We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Nice, historic but slightly underwhelming”

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Darbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple
Ranked #9 of 173 things to do in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square, which is also where Nepal kings are crowned.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice, historic but slightly underwhelming”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

Durbar square is quite an interesting place to be, with tons of local life and lots of activity going on in the square. The 2 giant temples are pretty impressive too, but as a 'UNESCO' attraction it is kind of underwhelming, besides those things there are not much else there. Just a place to while away your time, get the iconic shot of the place and see locals go about their daily activity while you chill.

Visited November 2013
Thank jamon919
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,106 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Reaching Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Touching History and Heritage”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

I visited Kathmandu Durbar Square on 26 th May,'2014 along with my family and enjoyed it very very much. By Nepal I was meant by Himalaya only, but by reaching there I really am admired with the reach Maharaja Heritage of Nepalese Kingdom. For future travellers I will give two suggestions:- (1) Reach the point before 3 p.m., otherwise the Museum will be closed, & (2) There is one more Durbar Square in the South of Kathmandu at Patan, which is also a good one, but you don't need to go there if your sight seeing includes Kathmandu Durbar......Because Patan Durbar is small in size, and excluding this point you can save your time and money. Good Luck

Visited May 2014
Thank Suvajit1983
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Just average”
Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Patan Durbar Square before doing the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The latter is no doubt much bigger and contains 2 biggest attractions - Kumari house and the Taleju temple but it's far more noisier and crowded than Patan.
This is because vehicles move about freely within the square which makes it difficult to move around.
The Kumari house is a good visit but it was really painful to see a pretty little girl locked up.
The Taleju temple can be seen from outside as it is never open for worship. It open only for a special prayer offering once a year.
The Kalbhairav statue is another attraction that one must see.
Overall strictly in my personal opinion, if you have seen the Patan Square you can give this one a miss.

Thank Ketki05
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“43 Temples”
Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

It Consists Of 43 Temples In One Square.

You Can Get Pass For Many Days From The Same Entry Ticket Because It is Impossible To Visit Each And Every Temple in The Campus In One Day.

Thank abhi6795
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Incredible place”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

This square is a excellent depiction of architecture and culture of Nepal. A spot where one learns about the Nepalese architecture and can also buy some handicrafts. There are some very interesting resturants too. A cool place to visit !

Visited June 2014
Thank geetamehta
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Kathmandu Durbar Square also viewed

Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley

Been to Kathmandu Durbar Square? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing