Durbar Square

Durbar Square Basantapur

The Durbar Square area is situated in the heart of Kathmandu at Basantapur. Durbar Square literally means ‘a place of palaces’.  It was originally formed from the palaces and courtyards of the old Malla and Shah kings. The Square is also called the Basantapur Durbar square. UNESCO in Nepal listed it as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage sites.

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An Active And Living Square

Mahendra Malla (king) built the popular temples in 1560-1574 although the oldest palaces do date back to the third century. Antique Newari architecture, popular shrines, high temples, and the old royal palace abound the great square. You can discover that this place is an active and living square where you can see people worshipping in shrines, selling goods, and some only walking about their daily lives.

The Durbar Square has two sub-areas. Its outer complex is a favourite area for plentiful fascinating temples such as Kasthamandap, Shiv-Parvati Temple, Kumari Ghar, Jagannath Temple, and the Big Bell. The inner complex of contains the old palace area such as Hanuman – Dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Choke, Sundari Choke, Basantapur Durbar, Mul Choke and others.

Durbar Square Festivals

The Square is very popular for other interesting facets which are a variety of festivals, cultural activities, and traditions.  The people of Kathmandu have been following these for many years and are present in Durbar Square today. The big festivals are  Dashain, Jatra, Indra Jatra, Gaaijatra, Machchhindranath. Visitors can meet, mingle and witness with all people from all over the city who attend here to mark their centuries old histories.

Entrance Fee

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a great half-day visit, entrance fees charge for SARRC country visitors is Rs200 and for other foreign visitors is Rs750. Many museums and cultural and religious monuments charge a small fee for national and foreign tourists. It can give conservation support to the sites.

Durbar Square Photos

Photos can be great in your travel collection. The life in Kathmandu again started with a new journey after the earthquake and it is fully prepared to welcome the visitors to take photos from all the amazing angles. The amazing architecture in this area is exceptionally eye catching. Enjoy your photography moments!

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