Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu

3.4
Visit a sacred attraction at Kumari Chowk, a courtyard inside a red-brick, three-level building that was once home to Kumari, a girl selected to be the town's living goddess until she reaches puberty and becomes mere mortal. The tradition represents "devi," the Hindu concept of female spiritual energy. Wooden balconies and windows surround the courtyard where the Kumari appears daily at regular times. Keep in mind that visitors can photograph the courtyard, but photos of the Kumari are forbidden. As you wander the conplex, look closely for intricate carvings on the doors and walls of the temple. Put Kumari Chowk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kathmandu trip itinerary builder .
Create an itinerary including Kumari Chowk
map
Kumari Chowk Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
633 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Kumari (girl goddess) Palace in Kathmandu Durbar square. Of the few buildings not collapsed in the earthquake of 2015, but this deteriorated and strutted. The building is very beautiful and the interior patio, where it appears for a few seconds the Kumari, is of great beauty, above all its balconies and latticework of wood. Impressive is the situation and above all the emergence a few seconds of the Kumari, who were lucky enough to see but not photograph because is strictly prohibited. It is worthwhile, it impresses. Very important for the Nepapiles
    View original
  • The current living goddess is 3 years old. She will peak from a window at a specific time (as your local guide for the exact time). Worth the small detour since this is next to Durbar square. The visi...  more »
  • There are around Kathmandu 3 kumari of which only one can be photographed. These are very sensible girls be living representations of the goddess. They sit on small thrones, may bless you for a few rupees,... but are totally exploited by their parents... and venerated by the people... a little shocking to Westerners.
    View original
Places to stay near Kumari Chowk

Plan your trip to Kathmandu

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Kumari Chowk by other users

6 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM INDIA July, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 41 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Kathmandu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM MONACO October, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Kathmandu BY A USER FROM KUWAIT December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM INDIA July, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Kathmandu BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in New Delhi, Pushkar & Kathmandu BY A USER FROM MEXICO September, culture, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Kathmandu BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Nepal BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans