Vatsala Durga Temple
Beside King Bhupatindra Malla's column and directly in front of the Royal Palace, this stone temple was built by King Jagat Prakash...
The magnificent Golden Gate is a visual highlight of Durbar Sq. Set into a bright red gatehouse surrounded by white palace walls, the...
The octagonal pavilion known as Chyasilin Mandap was created in 1990 using components from a temple that was destroyed in the 1934...
Shiva’s Café Corner
With an espresso machine and free wi-fi, this inviting cafe with a bistro feel is a good spot for breakfast and a break.
Taleju Bell information
In front of what was the Vatsala Durga Temple is a large bell, which was erected by King Jaya Ranjit Malla in 1737 to mark morning and evening prayers at the Taleju Temple.
A smaller bell on the plinth of the Taleju Temple is known as the ‘barking bell’. According to legend, it was erected by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1721 to counteract a vision he had in a dream, and to this day dogs are said to bark and whine if the bell is rung – which could have a physical explanation in terms of resonance frequencies.
Behind the bell pavilion is an ornate sunken hiti containing a fine stone dhara in the form of a makara, topped by a crocodile and a frog – the only part of the famous Vatsala Durga temple to survive the 2015 earthquake.