Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square, which is also where Nepal kings are crowned.
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  • msa23_2000
    Chino Hills, California1,428 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop while in Kathmandu
    Went here first thing in the morning so it was cool and just starting to get crowded. There are a few temples to take pictures of. Like Kathmandu in general it feels chaotic to a westerner, but that’s the way the city is. Everyone was friendly. Don’t need more than about 45 minutes here
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kathmandu Durbar Square
    This also known as Hanumandhoka Durbar Square and has the Royal Palace of the Malla kings. It gets its name from the stone i mage of Hanuman ,the Hindu deity that sits near the main entry way. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Construction started in the 200sAD
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Nell D
    Long Buckby, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and Informative
    Definitely worth a visit when in Kathmandu. So much to see and would recommend getting one of the local tours, ours cost us approx €10 and the information was excellent. Interesting to see the cremation sites and lots of local history
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 18, 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many temples to visit for 1,000 INR
    There are series of short roundabout areas that I saw before finally reaching the Durbar Square. Entrance fee is 1;000 NPR and was given a green ID card to wear. There are several temples to visit here, all unique in their own different exteriors, shapes, sizes, etc. Noted some locals offering flowers and other stuffs to their Gods. Because the Holi just happened the previous day, local cleaning people were busy cleaning the streets, washing off the stuffs they used for the Holi. Results = wet and muddy streets. Also noted shops, restaurants, other commercial buildings on both sides of the street leading to this Square. Watch out for the motorcylists who drive very fast here!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Dr R M Thapa Syangja
    Putalibazar, Nepal249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm place in the middle of the city
    There is the hustle and bustle of the city. It looks like everyone is live here cheek by jowl. You might also think this is a chaotic place. It is not. What seems like all the madness around this temple complex is in an order. There are married couples taking photos with their nuptial entourage, people just going about their business, hoards of tourists taking photos and people like us: soaking in the magnificence of this calming place. The temples and the work that went in making them a grandure of wood craftsmanship is unmissable and strikes you with their craftsmanship. Awesome place.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 15, 2024
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Complex
    This is a historical, cultural and religious complex in Kathmandu consisting of temples, shrines and monuments that are key part of Nepalese identity. The site is old dating as far back as the 13th century. Many buildings are very interesting and historical. One of them is the palace of the current living Kumari Goddess. We happen to see her at 4:30 from her balcony “audience” inside her garden. The square is very busy, a bit dirty and often times chaotic. Tickets for foreigners are 1000 NR for the day. You probably will need a guide since there is no signage or sparse literature to explain the sites. Personally, I found the Durbar Squares at Patan and Bhaktapur to be more interesting and pleasanter to visit. But this one should be visited nevertheless.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
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Fazal Mahmud Roni
Dhaka City, Bangladesh718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
One main point where all tourists give a visit. The place has number of temples around. Shops, restaurants, cafes are all nearby.

The place has some floating shops as well. Do bargain heavily if you really buying something. There are couple of bakery nearby who are selling authentic Nepali items like sel roti, yomari etc.

You will find youngsters are seating around of the temples and gossiping and a lots of pigeons. You can buy some corn and feed them.

Though its written to get around you need to buy tickets (for tourist from SAARC it is only 150nrp) but honestly no one is checking tickets unless you want to visit the museum.
Written December 28, 2022
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John B
Coulsdon, Chipstead, Surrey, United Kingdom248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Gradually being restored and rebuilt after the devastating 2015 earthquake there are examples of beautiful wood carving everywhere as well as interesting stone and brick buildings many showing signs of the damage. The main square itself is an interesting area and the surrounding palace(s) are full of history and some religious significance. These comments apply to all three of the durbars (this one, Patan and Bhaktapur) which are all WHO sites and with subtle differences despite a lot of similarities.
Written February 13, 2020
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic7,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Unfortunately still visible damages after the earthquake (2015). This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers ancient palaces and temples. Steep entrance fee of 1000 NPR even when you just need to cross the square if you are foreigner, after 6 pm free. You will be constantly bothered by number of young men offering to be your guide. The major Interesting thing to see here is "Kumari (The Living Goddess). Taleju Temple is the landmark of the square unfortunately is not open to public. What I detested were motor bikes operation on the square in the evening.
Written May 10, 2022
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Hilary H
Cheshire, UK58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Disappointing visit really. Many of the temples are in a state of disrepair and overgrown, at least in Patan there is active repair going on. We couldn't access higher points to have good views ( you can in Patan) and the museum is very closed, not sure what we paid our 1000 npr entry fee for.
Once inside the palace you have some calm in the inner squares to admire the carving and gilt features. Yes it is amazing but as a UNESCO heritage site there is sadly little active reparation . Continuously hassled for guiding.
Written November 27, 2022
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HGC_13
Gold Coast, Australia210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a must see in Kathmandu as it is one of the UNESCO Heritage sites in Nepal.
Old Royal palace is in Kathmandu Durbar square and there are a lot of other historical structures with beautiful architecture. Some structures were damaged during the 2015 earthquake and the renovations are underway.
It is a quite busy area as it is surrounded by homes and city buildings
Written March 15, 2020
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muchograndy
Antalya Province, Türkiye59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Just in the center; with a nice terrace and different kinds of foods & drinks. Taste the good Nepal beers. Different kinds of teas and kashmir goods are also sold in the 2.nd and 3.rd floor of building.
You can shoot wonderful views from the terrace and see the parliment house.
Written January 5, 2020
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Evasion Trekking
Kathmandu, Nepal3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Hello Greeting to everyone, from my point of view and that i like most in kathmandu durbar square and my recommondation do not miss to some place.
the first one is The Living God of Nepal Kurmari, who lives in Kathmandu durbar square at kumari bahal house so you should not miss.
Secondly, the muesum, you can find the historical and cultural collection from the ancient period time
please do visit
Written September 8, 2020
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Marcus
Lomma, Sweden544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I dont have anything against paying visitors fee - and I understand tourists should pay more than locals but i dont understand why SAARC tourists pay less...

And still after you paid you are still sort of mistrusted youve paid. That sort of actually bad manners make you feel unwelcome.

However. The museum is actually pretty ok with some sort of storytelling explaining the nations history. Well worth a visit.
Written February 6, 2023
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CarusoII
La Jolla, CA63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
For $10, which is a lot of money in Nepal, the square was disappointing. Many of the sites here were under repair due to the earthquake. It’s been over 4 years and the process has been slow. Of all the sites I’ve seen in Kathmandu, this one could be skipped if you need to save money
Written February 8, 2020
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amsterdam05
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,736 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The square after the earthquake has done a lot of harm. The main palaces are still ruines. Among others The Chinese are involved in restoring the historical buildings. Still a gathering place for locals as well as tourists and still enough to see.
Written January 2, 2020
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