Places to Visit in Basantapur Pokhara

  • Also known as Basantapur Durbar Square, it is located in front of the old royal palace of the then Kathmandu Kingdom. It is one of three Durbar Squares (royal palace) in Kathmandu. The Durbar Square is surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The royal palace was originally at Dattaraya square and was later moved to the Durbar square location. The Kathmandu Durbar Square has the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. It is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entry of the palace. The top of the huge nine-storey Basantapur Tower, gives a great view of the palace, the city and even the Himalaya Mountains on a clear day. The struts on the facade of the tower, especially those facing Basantapur Tower have erotic carvings on them.
  • It celebrates King Tribhuwan and his successful revolt against the Rana regime, along with memorials to King Mahendra and Birendra. There is a stone inscription installed by King Pratap Malla in 1664, written to goddess Kalika in 15 languages, including 1 French word. According to the local legend, milk will flow from the spout in the middle, should anyone be able to read all the 15 languages inscribed there. Also, according to another legend the Kala (black) Bhaandirab statue with six arms and a terrifying face looking towards the north, next to Jagannath Temple, was said to have been brought by Pratap Malla from the Nagarjuna forest area. It was believed that if people stood in front of this image and told lies, they would vomit blood and bring upon them an instant death.

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