Kathmandu Durbar Square

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Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

This particular area best known as Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of this city. Locally also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square – an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty. Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex consists of a huge Royal Square imposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the old royal palace of the then Kathmandu Kingdom. It is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Durbar Square is surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The royal palace was originally at Dattaraya square and was later moved to the Durbar square location

The entire Palace Complex here is named after a monkey god called Hanuman. One can see a huge stone statue of Hanuman painted all red right next to the main entrance ( the golden gate) of the palace. Hanuman here is regarded as a powerful protector of the entire Durbar Square.

Some of the important monuments to be seen here are:

1. Taleju temple- tallest of all structures built by king Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.
2. Jagannath temple- built in the 16th century, known for fascinating erotic figures carving I the wooden struts eaves.
3. Kal Bhairav- one of the largest stone idol in Kathmandu representing the terrifying aspects of Shiva.
4. Statue of King Pratap Malla in praying gesture to Digu Taleju the royal family deity right across.
5. Kumari Ghar- 17th century Kumari temple, an example of the highly developed Nepalese temple craft.
6. Kasthamandap- built from the timber of a single tree.
7. The Kathmandu City derives its name from Kasthamandap.

Besides this other fascinating part of this palace complex is the towering Nautale Durbar overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur square where Prithivi Narayan Shah built mansion to commemorate his victory in 1768 A.D. This building complex is known for the most intricately carved wooden doorways roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.

Entrance fee for the Kathmandu Durbar Square:
The entrance fee for Kathmandu durbar square has shot up in price during 2015. The current fee for foreigners is 750rps. Ticket booths are at all the main entrance points into the square. A Kathmandu durbar square ticket is only valid for that day! To avoid having to pay daily rates bring your passport and a photo to the tourism office inside durbar square (beside the Kumari residence) and purchase a long-stay ticket that’s valid for the duration of your visa. The cost is 750rps. If you are staying or passing through via Freak Street, New Road or Paknajol getting a long stay ticket to Kathmandu durbar square is recommenced as walking around it to avoid fees can be annoying. There are no other charges within Kathmandu Durbar Square aside from the museum which is now included in the new ticketing price.  It is possible to sneak past the ticket booths. Just don’t act like a tourist to do so. And don’t be surprised if you get caught and are made to buy a ticket!

Contact telephone number of Kathmandu durbar square tourist office: +977 1 4268969