Two white lion guardian statues stand out side the entrance to Kumari Ghar (Kumari Chowk). The building is located to your left just passed the main souvenir stands in the southern area of Kathmandu Durbar square.
Built in 1756 the interior of this three story building also known as Kumari Chowk is off limits to all but the Kumari’s assistants and designated guests. The inner courtyard is the only exception. Inside here you will see ornate wooden windows and paneling that’s of a high standard but in need of a little touch up.
It is said good luck will befall you should you catch a glimpse of her.
Do take your time in the Kumari Ghar examining the unique woodwork that makes up the outer walls of the buildings. It's is unique and very old.
Did you know?
There are three main Kumari's in Nepal, all based in The Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu city hosts the royal Kumari while Bhaktapur and Patan host the other two Kumari's.
Read more about the Kumaris of Nepal.
Inside the main doorway leads to a small inner courtyard.
You are free to photograph the inner courtyard but not the Kumari should she appear at a window. If you are here during the Indra Jaya festival you can see her bless the King. Something that still happens to this day though in recent years an occasional Prime Minister has tried to arrive for a blessing beforehand.
There is no fixed time despite what the tour guides tell you. However, common averages work out that the best time is between 4-5pm.
Gaddi Baihak is included in the main Kathmandu Durbar Square entrance fee. However there is no entrance allowed into the actual building itself.
From Thamel head straight south to Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can walk along a Kathmandu city heritage walk to make the most of the journey there. In Kathmandu Durbar Square, the exterior of Kumari Ghar is located in the southern section of Durbar Square.
Map to the Kumari Ghar
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