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Narayanhiti Durbar Musuem Visit- Nepal’s Royal Palace

Created with Sketch. Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal
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For centuries, the Narayanhiti Palace stood as a symbol of royalty and of affluence, and was one of the structures in Nepal that no one had been able to enter, except for those authorized or invited by the royal family. But in 2008, the Shah monarchy ended and Nepal ceased to be a monarchy and the royal palace in Kathmandu was converted into a museum open to the public in February 2009. Finally, average citizens of Nepal and the rest of the world can get a glimpse of what it was like to live as the king of Nepal. The Narayanhiti Palace was now Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum is the former royal palace in the centre of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.It is the palace which long served as a primary residence for the country’s monarchs.’Naryan’ is a form of Hindu god “Lord Vishnu” whose temple is located opposite to the palace and ‘hiti’ means “water spout” which is also located to the east of main entrance in the precincts of the palace.It was built on the occasion of the marriage of King Birenda Bir Bikram Shah,the then heir apparent to the throne.The Narayanhiti Palace was commissioned in 1966 by Late King Birendra’s father,Late King Mahendra, from the American architect Benjamin Polk.The palace area covers 30 hectre land.
The building,called ‘Tribhuvan Sadan’,was where the royal massacre took place on June 1,2001.It was swiftly demolished after the massacre.After the massacre Gyanendra got opportunity to be the King of Nepal.King Gyanendra was thereafter given 15 days to vacate the Narayanhiti Royal Palace,to reopen it as a public museum,until he was asked to move out of it.Now it has been turned into a museum and is open for all to see.Today,the Narayanhiti Palace Museum is rich and historic and grand.
Now, ordinary citizens queue round the block to see how their recent monarchs lived.Of the 52 rooms,only 19 are currently open to the public.The rooms are called ‘sadan’-most sadans are named after a district.Some rooms are grandiose – especially the huge towered throne room behind the prominent front window,where extraordinary curved pillars with garish pictures of Hindu deities leap from the walls.These are rooms that clearly cost huge sums to decorate.

What You Can Expect:

11:00 AM: Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you for a 30 minutes drive to Narayanhiti Palace Museum.
11:30 AM: Start visiting inside the Palace Museum and get the knowledge about the history of Nepal.The Palace is divided into three parts:The guest wing,the state wing and the private wing.The 52 rooms/sadan are named after 75 Districts of Nepal.Interior of the palace is based on Late victorian styleThe reception Hall of Narayanhiti palace is named as Kaski Sadan where Shah Monarchs of Nepal gave audience to politicians and perform oath ceremony of Prime Minister and heads of constitutional bodies for Kingdom of Nepal.The throne room Gorkha Baithak is the center of the entire palace.It is right above Kaski Baithak.To the right of the Gorkha Baithak,is Dolpa Sadan and was used as the room for the un-invited guests of royal family to view proceedings of Gorkha Baithak through a one-way viewing mirror.Court ceremonies of Narayanhiti durbar was held in Dhanusha Baithak where the king awarded decorations.It was used for teeka and Darsan during Dashain by the royal family and for high level Government and Military Officials.You will be able to visit 19 Sadan which is open for the public.
2:00 PM: Back to hotel

What’s Included:
• Hotel pickup and drop
• Guide
• Entrance Fees

What’s Not Included:
• Lunch
• Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

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