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Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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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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  • It seems as if Nepal is going to be defined by the earthquake for some time to come. Durbar Square is still a fascinating and beautiful place but the damage caused to many monuments is inescapable. Th...  more »
  • So basically, the square is nice and definitely worth seeing. Unfortunately annoying something the guides and accept even a no thank you until the third time. Admission is somewhat expensive with 1000 rupees, but can this card free on x-day increase if you have a photo here. Go to the Office and extend. Then you can once again look over on different days at different times. Unfortunately, much is broken after the earthquake and thus the images are not as good. We hope this time the Government this time is more priorities.
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  • Interesting little roads and buildings. Palace with museum is worth a visit. To get a crash course in history. Don't miss the Gold Palace! Good restaurants in the area. Several buildings under construction after the earthquake but it is also interesting to see.
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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.