Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Kathmandu

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Explore the history and enjoy the architecture of Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the former residence of the royal family. Designed in late Victorian style, each room in the palace takes its name from one of Nepal's 75 districts. Go through the reception hall, then see banquet halls, royal bedrooms, and the throne room, which resembles the architectural style of a Hindu temple. In the throne room, whose ceilings reach a height of 18 m (60 ft), you can see a monumental 14.5 m (48 ft) chandelier, as well as various paintings, stuffed animal heads, and photos of the royal family with other national leaders adorning the walls. In 2001, the royal family was massacred in mysterious circumstances, with bullet holes scattered across the palace's walls serving as stark reminders of the tragedy. Cameras and bags are forbidden, but you can keep your belongings in the lockers at the entrance. Plan to see Narayanhiti Palace Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kathmandu trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • A Kathmandu shopkeeper suggested we go and visit this palace, and we were glad that we did. This tour, plus the book Massacre At The Palace by J Gregson (we plan to read soon!) will give the... 
    A Kathmandu shopkeeper suggested we go and visit this palace, and we were glad that we did. This tour, plus the book Massacre At The Palace by J Gregson (we plan to read soon!) will give the...  more »
  • More to it than I'd thought. Decaying 60s/70s grandeur if you can imagine such a thing. I thought the site of the royal massacre could have been tidied up a bit, but perhaps the fact that it has been....  more
    More to it than I'd thought. Decaying 60s/70s grandeur if you can imagine such a thing. I thought the site of the royal massacre could have been tidied up a bit, but perhaps the fact that it has been....  more »
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  • This palace museum is my favourite among all other places in Kathmandu because you can know a lot about the Citizen's King Birendra and his royal family. Everything is awesome including the surrounding. You can learn about the former King, his life and how the Kings used to live in their days. Must see.....
  • The very first experience was damn good. Everything looks clean, fresh and managed except few. There are few areas where they could have done even better. Time has come when they need to digitize the museum. Each and every rooms/stalls/incident places need to be digitized. Digitize either in a visual or audio or both format explaining the specific things about that place to the visitors. So that they would be no any gap for any confusion or doubt. Or at least they could have employed a person specific to a room/stall who could explain the things in brief to the new visitors. Anyways great experience. Nice place to visit. There's a lot of eye catchy things to see and adore. #must visit once.

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