Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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Durbar Square - A Quick Overview


Address: Kathmandu 44600,Nepal

Ticket Price: 750 NPR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 11:00 am - 01:00 pm Details

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About Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Dubar square is one of the most colourful and vibrant places in Kathmandu. Urrounded by heritage structures, temples and the Hanuman Dhoka palace, this square makes for a perfect beginning to your Nepalese sojourn.

Whether you are at the ‘freak’ street where both the hippies and Beatles hung out, or at the Hindu and Buddhist temples that are hundreds of years old, the Kathmandu square is a place that will leave you enthralled and intrigued. A UNESCO world heritage site, the Durbar Square, with its old temples, palaces and quaint alleys epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people of Nepal.

The Durbar Square area is actually made up of two sub-areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Shiv-Parbati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell etc, while the inner complex comprises of the old palace area, Hanuman-Dhoka and its courtyards such as Nasal Choke, Mul Choke, Sundari Choke, Basantapur Durbar . Besides the magnificent temples and shrines, its other interesting aspects are various festivals, cultural activities and traditions that people have followed from centuries, including the crowning of the kings of Nepal that have taken place at this square.

The sighting of the ‘Royal kumari’ or the living goddess at the square is an ethereal experience, watching all the adulation and devotion of the crowd towards her.

Durbar Square Information

  • Great for people watching, this square will give you fantastic photographic memories. Do carry a camera.
  • If you happen to be around the square when the Royal Kumari gives an appearance, do not take any photos of her, they are not permitted.

Durbar Square Ticket Prices

  • There is an entrance fee to the square of 750 Nepali Rupees. Fees for locals and foreigners differ.

How To reach Durbar Square by Public Transport

  • Nearest bus stop: NAC bus stop
  • Bir Hospital Bus stop
  • Ratna Park Bus stop

Restaurants Near Durbar Square

  • Bajra
  • Royal Heritage Restaurant
  • Illusion
  • Cosmopolitan

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Durbar Square, Kathmandu Reviews

  • Awesome place with a lot of temples and awe inspiring structures. After the devastating earthquake some structures collapsed which are being rebuild the same way. In the middle there is a open square where you can feed the pigeons. So many pigeons at one place and you can pass quality time with them. The place has entrance fee but free for Nepalese.

  • Amazing to see how the earthquake affected the place. Was sad to see the pics of how it used to be but so glad that restoration is taking place- Nepal has such a rich culture and even the tiniest detail is important to take note of

  • I won't say Kathmandu Durbar Square is a great place. Yes it is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and recommended by many people, but the fact that the place is now a mess, especially after the earthquake, made me disappointed. I was there November 2017. The entrance ticket was NRs 1,000/person, and it was a bit too much, while all we could see are mostly ruins. Where did all the money go? This place needs to be renovated and rebuilt, so tourists won't be disappointed. The nicest thing there was seeing so many pigeons around the temple and walking around outside the square itself.

  • The best cultural even I have attended in my entire life. The light festival is one in a life time experience.

  • Nothing really flashy. At the moment when i visited in 2018, effects of earthquake were visible all alobg this place. Most the buildings were under renovation and rebuilding. But the place is still pretty crowded and lit with sellers and buyers in day.

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