Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Leesa on December 20, 2001

Unprepared for an entrance fee, the 200rs charge took us aback when we first tried to walk through the square, and we turned on our heels to make a rather petty point that tourists don’t just give money away without a thought. As a tourist attraction I have no objection to paying entrance fee, but I am still somewhat unconvinced that this money will find its way back to the square’s maintenance.

Point made, at least in our own minds, we returned to Durbar Square a few days later. Our first true tourist attraction in Nepal, we were amazed at the constant stream of young men persistently insisting that we needed a guide. Sadly we began to get a little cynical of anyone striking up conversation, as invariably a pleasant chat would end up being a guiding proposal. Rather wearingly, we couldn’t stand or sit still in the square without someone petitioning us. Some may have been genuinely knowledgeable, but how would you tell?

We found a relatively guide-free refuge at the top of Maju Deval temple, from where we could see out over the array of temples, and watch the local people come and go. Later, at sunset this was a great vantage point to watch the people reclaim their square from the tourists, setting up vegetable and flower garland stalls on the temple steps and platforms.

Durbar Square

Kathmandu, Nepal


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