Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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World heritage site · Historic Site · Landmark
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. By using our Kathmandu driving holiday planning app, you can arrange your visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and other attractions in Kathmandu.
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  • House of living goddess Kumari, ruins after the earthquake, university of Sanskrit (the oldest language on the planet), traditional market (where you shouldn’t forget to bargain) and the rooftop...  more »
  • It was our introduction to Kathmandu - the sights, the noise, the people, the history, the works! it was affected by the earthquake.  more »
  • all the ruins of what used to be a royal court are there. the earthquake destroyed this place and it is sad to say that it has not been reconstructed. more than a square, it has become a local...  more »
  • Located at centre of Kathmandu, and a cool place to visit, especially at night. The night life with a group of best friends and a local cup of tea makes it wonderful. Pretty crowded during the day, still a better place to have some delighting dishes.
  • The most valuable history from Nepal showing and preserving how the royal family love the country can be seen here . We can analyze how talented were the people back then from the gigantic structures and their engineering technique with out any knowledge of theory. This is only in Land of Nepal were gods and devil used to come for spending their holidays .. so we are human why not us lets come once in a while and enjoy this beautiful city of Temple,art,history,and culture .
  • It's among the top 10 historical place in Nepal. The traditional and culture rich environment is best part of it. Though a bit destroyed by earthquake few years ago, still an amazing place to find joy. And don't forget to get some really traditional and even rich foreign foods around. I usually visit this place once a month.
  • It’s THE attraction in Kathmandu and it shows. It was crowded but not overwhelmingly so and there are a lot of guides who will ask you for a tour at the entrance. We took a guide and while he was good, maybe set one up in advance, probably not as cheap but at maybe more informative. The architecture and buildings themselves are beautiful and colorful and the history of it all is fascinating. Worth a day and, if you can get a two day pass, maybe two!
  • Very busy. But there is an amazing amount of things to see. Take the time to visit the museum and you'll have a chance to see how devastated the area was from the last earthquake. It is an ongoing restoration project, so wear a dust mask if you suffer from asthma or similar breathing issue. Cost 1000 Nepal rupee's to visit the area, but make sure you retain your ticket as it will need to be shown in and around the area.

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