Getting around Kathmandu is not the most convenient ride in South Asia but it has its rewards. Local buses in Nepal are known to offer the poorest commuter service in South Asia but the routes around Kathmandu pass through a number of amazing sites, enchanting temples and ancient structures. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal and home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most important of which is the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
In Nepal, any and all plazas opposite a royal palace are called Durbar Square. Before Nepal became a nation, it was made up of small kingdoms and their most visible remnants today are the Durbar Squares. There are three standing squares today within Kathmandu Valley that represent three Nepali kingdoms of the past. These are Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and of course, Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is located at the urban core of the valley. All three squares are designated as World Heritage Sites. [Read more…]