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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  • July 20, 2017
    This is one of the best place to visit if you would like to know more about the history of Nepal.the temples and statues carry the real history of Nepal the then art and sculpture.  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    at the Nepal can not describe, it is a must to survive, is fantastically completely there is no downsides
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  • June 7, 2017
    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 »
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  • November 7, 2016
    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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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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