Courtyards, Temples and Family Time at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal

kathmandu durbar squarePassing by the maze like street of Thamel, the residential area at the back and the market place, I finally emerged on a wider space of fresh air of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.

With its spectacular architecture showcasing the craftsmanship of Kathmandu Valley artists (Newa people), Durbar Square is a kingdom historically and on its present state.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square or also known as Basantapur Durbar Square is a huge plaza of courtyards and temples situated in front of what used to be the old royal palace.
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu

You can spend a whole day walking around admiring every corner of the square or you can do as what most couples usually do, climbed a set of stairs, find a spot and quietly admire the panorama of everything that makes the square magnificent.
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu

Though every walls and corners of the century treasured temples and palace is a cultural endeavor of what once a kingdom ruled by the Malla and Shah kings but what truly makes Durbar Square more than just a reminder of the past is how much it is now used and maintained for the enjoyment of the locals.
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu

The square reminds me of the time when family time is spent outside doing the simplest thing. A snack bought from the street vendor, a corner occupied to pray, to talk, to rest, a child let to play as he please, a family no matter how many times they repeatedly looped the square still relentlessly do the same and take note with more awe and happiness than any foreign tourists will have.

I have to admit that seeing them makes my heart ache for home.
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu

Being a popular touristy place, Durbar Square is also occupied by rickshaw drivers and souvenir shops. You can buy Buddha, Tibetan prayer gongs, music bowl and the hanging colorful dolls.
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu

Will it be too much to say how colorful Durbar Square is? I think the whole Nepal or the region is a rainbow of colors that to repeatedly describe it seems to be repeating the very obvious.
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu
durbar square kathmandu

Kathmandu Durbar Square is an obvious place of visit for anyone touring Nepal and I believe that it should be included on the “must see” not only for its heritage architecture but for the exuding ambiance of happiness from the Nepalese family and friends walking around.