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Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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Historic Site
When in Kathmandu, don’t forget to pay a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site surrounded by historic buildings. Although the square has suffered extensive damage in the 2015 earthquake, many of the buildings remain standing and some will undergo refurbishments. Enjoy the traditional Nepalese architecture of the spacious square and get a feel for the Kathmandu city atmosphere. Admire the house of the Kumari, left unscathed in the earthquake, where the virgin goddess lives until reaching puberty. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of her passing by a window. Make Kathmandu Durbar Square a centerpiece of your Kathmandu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kathmandu travel itinerary maker.
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  • What a shame this beautiful and historical place is still ravaged by the earthquake. Nevertheless, works are in progress. The history seems to shake in your bones. Of course Foreigners pay a lot more ...  more »
  • Durbar square is certainly one of the world's most fascinating squares. It is a concentration of spirituality. is in fact composed of numerous temples dedicated to various deities and the Royal Palace. Today, however, the consequences of the earthquake and then the incessant construction along with the steady stream of the faithful and tourists create an atmosphere of confusion and disorder. It remains a visit not to be missed.
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  • We went there in April 2017. It's very many ch worth the 1000 rupees to get in. The temples and building are very worth while. We also had the bonus of seeing one of the three Kumari being whisked awa...  more »
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  • If you have been to Nepal before the 2015 earthquake, you will see that there has been a lot of damage to Durbar Square. For first timers, it's still worth visiting, especially during a festival. Be prepared to pay an entrance fee as well as a local Nepali guide to show you around (the cost is worth it; you'd miss a lot if you don't have a guide). The tour will inevitably stop at someone's shop, but you shouldn't feel compelled to purchase anything. Admiring the handiwork is a big compliment.
  • Wonderful place to understand Nepali history , Nepalese life style , Nepalese way of living and Nepalese tradition as a whole in a single place. Even after the Earthquake, the main historical site of the Square is intact and people are trying their hard to preserve it . I enjoyed it a lot , more after entering the main palace . Hope you will do the same.
  • Really Historically Important place!! Contains Thousands of Temples!! great for any activity or event !! Currently Being renovated due to the 2015 earthquake!! So some places are restricted and off-limits. #VisitNepal
  • It is the epitome of Nepalese culture, history and architecture blended into a single place. Works of art and relics can be found for sale on the street market which, to me, fascinated always. I used to be there at least a month, always. 2015 earthquake has severely damaged it, however government has vowed renovation. If you are in Kathmandu, it's the place to see.
  • An excellent place to visit if you are in Nepal. Currently, you will find it partly destroyed due to the April 2015 earthquake but it's worth a visit because of the environment of the place. You might also come across several events that happen there all the time.