Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara)
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Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara) information
Towering like a lighthouse over the labyrinthine old town, this white, minaretlike tower near the post office is a useful landmark. The views from 62m up – 213 steps above the city – are the best you can get. There is a small Shiva shrine right at the very top.
The tower was originally built in 1826 by the Rana prime minister, Bhimsen Thapa, for Queen Lalit as part of the city’s first European-style palace. It was rebuilt with nine storeys, two less than the original building, after it was severely damaged in the 1934 earthquake. The nearby Sundhara water tank is the largest in the city and lends its name to the district.