Visit Three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur Durbar Squares)

While in Kathmandu, don’t forget to visit the Three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square). Durbar Squares are open urban spaces in front of the old Royal Palace. All these three Durbar Squares are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kathmandu Durbar Square or also called Hanuman Dhoka is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over Kathmandu city. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is surrounded by quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. Other main attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square are the Living Goddess Kumari, the Temple of Goddess Taleju, Bhairab, Lord Hanuman, and Kasthamandap. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the best place to visit and see.

Entry fee of NPR 1000.00 for Foreign Nationals and NPR 150.00 for SAARC Nationals must be paid to enter Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Currently, Kathmandu Durbar Square is under construction due to devastating earthquake in 2015.

Patan Durbar Square is one of the old palaces of the medieval rulers of Patan and it is believed to have been founded by King Veer Deva in 299 A.D. The square contains innumerable buildings embellished with elaborately carved windows and balconies in the Newari tradition. Krishna Mandir, BhimsenTemple, Vishwanath Temple, Taleju Temple, and Keshav Narayan Chowk are the main attractions of this square.

Entry fee of NPR 1000.00 for Foreign Nationals and NPR 150.00 for SAARC Nationals must be paid to enter Patan Durbar Square. 


Patan Durbar Square
Currently, some parts of Patan Durbar Square are under construction due to devastating earthquake in 2015.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the open urban space in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. The square is also consisting of four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, and Pottery Square) and the whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.  The attractions here are The Lion Gate- Dating as far back as 1696 A.D., The Golden Gate- said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world, the Palace of Fifty-five Windows, the Picture Gallery, which contains ancient paintings belonging to the Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism of various periods and descriptions, Nyatapola Temple, a five-storeyed pagoda built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D, and Dattatraya Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is built in 1427 A.D. Also nearby is a monastery with exquisitely carved peacock windows. 


Entry fee of NPR 1500.00 for Foreign Nationals and NPR 500.00 for SAARC Nationals must be paid to enter Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Currently, some parts of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are under construction due to devastating earthquake in 2015.
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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