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Guide to Kumari Ghar

The house of the living goddess in Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar square where the living goddess lives- about - highlights - entrance fee
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About Kumari Ghar

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 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.

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.

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.

Highlights of the Kumari Ghar

Inside the main doorway leads to a small inner courtyard. This and the building surrounding it, is known as Kumari Ghar. You can go no further. The very top center window is, if you are lucky, where the Kumari may appear.

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.

When does the Kumari come out?

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.

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Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kumari Ghar inner courtyard in Kathmandu Durbar Square

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Entrance to the Kumari Ghar

The entrance to Kumari Ghar
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