Located to your right just passed the main entrance to Kathmandu Durbar square. Basantapur tower was one of tallest towers in the square and one of the more ornate. Basantapur tower was built by King Prithvi Naraya in the mid 18th century.
The upper two floors of Basantapur Tower were destroyed during the April 25th earthquake in Nepal. Renovation is currently underway. In 2018 scaffolding adorns most of this building. This is not a negative as there was very little to see of the main structure which had previously been under tarpaulin for protection prior to renovation.
Do try to get a closer look at the towers carvings from this side. There's more to the towers exterior though. It's on of the few, and most impressive, old buildings you can climb up through and look out over Kathmandu.
Did you know?
Basantapur tower means "palace of the spring". Only the Taleju temple is taller.
it's said you can see the mountains from the top of Basantapur tower however this is now very rare due to excessive pollution in Kathmandu.
The entrance to Basantapur tower (nine-story palace) is inside the main royal palaces interior Lohan chowk - entry was via Hanuman Dhoka which is still open.
As nice as Basantapur Tower was from the outside the nine-story place was much more impressive from the inside. Enter from Lohan Chowk and ascend the narrow stairwells all the way up through the towers floors.
Each floor has little windows you can peak out into both the chowk below, durbar square, across the Kathmandu valley and towards the new city.
About half way up you'll come across a lovely window and a chair looking out over durbar square where royalty once sat to observe. Meanwhile at the very last floor the views are at their best.
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