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Durbar Square Tours

The heart of Kathmandu, this vibrant public square was once the Kathmandu Kingdom royal residence. It has one of the world’s highest concentrations of well-preserved ancient buildings, making for a stunning open-air museum. Although the square was damaged during the 2015 earthquakes, there is still an array of architectural gems to see.
 
The Basics
Durbar means “Palace” in Nepal, and the vibrant square is most known for its royal lineage, from hand-carved temples to the 16th-century Malla palace. Multiple royal dynasties in Nepal have all left their mark. Standout sights include Kalbhairav—a fierce, dagger-wielding Shiva statue—and Taleju Temple, a spectacular, multitiered pagoda. There are also multiple courtyards to explore and the Kumari Ghar, home of Kathmandu’s pint-sized living goddess.
 
It is recommended to allot as much time as you can to strolling around and soaking up the ambiance. Guided tours are also indispensable to getting much-needed context on the historic buildings, including the city’s ongoing renovations. Visit during the day on an excursion that also explores Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Temple, or enjoy an evening tour by rickshaw.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Durbar Square, or palace square, is the UNESCO-listed heart of Kathmandu’s Old City.
  • Keep an eye out for the Kumari (living goddess); she appears periodically from her 18th-century palace home.
  • Shoulders covered: Remember to dress modestly when entering religious sites.
  • Ask permission before photographing locals, especially the holy men known as sadhus.
  • Admission tickets are required for entering the square, which has multiple entrance points.

How to Get There
Durbar Square is a short, scenic stroll from Thamel, where most of Kathmandu’s hotels and guesthouses are located. Guided tours often arrange private hotel pickup and street taxis can also be hired, although you may need to bargain.
 
When to Get There
Durbar Square is a year-round destination, although be prepared for warm summers and chilly winters. One of the city’s largest festivals—Indra Jatra—kicks off with a lively procession of chariots through the square. Masked performers, known as Lakheys, stage traditional dances in honor of Nepal’s rain god. The resident child goddess, or Kumari, also makes an appearance—one of the rare times she leaves the palace.
 
Supporting the City’s Renovations
Many quake-damaged historical buildings in Kathmandu—like Taleju Temple—have already been reconstructed, but others remain in critical condition. Learn about the painstaking reconstruction process and the many talented artisans that have joined rebuilding efforts. The country has made great progress since the 2015 earthquakes and tourists can show their support for the multiyear plan by visiting Durbar Square.

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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Kathmandu, null
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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

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Day tour of the Kathmandu City with visits to major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour goes to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath – Monkey Temple, ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Including Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, City Tours
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Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Including Bhaktapur

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Explore the all the major attraction of Kathmandu Valley, on a Private, full-day tour. Enjoy visits to city squares and magnificent temples and take in ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Private 6-Hour Kathmandu City Tour, Kathmandu, City Tours
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Private 6-Hour Kathmandu City Tour

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Get enthralled by the cultural tour of UNESCO listed world heritages sites. Behold the brilliance of architecture of the ancient era in a small-group tour ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, City Tours
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple

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On this 4-hour private tour, visit two of the cities most well-known attractions. Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Kathmandu World Heritage Sites Tour, Kathmandu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Kathmandu World Heritage Sites Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel after you have breakfast. You will visit four different UNESCO listed world heritage sites located in Kathmandu. The ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Day Trips
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Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square

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Discover Kathmandu like a local as you explore the city on an evening rickshaw ride. Start in the colorful tourist hub of Thamel and pass buzzing bazaars and ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with Nepalese Cooking Lesson, ... 
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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with Nepalese Cooking Lesson

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Experience Kathmandu like a local on this small-group cultural walking tour. Visit the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swayambhunath, and explore one of the ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.00
Private Kathmandu Full-Day Tour including Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, ... 
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Private Kathmandu Full-Day Tour including Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath Stupa

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This full-day private Kathmandu sightseeing tour will take you to four different UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Kathmandu City in One Day with Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu, Full-day Tours
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Kathmandu City in One Day with Bodhnath Stupa

Kathmandu Heritages day tour mainly proposed to cater the need of those visitors who are in Kathmandu for short time or for those who have spare day after ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Kathmandu City Religious Sites Day Tour, Kathmandu, City Tours
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Private Kathmandu City Religious Sites Day Tour

This private sightseeing day tour in Kathmandu City covers some of the World Heritage Sites known for their cultural impact. We have focused on religious ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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