KATHMANDU: Basantapur, popularly known as Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, located at the heart of the capital city, is a major tourist attraction.
It is the heart of Kathmandu, and carries a lot of cultural and historical significance.
This ancient site boasts of several temples of archeological and historical importance. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka thanks to the statue of Hanuman erected by King Pratap Malla in front of an ancient royal palace in 1972.
Temples in this area are built in pagoda style. Hanuman Dhoka Palace used to be the seat of Royal families from the Shah dynasty where coronation ceremonies were held.
Some temples in the area include: Kumari temple, Kastha Mandap, Ganesh Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple and Kal Bhairav Temple among others.
Several monuments having historical importance, which were damaged due to the massive earthquake in 2015, are currently being constructed. The construction work of these traditional monuments is being carried out.
Hanumandhoka Palace area has more than 36 monuments. Nautale Durbar and Kashthamandap Palace are also under construction.