through traveltriangle ( snowyoda agent). The hotels given were very good with good staff and services. Overall experience was decent The main points of concern 1. Horrible car service provided. Car was in good condition but faced lot of trouble with driver. He was not answering anything we asked, was rough driver and didnot bother much about taking care of passangers needs. He also didnot take us to some of the mentioned itiniary places 2. It was already informed that we prefer jain meal. Some hotels, we had to really face lot of troubles getting jain meal 3. Support from snowyoda representative was good but we didnot get much satisfactory solution to the driver issue. 1. Nagarkot was good location. We had a beautiful view from our room and had good time on our wedding anniversary there 2. Hotel staff at kathmandu hotel was very caring and helpful. Helped us wilth all our needs
Trip to kathmanduBrilliant trip! I'd suggest you stay at Pokhara for longer than Kathmandu. Great natural beauty and the Himalayas make everything worthwhile. The hotels were wonderful for our budget and the drive to various places was memorable.
Trip to kathmanduKathmandu drivers kept on changing and car was small and last day it was so hot and a/c was not working
Trip to kathmanduIt was such an amazing experience. Our driver Pravin was very kind, helpful and keep us safe during the tour. The staff of our hotels was so kind, welcoming, cheerful and respectful. Vikram, Suyog, and the rest of the team in Hotel Temple Inn in Kathmandu were so helpful, full of energy. Bravo to them
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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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