Patan’s Durbar Square

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Leesa on December 21, 2001

The final in our list of Durbar Squares, we found this the most interesting. The buildings are more closely packed (I read that many of Durbar Squares in Kathmandu were leveled by earthquakes) so everywhere you look you see layers of different buildings and Newari architecture. We arrived in the late afternoon when this patchwork was further enhanced by candles twinkling from the temple buildings.

The wooden carvings, too, to my mind were more accessible. We spent 20-30 minutes in the first courtyard we came to (Mul Chowk) admiring each intricately carved roof strut, depicting Hindu characters such as a two-foot eight-armed Ganesh, in turn.

Plagued by a few would-be-guides, and with no temples accessible to non-Hindus to climb out of the way, we found a rooftop bar overlooking the square watching the dusk fall against the twinkling temple lights below.

Durbar Square

Kathmandu, Nepal

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