Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

We First Visited Kathmandu's Durbar Square After Doing The Lonely Planet's Walking...

We First Visited Kathmandu's Durbar Square After Doing The Lonely Planet's Walking...

I Left Anil At The Himalayan Java Cafe At The East End...

I Walked Along The Outer Walls Of The Former Royal Palace, Admiring...

In This City Of Jumbled Streets It's Not Always Easy To Know...

As I Walked Along The Tall White Columns Of The Gaddi Baithek,...

I Rounded The Corner And Was Stopped In My Tracks By The...

Of Course I Just Had To Climb To The Top For The...

I Took Some Time Admiring The Shiva-Parvati Temple On My Left, It's...

The Small Children Seemed To Love Trying To Climb Atop The Lion...

I Looked Up To Take In The Details On The Golden Decorations...

And Then I Spotted The Lovers Themselves, Lord Shiva And His Love,...

Here's The Front Of The Gaddi Baithek (Royal Seat), The Kings Once...

The 1679 Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple Has Figures Of The Incarnations Of...

In 1960 A Kneeling Statue Of Garuda, Lord Vishnu's Mount, Was Placed...

Here's The Garuda Statue From A Different Angle, I Love the Light...

This Building Is Where The 'Kumari' (A Living Goddess) Resides, I'll Tell...

A Pair Of Brightly Painted Lions Guard The Entrance To Kumari Chowk

Unlike The Others I'd Seen Before, This Temple Is Built Of Stone...

Here's A View Under The Eaves, And A Sign Telling Us That...

The Column Dedicated To King Pratap Malla Is Very Similar To The...

I Could Still Make Out The Walls Of The Old Royal Palace...

Eventually The Whitewashed Outer Walls Ended And I Had A Great View...

I Walked A Little Further North, The Stunning Singh Doka (Lion Gate),...

I Decided To Have A Look At The Interior Of The Old...

Looking Straight Up One Can Study The Incredible Craftsmanship On The Underside...

I Bought A Ticket For The Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Museum (Old Royal...

The Hanuman Statue Guards The Entrance (Dhoka), The Origin Of The Name...

It's Not Hard To Know That This Is A Very Important Gate,...

Here's A Closer Look At One Of The Two Imposing Lions, This...

Diagonally Opposite Gate Stood The Nine-Storey Basantapur Tower, We'd Admired It From...

The Wood Carving On The Facade And Roof Supports Definitely Belongs In...

The Sun Was Shining Brightly On The Panch Mukhi Hanuman Temple At...

Before Leaving To Rejoin Anil Outside, I Took A Photo Of This...

The Jagannath Temple, With Its Erotic Wood Carvings, Stands Just Outside The...

And Nearby Is This Fearsome Representation of Lord Shiva As Bhairab, I...

This Is The Gate That Leads Into The Durbar Square From Makhan...

Makhan Tole Was The Start Of The Caravan Route To Tibet

When I Realized That This Was The Northern Edge Of The Durbar...

As I Drew Closer I Noticed Small Figures Seated In Tiny Shrines...

I Took A Couple Of Close-Ups So You Too Could See How...

You Can See That The Growth Of The Tree's Roots Are Disturbing...

I Had To Make My Way Back Past All That I'd Seen...

On My Way Back I Saw People Gathering In Front Of The...

The Living Goddess Was About To Make An 'Appearance' And I Thought...

The Curtain Did Move Slightly At The Appointed Time, But I Can't...

The Kids Were Out Of School Now As I Made My Way...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Nepal chapter on Kathmandu has to say about Kathmandu’s Durbar Square:

“Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimised, and from where they ruled (durbar means ‘palace’). As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture, even though the king no longer lives in the Hanuman Dhoka – the palace was moved north about a century ago.

It’s easy to spend hours wandering around the square and watching the world go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval; it’s a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although most of the square dates from the 17th and 18th centuries (many of the original buildings are much older), a great deal of damage was caused by the great earthquake of 1934 and many were rebuilt, not always in their original form. The entire square was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979.

The Durbar Square area is actually made up of three loosely linked squares. To the south is the open Basantapur Sq area, a former royal elephant stables that now houses souvenir stalls and off which runs Freak St. The main Durbar Sq area, with its popular watch-the-world-go-by temples, is to the west. Running northeast is a second part of Durbar Sq, which contains the entrance to the Hanuman Dhoka and an assortment of temples. From this open area Makhan Tole, at one time the main road in Kathmandu and still the most interesting street to walk down, continues northeast.”

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