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Kathmandu Durbar Square

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Address: Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square,...

Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square, which is also where Nepal kings are crowned.

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Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square
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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with...
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Darbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple

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Great to see despite the earthquake damage. Still impressive

We snuck in via our hotels back entrance (world heritage hotel) but it is still easy to get in via side streets and avoid the tourist trap ticket booths. As many Nepalese consider... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 April 2016
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Roosendaal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

At the time of our visit , this age-old square was heavily damaged during the April '15 earthquake.. It's still worth visiting but the entry-price is much to high for viewing what is left. Some ruins were being used as garbagebelts and public toilets!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Excellent piece of art in everything that is presently there. Plan to spend a good 2-3 hours or more if you really want to enjoy the architecture and the ancient art, culture. Don't miss the golden temple tucked slightly away in durbar area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We snuck in via our hotels back entrance (world heritage hotel) but it is still easy to get in via side streets and avoid the tourist trap ticket booths. As many Nepalese consider the government corrupt save your 1000 rupees and buy some souvenirs to support the local economy. The square has suffered some significant damage and most of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

We wandered around Durbar square in the late afternoon. The buildings are obviously badly damaged by the earthquake and several are just rubble. There are helpful boards by these which show what they looked like previously. It was a fascinating few hours wandering and people-watching. We took on board advice from this message board and avoided paying the 1000rupees fee... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

i was here before the earthquake and was mesmerised by every bit of it. I would say a bit of cleanliness would help but still a great place to hang out and locals are very friendly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Bhaktapur Durbar square is much better, it's nicer and it's less crowded. But Siddhidas marg around Kathmandu Durbar square has to be seen!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Nepal needs to get its act together and fix this square to what it used to be. If your going to charge people 1000 NPR then do something with it. The rest of the country thanks to its people seem to have rebounded from the quake, why not this square?

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

I saw many photos of Dunbar Square, they all look mythical, but really dispointed once I got there. There are old palace, but the surrounding areas are dirty, smelly. It took away all the charms of the old buildings, what a shame.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I was not expecting this and it was such a wonderful surprise. I could have spent much longer there looking at the friezes and going into the various temples. Sadly we had 15 minutes.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Almost all the temples have either been destroyed by the earthquake or are now partly in ruin or on stilts for support.

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