Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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When in Kathmandu, don’t forget to pay a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site surrounded by historic buildings. Although the square has suffered extensive damage in the 2015 earthquake, many of the buildings remain standing and some will undergo refurbishments. Enjoy the traditional Nepalese architecture of the spacious square and get a feel for the Kathmandu city atmosphere. Admire the house of the Kumari, left unscathed in the earthquake, where the virgin goddess lives until reaching puberty. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of her passing by a window. By using our Kathmandu driving holiday planning app , you can arrange your visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and other attractions in Kathmandu.
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  • Lot of history and character. Significant renovation underway currently to restore some amazing architecture. Definitely worth a tour. The museum has cataloged some of the history, but there is a lot ...  more »
  • One of the few places that you will find so interesting buildings and temples in a small square. Kathmandu's real center...  more »
  • I don't have to tell you to go there because probably is already in your list. Sadly for the importance is kind of dirty and neglected but a good opportunity for nice photos.  more »
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  • One of the most popular Durbar Square in Nepal. A major tourist attraction and a must visit for everyone who is travelling to Nepal. The place was beautiful before the big earthquake and now under renovation. But still open to public. Photos are from before and after 2015 earthquake.
  • If you visit Nepal this is definitely a place to visit. Probably the most historic location in Nepal as is was here that the kings had their palaces. I visited this location before in 2014 and after,2016 and it was badly damaged by the earthquake but still worth the visit. They do charge visitors a fee but they use it to restore this treasure and I hold no grudges for it. Look at the supplied pictures for all the wonderful things to see here. Unfortunately the upstairs museums were closed after the quake for obvious reasons. But do not let this put you off, it is still worth a two hour visit as so much is still available to see. Also there are many Nepalese crafts for sale there. You may pay more but the selection is so diverse and interesting. I can only say, do not miss this treasure!
  • One of the popular UNESCO World Heritage in Nepal. I visited this place in August 2017. The place was crowded , people from different countries were enjoying the ancient architectural view of the darbar. I recommend to visit this place during off season to avoid heavy crowd.
  • Some beautiful temples can be seen here. A lot has been destroyed in the 2015 earthquake but is is slowly being rebuild. Be careful around local guides here, they know a lot about the place but they try to charge you way to much for some information. If you try to pay less, they will lead you through shops where you get a nice story about paintings or jewelry and are then pressed to buy some.
  • A spectacular area of temples and palace structures. If this not the first place you visit in Kathmandu, it should at the very least be the last. I personally found that it had to be visited quite a few times. All of Kathmandu is both a reminder of another time and a testament to the faith of the people of this city and this country. Darbar Square is the heart of the city and the country and the soul of the people of Nepal.
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