The Ranas’ most lasting legacy to the nation was a style of buildings completely different in scale and design from the traditional architecture prevalent in the Valley before. Most of them were done in white plaster in neo-classical, Baroque or industrial style and had columns of different orders besides large French windows. In 1847, Jung Bahadur Rana built Narayan Hiti Durbar for his brother Rana Uddip Singh. Constructed in neo-classical style, the building was remodeled and made larger in 1889. Narayan Hiti Durbar became the Shah Kings’ royal palace right until the monarchy was overthrown in the 1990s. Today, it serves as a museum. The Foreign Ministry is also located here now.
Jung Bahadur Rana also built the Thapathali Durbar for himself besides the Bagmati River. Built in colonial style, it was a very large complex in its heydays. Now, much of the palace has been demolished while the main part houses the Nepal Rastra Bank. In 1903, Chandra Sumshere constructed the Singha Durbar as a residence for himself. Around the seven quadrangles of Singha Durbar are more than one thousand rooms. Once, it was one of the largest buildings in South Asia. Later, the country’s parliament was established in the complex besides the offices of many ministries. Nepal Television too is located here.
Bahadur Bhawan, built in 1889, was later transformed into the Royal Hotel, the country’s first hotel. It became defunct in due time and currently, Bahadur Bhawan serves as the offices of the Election Commission of Nepal. In 1890, Bir Shumshere built the Lal Durbar, one part of which was renovated later into the Hotel Yak and Yeti complex, a five star property. In 1893, Bir Shumshere also constructed the Seto Durbar, most of which perished during the great earthquake of 1934. Today, only a small part remains which can be seen on the west side of Durbar Marg.
Bir Shumshere then built Phora Durbar next to his palace in 1895. It was famous for its many gardens and fountains. It was completely dismantled in 1960 and made anew into a club for Americans in Nepal. In 1894, Juddha Shumshere’s son, Agni Shumshere, built the Agni Bhawan on the north side of the royal palace. It was later remodeled into the Hotel Shanker in 1964 so as to increase accommodation capacity for the many visitors expected for the king’s coronation. Another durbar near the palace was Keshar Mahal which was built in 1895. It too was reputed for its gardens and water fountains. Today, the garden has been completely renovated and is a must-visit site for everybody. The complex also houses the Keshar Library and the Ministry of Education. The present Rastrapati Bhawan was originally called Sital Niwas which was built in 1923. Sital Niwas suffered extensive damage during the 1934 earthquake and much of it was rebuilt. Photo By: Museum Syndicate
Nepal |Jul 13, 2023
Tihar, a five days festival, also known as Deepawali or Diwali – but especially in Nepal – Tihar is considered as a high spirit festival among, both, Hindus and non-Hindus.
Community Homestays in Nepal |Jun 15, 2023
Annapurna trek provides a unique and close-up insight into village life in this beautiful area of the Himalayas. Mohare hill (3,300 m), offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), some of the highest mountains of the world, and forms a highlight of this trip.
Tours |May 17, 2023
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Community Homestays in Nepal |Oct 22, 2015
he best way to understand a foreign culture is to jump right into it. Travelling is something not always easy.Out of ignorance or convenience, travelers often end up in the tourist areas of a city without missing the true life of the visited country.
Trekking |Jul 14, 2023
From the shore of Rupa Taal (Rupa Pond) there is a hiking route to Chisapani Hill, which is now introduced as the Royal Hike. Once the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles had hiked from the same section, which later attributed to name this route as the “Royal Hike”. However, this hike is already in business for a day excursion.
Others |Jun 10, 2014
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Trekking |Jun 28, 2023
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Nepal |Aug 3, 2015
For years, Nepal has played friendly host to tourist, trekkers and mountaineers without shying away from opening new trails and routes to scenic destinations for the world!
Others |Jun 11, 2020
The worldwide lockdown meant that people like myself who had been working in the tourism sector had no work to do and were forced to stay at home. The lockdown brought an abrupt halt to the daily lives of many people.
Nepal |Aug 20, 2014
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Tibet |May 26, 2023
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Tours |Jun 14, 2023
Lots of tourists to Nepal have often likened the country’s scenery to postcard pictures. It’s not an exaggeration, not by any means. What’s more, you don’t need to go too far from the busy city of Kathmandu either to see such scenery. One of the best places for this is undoubtedly Nagarkot.