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“A very Nepalese Square”

Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Darbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple
Ranked #9 of 173 things to do in Kathmandu
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Owner description: Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square, which is also where Nepal kings are crowned.
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“A very Nepalese Square”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Not only centuries-old temples or monuments but also farm produce vendors, florists, traffic snarl and even wandering bulls and goats play leading roles in a uniquely Himalayan setting of Durbar Square.

It earliest traces back to the first king of Kathmandu City in 11th century, Durbar Square used to be a courtyard of a royal palace wherein numerous religious constructions devoted to Hindus God sand Goddesses were phased in during subsequent hundred years. Ever since, the gilded time of wooded houses has never stopped shining and attracting worldwide tourists’ curiosity.

Spend a full day in the square and its vicinity to taste the real Nepalese life pulse. At first light, the square plays a fresh food market before being packed with traffic and local youth. At noon, Durbar Square definitely belongs to cameras of foreign visitors while the streets nearby becomes a shopping paradise of inexpensive souvenirs. By night, Durbar Square either is a hub of festival activities or stays hushed and silently slumbers away.

Visited February 2012
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“A glimpse of history and culture of Nepal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

There are plenty of historical things to see in Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Temples had a unique architecture and lots of intricate details. As u walk into the Square u really feel the essence of Kathmandu immersing into you. The place was buzzing with tourists and local people. Durbar Square is one of the main tourist attractions in Kathmandu but it did not seem as clean as the other places like Bodnath.

Visited December 2011
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“Durbar Squares in Patan & Bhaktapur better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Kathmandu's Durbar Square is interesting but if pressed for time, I would recommend a visit to Patan and/or Bhaktapur's squares instead.

Visited February 2012
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“Lively center of life in Kathmandu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

Take time to wander around Durbar Square and watch the daily life of Kathmandu and then go up and have a drink on a bar overlooking the square. It's a fascinating place!

Visited November 2011
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“Great cultural site”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

We were there during the Tij festival. Most of the women were dressed in beautiful red sari's as they participated in the celebrations.

Visited August 2011
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