31 responses

  1. Timothy
    June 22, 2016

    Great insight here. It’s easy to see why Durbar Square is in its current state now. We were wondering

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Yes, sometimes the updates are not so good

  2. Christian
    June 22, 2016

    I had similar thoughts about why this is a public square and we have to pay! It just shows the greed. If they want money make it free then charge for official guides, maps, and tours.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Those are some good ideas

  3. Emma
    June 22, 2016

    I was there last October. They must have put the lights, price and fence up after that?

    Overall it was still an interesting visit. Was it worth 8 dollars? No. Not with all that traffic and the lack of sanitation.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Yes the price went up late in 2015 and the fences went up in April 2016

  4. Sebastian
    June 22, 2016

    It speaks of Nepal. The capital square is so bad yet Bhaktapur and Patan squares are so much better.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Yes, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares are well kept

  5. Ganesh
    June 22, 2016

    It is our burden. You are right to say these things. We need to improve such facilities or else people will no longer enjoy Nepal. I hope people read this

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      I hope people in charge of Basantapur take action on improving it, fast.

  6. Maria
    June 22, 2016

    I agree on this. Walked through last week with my ID and some man tried to grab my arm and make me pay. I showed my ID and we waved me on. Where’s the hospitality in that?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      The reports of such things are disturbing.

  7. Julio
    June 22, 2016

    Thank you for this type of writing. Love this site for just this. The real world and not a glossy magazine.

    It doesn’t change our mind about visiting Nepal. But now we learn about the heritage walks so we have more to see and do if we don’t like the square.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Yes do please try the heritage walks in the old city. Saturday mornings are best. There’s a list of them in my guidebook.

  8. Car
    June 22, 2016

    Nice bit of writing here. I really think the Department of Archaeology should maintain the square then have the tourism board run the ticket counters. Block the traffic. Clean it up.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      I would think at this stage only one organization should be in charge.

  9. Clairemont
    June 22, 2016

    Heritage before cars and profit.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Precisely.

  10. Ronan
    June 22, 2016

    We were there a few weeks ago. It’s a shame things are like this. Aside from the earthquake damage the traffic was very bad. The touts were aggressive. The ticket counter girl actually told one to stop harassing us. Someone needs to do something about this. Why does the tourism board not help?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      Yes, many people have written to be about the aggressive guides and touts. It’s a shame the people in charge cannot control them!

  11. Anna
    June 22, 2016

    It’s sad to read about heritage sites like this being let down my the very people who are meant to be protecting it.

    I hope someone reads this and makes the square better.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      So do I Anna!

  12. Karl
    June 22, 2016

    The “guides” are aggressive and put me off Nepal as a whole. One shouted at me for not taking his tour. I complained to the guy at the ticket office. He said they were not official guides. I said they had badges saying they were. He just said they were fake.

    How can you respectively have a fake guide beside an official tourist ticket office. Whoever is running this place is obviously getting a cut.

    Utterly ruined our trip to Kathmandu.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      I’m very sorry to hear about your experience. I would suggest that anyone having this problem report it to the Municipality office within the square – beside Kumari Chowk.

  13. Kevin Holmes
    June 22, 2016

    I agree with every aspect of this. The fee is way too high. Get rid of these awful guides and taxis. Those street lights are terrible.

    Clearly this old square is being mismanaged. It should be declared a state of emergency and have whoever is running Bhaktapur come in and sort it all out. That simple.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      That might not be a bad idea!

  14. Jo-Ann
    June 22, 2016

    Why do the Chinese get a discount? Hasn’t most of the money to help this place coming from overseas come from the west? Having different prices for different nationalities is bigoted and to be frank racist.

    If Nepal ever wants to recover and be respected they need to set an example. End the insane pricing system

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 28, 2016

      This is a question I’d asked myself. The Chinese are making deals with Nepal for the past number of years. I don’t know why they are getting preferential treatment. I imagine in the case of tourism this will come back and bite Nepal’s efforts as an international destination.

  15. farekim
    July 5, 2016

    Despite the damage from the earthquake, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is still a great place to visit. I was particularly fascinated to see the living goddess Kumari. Entering her temple does require a paid ticket but it was worth that intriguing split second.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 5, 2016

      Yes, Kathmandu Durbar Square is still a good place to visit for first time tourists as I wrote. Is it worth 1,000 rupees? That’s extremely questionable.

      Just to clarify, you do not need a paid or any kind of ticket to enter the Kumari’s house. It comes under the Kathmandu Durbar Square ticket price. Likewise the one in Bhaktapur. The Kumari house in Patan has no entrance fee as it is outside of Patan Durbar Square.

  16. Mai Nomura
    July 12, 2016

    I do hope Nepal could recover from this situation! Their once proud heritage structures, I do hope they can recover them.

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