Durbar Square in Kathmandu

Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. It is a complex of palaces, temples, and courtyards that was once the center of the Kathmandu kingdom. The square is surrounded by traditional Newari architecture and is a popular tourist destination.

  • The main attraction of Durbar Square is the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, which was the former royal palace of the Malla kings. It is named after the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, that guards the entrance.
  • The Taleju Temple is another important landmark in Durbar Square. It is a three-story temple dedicated to the goddess Taleju Bhawani, who was worshipped by the Malla kings.
  • The Kumari Ghar is a unique attraction in Durbar Square. It is a palace where the living goddess, or Kumari, resides. The Kumari is a young girl who is believed to be the incarnation of the goddess Taleju.
  • The Kal Bhairav Temple is a temple dedicated to the god Bhairav, who is believed to be the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. The temple is known for its statue of Bhairav, which is covered in red cloth.
  • The Kasthamandap Temple is a three-story temple that was built from a single tree trunk. It is believed to be the oldest temple in Kathmandu and is dedicated to Lord Gorakshanath.