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    Durbar Square, Kathmandu

    by into-thin-air Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Without Doubt one of the Highlights of Kathmandu is Durbar Square !! Until recently there was No entry fee to visit but now you have to pay 200 NR, however if you have a passport photo then you can take it and your receipt to a little office on the square and have a pass issued, this pass will last the duration of your visit to Nepal and there is NO extra charge for this !! So Very Well worth while getting then you can pop back to Durbar Square anytime you want and won't have to pay the entry fee a second time !!!!!

    2006 update -- The price has now more than doubled -- and that's in two years, But the good news is that If you don't want to pay -- and this is between you and Your conscience, then just tell the guys on the ticket barrier that you are staying at Pagoda lodge on Freak Street and that you are going back ! -- it worked for me !!

    2007, the price has gone up yet again so as far as ticket seller is Concerned, I stay at Pagoda Lodge which is on the corner of Freak Street ;-)

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    Durbar Square

    by travelinxs Written Sep 29, 2003

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    the architecture of Durbar Square

    Home to one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and the old royal palace this is a wonderful square if a little touristy. But then most of the best sites often are. There is a Rs200 entrance to the square plus another Rs250 to enter the old royal palace, which I thought was a bit steep, relatively speaking. The palace is really only worth visiting, in my opinion, if you are a history buff.

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    Swayambhu

    by travelinxs Written Sep 29, 2003

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    Swayambhu stupa

    No matter how 'templed-out' you may be feeling, try to make time for this one. Dating from the 5th century it has wonderful views over the city and an ambience unrivalled. Often referred to as the 'Monkey Temple', the resident monkeys are hardly a feature by compare. A real must.

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    Pashupatinath

    by travelinxs Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    cremation ghats

    Pronounced 'Posh-potty-not', this is Nepal's holiest temple complex. Monkeys play and dive into the river's waters as families stand by cremation ghats mourning their loved ones in public cremation. Holy sadhus with painted faces pose for the camera among the pilgrims. This was the most haunting of all the sites in Kathmandu, espeacialy because of the public cremations, something so alien to my western ideology.

    Modesty is important here, as is a conservative attitude toward photography. Bear in mind that you cannot enter the main temple.

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    The Boudha (or Boudhanath) Stupa

    by travelinxs Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    Boudha Stupa

    One of the largest stupas in the world and most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside of Tibet, this is a mecca for Tibetans exiles, many of whom run the surrounding businesses. Worth a visit if only to marvel at its size.

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    Sadhus

    by travelinxs Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    sadhus

    Sadhus are traditionaly an Indian phenomenom but are also found throughout Nepal, espeacialy at Pashupatinath. With their dreadlock hair, symbolic of the Ganges riverThe trident shaped 'tika' is often painted on their foreheads or other tika symbols. Traditionaly living solitary lives carrying all they own with them, expect to pay a little alms for a photograph. Infact, negotiating a price before hand is probably a good idea!

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    Changu Narayan

    by travelinxs Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    prayer wheels

    This temple site is stunningly set on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. It is the location for some amazing statues and monuments dating back as far as the 5th century and maintains a wonderful, almost peaceful atmosphere.

    The is a Rs60 entrance charge.

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    Kathmandu

    by jadedmuse Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    Newari wooden window work

    I can recall hearing Bob Seger's famous song as a child, and even then - having no idea where Kathmandu was - I understood it was an exotic place faraway, with a mysterious hold on Westerners. It took me almost thirty years to experience it for myself...a lifelong dream. In some ways, it surpassed my expectations, and in other ways, I was a little underwhelmed. All in all, it is a place I would love to return to one day. I hope it will be as I remember it.

    The things to do and see in Kathmandu are numerous. The "don't miss" items are obvious: Patan, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur, Durbar Square in Kathmandu City proper, Boudanath, and Swayambunath.

    Hotels are inexpensive and if you're in the Thamel area, everything seems to be within walking distance.

    From Kathmandu, you can easily take day exploratory excursions to nearby towns. We didn't have the chance, but I will do so when I return....

    A typical day trip might be a river raft down the Trisuli (super easy for novices like me), or a "flight-seeing" up and down the Himalayan range.

    Any Nepal travel and guide book (or better yet, your fellow VTers!!) is a good place to start your plan.

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    Kathmandu

    by SumTingWong Written Sep 13, 2003

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    Kathmandu City

    Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is Nepal's cultural melting pot. Kathmandu has many contrasting atmospheres and can quite easily be described as a cultural paradise, beautiful, thrilling, a trash dump, a hap hazard city, dirty, polluted, dangerous, a waste of time, amazing architectural city, etc...

    Sites in Kathmandu include: Swayambhuanth, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Durbar Square, Kumari Dev, and the tourist district of Thamel.

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    Kathmandu Durbar Square (1)

    by SumTingWong Written Sep 13, 2003

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    Durbar Square

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is an interesting spot to explore, as there are many buildings and the architecture is just interesting to look at. Although all the begging and suck can be very annoying here, it's not that difficult to ignore. Kumari Dev is located here (although she doesn't come out anymore). The 1-7 day pass costs 200 N.Rs.. Also be on the lookout for fake Sadhus, they love to sit around here and ask you if you want to take their photo for some cash.

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    Kathmandu Durbar Square (2)

    by SumTingWong Written Sep 13, 2003

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    Kathmandu Durbar Square Architecture

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is an interesting spot to explore, as there are many buildings and the architecture is just interesting to look at. Although all the begging and suck can be very annoying here, it's not that difficult to ignore. Kumari Dev is located here (although she doesn't come out anymore). The 1-7 day pass costs 200 N.Rs.. Also be on the lookout for fake Sadhus, they love to sit around here and ask you if you want to take their photo for some cash.

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    An ancient city

    by PierreZA Updated Feb 22, 2009

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    Kathmandu is not big when one compares it to other cities in South Asia. Kathmandu is a fascinating old city. Pagodas, shrines, narrow cobbled lanes, old Newari buildings, and stone shrines are backdrops to everyday life which seems to continue unhindered. You see people tansporting huge loads on their backs, with support of the forehead and neck.
    There is a lot to see and do in Kathmandu. The Durbar Square is a must visit. Shopping in Thamel and visit some of the many restaurants in that are is a nice experience.
    Visit Swayambhubath, Pashupatinath and Bodhnath to experience some of the religious sights around Kathmandu.

    For more detailed tips, see my page on Kathmandu

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    Kathmandu

    by rite_of_spring Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    Highlights include Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Ghar, Swayambhu Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple etc.

    Entrance fee of Hanuman Dhoka for foreign visitors: Np Rp200. A brochure with map and brief introduction of the temples will be given.

    It is possible to go by foot or on bike. Other cheaper alternatives include public bus or tempo. Kathmandu valley is very polluted and the fume is scary. Taxi or private car is arrangeable but it is cheaper when there are more people to share the cost. Do negotiate the price beforehand.

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    Kathmandu`s Durbar Square

    by tremendopunto Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    The Durbar Square is the heart of the old town of Kathmandu. There you can find the old kingĀ“s palace circled by temples with this unique Nepali rooftop archtecture. Besides the vivid market on it, this place is also the cultural and religious center of the city. You can visit the house of a living godess - the Kumari (another tip).

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    garden of dreams

    by MrBill Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    The Garden of Dreams and the nearby Kaiser Library are an oasis of quiet in the middle of Kathmandu not far from the city center and the Royal Palace. Both can be reached by foot.

    Admission to the garden is 160 rupees while the library is free. However, the library, which contains a real, stuffed tiger, is only open Sundays through Fridays and is closed on Saturdays. The opening hours are 10.00 to 15.00, while the gardens are opened longer.

    The Barkha and Basanta Pavilons in the gardens were long left abandoned and partially destroyed before being rescued and renovated more recently. The style of architecture is turn of the last century colonial. The gardens themselves are immaculately kept. It is a nice place to hang out on a warm sunny day and take a few hours away from the daily hum of the traffic outside its walls. Enjoy!

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