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dharahara overview

#16 of 20 Places To Visit in Kathmandu
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Te Bahal, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
entry fee
NPR 50
per person Nepalis (5-65 years)
per person SAARC nationals
per person Other foreign nationals
visit duration
30 min to 1 hour

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about dharahara

Also called the Bhimsen Tower, the Dharahara is a part of the architecture of Kathmandu, recognised by UNESCO. Built in 1832 by the then Prime minister Bhimsen Thapa, Dharahara is actually second of such tower built by Bhimsen. The architecture is a mix of both European and Mughal styles. Presently the tower rises above 60 m (9 storied tall) with the 8th floor having a circular balcony from which visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Kathmandu city.

The original Bhimsen Tower was built in 1824 and was 11 storey tall. Dharahara was built for the niece of Bhimsen - Queen Lalit Tripura Sundari. The tower was used for military purposes and as a watchtower. During the earthquakes of 1834 and 1934, both the towers suffered major damage. Juddha Shumsher, an erstwhile Prime Minister renovated Dharahara to its original form. However, the first Bhimsen tower was obliterated. Today, that site has been converted into a parking lot.

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