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Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu Durbar square is one of the three Durbar (Royal Palace) square located in Kathmandu Valley, all of which are included in USESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar square has several buildings with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. 

Kathmandu's Durbar Square is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, took place. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and currently houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum. It is possible to visit the state rooms inside the palace.

Main Attractions:
Kumari Ghar: Kumari (Vestal Virgin) or the living goddess who represents a very ancient Hindu deity of Nepal locally known as Taleju is Buddhist by birth. The temple of Kumari is situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka palace. The building has intricately carved wooden balconies and windows screens. This building was built in 1757 by King Jaya Prakash Malla..

Kasthamandop: It is located near the Kumari house and was built by a King Narasimha Malla in the 16th century. It is said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The city of 'Kathmandu' derives its name from this temple.

Jaishi Dewal: A five minute walk form he Kasthamandop is the Shiva temple of Jaishi Dewal which is famous for its erotic carvings it is still one of the main routes of the chariot festival of Indra Jatra and other festivals.

 

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