Durbar Square is the central square in the old section of Kathmandu. It is also known as Hanuman Doka.
Enclosed by magnificent medieval, multi-tiered, pagoda-style temples with intricately carved, erotic, temple-struts it is a World Heritage Site and a mandatory first stop on any visit to Kathmandu.
Kumari - the "Living Goddess" resides in one of the temples.
The Old Royal Palace forms one side of the square and is now a large museum open to the public.
The adjacent square of Basantapur is an extensive open air "antiques" and curio / souvenir market.
Freak Street, the old haunt of the original hippies, is at the far end of Basantapur from Durbar Square.
Sitting on the temple terraces is an ideal place for meeting other tourists and trekkers.
First time visitors can expect to be beseiged by rikshaw drivers, shoe-repair boys, khukri ( the famous large curved knife of the renowned Gurkha soldiers ) and jewellery sellers, freelance guides and students practising their English ( and looking for sponsors to pay for their education).
Regrettably the Kathmandu Municipality have recently introduced entrance charges for tourists to Durbar Square.