Nepal, a small country on the lap of Himalayas (Mountains), lies in between two big nations China and India, in the southern part of Asia. A land you will never forget once you visit- a land of snow-capped and high mountains, secret river valleys, an old well-preserved cities, and different styles of temples, affectionate peoples, and captivating folkways. Nepal offers unique pleasures for wanderlust.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the oldest city of Nepal and one of the ancient civilizations, rich in culture and unique architecture, and has seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, among them Kathmandu Durbar Square is one. The old part of the city, accompanied by narrow medieval streets and lovely small shrines, and old palaces. Here, people can find distinctive Pagoda and Shikhar styled temples, stone, and wood sculpture. Kathmandu city is filled with many hidden places to explore, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of them.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square also called “Basantapur Durbar” and “Hanuman Dhoka” is an old durbar square at the center of Kathmandu city, built during the Malla regime. Possibly the most interesting part of this Kathmandu city is Kathmandu Durbar Square, containing a number of the sculptures, finest temples, and monuments in the valley.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is home to palaces, courtyards, and temples, also honored as “the museum of temples”, has over 50 temples, is the largest concentration of old buildings. It is the top tourist attraction destination without a doubt. Visitors to this area are welcome to visit the stunning structures with detailed stone-carved monuments, and wood carved panels and windows.
As those stone and wood carvings, building structure, temples, palaces all are significant and carry history and many more stories in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Thus you can take a walk around the square and explore it.
Where is Kathmandu Durbar Square?
Kathmandu durbar square is located at the center of Kathmandu, near the famous tourist area Thamel; 1.6km. You can walk from Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square, as it takes about 20 minutes. Also, you can catch a rickshaw, which is enjoyable to explore the Asan, Indrawchok, New road areas, and also you can take a taxi, which takes about 10 minutes.
But, the most effective and comfortable way to explore the area around Kathmandu valley would be taking a ride with private vehicle drivers. For this you can contact private vehicles or you can contact us thus we can connect within the drivers with private vehicles.
History of Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square held palaces of Malla and Shah kings, who once ruled over Kathmandu city. The square was constructed as part of the durbar back in the 17th century but after the earthquake in 1934, the durbar was affected worst, it had to be reconstructed and redesign, and in 1979 Durbar Square was enlisted in the UNESCO World’s heritage site.
Kathmandu Durbar Square was declared as Royal Palace by King Ratna Malla, he then started ruling the city. Until the mid 18th century, many more Malla’s rulers ruled over the Kantipur city from this palace.
After conquering Kathmandu valley by Prithivi Narayan Shah in 1769, Kathmandu was declared as Capital city and began ruling over the country. Kathmandu durbar square experienced numerous changes and construction. From the Capital city Kathmandu, the Shah dynasty ruled for 240 years over Nepal. Shah Kings changed the palace from Basantapur Durbar Square to Narayanhiti Palace, in 1963, after King Mahendra constructed it. Later, the Basantapur Durbar Square was declared into a museum, where we can visit and see the memories of Malla and Shah kings.
Renovation in Kathmandu Durbar Square after the Earthquake in 2015
Sadly, Nepal was hit by the worst earthquake again in 2015 after 1934, where thousands of people lost their lives and their homes. The country was greatly affected by the earthquake, some buildings in Kathmandu Durbar square were also affected. Many homes in and outside the Kathmandu valley have been restored fastly as true uplifting spirits of peoples around there and government agencies during these hard times.
Although some of the major structures of Kathmandu Durbar Square were destructed in Earthquake 2015 when you take a walk through the palace area, some are restored and reconstructed already, some are still in restoration and reconstruction, and also you will see some fine buildings, temples which were not much affected too. However, all these still give you the feeling of the ancients all over the civilization of Nepal.
Top Sights/ Places to Visit in Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square Entry Fee
Below, the entry fee for foreigners, Nepalese in Basantapur Durbar Square and inside the museum is enlisted:
|Place||Entrance including Museum|
|Foreign National including China:-||NPR 1000|
|SAARC Nationals:-||NPR 150|
|Below 10 years have free entry!|
Tips While Visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square
Basantapur square, as it lies at the center of Kathmandu valley, has small streets, and is quite crowded by pedestrians, local peoples, and busy with traffic. On the courtyards, near Gaddi Baithak, you can see handicraft markets, where you can see many attractive handicrafts and buy at an affordable price.
The best time to take a walk around to see the beauty of durbar square is evening. During evening time, the temperature would be low, best to take a walk, and the lights around the palace, also you can visit the handicraft market around the durbar square. Also, you can visit during the morning time, as it would be low temperature, less crowded, you can walk and visit around durbar square, but you can’t visit museums. But the museum is open at day time only.
The above article about Kathmandu Durbar Square is not enough to describe the beauty of this area, and its phenomena. Those beautifully carved exotic and erotic sculptures, Hindus shrines, fine palaces, temples, and courtyards have so deep historical stories, which are worth visiting. Besides, you can find restaurants that serve Newari foods, many other restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy the other normal foods, and beverages and watch the views from there.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a must-visit place, while you are here in Kathmandu Nepal, as this place is a treasure house of historical culture and arts, which embrace the unique experience, making people a great destination to explore in a day in Kathmandu.
As the Statement there, “Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real” Nepal is heaven for the wanderlust and the people who have a deep interest in understanding history and culture. Nepal has 10 UNESCO World heritage sites consisting of both natural and cultural heritage sites, along with this it has many other beautiful places, where you can go for trekking, rafting, hiking and excursion, also mountain climbing, bungee jump, mountain climbing, canoeing, and many more things to celebrate on your holidays and vacation.
Besides this, all beautiful natural and cultural heritage sites, you will get warm greetings and hospitality from peoples all time while you are here in Nepal.