Singha Durbar

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Singha Durbar
The main gateway to Singha Durbar

The Singha Durbar (Nepali: सिंहदरवार (Singhadarbar), literally, Lion Palace) in Kathmandu is the official seat of government of Nepal and the largest Palace in Asia. Originally built by the Rana dynasty and it was known as the largest palace of Nepal and in Asia. In 1904 This was the private Property of Prime Minister Dev S. J. .B Rana who was forced to abdicate by Prime Minister Chandra S. J. .B Rana and his brothers, claimed to be the biggest and most luxurious palace in Asia and until 1973 was the largest government secretariat in Asia. It was the private residence of the hereditary Prime Minister of Nepal, now the Singha Durbar now houses both chambers of the Parliament of Nepal (the Pratinidhi Sabha, or House of Representatives, and the Rashtriya Sabha, or House of the States), as well as ministries and government offices.

Singha Durbar is also the headquarters of Radio Nepal and Nepal Television.

Singha Darbar was designed by Kishore Narsingh Rana as neo-classical architecture typical of the style of the 19th century.

A substantial portion of the Singha Durbar was destroyed by fire in 1973; much of the damage has since been rebuilt.