Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Nepalese capital, was once the location where kings were crowned, and today remains the heart of the city. The square dates back to the 11th century, when the Hanuman Dhoka Palace was constructed, and remained the abode of the Nepalese monarchy until the 19th century.

The temples and palaces that still surround the bustling Durbar Square demonstrate the intricacy of Newar architecture, characterized by carved wooden windows and fine brickwork. The structures of the palace complex now house the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, the Mahendra Museum and the bizarre Kumari Chowk, a gilded palace where a young girl lives who is worshiped as the human incarnation of the goddess Durga. You can sometimes catch a glimpse of the current Kumari through her palace windows. During the Indra Jatra festival each September, the Kumari is paraded in her chariot through the square.

Please note that there has been significant damage to Durbar Square due to the earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal in late April and early May 2015. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of the square’s temples are destroyed. Authorities have said they will do all they can to restore historic and cultural sites in Nepal and are assessing the extent of damages.

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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with Nepalese Cooking Lesson

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Experience Kathmandu like a local on this small-group cultural walking tour. Visit the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swayambhunath, and explore one of the ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 5-6 hours

From USD $80.00

Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Discover Kathmandu like a local as you explore the city on an evening rickshaw ride. Start in the colorful tourist hub of Thamel and pass buzzing bazaars and ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 2-3 hours

From USD $68.00

Kathmandu World Heritage Full Day Culture Tour

Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day on this private guided tour with private transport. The tour includes visits to Kathmandu Durbar Square, ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

This private tour shows you the highlights of Nepal's bustling capital, Kathmandu. From the famous monkey temple to the Tibetan Quarter. Immerse yourself and ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

6-hour World Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu

This 6-hour sightseeing tour of the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will give you an opportunity to witness the ancient art, culture and traditions of ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.00

Local Bazaar Walking Tour in Kathmandu

Gain a deeper understanding of Nepal's history and culture as you walk the streets of the Old Asan Bazaar with a private guide on this walking tour. Learn ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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