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"Dubar Square - Kathmandu" Nepal Things to Do Tip by Robmj

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  Durbar Square
by Robmj

Dubar means Palace and this is where the city King's ruled from. Durbar Square is actually three temple filled squares next to the old royal palace.

There is an entrance fee (NR300) to Durbar square and more for the old royal palace.

There are several temples next to the gateway to the royal palace including Jagannath Mandir and Gopinath Mandir.

The next square contains the tall Maju Deval Shiva Temple with its three roofs and steep plinth. Climb up this for good views over the square and surrounding streets. The nearby Navadurga Temple has a famous painted image of Shiva and Parvati gazing out over the square. Nearby is the Kasthamandap - house of wood. Kasthamandap marks the very centre of the city. It gave its name to Kathmandu. The Kumari Bahal (house of the Living Goddess) is nearby.

The final square is the Basantapur Square which is filled with stalls of various item. One side of it is lined by the walls of the royal palace.

There are several rooftop cafes giving good views over the squares.

While there are heaps of street vendors to hassle you, the place is a must-do when in Kathmandu.

Address: Off New Road or Makhan Tole
Directions: South of Thamel area. Grab a bicycle taxi & you can't get lost

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 16, 2011
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    great area, i have a thangka hanging on the wall behind me that i purchased from the square


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