About Gaddi Baihak


Gaddi Baihak in Durbar Square
Gaddi Baihak in Durbar Square

This whitewashed European colonial-style building in Kathmandu Durbar Square known as Gaddi Baihak is often a point of confusion for visitors. It stands out starkly against the design and architecture of the surrounding temples and places.

Gaddi Baihak was severely damaged during the April 25th earthquake in Nepal. In 2016, it was announced that Gaddi Baihak would need to be completely torn down and rebuilt. This decision was contested by locals who advocated for its repair. Repairs were completed in 2019, and in 2021, the interior was reopened as a museum.

Gaddi Baihak is actually part of the royal palace throne room. Built in 1908 during the Rana period, it was heavily influenced by the British, who often liaised with Nepal.

Today, Gaddi Baihak is used exclusively for special state ceremonies. Around the side is the entrance to Hanuman Doka, or the inner palace, which is now accessible for entry.

Did you know?

The word “gaddi” means throne and “bhaithak” means meeting room.

History of the Gaddi Baihak

The Ranas ruled Nepal between 1846-1951 and supported the Shah monarchy, who remained the head of state. The Ranas were pro-British and assisted the British on numerous occasions, including during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and in both World Wars.

Jang Bahadur Rana was Prime Minister when Gaddi Baihak was constructed, a clear nod to the British Empire.

Entrance Fee

Gaddi Baihak is included in the main Kathmandu Durbar Square entrance fee. However, entrance to the actual building is not permitted.

Directions to Gaddi Baihak

Head straight south from Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Consider taking a Kathmandu city heritage walk to enjoy the journey. In Kathmandu Durbar Square, the exterior of Gaddi Baihak is located in the southern section.

Map to the Gaddi Baihak

Heritage Walk Guide:

» Kathmandu Heritage Walks
  - Thamel Heritage Walk
  - Thahiti Chowk
  - Ason Chowk
  - Jana Bahal / Seto Machchhendranath
  - Indra Chowk
  - Kathmandu Durbar Square

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