Palaces and Museums

The Narayanhiti Palace was once the heart of Kathmandu. It was home to former royalties but it has since been converted to a museum after the abolition of monarchy in 2008. The Singha Durbar built in 1907 is now home to Nepal’s government.  It has around 1700 rooms and was once the largest private residence of Asia, until a fire destroyed 90% of the palace complex. This palace complex is not open for public viewing. The Basantapur Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka as some say it was constructed mostly by Pratap Malla in the 17th century. Parts of the palace complex are open for public viewing and a part of the palace also houses the Tribhuvan Museum. The museum celebrates the life of King Tribhuvan and his successful revolt against the Rana regime. Recently, they have also added memorials to King Mahendra and Birendra. The Royal palace of Patan has extravagant façade, with its overhanging eaves, carved windows and delicate wooden screens. The section of the palace surrounding Keshav Narayan Chowk now houses a museum displaying finest collection of religious arts. Only the National Art Gallery and a section of the eastern wing of the Royal palace of Bhaktapur is open for visitors. Gorkha Durbar is considered a glory of Newari architecture and has a fort, a palace and a temple within the complex. The Durbar is significant as it was the birthplace…