Hanuman Dhoka is a complex of structures with the Royal Palace of the Malla kings and also of the Shah dynasty in the Durbar Square of central Kathmandu, Nepal. It is spread over five acres. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace (Hanuman Dhoka Darbar in Nepali) gets its name from the stone image of Hanuman, the Hindu deity, that sits near the main entryway. 'Dhoka' means door or gate in Nepali. The buildings were severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake.
The eastern wing with ten courtyards is the oldest part dated to the mid 16th century. It was expanded by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century with many temples. Sundari Chok and Mohan Chok in the north part of the palace are both closed. In 1768, in the southeast part of the palace, four lookout towers were added by Prithvi Narayan Shah. The royal family lived in this palace till 1886. They after shifted to Narayanhiti Palace. The stone inscription outside is in fifteen languages. The stone is a jaladroni (drinking fountain) and legend states that for someone who understands all 15 languages, milk instead of water would spring from it.
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Shree Krishna Shrestha | Apr 22, 2018
Basantapur Durbar Square is also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the main acttractions in Kathmandu Valley for international as well as domestic tourists.
Hello Yeti | Feb 20, 2018
Mostly destroyed by The earthquake but still one of the best place in valley to hang around. Wonderful atmosphere and old and unique temples.
Hari Paudyel | May 10, 2018
Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which all three durbar square are listed on UNESCO World Heritage sites from Nepal.
Tanusree Saha | Mar 30, 2018
Most of buildings of this area became collapsed due to the severe earthquake held on April,2015. Now those are being constructed by Nepal Govt and hope it will back into its form very soon.
Roshan Navin | Mar 8, 2018
One of the Historic place of Nepal, Basantapur offers a great view of Nepali arts n crafts. At present it is under renovation after the destructions from the Earthquake. This place is always crowded with tourists and locals. Kumari, The living goddess of Nepal lives near to Basantapur Durbar Square. It is surrounded with many temples and a big statue of Bhairav also can be seen The headquarter of NepalPolice also lies there And Opposite to it lies The Hanuman Dhoka Musuem, at present under renovation.
sagar karki | Jun 13, 2018
Basantapur durbar square situated in the heart of Kathmandu is enlisted in world heritage site. It is famous for religious and architecture beauty. But during 2015 devastating earthquake most of the temple and building was destroyed.
Blog Writer | May 31, 2018
One of the ancient heritage in Kathmandu valley where the culture and tradition of the ranas and shah dynasty is Basantapur Durbar Square also known by Kathmandu durbar sqaure. It was the palace of the shah dynasty before they moved to Narayanhiti palace. One and only living goddess kumari house is within the premises of the durbar sqaure. Kumari house, 55 windows palace, Gaddi baithak, Kastamandap, and many iconic temples are the attraction of the place. One can have the good time to learn the history and culture of Nepal and some good clicks too. A fruitful day to spend at durbar sqaure. After the devastating earthquake some monuments are under construction but have a good time.
santosh shrestha | May 28, 2018
Good place to visit specially in the morning and evening time. Plenty temples with old royal palace.
Hemanta Basnet | May 25, 2018
Very beautiful place to go for outing with some religious and historic. We can find many handicraft items, it gives some tipical nepali feelings within the durbar squar arra.
Prashil Shakya | Jun 28, 2018
Basantapur Durbar Square also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square is at the heart of Kathmandu and is the old royal palace of Kathmandu before the Shah Kings. It is one of the world heritage site listed by UNESCO. One can see plenty of old architecture and different wood cravings in woods, stones, pillars of the palace and surrounding areas. It is a beautiful place full of tradition, culture, temples, palace and the local peoples. On 25th April 2015, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 hit the region and several buildings and temples were destroyed to rubble. The beauty of the place was severely damaged but in recent times with joint efforts of government and other international bodies. Among which the famous Gaddi Baithak which was built during Rana regime with European Architecture style was also damaged during the earthquake is now fully restored thanks to the financial support from US Embassy. Also the nine-storied palace is in the process of restoration thanks to the Chinese Government who are fully funding and overseeing the project. Basantapur Durbar Square is a famous tourist destination for those who visit Kathmandu. One can see the beautiful palace, different architectures, temples, monuments and also there are plenty of restaurants offering different traditional and also international cuisines around this place. It is also a famous place for the locals to hang out.
Nirman Shrestha | Jun 18, 2018
Yes it is very nice place to walk around but due to the earthquake places are under renovation and you can miss the real beauty of that place
Biju Gurung | Jul 13, 2018
Aka Kathmandu Durbar Square and Human Dokha Durbar square, the whole complex date back from the 15th to 18th century. one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage site situated within Kathmandu Valley, it showcases exxellent fine arts curved in wood and stone. it is an examplary architectural marvel of ancient Malla dynasty and a major tourist attraction!!
Ayush Yadav | Jun 19, 2018
Nice place one of the most important places in the glorious history of Nepal ... though earthquake has caused some serious distruction it has conveted into museum ...It is under construction and tickets price for museum is Rs30 and discounts only on Friday for students..place where king prithvi narayan sah lived ...it will soln be construed....you get a lot to know aboud history of Nepal and glorious culture...also a place where kumaris live..Good place toh visit..Got some pics from the museum and of the buildings
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