Kathmandu Durbar square is famous among Nepalese as “Basantapur”. It is one of the three Durbar squares in Kathmandu Valley. The meaning of Durbar is “palace”. The Kathmandu Durbar square was the place where the city’s king once crew. It has the most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture.
While wandering around the Durbar square you can easily spend hours watching the whole city from the terraced platform of the tall Maju Deval. In 1934, a huge earthquake destroyed has once crowed old traditional building were destroyed. The entire Durbar Square was given the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
There are many spectacular architectures with the Kathmandu Durbar square.
There is a place where many pigeons come to drink water and eat. You can buy grains to feed pigeons in the same place. You can get to see the “Kumari” a living goddess. The Kumari is chosen from Newari (Shakya or Bajracharya) family who is worshipped as a living goddess.
Kasthamandap is a famous 3 story building around the square which has rare images of god Gorakhnath. Sadly the building was destroyed in 2015 earthquake as it was the oldest building there.
There are many more famous places such as Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old Palace, Saraswati temple, Krishna Octangular Temple, Big drums, KalBhairav, Jagannath Temple, and Taleju Temple etc.
How to Get There:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is about 20mins away from Thamel by walking. If you are staying far from Thamel then you can take a taxi. Due to traffic and narrow road, the taxi driver can take you to form a long route and cost you more much. So you can ask the driver to leave you to the new road which borders the square and you can walk from there.