Durbar SquareCurrently Closed
- Address: Kathmandu 44600,Nepal
- Timings: 11:00 am - 01:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 750 NPR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Square
Durbar Square - Review
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
- Royal Heritage Restaurant
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Things to Know Before Visiting Durbar Square
64.74% of people who visit Kathmandu include Durbar Square in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
94.94% of people start their Durbar Square visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Durbar Square
94.17% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Durbar Square
Durbar Square Trips
Durbar Square, Kathmandu Reviews
Best place to see traditional buildings of Kathmandu. A nice walk and you will most definitely see something interesting. Folks are very friendly
Durbar Square is very nice place in Nepal. This is a historical place where we can see lots of ancient works of Buddha. This place is fully aesthetics and lots of architectural views together. There is a loss of architecture within this master plan
A nice site, packed with vendors trying to convince you to buy their products. It takes away from the beautiful site. Too crowded and dirty, it looks as it was not been taken cared of, after the 2015 earthquake. I tried to take some nice pictures though!
Do not be scared by the comparable high prices for tourist attractions, is worth the money. Some of the local unofficial guides are very competent and nice, worth for people willing to spend 8 Euros entrance and maybe 15 for a "guide".
This is a piece of living history that you can not miss if you visit Kathmandu. Its worth every cent of the $10 entrance fee. Some of the fee is being used to repair the extensive damage from the 2015 earthquake, you can now enter one of the renovation sites where there is an emotive display of photographs and information detailing the earthquake and the citys recovery. BUT, thats not all! Try to find out when the Living Goddess (Kumare) will make an appearance, but read about her first so that you understand her significance.