35 Things to Do & Places to See in Kathmandu Durbar Square with Historic Facts

According to legend, during its construction, only one trunk of sal (shala) was used.  According to belief, it was in the shadow of the shala tree that Queen Maia gave birth to Prince Siddhartha Gautam (Buddha).  The main shrine of Kastamandap are footprints belonging to the holy hermit Gorakhnath.

In each of the four corners of the temple are established the statues of the god Ganesh in its four manifestations: Surya Vinayak, Chandra Vinayak, Jaya Vnayyak, and Karja Vinayak, revered as patrons of the Kathmandu valley.  Around the corner, sites are scenes from Indian epic tales. The richly decorated temple of the god of music – Kabindrapur or Dhansa Degas, built in the 17th century, is located opposite the Kasthamandap temple.

13. Ashok Vinayak:

This sanctuary committed to the elephant god Ganesha is venerated both by the Hindus and Buddhists alike and is one of his most vital place of worship in the valley.

14. Dhansa:

This sanctuary was worked in 1673AD by Pratap Malla to begin another conceal move of Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu.

15. Gaddi Baithak

The eastern side of Durbar Square is framed by this white neoclassical palace. Built in 1908, during the Rana period, the building presents a European import style in curious contrast to the traditional Nepalese architecture of the rest of the square.

The dominant white building in the neoclassical style on the eastern side of Durbar Square is Gaddi Baithak, which means “King’s location”.  It lost part of its facade during an earthquake, but it was already decided to restore the building and carry out work on its seismic protection.  The Obama administration just before its departure (in the fall of 2016) announced the participation of the United States in this project.

Gaddi Baithak has always been considered as a monument of European style imported to Nepal, which became fashionable in the country during the rule of the Rana dynasty.  Built-in 1908 as part of the royal palace, it immediately created a strange contrast with the traditional Nepalese architecture that dominates the square.  It is said that the building was designed in the image of the London National Gallery after the visit of Prime Minister Jang Bahadur to Europe.

16. Kumari Ghar

Kumari Ghar is a palace that is located in the center of Kathmandu, near Durbar Square. And is where the Kumari Royal lives, selected from many Kumaris of various places.

The Kumari Ghar palace was built around 1757 by King Jaya Prakash and renovated in 1966. It is said that the king offended the goddess for something, and because of that and feeling guilty he built a home for her.  It is a three-story brick building very decorated with carved wooden reliefs of gods and symbols.

Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young girls who are at a pre-puberty moment in their lives, and are considered a manifestation of female divine energy, or known as Devi in ​​some Southeast Asian countries.  In Nepal, the process of selecting the girl is very rigorous.

It is also thought that a serious illness, or a significant loss of blood from a wound, may be the cause of that girl returning to become a common mortal. When the girl happens to be an ordinary woman she usually receives a modest pension from the state, and it is usually very difficult to get since tradition says that the husband she marries will die young.

A Kumari is a girl in pre-puberty, which is selected among girls from 3 to 5 years of the Buddhist Shakya caste, belonging to the Nepali community of Newari. The way to choose a Kumari is quite similar to the way of choosing a Tibetan Lama, which is believed to be the reincarnation of his predecessors.

They need to have certain divine signs, and they also take into account their horoscope.  It is possible that they enclose the selected Kumaris, they will be less than five years old, in a dark room and they will be frightened.  The real Kumari will not be since it will be the reincarnation of Durga.

In addition, you must correctly choose a garment from your predecessor.  When the girl is chosen as Kumari she goes to live in the palace and is venerated as a Living Goddess. Kumari is venerated and idolized by some of the country’s Hindus, as well as by Nepalese Buddhists, but not by Tibetan Buddhists.

While there are many Kumaries throughout the Nepali territory, counting that some cities boast several of them. The best known and most devoted is the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu.  She lives in the Kumari Ghar palace.

Although lately, it is noteworthy that one of the three Nepalese goddesses, a nine-year-old girl, Sajani Shakya, was dispossessed of her deity by the Nepalese government. More precisely by the supreme court of Nepal, for having traveled to the United States for a month and without authorization. An unusual case in the 700-year history of the Kumari goddesses.  Leaving without permission from their temple of worship is considered in Nepal, as a sacrilegious act. Because the Kumari cannot be touched by anyone.

The King bows down before her

Kumari was the only one who had the right to put a tika to the king and to whom he bows.  This happens once a year, during the celebration of Kumari Jatra.  On this day, the king visits the temple to perform a puja (service) and the goddess personally puts a monarch on his forehead as a token of gratitude.

After the removal of the king, president of Nepal visit Kumari as the leader of the Nation and bow down before her keeping the tradition alive.

Once a day, she is taken out in a palanquin for viewing by people.  Often, Kumari gets invite by powerful people to the wedding ceremony.  There is a belief that the presence of the goddess at the wedding brings happiness to the house of the newlyweds.

A Little History of the Goddess Girl

In Nepal, since ancient times, more than 2,600 years ago, the practice of worshiping the “Living Goddess”, represented by the cult of Kumari, is performed. The cult imposes the veneration of a child, a symbol of purity, chosen after a stern ritual of initiation and invested with the supreme power of Goddess and worshiped by the people as divinity.

However, according to tradition when puberty arrives, with the first menstruation. She loses the status of a goddess and the ritual of looking for another Kumari is initiated.

This girl is called KUMARI DEVI.  The word Kumari in the “Nepali” language means Virgin. And the enthroned child is considered as the temporary incarnation of Taleju Bhawani, which is the manifestation of the female face of the DURGA deity, the Universal Mother.

Since ancient times Nepal has worshiped a large number of different gods, but among them is the living goddess Kumari.  According to ancient legends, it is considered the embodiment of Taleju, the patroness of the royal dynasty of Malla.


Legends say that in ancient times the kings of this dynasty communicated freely with the led conversations and played dice.  Once, the last Raja Jai ​​Prakash Malla could not resist the beauty of Taleju and fell in love with her.  The enraged goddess left the palace forever, promising to appear only in the form of a small Kumari.

The selection for the choice of the LIVE GODDESS, is an elaborate tantric ritual.  After passing the preliminary tests, composed of 32 attributes of perfection. Such as having perfect skin, no scar, particularly fine features, angelic personality, the color of eyes that should be black and hair also, having all teeth, the sound of the voice, etc. Her horoscope must also be analyzed and appropriate and the official astrologer gives the last word.

They are children in the age group of 3 or 4 years and the chosen queen until the first menstruation comes. Because according to tradition, the goddess cannot have any type of bleeding. When that happens, Kumari returns to being a mere mortal and the search for the new Kumari resumes.  Although Kumari must always be a Buddhist child, of the Sakya caste, she is worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist.

The Palace of the Living Goddess is a magnificent building with intricate rooms like a labyrinth, with crafted wooden windows, built for the goddess many years ago by the last king of the Malla dynasty.  It was he who instituted the cult of Kumari for reasons that still remain unclear.  But the rules of worship are implacable and unchanging and endure to this day.

Over time the Kumari has become a real tourist attraction of the country.  As foreigners are not allowed to visit the Kumari, groups of tourists stand in a large open courtyard, just past the entrance porch of the Palace. The only allowed area and sometimes wait for hours for the GODDESS appearance in the window, which happens for brief seconds when they have “luck”.

She is not more than half a second and it is forbidden to take photographs.  Legend has it that when she appears at the window and offers a half smile … it is synonymous with good luck to the visitors.

Kumari cannot leave her palace, not even to go to the inner courtyard. She grows without ever feeling the slightest ray of sunshine beating or the smallest drop of rain dripping onto the skin. And she can never place your feet on the ground and her movements are always carried on her caretaker’s lap.

She is made up, covered with jewels and finally placed on top of a golden throne to welcome her visitors, all at her feet to gain the blessing that brings good luck. Her public duties are to make occasional appearances in a window embedded in the Temple and also attend the ceremony of about 6 festivals per year.

Each morning, she is bathed by her attendants, in an impressive ritual of ceremonies and prayers that take place in an incense-infested environment.  Kumari receives many and even money from visitors.  Almost everything will benefit her guardians (all from the same family for generations) because on the day of her departure the goddess must leave the palace empty-handed.

If on the one hand the recognition and worship arrive from the streets, the houses, the temples, and the royal palace, on the other comes rejection.  A Nepalese legend pleads that the ex-kumari will bring short life to their husbands.  Soon, many end up relegated to solitude.

The end of the deity usually brings about social and domestic complications for girls and their families. There are those who say that tradition hurts international children’s rights laws.  Religion imposes itself.  The fall of the monarchy in Nepal in May 2008, after 240 years of prevalence. And the successive rise of a Maoist coalition government did not break the cult.

Visiting Kumari’s home is very special and a must see.  It seems that we go back in time and we are witnesses of a past, that lives in the history of this girl, symbol of devotion, a living Goddess for its people.

17. Nasal Chowk

In front of the main entrance, adjacent to the Hanuman Temple, is the Nasal Chowk courtyard (“Nasal” means “what dances”), which is named after the image of Xiva dancing on the eastern side of the courtyard.  King Birendra was crowned in 1975 on a platform placed in the middle of Nasal Chowk.  On the south side of the courtyard rises the Basantapur Tower, with nine floors.

Although the courtyard was built during the Malla period (which ended in 1750), the buildings around it, which have intricately carved doors, windows, and beams, were built by Rana rulers.  The patio is rectangular, oriented in the north-south direction, with entrance by the northwest corner.

Near the entrance there is an intricately carved doorway, with depictions of four gods, leading to the private quarters of the Malla kings.  On a porch of the eastern wall, there is a golden image of Maha Vishnu. A reproduction of the one found in the Maha Vishnu Temple in the square that was destroyed during the 1934 earthquake.

Other structures on the paddock are the Audience Chamber of the Malla kings, the northeast corner, the throne of the Malla kings on an open porch, and portraits of the Shah kings.  There is also the Temple of Panch Mukhi Hanuman (Hanuman of five faces), dedicated to that god and situated in the corner, and which has a unique design with five circular ceilings.  The temple priest is the only person who can enter the temple sanctum.

18. Mul Chowk

Mul Chowk, dedicated to Taleju Bhawani (or Talegu), is a courtyard surrounded by two-story buildings exclusively dedicated to religious rites.  Taleju Bhawani was the tutelary goddess of the Malla family.  Taleju Temple is located on the south side of the courtyard and has a golden torana (gate wreath).

During the festival, Dasain, the divinity of Taleju is brought to this temple.  The entrance to the temple is flanked by images of the goddesses of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.  The Degu Taleju is another temple with three ceilings built by Shiva Singh Malla also dedicated to Taleju.

19. Mohan Chowk

The Mohan Chowk, built in 1649 and situated north of Nasal Chowk, is the courtyard of the former residential area of ​​the Malla Kings.  It was imperative that a king Malla be born here so that he could be heir to the throne.

An example of this tradition was Jaya Prakash Malla, who faced difficulties in ascending to the throne.  In the center of the courtyard is a water spout, known as Sun Dhara, which is said to be from a spring in Budhanilkantha in the northern part of the Kathmandu valley.

The spout is decorated and is several meters below the floor of the patio;  was used by the Malla kings for daily ablutions.  In each corner of the courtyard, there is a tower.  North of Mohan Chowk lies Sundari Chowk.

20. Museum

On the western side of Nasal Chowk is the Tribhuwan Museum, where objects of King Tribhuwan, the grandfather of the last two Nepali kings, Birendra and Gyanendra, are on display.

Among the exhibits, there are exquisite stone sculptures, several thrones, ornaments studded with precious stones used in coronations, weapons, furniture, wooden reliefs of temples and a collection of coins.  The king’s bedroom and studio were recreated in the museum and are preserved there along with his personal belongings.

21. Singh Sattal:

Built with the wood from the previous temple (the Kasthamandap, which was destroyed during the last earthquake). This building was originally called Silengu but changed its name with the addition of the Singh, the lions with gold wings placed to guard of every corner of the upper floor.

22. Ashok Vinayak:

Along the northern side of the Kasthmandap, on top of Maru Tole, is this small golden shrine, one of the four most important sanctuaries in the Valley dedicated to Ganesh. The stone image of this god is found beneath a golden replica of the Ashok tree that once shadowed the sanctuary and to which it finally gave its name. It is believed that a visit to this sanctuary ensures the success of a trip and since Ganesh is a much-loved divinity, there is a constant flow of visitors.

24. Maru tole:

This Tole (road), starts from Durbar Square and goes down to the Vishnumati river, where a pedestrian bridge allows you to continue along the path to Swayambhunat.

25. Temple of Shiva and Parvati:

Looking north from the steps of the Maju Deval you can see this temple. Known above all for the statues of Shiva and his consort, which look out of the window of the first floor, a very photographed subject. This long and low building to the north of the square houses the beautiful temples of Shiva and Parvati. It is probable that the building was reconstructed and it is considered that the platform that supports is older than the temple.

26. Kumari Bahal:

At the intersection of Durbar Square and Basantapur Square stands this three-story red brick building which is the home of the Kumari. The maiden designated to represent the living goddess of the city until, upon reaching puberty, she doesn’t come back to being a common mortal.

Inside the building is the Kumari Chowk, a courtyard surrounded by three floors of beautifully carved wooden balconies. It is probably the most beautiful courtyard in all of Nepal.Kumari Palace. It has the shape of a monastery and was built around 1757 by Jaya Prakash Malla.

27. Bhagwati Temple:

At the northwestern corner of the previous building, you will be able to admire this three-story, three-roofed temple, which is not easy to spot as it is located above another building surrounded by shops. The best view of the temple and its golden roofs can be enjoyed from the Maju Deval, on the opposite side of the square.

28. The column of King Pratap Malla:

On the opposite side of the square from the temple of Krishna are a group of minor temples and other constructions built on a platform. The square stone column known as Pratap Dhwaja is topped by a statue of the famous King Pratap Malla.  His gaze is turned towards the private prayer room, located on the third floor of the temple of Degutaleju.

29. Jagannath temple:

This is the oldest building in this part of the square. The structure has two floors and has a three-level platform.  Pratap Malla was credited with the construction, but it is possible that the temple was erected in 1563, during the reign of Mahendra Malla.

30. Inscription on the stone:

On the external side of the white wall of the building, in front of the temple of Vishnu. There is a long stone inscription in fifteen languages, dedicated to the goddess Kalika. The inscription was made in 1664 at the behest of King Pratap Malla, known for his language skills.  A Nepalese legend states that when someone manages to decipher all fifteen tongues, milk will flow from the cinnamon in the middle of the wall.

31. Hanuman Dhoka:

The inner complex of the Hanuman Dhoka building was founded during the Licchavi period. But much of today’s structure was built in the 17th century by order of Pratap Malla. Originally the complex had 35 courtyards, but the earthquake of 1934 reduced the building to the current 10.

It is allowed to take photographs only in the courtyards and not inside the buildings of the complex. Wrapped in a red cloak and sheltered by a parasol, the statue of Hanuman (1672) presides over the entrance of the royal palace and also gives it its name. His figure located in the Dhoka has been anointed through the centuries, by the parishioners, with mustard oil and vermilion.

Durbar Square in Kathmandu – the holy of holies for the Nepalese themselves, people of devout believers and sacred, and for tourists.  After all, on this small piece of land located the most significant attractions of the capital of Nepal.

And one of the main religious buildings here is Hanuman Dhoka.  To be precise, this is a whole complex of ancient buildings headed by a pompous and exotic Nepalese Royal Palace.  Just think about the dates of construction of this building: The old palace on Durbar Square was built from the 5th to the 8th century.

Needless to say, that since long ago it has been rebuilt, rebuilt and reconstructed several times. So, to this day, alas, its original form, with the exception of the residences of Sundari-Chowk and Mohan-Chowk, has not been preserved.

But these important for Nepalis parts of the complex, located in its northern part, unfortunately, are closed for tourists.  Everything that a traveler in Hanuman Dhok can see and visit today belongs mostly to the 16th and 17th centuries.

The main thing to know about this palace is right here until 1886 the entire royal family of Nepal lived.  Moreover: a prerequisite for the rulers of the Malla dynasty was the birth of an heir in this particular palace.  Otherwise, he simply could not inherit the throne.

Today, there are 19 courtyards (chokes) in the Royal Palace of Hanuman Dhoka, among which the court of Nasal is the most famous. Because it was here that all the coronation ceremonies of the Nepalese kings were held.  Two stone lions guard the entrance to the palace, on one sits the god Shiva, and on the other his wife Parvati.

The visitors are met by the demigod monkey Hanuman, standing under an umbrella, which was installed at the entrance to the palace in 1672. His face is difficult to see because of the orange paste that many generations of pilgrims and believers used to inflict over the centuries. It covers an area of ​​more than 20,200 square meters and is named after the stone figure of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god who the main entrance.

Above the gate is a brightly painted niche, in the center of which Krishna appears in his universal form-seeing machine. Sleevers, playing on the flute, accompanied by a powder-gop. The right – King Pratap Malla with his wife.

To the left there is a stone sculpture of Narasimha, the avatar of the god Vixnu half-man half-lion, devouring the demon Hiranyakashipu.  Dated from 1673, it was carried out by order of Pratap Malla, according to an inscription on the pedestal.

The eastern wing, with ten courtyards, is the oldest part of the complex.  It dates from the middle of the 16th century and was enlarged by King Pratap Malla in the seventeenth century with many temples.  The wings designated Sundari Chowk and Mohan Chowk, on the north side of the palace, are closed.

In 1768, four watchtowers were added on the southeast side of the palace by King Prithvi Narayan Shah.  The Nepalese royal family lived in the palace until 1886, when they moved to the Narayanhity Palace.

32. Indrapur Temple:

There is some controversy about which god this temple is dedicated to. Inside the temple, there is a lingam, which indicates that it is a temple dedicated to Shiva. But the Garuda image on the south side indicates that it is a temple dedicated to Vishnu.  In any case, most believe that the name of the temple clearly indicates that it is dedicated to Indra, the king of the gods.

33. Mahendreswar Temple:

It is a simple but beautiful temple. It was built by King Mahendra Malla and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his Pashupati form. The temple was destroyed by an earthquake of 1934 and subsequently reconstructed.

According to the numerous buildings on Durbar Square, there are many souvenir shops.  Here you can buy rugs with embossed patterns, paintings, puppets, masks and much more.  In the vicinity of the square, there are many cafes and restaurants where they offer good coffee and traditional masala tea.

The main thing on Durbar Square is to feel the spirit of Nepal.  Ancient temples, to which ordinary Nepalese come to pray and the royal palace, which now functions as a museum, keep the traditions of Nepalese architecture.  Here you will see both the sadhu and the living goddess which people worship. In the evening, the square is especially beautiful, but walking in the dark has its big drawbacks.

Firstly, the lighting of monuments and buildings does not always work, and you can simply not see anything.  When the electric light is turned off, Durbar Square looks very frightening, it seems that idols look out of the dark and watch you, and the ancient temples scare.

How to get to Kathmandu Durbar Square

Durbar Square is the religious center of Kathmandu, as well as a cultural, historical and social mecca.  The main concentration of the amazing architecture of the city is here, and this is about 50 ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, palaces, and courtyards, which were built from the 12th to the 18th centuries.  Here were the coronations of the Nepalese kings, various religious processions and festivals.

Palace Square Durbar is located within walking distance of the popular tourist street of Kathmandu called Thamel.  To get here, just go south towards it or Chetrapati Street.  If by some miracle you lost your way, ask any local resident if anyone knows the location of the central square of the city.

The square is popular with the guests of the ancient capital and among the townspeople, as a place of meetings and walks.  Here you can feed large flocks of pigeons who are not afraid of people at all.

Things to do in Kathmandu Durbar square

  1. Marvel Over Historic Durbar Square:

Kathmandu’s antiquated old city is set around the Durbar Square at Basantapur, south of Thamel, where the regal family lived until the nineteenth century. It was assigned a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Notwithstanding the Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), there are numerous Hindu and Buddhist sanctuaries dating as far back as the twelfth century.

Tragically, a tremendous seismic tremor devastated a large portion of the southern area of sanctuaries and severely harmed different structures, including the royal residence, in 2015.  Poor upkeep, progressing rebuilding works, and the high cost of tickets (1,000 rupees for every individual for outsiders) have debilitated numerous vacationers from entering the Durbar Square.

  1. Walk through old cities:

from Durbar Square to Thamel, meandering through old Kathmandu’s interesting labyrinth of tight avenues and back roads will keep you occupied for quite a long time, if not days. You’ll be amazed to find holy places and statues shrouded away in impossible spots.

Along these lines, get a guide and get investigating!  At Makhan Tole, on the northeastern corner of Durbar Square, head along Siddhidas Marg to the overflowing business sector square of Indra Chowk, where five streets merge.

Proceed with straight along Siddhidas Marg to Kel Tole, which has one of Kathmandu’s most fancy sanctuaries – the Seto Machhendranath Temple.  Advance along Siddhidas Marg, you’ll achieve Ason Tole, the busiest intersection in Kathmandu. A hypnotizing mass of individuals utilize this course from morning to night, and create from everywhere throughout the Kathmandu Valley is sold there.

It merits investing some energy simply retaining it all. There’s likewise a brilliant three-story sanctuary devoted to Annapurna, the goddess of plenitude, which draws the devout.

  1. Shop and hang out in Thamel:

Kathmandu’s Thamel traveler area is swarmed and excited on occasion yet regardless it figures out how to hold an old-world feel, sustained by the columns of Tibetan supplication banners and cycle rickshaws that trundle by.

The lanes of this exuberant region are fixed with shops flooding with splendidly hued garments, adornments, paper lights, and thangka works of art, wood carvings, bronze statues, music, and books. Deal hard to get a decent value (intend to pay just a third or a large portion of the first cited cost), as businesspeople can be heartless.

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Kathmandu’s Thamel visitor region is swarmed and excited on occasion however despite everything it figures out how to hold an old-world feel, propagated by the columns of Tibetan supplication banners and cycle rickshaws that trundle by.

The lanes of this enthusiastic range are fixed with shops flooding with splendidly hued apparel, adornments, paper lamps, and thangka works of art, wood carvings, bronze statues, music, and books. Deal hard to get a decent value (expect to pay just a third or a large portion of the first cited cost), as retailers can be merciless.

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  1. Get the blessing at Pashupati temple:

Nepal’s most holy Hindu sanctuary committed to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath draws lovers from the Indian subcontinent alongside a diverse accumulation of painted sadhus (Hindu self-denial). The majority of the sadhus are agreeable and cheerful to be shot for a little expense, as an end-result of which they’ll give a gift.

Antiquated Hindu customs, shocking and unaltered by time, are drilled inside the sanctuary complex. Enter, and you’ll get an uncensored (and standing up to) point of view of life, passing, and resurrection including the outdoors incineration of bodies on memorial service fires along the stream bank.  Tickets cost 1,000 rupees for outsiders.

The principal sanctuary is beyond reach to any individual who’s not Hindu but rather you can meander about whatever remains of the tremendous grounds. On the off chance that you would prefer not to pay to go in, you can get a fair view from the inverse side of the waterway.  A fascinating time to visit is at a young hour in the morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. to see the incineration, or at night from 6 p.m. to see the aarti (love with.

  1. Explore the village in Kathmandu valley:

Leave Kathmandu’s movement and urban sprawl behind, and venture back in time in the Kathmandu Valley where towns have held a customary method for living, untouched by present day advancement.

Two of the most well-known towns to visit are Bungmati and Khokana, situated toward the south of Kathmandu, not a long way from Patan. This two town were lamentably hit hard by the 2015 quake and need tourism like never before now.  Bungmati town goes back to the sixth century, and venerated rain god Rato Mahhendranath is accepted to have been conceived there.

Lamentably, his sanctuary was pulverized by the tremor and his object of worship is currently kept at Patan. A considerable lot of the villagers are occupied with wood cutting and figure, and you can drop by their workshops. Khokana is a fruitful cultivating town, where mustard oil is collected and local people spend a large portion of their days occupied with agribusiness.

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Kathmandu Durbar square entrance fee

We Nepalese have been very much familiar with Kathmandu Durbar Square because we have actually grown to look at the durbar square. Kathmandu Durbar Square ( “UNESCO World Heritage Site”) otherwise called Hanuman Dhoka square is one of the significant attractions in Kathmandu Valley.

The greater part of the social focuses of Nepal is thought around the Kathmandu valley; among those social destinations, the significant one is the Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square. The name Hanuman-dhoka Durbar originated from the statue of Hanuman built up by the King Pratap Malla at the passageway of the illustrious royal residence in 1672 A.D. storeyed living arrangement worked by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1770, is called Basantapur Durbar (palace).

The entire complex is otherwise called Kathmandu Durbar Square. Situated at the core of the old city in Kathmandu it is surrounding both Hindu and Buddhist sanctuary. The greater part of them is worked in the pagoda style decorated with complicatedly cut outsides just as Most of the structures we see here date from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

The Durbar Square, with its old sanctuaries, castles, typifies the religious and social existence of the general population. The major Interesting things to see here are “Kumari (The Living Goddess) Gar” “Kastha Mandap”Maru Ganesh, Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old royal residence, Saraswoti sanctuary, Krishna Octangular Temple, Big drums, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath Temple, and Taleju Temple and so forth..

Durbar Square is really comprised of two sub-regions. The external complex is prestigious for various intriguing sanctuaries as Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Shiv-Parvati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell and so forth, while the internal complex includes the old castle region, Hanuman-dhoka and its patios as Nasal Choke, Mul Choke, Sundari Choke, Basantapur Durbar and other.

Other than the brilliant sanctuaries and altars, it has other intriguing perspectives are different celebrations, social exercises and conventions individuals are following from hundreds of years, which are displayed in the Durbar Square. The significant celebrations incorporate Indrajatra, Dashain, Gai Jatra, Machchhindra-Nath Jatra, etc.

These are the event when the general population from everywhere throughout the city assemble here to check their hundreds of years old customs. All the cutting and engineering around there are extraordinarily fine which make the design in this Hanuman-dhoka Durbar square among the most significant sights for explorers to see.

Kathmandu’s Durbar Sq was the place the city’s rulers were once delegated and legitimized, and from where they governed (durbar means castle). In that capacity, the square remains the customary heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most dynamite heritage of conventional engineering.

The square endured the worst part of Kathmandu’s 2015 seismic tremor harm. About six sanctuaries fallen, as completed a few towers in the Hanuman Dhoka castle complex, yet it’s as yet a breathtaking complex. A reproduction will proceed for a considerable length of time.

Albeit the majority of the square dates from the seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds of years (a considerable lot of the first structures are a lot more seasoned), a lot of revamping occurred after the incredible tremor of 1934. The whole square was assigned a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1979.

The Durbar Sq region is really comprised of three approximately connected squares. Toward the south is the open Basantapur Sq territory, previous regal elephant stables that presently houses keepsake slows down and off which runs Freak St. The primary Durbar Sq zone is toward the west.

Running upper east is the second piece of Durbar Sq, which contains the passageway to the Hanuman Dhoka and a combination of sanctuaries. From this open region Makhan Tole, at one time the principal street in Kathmandu and still the most intriguing road to stroll down, proceeds with upper east.

Kathmandu Durbar square entry fee written below:

Place Foreign Nationals SAARC Nationals Chinese Nepalese
Kathmandu Durbar Square including Tribhuvan Museum NPR.. 1000 NPR.. 150 NPR. 1000 Free

Earthquake damage

On April 25, 2015, an earthquake with an estimated size of 7.9 M hit the region and severely damaged the square, reducing several buildings to rubble. For foreigners entrance to the area is paid. The buildings were badly damaged during the earthquake.

Some wooden buildings were destroyed to the ground.  Stone palaces and temples are partially destroyed, and now they have held thanks to metal supports.  But it is here that you can particularly keenly feel the medieval spirit of the Nepalese capital.

It should be noted that in 2015 there was not the first blow of the elements, which left marks on the square.  Great damage was done in 1934.  Restoration work was completed only in 1979.  And here again!  It is strange that it was palaces, temples, monasteries and, to a lesser degree, residential buildings, that suffered greatly from earthquakes.  Alas, nothing remains of the oldest wooden building in the world, built in the XII century.

The renovation of the Durbar square has been continuing till now. After 4 years of the deadly earthquake, the city and it’s beautiful majestic Durbar square is still in the period of renovation. It’s the weakness of the government that the renovation projects have been so much delayed.

Renovation process may be must process but it is not able to restore the original beauty and architecture of the square.


Kathmandu Durbar square or Basantapur is the first site where the tourists come and start their journey of Nepal. The architecture of the monuments is not only able to hold the attention of the tourists. But they are also able to create some mysterious air by which the tourists seem to be dazzled.

Apart from the monuments, the Basantapur is also known for its erotic designs carved into the wooden design of various Sattal and temple. Since every part of the Durbar square has some legend and story behind it. The carving of these erotic designs have also a story behind.

Some say that at the time of rising of Buddhism, many youths of the kingdom had turned into hermits. The population of the kingdom had declined drastically. So to bring back the youths into the worldly tradition, the king asked it’s artisans to carve these structures.

Some legend even specifies that these erotic carvings had actually protected the kingdom from the invasion of its rebellion neighbors.

Kathmandu Durbar square is always the focal point of the religious activities of the native people of Kathmandu. It has been standing as the first entrance of Nepal for its tourists mesmerizing them with its beauty and mysterious legends.

Anisha Tamang, Susan Basel, Ankur Pradhan, Ashin Ghimire


Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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