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“Fascinating to see the Kumari” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kumari Chowk

Kumari Chowk
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$95.00*
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Local Bazaar Walking Tour in Kathmandu
Ranked #17 of 173 things to do in Kathmandu
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Owner description: Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl who is worshipped as the goddess Durga in human form. She can sometimes be glimpsed at her windows.
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Fascinating to see the Kumari”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Small house off Durbar square you can take photos of the building but not the Kumari. Went with a guide which made it better with some understanding of the place and history.

Visited November 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nice Architecture and History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Kumari Garh where the goddess live is a very nice building built in Nepali architecture style. The history behind Kumari can checked in wikipedia, its quite interesting. We did had a chance to see her around 4 PM in the evening. Someone told us she comes out to see the people once in morning and evening. We waited from 3.45 pm, she came out around 4.05 pm just for less than a minute.

Visited December 2013
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Main Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Historic Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Head here to see the absolute best in Newari-style architecture and historical building. If you are around in October, try and attend the Kumari festival when the locals celebrate this Goddess of Virginity and Purity. Amazing spectacle that takes place all around her home in the Chowk.

Visited October 2013
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Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
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39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“visit to kumari garh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

each country has its own culture and traditions and we have to respect them.a girl selected as goddess is stationed in this house till she attains puberty.believed as GODDESS.luckily on the day of our visit it was a festival day and we got an opportunity to climb upstairs to have a darshan of KUMARI who happened to be a 7 to 8 year old cute looking girl happily eating chocolates given by a visiting 5 year old,a very different experience one must not miss

Visited December 2013
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Belgrade, Serbia
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“Sad but true”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

With all respect to any religion, I find this "attraction" very unhuman. Many other travelers explained it in their reviews, so I don't want to waste the space here.
The only plus is a very beautiful building and nice wooden carvings inside a nice little courtyard where she is "living".
To make the impression worse, she went out on the window, we saw her, and after that the local guide advised to leave some donation.

Visited November 2013
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