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Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl who is worshipped as the goddess Durga in human form. She can sometimes be glimpsed at her windows.
Durbar Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place. Guide explained the rituals, how "Kumari" is selected and other customs etc. Could see 4 year old "Kumari" but photographing her is prohibited. Unfortunately few of the temples in this square are destroyed in 2015 earthquake and it is still under reconstruction. Take...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roam366461
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kumari Chowk is a historical building in Durbar Square. It has legends associated to it. Better to take a guided tour. Till date, live Goddess are worshipped here.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Arkoz2015
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Kumari Chowk is still as quaint and beautiful as ever. Can't believe it survived the earthquake. Further still, can't believe there is a little girl kept in there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank krubesh
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Beautiful courtyard in the Girl Goddess Palace, where she is kept, lives, and even now and then is said to look out from the window. Located right in the middle of Kathmandu Durbar Square, not to be missed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank handreu
Reviewed 2 December 2018

I must confess that the concept of this place leaves me with some concern for the little goddess and her wellbeing but I have to accept that it is not my culture. We actually saw her when she came out on the balcony. The building...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TJA950
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Our tour guide took us to the palace where the Kumari Devi (living goddess) resides. She is a young girl who is currently 5 years old who lives here without her parents until she reaches puberty. We went at 11:30 am and were told that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank igolfCA
Reviewed 28 November 2018

This is part of the wonderful cultural experience of Durbar Square, a Unesco World Heritage site. The building is traditional and beautiful, It still bears scars from the eathquake in 2015. Most of the brickwork has been restored but the work is still unfinished. Some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank peetajohn
Reviewed 25 November 2018

Local values, culture and religious belief combine here to give atmosphere. A deferential hush descended on a respectful audience when the (very) young goddess appeared briefly to us. Well worth a relatively short wait, the courtyard is quite small but well preserved, well worth a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michael S
Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

We stopped there for a few minutes with out tour guide and enjoyed that we were away from the noise of the city buzz. Theres still trying to restore it due to the earthquake, but it is still peaceful.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

The living goddess Kumari actually is something interesting in Nepali culture. I wouldn't say that's a must see place but if you are around the square go there at 11 am or 4 pm to see her. She will come to the balcony for just...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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I Heard something about 10am and 4pm