A monkey feasts on a banana near Kathmandu’s Taleju Bhawani Temple
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is probably one of the most fascinating urban plazas anywhere in the world, full of fantastic temples, palaces, bazaars, monkeys, cows, taxis, rickshaws, shops, and even living goddesses. The tallest structure here is the impressive Taleju Temple, a 16th century pagoda built by the Malla kings and dedicated to their patron goddess. It’s massive twelve tiered base and three tiered roof escaped the 2005 earthquake relatively unscathed, but the temple remains closed to public for much-needed reinforcements and restoration work. Nevertheless, it is a site that is hard to miss, and looms over the entirety of the square.