Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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Durbar Square, Kathmandu - Address, Ticket Price

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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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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  • its one of the most recommended places to visit while in Kathmandu.. however, the signs of the earthquake are pretty obvious, making Durbar Square a beautiful but also a sad place to visit. Likely, people can still contribute to help building up this Unesco World Heritage Site.. We once visited during the night, not recommended!

  • Nice to look at, although charging tourists 1,000Rs to enter is a bit of a slap in the face when locals get in for free. I had a discourse with one of the security personnel in when he asked me for a ticket. I said "have all these other people got tickets?", pointing the many others in the Square. "They don't need them" was the response, "you are white" was apparently the reason why I needed a ticket. I come from near London, and if we ever introduced a policy of charging different people different amounts of money for experiencing the same things, based entirely on their background or appearance, it would be seen as unconscionable, so I'm not sure how this is justified.

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  • Only "foreign-looking" are forced to buy a ticket for Rp1000 - others just walk through. Unfortunately most of the sights were destroyed or are under construction.

  • It's a historical place with ancient buildings and Temple. The roads are messy and crowded. Most of these monuments are damaged and under restoration. People have made the temple place dirty by putting trash everywhere. You will also find lots of antique statues, handicrafts, the famous Kukuri etc here. You can go to Thamel from here as it's a walkable distance

  • Good historical place - hub of temples and a remnants of ancient palaces of Nepali king of different generation. Though it looks pitiful as a result of a massive earthquake in 2015 and most of them under construction.Also the goods in the streets are very expensive.

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