Kathmandu Durbar Square
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Someone said that Heaven is a myth and Nepal is real. It’s all true because Kathmandu fills with the extra beauty. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the live example.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as the Basantapur Durbar Square is the square in front of the royal palace in Kathmandu. It is one of the three Durbar squares in the Kathmandu Valley and is a place called a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The literal meaning of Durbar Square is a place of palaces. There are three Durbar squares in the Kathmandu valley and one untouched in Kirtipur.
Durbar Square is located in the old city, Kathmandu. The complex has numerous temples and is circulated in two squares of the Durbar Square. First Square has the Kasthamandap, the Kumari Ghar and the Shiva-Parvati temple and Second Square has the Hanuman Dhoka palace.
Shiva-Parvati Temple:-This long and low building to the north of the square houses the beautiful temples of Shiva and Parvati. It is likely that the building was rebuilt and it is considered that the platform that supports it is older than the temple.
Kumari Palace: – The living goddess, in the southe of the courtyard. It has the state of a religious community and was working around 1757 by Jaya Prakash Malla. In her inside lives a young lady who is chosen to be the living goddess, until she turns into a typical human.
In Kathmandu’s Durbar Square are the royal residences of lords Malla and Shah, who controlled over the city. At present the place is known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name got from the statue that is close to the passage to the castle. They are the temples of Jagannath, Kotilingeswara Mahadev, Mahendreswara and the Taleju temple. This three-roofed Taleju temple was made in a Newari architectural style and raises on the forms a pyramid-shaped structure. Mahendra Malla, was a great devotee of the Taleju temple. The Goddess, feeling very pleased with this dedication and dreamed him to build a temple for her in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. King builds a temple and the goddess came into the temple in the form of a bee.
Over time the temples and palaces have been rebuilt after having been damaged by natural earthquakes and by certain negligence’s. The temples are preserved as national heritage and the palace is used as a museum. Only certain parts of the palace are open to the public and Taleju temples can only be accessed by followers of the Buddhist and Hindu faith. In the square you will discover numerous individuals who offer to manage, which can be fairly overwhelming, so you should let them know emphatically that you are not inspired by case you need to appreciate the place without anyone else. You can likewise go for a visit to the gallery in the square, which is intriguing. If you are interested in stunning view then you have to climb the stairs of many of the temples to get sizzling views. You can go for a visit to the gallery in the square, which is intriguing.
Kasthamandap, from where the city took its name. It is a temple of the XIV century that was built according to the legend with the wood of a single tree. The size of the temple leads one to think about the size of the tree. It is dedicated to the cult of one of the reincarnations of Shiva, Goraknath. In another of the Shiva-Parvati temples you can see the images of the god Shiva and his wife Parvati leans out the window. In the center of the square stands the Maju Deval temple also dedicated to Shiva. It is the highest in the square, rising on a quadrangular base with a flight of stairs. From above you can see a complete panoramic view of the square and its temples. Opposite this one is the palace of Gaddhi Baithak of the 20th century.
Royal palace of Hanuman Dhoka:-In one corner of this square is the entrance to the old royal palace of Hanuman Dhoka, now converted into a museum. At its entrance there are two lions ridden by Shiva, one and Parvati the other. Inside, in the courtyard is Nasal Chowk where the Shah Kings celebrated their coronations. Next to the entrance there is a statue of a Hanuman covered by a red cloak whose eyes are covered up scandalized by the erotic carvings of the Jagannatha. Behind the palace is the temple of Mukhi Hanuman that only opens once a year. It is one of the highest, with five roofs. Monks cleaned the lower part while we were in the square. If you do not feel like walking, you can take a rickshaw or a taxi to one of the entrances to the square.
Durbar Square in Kathmandu is full of activity all day long. You can also enjoy the other activities here like to go to the national parks, go for the trekking, climbing, Mosaic Adventure, taking a course in meditation or yoga, an early morning walk through the lush forest, swimming in the lake or in the lakeside pool of one of Kathmandu hotels and also go for the river rafting. Here many of the agents offering you for the adventure activities with different packages. The ticket price is very cheap and can be purchased at any of the access points. Admission includes a visit to the Tribhuvan Museum, which is located inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. You can buy a pass for several days at the tourist office in the southeast corner of the square.
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, situated in the center of the city and you can discover the other major attractions within the walking distance. Other major places to travel near Durbar Square are Ratna Park, the Thamel neighborhood, Basantpur Dabali, Nagarkot, Swayambhunath Stupa, Narayanhiti Palace, Langtang National Park, Dirghaman & the Ganeshman Chitrakar Art Foundation, Taudaha Lake and many others. You can take various tours to these mesmerizing places like Kathmandu Bazaar Walking Tour, Kathmandu Heritage Tour, and Bungee Jumping in Nepal, Paragliding in Pokhara, Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Adventurous Tour of Nepal, and Trek to Everest Base Camp.
Whole Kathmandu is filled with natural and spiritual beauty. Take the tour of the amazing places and be surprised by the sheer number of temples surrounding the square.
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