Kathmandu and the City of Kings

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Kathmandu is the city of the kings who nurtured it with their craftsmanship, tradition and culture. The city is a live example of the richness of its cultural heritage which to this day testimonials its legacy. From the living goddess tradition to the architectural wonders of the durbars and temples, the Kathmandu city in-houses some of the most pristine cultural heritage that throbs among the concrete jungle. It is a splash of the old wine that gives you a kick every now and then.

Contemplating the aura, the temples live up to the reputation of its predominant existence that’s lauds the time machine that has encapsulated time in its magic.

What more can you expect to witness then live the culture and tradition that are way beyond explanation. The 21st century has developed but the legacy of the kings still lives up to its reputation.

Situated in the heart of Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square was crown of the Malla Kings. From its establishment, the durbar square has seen the rise and fall of many monarchs and regime where the prominent marks of the era are clearly visible in different form of architecture and history in itself.

This large congregation of monuments, temples and other historically significant buildings epitomize the religious and cultural life of Nepali people.

The square consists of a Nepal’s former reminisce of Malla Royal family, traditional culture, authentic architecture and arts as well as main festive ceremonial site. Even though there are not many written archives about the construction of the palace, Sankharadev is credited for it and most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.  A huge stone statue of monkey god-Hanuman is regarded as a powerful protector of the entire Durbar Square.

The Durbar Square is surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The royal palace was originally at Dattaraya square and was later moved to the Durbar square location. The Durbar square was used for royal events like the coronation of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah in 1975 and King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah in 2001.

In the premises you will find a stone inscription, written to goddess Kalika in 15 languages including one in French word by King Pratap Malla in 1664. It is believed that anyone able to read all the 15 language s inscribed there than milk will flow from the spout in the middle.

_DSC5184 copyHighlights:

  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Situated at the heart of the city, within walking distance of Thamel and Durbar Marg
  • Spectacular legacy of traditional architecture, wood carvings and struts
  • Ancient Malla and shah kings palaces dating back to third century, courtyards and temples
  • Souvenir shops, internet, telephone, restaurants, local eateries

Must See:

  • Nautale/a nine storied building- the tallest of all towers in the palace
  • Nasal Chowk- the place where the coronation of former kings of Nepal took place
  • Kumari Bahal –the house of the Living Goddess, Kumari who is believed to be the living incarnation of Goddess Taleju
  • Taleju Temple-tallest of all structures built by King Mahendra Malla
  • Jagannath temple- fascinating erotic figures, wood carvings and struts.
  • Kal Bhairab-the terrifying form of lord Shiva standing tall with bright yellow ornaments and garland of skulls around the neck
  • Kasthamandup: It is the ancient temple built in pagoda style. The special quality of this temple is that it is build from the woods of a single tree and covered with the shrine.
  • Gaddhi Baitak – a large palace complex covered in white plaster and with Greek columns
  • Giant bell and  giant pair of drums cleansing the evil spirits
Kathmandu and the City of Kings
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