Kathmandu Durbar Square

Ram chandra dahal By Ram chandra dahal, 6th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/6isf3x30/
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The heart of Kathmandu this ancient square crowded with palaces and temples, including the current incarnation of the Kathmandu or "Wooden house" that gives the city its name.

Travel Kathmandu Durbar Square

The heart of Kathmandu this ancient square crowded with palaces and temples, including the current incarnation of the Kasthamandap or "Wooden house" that gives the city its name. The square has been in active use since the construction of a palace around 1000 AD. This site is the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal.

Magical in the very early morning and evening, Dunbar Square can be an exhausting experience due to the overwhelming number of young men offering to be "guides." Be firm with saying "no" if you are not interested, but realize that looking at a map, or even standing still for a moment will be an invitation to a dozen other would-be "helpers". Ask at the Tourist Information Office at the entrance if you do want a guide. A place not to be missed is a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square Museum.

There are more than a dozen buildings and statues of note in this small area. They include:

* Taleju Temple One of the oldest temples in the square, this three-roofed temple with its pyramid shaped bases, is an example of the typical Newari architectural style.
* Ashok Binayak
* Shiva Temple
* Maju Deval
* Narayan Temple
* Shiva-Parvati Temple
* Kumari Palace- home of "the Kumari", or living goddess, a young girl. South side of Durbar square,
* Bhagwati Temple
* Saraswati Temple The Goddess of Knowledge and Learning
* Krishna Temple
* Sweta Bhairab Statue shown only during the Indra Jatra festival.
* Kal Bhairab
* Indrapur Temple
* Vishnu temple
* Mahendreswar Temple

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author avatar James R. Coffey
6th Sep 2010 (#)

Interesting. I'd like to know more about this.

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