Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra), Kathmandu

Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra), Kathmandu (must see)

The literal meaning of Durbar Square is "Court Square". There are three preserved Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley and one unpreserved in Kirtipur. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is located in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur), built over the centuries, the earliest dynasty that ruled over the Square being the Licchavi dynasty. There were further additions and refurbishments during the reign of the Mallas (9th century) and then the Ranas. The complex has 50 temples and is distributed in two quadrangles of the Durbar Square. The outer quadrangle has the Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar and Shiva-Parvati Temple, while the inner quadrangle has the Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace.
Dealers in Durbar Square sell a multitude of Tibetan-style curios. These tempting artifacts made of silver, turquoise, coral or ivory are mainly fake, though you can find some interesting items too. Fine ethnic jewelry, in gold and silver, is another exquisite item that can be purchased in the old city.
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Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra) on Map

Sight Name: Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra)
Sight Location: Kathmandu, Nepal (See walking tours in Kathmandu)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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