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Review of Basantapur Tower

Basantapur Tower
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US$89.00*
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Kathmandu Heritage Walking tour (private) with...
Ranked #14 of 149 things to do in Kathmandu
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Owner description: This is the tallest of four towers (or "durbars") built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in honor of Kathmandu Valley.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Three years ago, a trip here would take at least three hours to take in the incredible buildings and museums. Now, a half hour may mean dragging your feet as most of the spaces are not accessible, and many of those that are still are being rebuilt from the earthquake.
It still costs the same 1,000 rupees to get in (about $10), which I didn't mind paying and the money is going to rebuild a great square. However, if your time or money is tight, going to Patan or Bhaktapur will allow you to take in a great deal more.

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Sadly the tower was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake and is still under reconstruction. But inspite of the damage, a walk around the area gives a good idea of the beauty.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Like me, if you like old building,This is the place. How did these people build these buildings with the tools thats they had. I think we under estimate histroy. There were very skilled in every aspect of life and pleasure.

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Reviewed February 27, 2018

A pity about the earthquake, but still what remains is magnificent. The ancient craftsmanship and construction leave one in awe.

Thank Klaus G
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

The tower is located to the right just passed the main entrance to Kathmandu Durbar square. Basantapur tower was one of tallest towers in Nepal before the 2015 earthquake, two top floors were destroyed and is under construction. Basantapur tower was built by King Prithvi Naraya in the mid 18th century. The Basantapur Durbar also known as the Nau-talle Durbar (Nine-storeyed Palace). The Durbar is a brilliant epitome of Nepali architecture—modeled of brick and wood and designed with rows of artistic windows, multiple roofs, intricately carved struts and a finial.

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