Durbar Square Tavel Guide
Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the old royal palace of the then Kathmandu Kingdom, was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimised, and from where they ruled. It is one of three Durbar royal palace Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture, it surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. The Durbar Square is actually made up of three loosely linked squares. To the south is the open Basantapur Square, a former royal elephant stables that now houses souvenir stalls and off which runs Freak St. The main Durbar Square, with its popular watch-the-world-go-by temples, is to the west. Running northeast is a second part of Durbar Square, which contains the entrance to the Hanuman Dhoka and an assortment of temples. But please note that only a few parts of the palace are open for tourists and the Taleju temples are only open for people of Hindu and Buddhist faiths.