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Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

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Kot Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Durbar Square was a bit wrecked during the 2015 earthquake but locals still hang out in this area, sitting on temples and shrines and other buildings. Some are in rubble still ... Read more
today. Locals come and go freely into this large public space but foreigners are stopped and asked to pay a hefty fee of 1000 rupees ($10). Disappointing.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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The heart of Kathmandu. Everything from a meeting place to a spiritual home to one large historic monument. I recommend checking out the Durbar Square on your first day in town to orient yourself to the city and country.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

It's quite cool. The wonderful beauty of the culture and diversity alongside it makes for an amazing experience. You can find some good quality Nepal made products too.

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Singapore, Singapore

I arrived in Durbar Square before the disastrous Earthquake the levelled many of the traditional buildings - it's sad. It's great to find one of those cafes that situated in one of these building, then spend some time reading book and people watching.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Durbar Square is the most well-known tourist attraction in Nepal. This UNESCO site is a maze of twisting streets and little alleys, and is full of temples big and small. Five main roads coverage in Indra Chowk, a market square. This area is close to Siddhidas Marg and Kel Tole, which houses Seto Machhendranath, one of the most renowned temples in the square.

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London, UK

These plazas in front of the old royal palaces are host to all sorts of temples, water fountains, idols and open courts. Weave in and out of monuments and around animals roaming freely, and feast your eyes on Nepalese art and history.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

If it's your first visit to Kathmandu, a visit to Durbar Square is a must despite the hefty entrance fee and damage inflicted on many of the buildings by the earthquake. It is still possible to appreciate the magnificence of the temples, shrines and monuments and many of the stone carvings are still intact. The square still has a bustling atmosphere - its fun to watch small Nepalese children chase pigeons, pilgrims praying at the temples and locals selling vegetables. It's not what it used to be, but the ticket prices support the re-construction and you can't really go to Kathmandu and forgo Durbar Square.

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Penang, Malaysia

There is an entrance fee of 10 USD but if you look Asian they won't probably notice. They have a sort of flea market selling all sorts of stuff but I find the price not to my liking. At a Italian gelato place called Amor you can try masala latte ice cream and it's so so weird and good

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Durbar Square was a bit wrecked during the 2015 earthquake but locals still hang out in this area, sitting on temples and shrines and other buildings. Some are in rubble still today. Locals come and go freely into this large public space but foreigners are stopped and asked to pay a hefty fee of 1000 rupees ($10). Disappointing.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Durbar Square of Kathmandu is the center of life in the Old City. It's the must place to visit! It's the best place for people watching in Kathmandu. Visitors have to pay 1000 Rs during the day, but you are free to walk around before or after the ticket booth is closed. The buildings here are quite amazing.

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Foster City, California, USA

Most interesting place to visit in Kathmandu. Its a square full of temples and shrines with amazing architecture.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most beautiful traditional and cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. It represents the history of Kathmandu valley.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Certainly worth a visit. At least once. After that, I only go when I have someone that's never been with me. Unfortunately that seems to be just about every time.

Bring your camera (with a strap) and get ready to take some National Geographic type shots. You will think you're ready for the big leagues. But don't fool yourself, you can't hardly take a bad picture because there are so many awesome things to shoot and some of the colors are simply stunning.

Early morning or late in the day work best for me.

Be aware of the the rip-offs. Like the fake fee spots that fool you into giving money to enter something that is totally free. Oh and the young kids that want to "guide" you. I just give them some rupees and let them be on their way because in truth, they don't really have anything to add and become annoying on purpose so you will give them money just to have them leave.

Hey, a kid's gotta eat...right?
;-)

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Sydney, Australia

The medieval coronation square and the heart of Kathmandu's Old City, this collection of towering Himalayan pagodas and shrines is the single most atmospheric part of Kathmandu, and a must-visit while you're in the city. The strange romance of the architecture makes a unique impression here, all carvings and bricks and dark wood, and it's an amazing place to visit at nightfall, when the whole life of the city spills out into the streets here. Some of the temples are open only one day a year; others, like the Bhairava shrine or the small temple paying homage to Ganesh, get a constant stream of visitors.

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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Good place to start , can be overwhelming with lots of bikes, cars, people , tourist walking all over the place.

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Hong Kong

This used to be Nepal kingdom's palace, now u may walk along all these historical buildibgs, and a nice place to know young Nepalies

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Chisinau

Most of people Know Kathmandu as Buddhist city but here you understand that is not true, Hinduism is much more spread and developed in here and give's a very interesting energy to that place.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu's old Durbar Square (Hanuman Dhoka) is the valley's number-one tourist attraction. Patna's Durbar Square is Lovelier, and Bhaktapur's is more peaceful, but Kathmandu's sprawling complex seethes with life. On warm summer nights people linger on temple steps and vegetable sellers display their wares by candlelight near the Kathamandap. Early on a winter morning the square is equally evocative, with the pagoda roofs barely visible through th fog. Temple bells clang in the mist, and women hurry past wrapped in shawls, bearing trays of PUJA offerings. The oldest of Durbar Square's more than 50 monuments dates back to the 12th century, when the area was already an important center at the junction of two major trade routes.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Went there at the age of 7 so, don't remember much except that the square is surrounded by long red buildings and when you walk on the inside it's not a big room instead it's like a square,and you can walk on the sides and look downward toward the ground floor and the square is huge from one side to another,you can see a lot of pigeons inside this little(compared to the whole thing)square surrounded by a rope and there is no cage holding them they fly and come back to that square.

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Stratford

While this is a nice Durbar square, it is not as nice as the ones in Patan or Bhaktapur

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Washington, D.C.

Need to find the correct photo from my trip to upload (see my friend Chandan's comment on earlier photo below).

Kathmandu Durbar Square an amazing place, not unlike most places I had the amazing fortune to visit during my 3 weeks in Nepal. This square in particular was like a cacophony of sights, sounds, sights, smells and religious people and temples all harmoniously together in one place (e.g., Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism -- in fact, a rarity in the world: Hindus and Buddhists get along so well that when asked about the differences many I approached with my guide could not explain exactly ;-)

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