Kathmandu Durbar Square

The heart of the city

Kathmandu Durbar (royal palace) Square lies opposite the old royal palaces of Kathmandu and features idols, open courts and waterfalls. 

It is part of 3 Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Several buildings in the square were seriously damaged in the 2015 earthquake however as is the Nepalese way, it hasn't deterred people from visiting and several structures have been restored to their orignal beauty thanks to Newar craftsmen and their skills that have been passed through several generations. 

Essential Information

  • Useful Information:  Due to the significance of the square, we advise that all visitors dress modestly to observe local customs.

Top Tips from our Experts


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Try to spot the Hanuman statue from where the surrounding squares take their name. It is very vivid in colour and a beautiful dedication to Lord Ram