Kathmandu Durbar Square Travel Information

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is the religious and social heart of Kathmandu’s old city and is a complex of palaces, temples, shrines, statues and courtyards built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal. Durbar Square used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. The ancient palace lies in the heart of the city and consists of the huge Royal Palace, Hanuman Dhoka, with temples inside as well as outside dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The palace is named after Hanuman, the monkey god, as a stone statue of Hanuman is placed right next to the main entrance protecting the whole palace.