Among three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of them. The other Durbar (Palace) are Bhaktapur Durbar Square lies in Bhaktapur District and Patan Durbar Square lies in Lalitpur District. Kathmandu Durbar Square is an ancient royal palace built during the Malla Period in Nepal. In English Durbar Square means “Royal Palace” or “Royal Square.”
How Manu Durbar Square are there in Kathmandu Valley
As the Kathmandu was seperated from other two states during the rule of King Ratna Malla, the valley was ruled by three separate Malla kings with their own palace. Therefore, There are three Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley, i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square.
Overview of Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar named after Lord Hanuman (The Monkey God) as the stone of Lord Hanuman is the place at the main entrance assuming the god protects the whole palace. Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be the residence of the Nepal royal family till the 19th century.
Kathmandu Durbar Square Map
Kathmandu Durbar Square Location
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of the capital city Kathmandu. The Durbar lies in Digha Pahleza, Kathmandu, 44600, Nepal. When you travel through Thamel, it takes 20 Minutes to reach Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as Basantapur Durbar Kshetra.
History of Kathmandu Durbar Square
Manu Historians assume that various royal palace was constructed in the early Lichchhivi period in around the 3rd century and with time various reconstruction and renovation has taken place which made no existence of old physical structure during those dynasties. After Kathmandu become an independent state with the other two states during the rule of King Ratna Malla (1484-1520), Kathmandu Durbar Square become the royal palace for Malla Kings of Kathmandu States. During various Malla rulers, various temples and shrines were added. After the invasion of Kathmandu valley by Prithivi Narayan Shah, he created Kathmandu as the capital city of Nepal and Kathmandu Durbar square as his palace during 1769.
Kathmandu Durbar Square Entrance Fee
According to traveltriangle, the Kathmandu Durbar Square Entrance Fee is Nepal Rupees NPR 150 for SAARC Countries except for Nepalese Countries (SAARC countries includes- Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afganistan, Bhutan, Sri-Lanka, Maldives, and India). Nepalese are free to Enter and travel Kathmandu Durbar Square. And for other foreign countries and China, the fee is NPR 1000. Children Below 10 years are free to enter and travel Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Major Attraction of Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Maju Dega – Narayan Shiva Parvati
- Jagannath Temple- 16th Century
- Bhimeshwara- Garuda
- Taleju Temple- King Mahendra Malla- 16th century
- Kamadeva Temple
- Saraswati-Chyasin Dega
- Gaddi Baithole
- Kala-Bhairava-17th Century
- Kumari Temple- 17th Century
Popular Hotels in Kathmandu Districts
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Patan Durbar Square, (n.d). Patan Durbar Square. from Wikipedia, Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patan_Durbar_Square
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