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Basantapur Tower, Kathmandu

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A World Heritage Site, Basantapur Tower has nine floors and overlooks the city through meticulously carved windows. Kings used this view, the legend goes, to see if all the chimneys in the city were smoking during meal times to make sure no one was hungry. Due to damage by an earthquake in 2015, much of the tower is closed to the public--but many of its the exquisite woodcarvings from the upper floors are now on display at the basement level. Walk around and inspect the elaborate ornaments with erotic images, marvelous doors, woodwork, and metalwork. By using our Kathmandu vacation planner, you can arrange your visit to Basantapur Tower and other attractions in Kathmandu.
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Only a few establishments in Kathmandu suffered severe damage in the 2015 earthquake, which means that you can choose from a wide range of sleeping options. From luxurious hotels to inexpensive but cozy lodges, the city offers a suitable place for every type of budget. The neighborhood of Thamel contains most accommodations favored by foreign visitors, including basic guesthouses, budget hotels, and boutique establishments offering deluxe suites. For some of the least expensive options, look along Durbar Marg, a busy street just a few blocks from Thamel.
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  • Yes, this is another UNESCO world heritage site. You can’t miss it in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Be aware that there are several Durbar Squares in Nepal. This tower was badly damaged in the recent e...  more »
  • My friend and I visited this Attraction on April 4, 2017. It is located to your right just passed the main entrance to Kathmandu Durbar square. Basantapur tower was one of tallest towers in the square...  more »
  • We had a local Nepali guide take us through this amazing ancient group of buildings and towers. Almost seemed like a scene from Indianna Jones movies. Fascinating area with many colorful natives and r...  more »
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  • It was one of the buildings part of the basantapur square in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu Palace building in the basantapur square or Durbar square. But received extensive damage by the earthquake that occurred in the 4/25/2015 are four layers (9 layer was inside) was apparently on 2 layer has to collapse.
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