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Guide to the Gaddi Baihak

The white colonial building in Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Gaddi Balihak, built by the Rana's during European influence
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About Gaddi Baihak


This whitewashed european colonial style building in Kathmandu Durbar Square known as Gaddi Baihak is often a point of confusion for visitors. It looks very much out of place in among the design and architecture of the surrounding temples and places.

Gaddi Baihak was badly damaged during the April 25th earthquake in Nepal. It was announced in 2016 that Gaddi Baihak will need to be completely torn down and rebuilt. This is currently being contested by locals who have stated they want it repaired.

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

Did you know?

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

Today Gaddi Baihak is used only for special state ceremonies. Around the side is the entrance to Hanuman Doka or the inner palace.

History of the Gaddi Baihak

The Rana's ruled Nepal between 1846-1951 and stood behind the Shah monarchy who remained head of state. The Rana's were also very much pro-British and helped the British on multiple occasions. This included during the Indian rebellion of 1857 and later in both World Wars.

Jang Bahadur Rana was prime minister when Gaddi Baihak was built in what can still be seen as a very definite salute to the British empire.

Entrance fee

Gaddi Baihak is included in the main Kathmandu Durbar Square entrance fee. However there is no entrance allowed into the actual building itself.

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