Kathmandu Durbar Square

It is a place where the city’s Kings were crowned. Having been built and rebuilt over the generations, it is now the valley’s number one tourist attractions. Most of the temples you see here are a mere three or four centuries old. The entire square was designated as a World Heritage Monument in 1979. The Durbar Square is teeming with shrines and statues. Walk around Kumari Chowk which is a home of “living goddesses”, she comes to the balcony at the scheduled time to welcome the guests. In the southwestern end lies Kasthamandap, Kathmandu’s oldest building and one of the oldest wooden building in the world. It is said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the late twelfth century. Visit Basantapur Tower, legends say Malla kings were born on the first floor of the tower, held audience in the second, viewed dancing girls on third, and climbed to the fourth floor to survey the smoke from the city’s cooking fires making sure none of the subjects were going hungry. Visit numerous temples dedicated to Hindu goddesses around the square. Durbar Square is always vibrant with the movement of vegetable vendors and antique hawkers throughout the day.

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