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Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Ranked #13 of 186 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.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

the durbar square has it all.... palace remains... temples... the mysterious kumari goddess.... nice tucked in vintage bars, cafes... shopping in the courtyard....if you are in kathmandu on a short trip, this is a must visit as it will be easy to get to and will give you a true glimpse of nepal....

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Kathmandu surprises its visitors with its charms.
A medieval city, large stupas, golf courses, shopping avenues with stylish stores, cremation sites, flights to Mt. Everest...
Overall, the energy in the nepalese city causes goose bumps.
It's relaxed. It's homey. It's blessed and you can feel it!
Durbar square features stone & brick tiled temples, courtyards, palaces and its lion-like entrance guardians.
The area exudes history and past-glories dating back to the 1500's.
Beware of the street vendors who may be quite aggressive.
Native medallions are sold for a fair price, provided some haggling.
It is an interesting, educative walk.

Thank HeidiSonali
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is definitely the most important place to visit in Kathmandu itself and every visitor should spend some time in and around the square. There are a large number of shrines and temples to visit, over 50 I think though some are very small, and many with quite splendid architecture – although it is crumbling a bit in parts. However, be aware that entering the old Royal Palace itself at the centre of the square does have drawbacks. The main problem is that it is quite a large Palace and took us around 2 hours to visit. There is a lot of walking involved, much of it up and down stairs, some very narrow, all over the Palace and this can get extremely tiring – and there are not many places to rest. I suppose we could have climbed over some of the barriers and taken some short cuts but we didn't have a map of the building with us so are quite likely to have got totally lost. In addition, my wife, who is a better walker than I am, sprained her knee trying to climb up the steep stairs to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the complex – I wisely remained further down. We did take the time to try and look at a number of the exhibits so could have speeded up things by looking at less – which is what we did after the first half hour or so. The trouble is that there are lots, and lots, and lots, of memorabilia relating to the lives of the ex Nepalese Royal Family – in fact that is nearly all there is inside the Palace. For a Nepali this would of course be of great interest but for a tourist it does become quite repetitive and not that interesting. In addition, most of the rooms are poorly lit, as well as being quite dusty. However the architecture of the inner courtyards are worth seeing and quite special. Although photography in the main Durbar Square is fine, it is not allowed inside the Royal Palace and there are lockable lockers by the entrance where you are asked to leave cameras and bags etc. You are encouraged by the staff to leave a small tip.
Entrance to the Durbar Square is 750 Nepali Rupees though you need to pay at one of a number of booths dotted around the various entrances to the square – I think I counted 4 separate booths. However, we were never asked for our ticket except when we went into the Royal Palace. The temple of the Living Goddess is also in the Square but entry to that is not included in the price and you need to pay extra. You are likely to be approached by various people trying to get you to hire them to be a guide. They were a bit persistent but OK about it when we politely declined. There is also a handicrafts market in an open area in one part of the square – some nice stuff there but we thought the prices were on the high side.

Thank Arthurrvr
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Nice enough for 10 or 15 minutes. Much better to go to Durbar Square in Patan or Durbar Square in Bhaktaphur.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The place is just radiating with bright rays of the culture and history of it. It tells a story that has long been going since its origin. The people and the place makes it a great experience to find oneself so easily fused into the beauty of this place. The art as well as the culture i found there was just dazzling and took my breath away into its past, present and future and i couldnot stop wondering about it. I am out of words to define how blissful this experience was for me. I recommend anyone that loves travelling to go there. This is a definitely a place to visit.

Thank neha s
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