Basantapur

The top of the huge nine-storey Basantapur Tower, gives a great view of the palace, the city and even the Himalaya Mountains on a clear day. The struts on the facade of the tower, especially those facing Basantapur Tower have erotic carvings on them. Basantapur means “place of Spring,” and refers to Kathmandu.

There is definitely a lot more to see in Basantapur among which are; the Gaddhi Baithak, a European style building, built in 1908 by the Ranas. Hanuman Dhoka Museum (Tribhuwan Museum), celebrates King Tribhuwan & his successful revolt against the Rana regime, along with memorials to King Mahendra & Birendra.  A stone inscription, written to goddess Kalika in 15 languages including 1 French word by King Pratap Malla in 1664. Legend has it that milk will flow from the spout in the middle, should anyone be able to read all the 15 languages inscribed there.

Additionally, Kala (black) Bhairab statue with six arms & a terrifying face looking towards north, next to Jagannath Temple, was said to have been brought by Pratap Malla from the Nagarjuna forest area. It is also believed that in earlier times, if people stood in front of this image and told lies, they would vomit blood and bring upon them an instant death.


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Packaged Trips of Basantapur

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