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The Heart Of Kathmandu – Durbar Square

By John Saboe | Feature Articles

Sep 18

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is a great launching point to your stay in Nepal. A world heritage site, but not a museum. Daily life continues on amongst beautiful temples and Newari architecture. This is in fact is where the pagoda style building originated. It’s a great place to sit and take in the many activities of worship and everyday life.

Yes, there are peddlars that will ask and ask if you want to buy a flute, chess set, or necklace but they’ll usually get a hint you’re not interested after 3 or 4 no’s. I’m usually lucky if I sit around long enough to strike up a conversation with a local and you would be amazed at some of the topics of discussion. Don’t be surprised if they ask you if you’re married, what you do for a living, what is your caste, which of course we don’t have in Western culture, and other personal questions. Always a fun and rewarding travel experience though.

One of the centerpieces of Durbar Square is Bhairava or the god of justice. During Dusain, the biggest Hindu celebration in Nepal, many animal sacrifices take place here. Yes the red stains are animal blood.

One of my favourite places in Kathmandu, Durbar Square.

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I am a broadcaster, photographer, writer and videographer with a passion for travel throughout Asia. I love making connections and engaging with people. I am spiritual and seek adventure wherever I go.