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Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl who is worshipped as the goddess Durga in human form. She can sometimes be glimpsed at her windows.
Durbar Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I must confess that the concept of this place leaves me with some concern for the little goddess and her wellbeing but I have to accept that it is not my culture. We actually saw her when she came out on the balcony. The building...More

Thank TJA950
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide took us to the palace where the Kumari Devi (living goddess) resides. She is a young girl who is currently 5 years old who lives here without her parents until she reaches puberty. We went at 11:30 am and were told that...More

Thank igolfCA
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of the wonderful cultural experience of Durbar Square, a Unesco World Heritage site. The building is traditional and beautiful, It still bears scars from the eathquake in 2015. Most of the brickwork has been restored but the work is still unfinished. Some...More

Thank peetajohn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local values, culture and religious belief combine here to give atmosphere. A deferential hush descended on a respectful audience when the (very) young goddess appeared briefly to us. Well worth a relatively short wait, the courtyard is quite small but well preserved, well worth a...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped there for a few minutes with out tour guide and enjoyed that we were away from the noise of the city buzz. Theres still trying to restore it due to the earthquake, but it is still peaceful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The living goddess Kumari actually is something interesting in Nepali culture. I wouldn't say that's a must see place but if you are around the square go there at 11 am or 4 pm to see her. She will come to the balcony for just...More

Thank 841kristinek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building was built inn1757 by the then king and is the home of the 'Kumari' or living Goddess who is considered to be incarnation of the goddess Taleju. The person is a young pre-pubescent girl who gets replaced at adulthood and forgotten and although...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The building belongs is at one end of Durban Square and you already have to pay the fee. This building is also pretty damaged from the earthquake but it’s still a beautiful building. Also inside it’s very decorative and worth it to visit. The house...More

Thank 68rogerw
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

It's a beautiful building right at the Durbar Square. Unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough to see Kumari, the living goddess. I did enjoy the intricate sculptured facade of the building. Doesn't really take a long time to see it, but if you are at Durbar...More

Thank ankyfire
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Kumari Chowk is the home of the Kumari - the living Goddess. She is said to bring good fortune to all who see her. Unfortunately, on the day I was there, she was in her chambers and did not emerge. The architecture of her balcony,...More

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I Heard something about 10am and 4pm