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“Amazing sight into culture in Nepal”

Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square...
Ranked #36 of 190 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 August 5, 2013

The square has a large Rs750 entrance for tourists, however this is easily avoided if you enter down the side streets! There are lots of temples, don't forget to buy a Yak butter candle and light it for a loved one, 20Rs will buy you all you need. Look out for the quintessential looking Nepalese people who will pose for a picture with you and ask for 100Rs, but 20-30Rs is acceptable!
A nice half day trip!

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Kathmandu’s number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess, a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. Nearby the former Royal Palace is a Malla Dynasty dwelling, once considerably more extensive than today. Within, the courtyard Nassal Chowk, originally hosted dramatic dance performances, now it is the coronation site of the Shah kings and contains some of the finest wood carvings you will see anywhere in the country.

3  Thank Saajan S
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The area called the Kathmandu Darbar Square is made up of beautiful temples, a couple of large squares and a palace, surrounded by narrow lanes laced with old buildings where people still live and work. Even though touristy, one can get a flavor of everyday life, where locals use it as a thoroughfare and as a place to hang out. Often jammed with motorbikes and pedestrians, young love birds sitting in a corner or up in the open balcony of some temple, the place pulsates with life. The visit to Kumari Chowk is a must, as it showcases beautifully carved Nepali wood work that dates back several centuries. If you are lucky, like we were, you may behold the Kumari, the child living goddess, who sometimes peeks out from the tiny balcony above the smallish courtyard. Photographing the Kumari is forbidden though. Unless you want to see how a Nepali palace interior looks with its dark narrow corridors and rooms with poor display of photos of the former royal family, do not bother to pay an extra amount to visit the Hanuman Dhoka palace. Instead, just sit back and soak in the atmosphere of the colorful old town Kathmandu.

1  Thank Ruba R
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Dont just walk, sit down on the tempels and just watch. Than you will make breath taking pictures. If u want buy souvenir, dont do it here. Its all plastic. Go to patan in the shops, best buy good wood carving. Eat on the rooftop restaurant called Bajra if u dont want to pay European prices. Take the chips chilly or the buff moma. U can make pics from baba s on the square but pay them its there only income. Dont give money to begging children give it to disabled those people got really hard time in Nepal. Coming on the square is 7.00 euro. ATM with European card is only working at the bank of Standerd Chartered. Its in Lazimpat. Relax and enjoy!

2  Thank Saskia K
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

You will need to put a couple of hours aside (and get a guide, or at least a good guide book) to see what this place has to offer. There are lots of buildings, great architecture and interesting history to learn about here, its worth the visit and quite fascinating.

Thank Ali_Hawkins
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