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“A must see but dont take a buggy if you go with a young child”

Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Darbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple
Ranked #9 of 175 things to do in Kathmandu
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Owner description: Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square, which is also where Nepal kings are crowned.
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“A must see but dont take a buggy if you go with a young child”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

The Durbar Square is impressive and interesting with lots of photo opps. Definitely a must see. It does get really busy though so if you are going with a young child you will need to be prepared to carry them. We made the mistake of taking our daughter in a buggy which was a nightmare to get through the crowds.

Visited October 2012
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“Quiet on the holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

We walked down from Jyanti and greatly enjoyed the entrance to the square. It is full of life and wonderful buildings.

Visited October 2012
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“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Among places you need to see in Kathmandu and just take a walk along the area...you will see many other places of interest.

Visited December 2011
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“... not the destination, the way to it makes it worthwhile ...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

Agree, this is an exaggeration, maybe it is downright unfair to this famous square but still I would say the way to it is not enough appreciated.
From Thamel center it is a nice, 2-3 km, walk to Durbar square. Along the way you will be engulfed by everyday Kathmandu life, not the Thamel kind, but the normal life for the Nepali living near the center. You will pass through their shopping area containing micro shops selling just about anything for everyday life. Spices, meat, groceries, drinks, fish, vegetables, kitchen utensil, garllands to be used for religious ceremonies, clothing, etc etc... As said, anything you can think of.
If that all gets too hectic, step through one of the small ports that may bring you into the inner space of a court where the people live, do their laundry and children play their games, seemingly miles away from the hussle and bustle of the street.

There is one drawback to going into Durbar Square that way. When you finally reach the square you may reach the Square more ready for a moment of mental rest then for the call from the entry booth to pay your 750 pp fee for entering Durbar Square. The continuous flow of people and traffic that passes through the square also makes it unclear why YOU suddenly should pay to be allowed to go further. The added emphasis of the policeman that escorts you to the booth however makes it clear that there is no escaping, even if you do not mind to just walk through the square and not go into any of the buildings that are open to visitors.
Durbar Square Kathmandu has a lot of historic buildings in a relatively small space. Apparently there are more then 50 temples/shrines on the square, among them the most intriguing (to me) residence of the living goddess, the Kumari. The leaflet you get after paying the entry fee lists the most notable ones with some explanation. Of the buildings we were allowed to enter we visited the Royal Palace. This is a complex consisting of a number of connected courts. It is a pity that most of the interior is not open to visitors.
As said Durbar Square Kathmandu is certainly worth the visit, but I certainly would not want to miss the walk to it.

Visited October 2012
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“Fascinating place to visit. Recommend a guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

Lots of people but traffic free. ould definately recommend the use of a guide as there is so much history assocaiated with the place.

Visited October 2012
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