World Heritage sites (Cultural)

Kathmandu Durbar Square (Kantipur)

It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with it' s old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple build by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, Kal Bhairav, the God of Destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.    

On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival. 

There are aslo the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the Museum. Both the museums remain closed on Tuesdays and government holidays.

Temple of Kumari:

The temple of the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari, is situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screens. The Kumari acknowledges the Greetings from the balcony window. Photography is prohibited.


Located near the temple of Kumari, it is said to have been built by King Laxmi Narshingha Malla in the beginning of the sixteenth centuary. It is said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple.

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